Major Programs

BA in Literature

Literature majors explore the masterpieces of American, British, and World literature. In doing so, Literature majors develop their skills in analytical reading, scholarly writing, critical thinking, and public speaking. The Literature program is anchored in survey courses that introduce students to the foundational works of American and British literature. Students then choose from special topics courses and regular curricular offerings to refine and explore their own areas of interest. Courses are designed to promote student engagement in textual analysis and cultural context beyond the classroom, and faculty act as mentors through independent studies, internships, and research projects. After graduation, UE Literature majors prove the versatility of their major through their careers in diverse fields like business, law, religious life, library science, and publishing. They also earn advanced degrees in nationally recognized graduate schools.

BS in English Education

The English Education major offers strong professional training for students seeking to teach English in a high school or a middle school. Students gain expertise in the fields of literature and education. At the content level, English Education majors take courses in American, British, and World literature, as well as professional and creative writing, thus preparing them for the broad demands of the classroom. English Education majors also take a wide range of education courses. Those courses provide students with the teaching strategies required by teachers at all levels while also offering specialized training for teaching English classes. English Education majors are able to practice their teaching at local schools and so gain invaluable practical experience. Versatile, creative, and professional, UE English Education majors are extremely successful at attaining teaching positions after graduation.

Course Checklists

BA in Literature

120 hours required:
  • Enduring Foundations General Education Requirements (47 hours)
  • Major Requirements (36 hours)
  • Free Electives (37 hours)
  • 300/400 level courses (39 hours)
Major Requirements:
  • ENGL 210: Approaches to Literature (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 231: Masterpieces of British Literature I (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 232: Masterpieces of British Literature II (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 241: Major American Writers I (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 242: Major American Writers II (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 350: Shakespeare (3 hrs)
  • Complete 9 hours of British Literature from:
    • ENGL 300: Early English Writers (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 310: The Renaissance & 17th Century (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 351: The British Novel (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 370: Age of Enlightenment (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 375: The Romantic Movement (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 380: The Victorian Period (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 385: The Twentieth Century (3 hrs)
  • Complete 9 hours from 300/400 level ENGL:
    • ENGL 223: World Classics (may substitute for one of these additional courses.)
    • ENGL 330: Special Topics in Literature (may be taken up to three times, if different topic)
    • Courses may also be chosen from the British Literature list above

BS in English Education

122 hours required:
  • Enduring Foundations General Education Requirements (41 hours)
  • Major Requirements (81 hours)
  • 300/400 level courses (39 hours)
Major Requirements:
  • Professional Education Requirements:
    • PSYC 226: Child & Adolescent Psychology (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 150: Foundations/Diversity in American Educ. (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 320: Teaching Strategies in K-12 Schools (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 322: Strategies for Special Needs Students K-12 (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 363: Principles & Strategies, Secondary Schools (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 385: Multicultural Understanding (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 428: Reading in the Content Areas (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 435: Supervised Teaching Seminar (1 hr)
    • EDUC 436: Supervised Teaching SH/MS (12 hrs)
    • EDUC 443: Curriculum & Learning: Junior High/Middle School (3 hrs)
    • EDUC 453: Methods of Teaching English SH/JH/MS (2 hrs)
  • English Language Arts Requirements:
    • COMM 210: Professional Speaking (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 210: Approaches to Literature (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 231: Masterpieces of British Literature I (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 232: Masterpieces of British Literature II (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 241: Major American Writers I (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 242: Major American Writers II (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 340: Contemporary World Literature (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 350: Shakespeare (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 351: The British Novel (3 hrs) OR ENGL 352: The Young Adult Novel (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 353: The American Novel (3 hrs)
    • WRTG 204: Copy Editing (3 hrs)
    • WRTG 205: Introduction to Creative Writing (3 hrs)
  • Complete one course from:
    • ENGL 122: Modern World Literatures (3 hrs)
    • ENGL 223: World Classics
  • Complete one course from:
    • WRTG 211: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (3 hrs)
    • WRTG 312: Advanced Exposition (3 hrs)

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