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 at http://em.csuchico.edu/aap/ProgramSearch.

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.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

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

U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals: 6 units

See "U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements". This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155 or approved equivalents. 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: 42-60 units

Completion of 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 major core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 9 units

3 courses required:

ENGL 276 Survey of British Literature I 3.0 FS
ENGL 335 Rhetoric and Writing 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
ENGL 340 Approaches to Literary Genres 3.0 FS

Major Option Course Requirements: 33-51 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.

Note: Students pursuing the Option in English Education must take the following 2 GE courses:

Area A1:

CMST 131 Speech Communication Fundamentals 3.0 FS *

Area C1:

THEA 110 Introduction to the Theatre 3.0 FS *

The Option in English Education: 47-51 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: 35 units

11 courses required:

ENGL 220 Beginning Creative Writing 4.0 FS *
ENGL 277 Survey of British Literature II 3.0 FS
ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature I 3.0 FS
ENGL 279 Survey of American Literature II 3.0 FS
ENGL 332 Introduction to Literacy Studies 3.0 FS
ENGL 371 Principles of Language 3.0 FS *
ENGL 375 Introduction to English 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 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 470 Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
ENGL 489 Internship in English 1.0 -3.0 FS
ENGL 534 Literature, Language, and Composition: A Synthesis 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 335, ENGL 375, and ENGL 441.

1 course selected from:

ENGL 463 American Multicultural Literature 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as MCGS 463.

ENGL 464 World Literature Written in English 3.0 Inq
ENGL 467 Teaching Multicultural Literature 3.0 FS

Areas of Study: 12-16 units

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

Creative Writing

3 courses selected from:

ENGL 320 Poetry Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 321 Fiction Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 322 Play Writing 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 327 Creative Nonfiction 4.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.

Or the following group of course requirements may be substituted for the above:

Two 300-level creative writing courses and one 400-level creative writing course in the same genre as one of the 300-level courses taken.

General Studies

Creative Writing:

1 course selected from:

ENGL 320 Poetry Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 321 Fiction Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 322 Play Writing 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 327 Creative Nonfiction 4.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.

Literature:

2 courses selected from:

Any 400-level courses, in addition to those taken to satisfy core requirements.

Language and Literacy:

1 course selected from:

ENGL 431 Theory and Practice in Tutoring Composition 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 333 and ENGL 335 are strongly recommended.
ENGL 475 History of the English Language 3.0 FS
ENGL 477 Semantics: Language and Meaning 3.0 FA
ENGL 478 Linguistic Approaches to Reading 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.

Language and Literacy

2 courses required:

ENGL 431 Theory and Practice in Tutoring Composition 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 333 and ENGL 335 are strongly recommended.
ENGL 478 Linguistic Approaches to Reading 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.

2 courses selected from:

ENGL 372 Pedagogical Grammar 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
ENGL 473 Historical Linguistics 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
ENGL 474 Syntactic and Morphological Analysis 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 371, ENGL 375.
ENGL 475 History of the English Language 3.0 FS
ENGL 476 Phonological Analysis 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ENGL 371, ENGL 375.
ENGL 477 Semantics: Language and Meaning 3.0 FA
ENGL 479 Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 371 or WMST 200.

This course is also offered as MCGS 479.

Literature

4 courses selected from:

Any 400-level literature courses.

Literary Editing and Publishing

4 courses required:

ENGL 315 Introduction to Literary Editing and Publishing in America 4.0 SP
ENGL 327 Creative Nonfiction 4.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 416 Editing Manuscripts for Publication 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: ENGL 335 or ENGL 375 (may be taken concurrently) or faculty permission.
ENGL 489 Internship in English 1.0 -3.0 FS

Theatre

4 courses required:

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 Production 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: For Theatre and Musical Theatre majors: THEA 150; for Theatre minors and all others: THEA 110.

1 course selected from:

ENGL 422 Advanced Play Writing 4.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 322 or instructor permission.
ENGL 452 Development of British Drama 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 453 Modern Drama 3.0 FS

The Option in English Studies: 33-34 units

Comparative, Continental European, World, and Multicultural Literatures

1 course selected from:

ENGL 451 Modern Poetry 3.0 FS
ENGL 453 Modern Drama 3.0 FS
ENGL 454 Comparative Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 461 The Modern Novel 3.0 FS
ENGL 463 American Multicultural Literature 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as MCGS 463.

ENGL 464 World Literature Written in English 3.0 Inq
ENGL 465 American Literary Topics 3.0 FS
ENGL 467 Teaching Multicultural Literature 3.0 FS

British Literature: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century

1 course selected from:

ENGL 440 Chaucer and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 441 Shakespeare 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 442 Milton and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 445 Early British Literature 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 446 British Renaissance Literature: 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 447 Seventeenth-Century Literature 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 448 The Long Eighteenth Century 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 452 Development of British Drama 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 455 The British Novel I 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.

British Literature: Romanticism to the Present

1 course selected from:

ENGL 277 Survey of British Literature II 3.0 FS
ENGL 449 The Romantic Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 450 The Victorian Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 456 The British Novel II 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 466 British Literary Topics 3.0 FS

American Literature: Beginnings to the 1850's

1 course required:

ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature I 3.0 FS

American Literature: 1850's to Present

1 course selected from:

ENGL 279 Survey of American Literature II 3.0 FS
ENGL 457 The American Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 278.
ENGL 462 Studies in Major American Authors 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340; ENGL 278 or ENGL 279.

Linguistics

1 course selected from:

ENGL 371 Principles of Language 3.0 FS *
ENGL 372 Pedagogical Grammar 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
ENGL 375 Introduction to English Grammar 3.0 FS
ENGL 475 History of the English Language 3.0 FS
ENGL 477 Semantics: Language and Meaning 3.0 FA

Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing

1 course selected from:

ENGL 315 Introduction to Literary Editing and Publishing in America 4.0 SP
ENGL 320 Poetry Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 321 Fiction Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 322 Play Writing 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 327 Creative Nonfiction 4.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.

Rhetoric, Composition, Literacy

1 course selected from:

ENGL 332 Introduction to Literacy Studies 3.0 FS
ENGL 333 Advanced Composition for Future Teachers 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 375 recommended.
ENGL 338 Environmental Rhetoric 3.0 FA *
Prerequisites: ENGL 130, ENGL 335 recommended
ENGL 431 Theory and Practice in Tutoring Composition 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 333 and ENGL 335 are strongly recommended.

9 units selected from:

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

The Option in Literature: 33 units

3 courses required:

ENGL 277 Survey of British Literature II 3.0 FS
ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature I 3.0 FS
ENGL 279 Survey of American Literature II 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

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

English Literary Figures

1 course selected from:

ENGL 440 Chaucer and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 441 Shakespeare 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 442 Milton and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.

Early Literature

For this category, you must not use the same course you used to satisfy the English Literary Figures requirement.

2 courses selected from:

ENGL 354 Classical Literature 3.0 FS *
ENGL 355 The Bible as Literature 3.0 Inq
ENGL 440 Chaucer and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 441 Shakespeare 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 442 Milton and His Age 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 445 Early British Literature 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 446 British Renaissance Literature: 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 447 Seventeenth-Century Literature 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 448 The Long Eighteenth Century 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 452 Development of British Drama 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 454 Comparative Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 455 The British Novel I 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 458 American Literature: Beginning to 1850s 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 278.
ENGL 465 American Literary Topics 3.0 FS
ENGL 466 British Literary Topics 3.0 FS

Later Literature

At least one of the courses you choose for this catgory must be in American literature. At least one other course must be in world literature or American multicultural literature.

4 courses selected from:

ENGL 449 The Romantic Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 450 The Victorian Period 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 451 Modern Poetry 3.0 FS
ENGL 453 Modern Drama 3.0 FS
ENGL 454 Comparative Literature 3.0 FS
ENGL 456 The British Novel II 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
ENGL 457 The American Novel 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340, ENGL 278.
ENGL 459 American Literature: 1850s-1945 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 279, ENGL 340.
ENGL 460 American Literature: 1945-Present 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 279, ENGL 340.
ENGL 461 The Modern Novel 3.0 FS
ENGL 462 Studies in Major American Authors 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 340; ENGL 278 or ENGL 279.
ENGL 463 American Multicultural Literature 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as MCGS 463.

ENGL 464 World Literature Written in English 3.0 Inq
ENGL 465 American Literary Topics 3.0 FS
ENGL 466 British Literary Topics 3.0 FS
ENGL 467 Teaching Multicultural Literature 3.0 FS

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 requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

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 academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. 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.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 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 for your major 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% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% 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 to apply.

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 276 Survey of British Literature I 3.0 FS
ENGL 277 Survey of British Literature II 3.0 FS
ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature I 3.0 FS
ENGL 279 Survey of American Literature II 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 599H, Senior Honors Thesis. Grades of B or better in ENGL 599H and in all other courses taken in the major are required to graduate with Honors in English.