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English B.A.

English
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 41 to 62
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The English major develops student knowledge and appreciation of the literary arts within the English, Irish, and American traditions. Depending on career goals, majors should choose one of three emphases: liberal arts; literature, language, and culture; or pregraduate studies. Students may major or minor in programs leading to the B.A. or the B.A.A. teaching degree. The English major is a liberal arts rather than a professional degree. That is, the course of studies does not prepare students for one specific vocation but instead provides them with the basic knowledge and skills that they can use in any number of professional fields. English majors and minors develop the skills in analysis and communication (oral and written) that make them very attractive to employers today. While a few UMD English graduates each year go on to teach English at various levels or attend graduate school in English, the great majority find employment in other fields. Recent graduates of UMD's English program have been accepted in various courses of graduate study including law, medicine, business, theology, and interdisciplinary studies. Other graduates have accepted positions as health claims representative, editor, sales consultant, office manager, journalist, administrative assistant, writer, Air National Guard, property manager, bookkeeper, and assistant account executive. Honors Requirements: Candidates must have a 3.20 overall GPA and 3.40 in the major. An honors paper or creative writing project must be completed in a 5xxx course or through independent study. Completed projects and papers must be approved by a sponsoring faculty member and the department honors committee. Students who wish to qualify for honors must contact the department at least one semester before graduation.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major) except the literature, language, and culture emphasis. 2. Sub-plans must be declared through the CLA Advising and Academic Services. 3. Advanced writing requirement met by taking courses listed within the major requirements.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Liberal Arts
This emphasis offers a traditional combination of survey, genre, major figure, and linguistic courses focusing on the study of literature as a humanities discipline.
Requirements for the B.A. in English with an emphasis in liberal arts also include a second field of study, either a minor or another major.
Liberal Arts Core Courses (21 cr)
ENGL 3501 - British Literature I [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3502 - British Literature II [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3563 - American Literature I [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3564 - American Literature II [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3906 - Methods of Literary Study (4.0 cr)
ENGL 4909 - Senior Portfolio (1.0 cr)
Electives (19-20 cr)
Take one course from five of six areas. ENGL 3195 and 5595 Special Topics may apply to any of the areas with departmental approval.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 19 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
American Period
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3573 - Survey of African American Literature [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5572 - American Renaissance (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5574 - Studies in American Literature to 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5575 - Studies in American Literature after 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5665 - The American Literary Marketplace (4.0 cr)
· British Period
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 5533 - Studies in English Literature Before 1800 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5541 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5561 - English Romanticism (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5562 - Victorian Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5566 - Irish Literary Revival (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5661 - Publishing the Middle Ages (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5662 - The Making of a Major Author:The Scholarly Edition in 17th- and 18th-Century England (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5663 - Readers and the History of Books (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5664 - Small Presses, Little Magazines, and Modernism (4.0 cr)
· World Literatures
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3574 - Reconstituting the Past in African Diaspora Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5584 - Mapping Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· Genre
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3333 - Children's Literature: Texts and Contexts (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - The Modern Short Story (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4375 - Drama (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5375 - Modern Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5471 - The Novella (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5581 - American Novel I (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5582 - American Novel II (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5583 - British Novel (4.0 cr)
· Major Figure
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3223 - Shakespeare [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5222 - Shakespeare (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5312 - Chaucer (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5331 - Milton (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5577 - Major American Authors (4.0 cr)
· Linguistics
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language (4.0 cr)
· LING 3101 - Introduction to Phonology (3.0 cr)
· LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax (3.0 cr)
· LING 5195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· LING 5811 - Introduction to Modern English (4.0 cr)
Pre-Graduate Studies
The pre-graduate studies emphasis prepares students for graduate study in English and American literature, linguistics, and related fields.
Requirements for the B.A. in English with an emphasis in pre-graduate studies also include a second field of study, either a minor or another major.
Pre-Graduate Core Courses (25 cr)
ENGL 3501 - British Literature I [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3502 - British Literature II [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3563 - American Literature I [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3564 - American Literature II [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 3906 - Methods of Literary Study (4.0 cr)
ENGL 4909 - Senior Portfolio (1.0 cr)
ENGL 5222 - Shakespeare (4.0 cr)
Electives (19 - 20 cr)
Take one course from five of six areas. ENGL 3195 and 5595 Special Topics may apply to any of the areas with departmental approval.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 19 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
American Period
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3573 - Survey of African American Literature [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5572 - American Renaissance (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5574 - Studies in American Literature to 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5575 - Studies in American Literature after 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5665 - The American Literary Marketplace (4.0 cr)
· British Period
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 5533 - Studies in English Literature Before 1800 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5541 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5561 - English Romanticism (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5562 - Victorian Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5566 - Irish Literary Revival (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5661 - Publishing the Middle Ages (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5662 - The Making of a Major Author:The Scholarly Edition in 17th- and 18th-Century England (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5663 - Readers and the History of Books (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5664 - Small Presses, Little Magazines, and Modernism (4.0 cr)
· World Literatures
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3574 - Reconstituting the Past in African Diaspora Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5584 - Mapping Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· Genre
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3333 - Children's Literature: Texts and Contexts (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - The Modern Short Story (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4375 - Drama (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5375 - Modern Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5471 - The Novella (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5581 - American Novel I (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5582 - American Novel II (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5583 - British Novel (4.0 cr)
· Major Figure
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 5312 - Chaucer (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5331 - Milton (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5577 - Major American Authors (4.0 cr)
· Linguistics
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language (4.0 cr)
· LING 3101 - Introduction to Phonology (3.0 cr)
· LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax (3.0 cr)
· LING 5195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· LING 5811 - Introduction to Modern English (4.0 cr)
Literature, Language and Culture
This emphasis enhances career opportunities in fields such as business, writing, publishing, and government service.
Requirements for the B.A. in English with an emphasis in literature, language, and culture does not require a second field of study (minor or additional major).
Literature, Language and Culture Core Courses (5 cr)
ENGL 4909 - Senior Portfolio (1.0 cr)
ENGL 3906 - Methods of Literary Study (4.0 cr)
Cluster I: English (28 cr)
Options to complete this requirement: Option A: Students may take a maximum of 12 credits from 'English Course List A' and at least 16 credits from the 'English Course List B'. Option B: Students may take some courses from 'English Course List A' and at least 16 credits credits from 'English Course List B'. Option C: Students may take all 28 credits from the 'English Course List B'.
English Course List A:
Take 0 - 12 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1582 - Introduction to World Literatures [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1583 - Introductory Study of Major Topics in Contemporary African Literature [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2581 - Women Writers [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3333 - Children's Literature: Texts and Contexts (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - The Modern Short Story (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3573 - Survey of African American Literature [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3574 - Reconstituting the Past in African Diaspora Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4375 - Drama (4.0 cr)
English Course List B:
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 5444 - Childhood in Literature, History and Culture (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5533 - Studies in English Literature Before 1800 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5541 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5561 - English Romanticism (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5562 - Victorian Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5566 - Irish Literary Revival (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5572 - American Renaissance (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5574 - Studies in American Literature to 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5575 - Studies in American Literature after 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5584 - Mapping Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5595 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 5661 - Publishing the Middle Ages (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5662 - The Making of a Major Author:The Scholarly Edition in 17th- and 18th-Century England (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5663 - Readers and the History of Books (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5664 - Small Presses, Little Magazines, and Modernism (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5665 - The American Literary Marketplace (4.0 cr)
TOTAL: Cluster II and Cluster III (28 cr)
Total combined credits from cluster II and III must be 28 credits. Each cluster must have a minimum of 9 credits. A minor in professional writing fulfills cluster II. A minor in cultural studies fulfills cluster III. One special topics course from one designator included below can be used, subject to approval by the department head. Courses may satisfy multiple areas, but will only be counted once in this total.
Cluster II: Communication & Writing (9 cr)
Take at least one course from the 'communication', 'writing' and '4xxx-5xxx level course' areas. A minor in professional writing fulfills this cluster.
Communication
At least one course must be taken from this area.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 1112 - Public Speaking [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2505 - Analysis of Public Discourse (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2929 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3215 - Conflict Management (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3505 - Media Communications (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3220 - Communication in Organizations (3.0 cr)
Writing
At least one course must be taken from this area.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3121 - Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
One 4xxx-5xxx level course.
At least one course must be taken from this area.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 4500 - History of Rhetoric (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4505 - Media Theory and Research (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5116 - Advanced Writing of Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5122 - Advanced Writing of Poetry (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture (3.0 cr)
Cluster III: Culture Studies (9 cr)
Take at least one course from the 'culture studies electives' and '4xxx-5xxx level course' areas. A minor in cultural studies fulfills this cluster.
Culture Studies electives
At least one course must be taken from this area.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1010 - American Indian Experience to 1900 [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1020 - American Indian Experiences: 1900-present [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1606 - Introduction to American Indian Literature [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2015 - Ojibwe History and Culture [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3206 - Federal Indian Policy [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3620 - Ojibwe Literatures: Sovereignty and Survivance [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3660 - American Indian Novel [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 2311 - Criminological Theory (4.0 cr)
· CRIM 3338 - Sociology of Gangs (3.0 cr)
· CST 1020 - Landscapes, Environments, and U.S. Culture [LE CAT7] (3.0 cr)
· CST 1050 - Freshman Seminar: Bodies and Culture Through Film [LE CAT8] (4.0 cr)
· CST 3010 - Popular Culture in the 1960s (3.0 cr)
· CST 3715 - Popular Culture [SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
· ECON 3031 - History of Economic Thought [LE CAT7] (3.0 cr)
· FR 2315 - French Cinema [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 1304 - Human Geography [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3334 - Urban Geography (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3481 - Urban Ecology (3.0 cr)
· GER 2402 - Germany Today [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2345 - Science and Society: 1500 to Present [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3365 - American Culture and Globalization (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3831 - Organizations and Society (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 2540 - Latino Literatures and Cultures [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· SW 1619 - Race, Class, and Gender in the United States [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· WS 2101 - Women, Race, and Class [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3001 - Third World Women [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics (3.0 cr)
· WS 3150 - Women-Identified Culture [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
One 4xxx or 5xxx level course.
At least one course must be taken from this area.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 4630 - American Indians and the Media [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4621 - Myth and Sacred Symbols (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4623 - Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems (3.0 cr)
· EDUC 4234 - Science, Technology, and Society [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 4393 - Political Geography (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 4803 - Geographic Thought (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 cr)
 
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