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English Major Requirements

Studying English today is just as satisfying, and just as hard, as it ever was. It is also new and different in exciting ways. The study of language, writing, and literature offers new choices and new kinds of connections to the world and to your life.

At Wyoming an English major will study Shakespeare and Chaucer, and much more that has been at the traditional heart of English -- along with newer courses in such subjects as literature in English written in Africa, science fiction films (and their deep psychology and politics), and women writers of many times and places. In any English course the work of understanding and the play of ideas will connect you to much of the rest of the intellectual excitement available in the University, in such areas as art, politics, philosophy, gender studies, religious studies...if you look closely, maybe even agriculture or, believe it or not, math, taught in the English Department!

English courses all require extensive writing, and often re-writing, as students work out their own ideas and sharpen their all-purpose writing skills. Those writing skills are extremely useful, and, in our society today, they are unfortunately rare (and much valued by employers). Students may take courses in creative writing of poetry or fiction or literary non-fiction as well.

The University of Wyoming English Department has many teachers widely recognized for excellence and for the excitement in their classes. They have different interests and points of view. Studying English is a stimulating conversation. We invite you to join us.

Within the framework below, each student should construct, with the help and approval of the adviser, a balanced and coherent program.


Requirements and Credit Hours (for students in the 2020 catalog and beyond)

*Students should consult with advisor to declare a track before their junior year.

Literary Studies Track:

1. Gateway to the English Major - ENGL 2025: Introduction to English Studies (COM2) ... 3 hours

2. Historical Period Classes ... 15 hours

Take two of the following six courses:

  • ENGL 2425

  • ENGL 2430

  • ENGL 2435

  • ENGL 2340

  • ENGL 2350

  • ENGL 2360

Take three of the following five courses:

  • ENGL 3200

  • ENGL 3300

  • ENGL 3400

  • ENGL 3500

  • ENGL 3600

3. Expanding the Canon Classes ... 6 hours

2340/2350/2360 can be taken either as an Expanding the Canon course OR as an Historical Period course. A full list of courses that fulfill the Expanding the Canon requirements will be published each semester; generally speaking, these courses will cover topics related to racial diversity, global literatures, gender, sexuality, or disability studies. Examples: 3330, 3710, 4450, 4455, 4460, 4470, 4640: Postcolonial Literature, 4830.
 
4. Literary Studies Methods Course - ENGL 3000: Literary Theory ... 3 hours
 
5. Electives ... 6 hours

Students can select from any of our courses for credit in this category; one of the two electives must be in either Rhetoric & Composition (2005, 2035, 2125, 3020, 4000, 4010, 4020, 4025, 4030, 4061, 4075) or Creative Writing (CW).
 
6. Capstone Course - ENGL 4999: Senior Seminar (COM3) ... 3 hours

Total hours ... 36

Note: At least 21 of the 36 credit hours must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

 

English Studies Track:

1. Gateway to the English Major - ENGL 2025: Introduction to English (COM2) ... 3 hours

2. Historical Period Classes ... 12 hours

Take one of the following six courses:

  • ENGL 2425

  • ENGL 2430

  • ENGL 2435

  • ENGL 2340

  • ENGL 2350

  • ENGL 2360

Take three of the following five courses:

  • ENGL 3200

  • ENGL 3300

  • ENGL 3400

  • ENGL 3500

  • ENGL 3600

3. Expanding the Canon Classes … 6 hours

2340/2350/2360 can be taken either as an Expanding the Canon course OR as an Historical Period course. A full list of courses that fulfill the Expanding the Canon requirements will be published each semester; generally speaking, these courses will cover topics related to racial diversity, global literatures, gender, sexuality, or disability studies. Examples: 3330, 3710, 4450, 4455, 4460, 4470, 4640: Postcolonial Literature, 4830.

4. English Studies Methods Course - ENGL 3010: Approaches to Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy, and Professional Writing ... 3 hours

5. Foundations of Language ... 3 hours

One class in History of English Language or Social Linguistics

6. Electives ... 6 hours

2 courses from the list of Rhetoric/Composition/Professional Writing courses offered by English and approved courses offered by other departments. Examples: 2005, 2035, 2125, 3020, 4000, 4010, 4020, 4025, 4030, 4061, and 4075.

7. Capstone Course - ENGL 4999: Senior Seminar (COM3) ... 3 hours

Total hours ... 36

Note: At least 21 of the 36 credit hours must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

Requirements and Credit Hours (for students in catalog years preceding 2020)

Literary Studies Track:

1. Gateway to the English Major - ENGL 2025: Introduction to English Studies (COM2) ... 3 hours

2. Historical Period Classes ... 12 hours

Take four of the following five courses:

  • ENGL 3200

  • ENGL 3300

  • ENGL 3400

  • ENGL 3500

  • ENGL 3600

Students may also take up to 6 credits of English survey courses (ENGL 2425, 2430, 2435) for credit in historical period categories.

3. Expanding the Canon Classes ... 6 hours

A full list of courses that fulfill the Expanding the Canon requirements will be published each semester; generally speaking, these courses will cover topics related to racial diversity, global literatures, gender, sexuality, or disability studies. Examples: 3330, 3710, 4450, 4455, 4460, 4470, 4640: Postcolonial Literature, 4830.
 
4. Literary Studies Methods Course - ENGL 3000: Literary Theory ... 3 hours
 
5. Electives ... 9 hours

Students can select from any of our courses for credit in this category; one of the three electives must be in either Rhetoric & Composition (2005, 2035, 2125, 3020, 4000, 4010, 4020, 4025, 4030, 4061, 4075) or Creative Writing (CW).
 
6. Capstone Course - ENGL 4999: Senior Seminar (COM3) ... 3 hours

Total hours ... 36

Note: At least 21 of the 36 credit hours must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

 

English Studies Track:

1. Gateway to the English Major - ENGL 2025: Introduction to English (COM2) ... 3 hours

2. Historical Period Classes ... 9 hours

Take three of the following five courses:

  • ENGL 3200

  • ENGL 3300

  • ENGL 3400

  • ENGL 3500

  • ENGL 3600

Students may also take up to 6 credits of English survey courses (ENGL 2425, 2430, 2435) for credit in historical period categories.

3. Expanding the Canon Classes … 6 hours

A full list of courses that fulfill the Expanding the Canon requirements will be published each semester; generally speaking, these courses will cover topics related to racial diversity, global literatures, gender, sexuality, or disability studies. Examples: 3330, 3710, 4450, 4455, 4460, 4470, 4640: Postcolonial Literature, 4830.

4. English Studies Methods Course - ENGL 3010: Approaches to Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy, and Professional Writing ... 3 hours

5. Foundations of Language ... 3 hours

One class in History of English Language or Social Linguistics

6. Electives ... 9 hours

3 courses from the list of Rhetoric/Composition/Professional Writing courses offered by English and approved courses offered by other departments. Examples: 2005, 2035, 2125, 3020, 4000, 4010, 4020, 4025, 4030, 4061, and 4075.

7. Capstone Course - ENGL 4999: Senior Seminar (COM3) ... 3 hours

Total hours ... 36

Note: At least 21 of the 36 credit hours must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

Other notes

Foreign Language Requirement

In addition, in order to introduce its majors to language, culture, and comparative literature, the English department requires three semesters of a single foreign language. The choice of language should be made in consultation with the student's advisor and in consideration of career plans. For instance, students planning graduate study in literature may wish to choose a relevant modern or classical language. Or, a student in disability studies may substitute American Sign Language or Braille with permission of the assistant chair.

Only those courses in which a grade of "C" or better has been earned may count toward the 36 hours and the 12 hours of foreign language required for the B.A. (the B.S. is not offered).

Concentration in Literary Studies

Students wishing to concentrate in literary studies, including students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in English, should attempt to take the following upper-division courses: a course in Chaucer or in Medieval literature; a Shakespeare course; another course in English literature before 1800 (exclusive of Chaucer and Shakespeare); a course in 19th-Century English literature; two courses in American literature; a course in literature after 1900; the Senior Seminar; a course in emerging fields and approaches.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing in English is required for all majors prior to taking the senior seminar (ENGL 4999). To be eligible for advanced standing in English, the student must have completed 24 hours of English coursework above COM1, including the required survey courses (ENGL 2425, 2430, 2435). Each course must have been passed with a grade of C or better. Approved transfer courses from other institutions will satisfy the prerequisites for advanced standing. ENGL 4999 should be taken in the next to last semester before graduation.

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