The Bachelor of Arts in English

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 42-59 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 9 units

3 courses required:

ENGL 335 Rhetoric and Writing 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
ENGL 340 Approaches to Literary Genres 3.0 FS
ENGL 356 Survey of British Literature 3.0 FS

Major Option Course Requirements: 33-50 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

The Option in General English: 33 units

1 course required:

ENGL 357 Survey of British Literature 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

ENGL 358 Survey of American Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 359 Survey of American Literature 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

ENGL 371 Principles of Language 3.0 FS *
ENGL 375 Introduction to Engl Grammar 3.0 FS
ENGL 475 History of the English Lang 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

Writing Proficiency Courses

ENGL 440 Chaucer and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 441 Shakespeare 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 442 Milton and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 340, ENGL 356.

2 courses selected from:

ENGL 445 Early British Literature 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 446 British Renaissance Literature 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 447 17th Century Literature 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 448 The Long Eighteenth Century 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 449 The Romantic Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 450 The Victorian Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 458 Amer Lit: Beginning to 1850s 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 358.
ENGL 459 Amer Literature: 1850s-1945 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 359.

2 courses selected from:

ENGL 452 Development of British Drama 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 455 The British Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 456 The British Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 457 The American Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 358.
ENGL 462 Study in Major Amer Authors 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340; ENGL 358 or ENGL 359.

9 units selected from:

Any upper-division English (ENGL) courses except ENGL 499.

The Option in English Education: 49-50 units

The program below fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in English, which will lead to a California teaching credential. See the Single Subject Matter Teaching Credential section which follows for additional information.

Teacher Preparation Option Core: 34 units

8 courses required:

ENGL 220 Beginning Creative Writing 4.0 FS *
ENGL 332 Intro to Literacy Studies 3.0 FS
ENGL 333 Adv. Comp. for Future Teachers 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 375 recommended.
ENGL 358 Survey of American Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 371 Principles of Language 3.0 FS *
ENGL 375 Introduction to Engl Grammar 3.0 FS
ENGL 441 Shakespeare 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 467 Teaching Multicultural Lit 3.0 FS

American Literature: 3 units

1 course selected from:

ENGL 457 The American Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 358.
ENGL 458 Amer Lit: Beginning to 1850s 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 358.
ENGL 459 Amer Literature: 1850s-1945 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 359.
ENGL 462 Study in Major Amer Authors 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340; ENGL 358 or ENGL 359.

British Literature: 3 units

1 course selected from:

ENGL 445 Early British Literature 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 446 British Renaissance Literature 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 447 17th Century Literature 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 448 The Long Eighteenth Century 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 449 The Romantic Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 450 The Victorian Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.

Genre: 3 units

1 course selected from:

ENGL 451 Modern Poetry 3.0 FS
ENGL 452 Development of British Drama 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 453 Modern Drama 3.0 FS
ENGL 455 The British Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.
ENGL 456 The British Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 356.

Breadth and Perspective Advising Pattern Course Requirements: 15-16 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates in this option depending on the advising pattern chosen. Students must select one of the following patterns for completion of the English Education Option course requirements.

Editing and Publishing Pattern: 16 units

5 courses required:

ENGL 315 Intro Literary Edit/Publish 4.0 SP
ENGL 415 Literary Editing 4.0 FA
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 (may be taken concurrently).
ENGL 416 Editing for Publication 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 335 or ENGL 375 (may be taken concurrently).
ENGL 489 Internship in English 1.0 -3.0 FS

Note: ENGL 489 must be taken for 2 units.

ENGL 534 Literature/Lang/Composition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 335, ENGL 375, and ENGL 441.

Language and Literacy Pattern: 15-16 units

1 course required:

ENGL 475 History of the English Lang 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

ENGL 477 Semantics: Lang and Meaning 3.0 FA
ENGL 478 Linguistic Apprchs to Reading 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.

1 course selected from:

ENGL 431 Theory/Practice in Tutor Comp 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 333 and ENGL 335 are strongly recommended.
ENGL 470 Second Language Acquisition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.

2 courses required:

ENGL 489 Internship in English 1.0 -3.0 FS

Note: ENGL 489 must be taken for 3 units.

ENGL 534 Literature/Lang/Composition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 335, ENGL 375, and ENGL 441.

Theatre Arts Pattern: 16 units

6 courses required:

ENGL 534 Literature/Lang/Composition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 335, ENGL 375, and ENGL 441.
THEA 110 Intro to the Theatre 3.0 FS *
THEA 112 Acting for Non-Majors 3.0 FS *
THEA 120 Stagecraft 3.0 FA
THEA 205 Scene/Light Practice I 1.0 FS
THEA 250 Textual Analysis for Prod 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: For Theatre and Musical Theatre majors: THEA 150; for Theatre minors and all others: THEA 110.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor for further information.

Honors in English

To be eligible for Honors in English, students must have completed the following courses with grades that place them in the top 5% of English majors:

2 courses required:

ENGL 335 Rhetoric and Writing 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
ENGL 340 Approaches to Literary Genres 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

ENGL 356 Survey of British Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 357 Survey of British Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 358 Survey of American Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 359 Survey of American Literature 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

Any 400-level genre or period courses.

Upon recommendation by a faculty member and after an interview, the student will take 6 units of ENGL 499H, Senior Honors Thesis. Grades of B or better in ENGL 499H and in all other courses taken in the major are required to graduate with Honors in English.