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English B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 39
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The BS in English prepares students to succeed in professional organizations in myriad fields. Concepts learned and skills developed through the English major will be advantageous in a wide range of employment situations, such as education, media, business, and in technical writing, proofreading, editing, publishing, freelance work, and any career requiring skills in analysis, problem-solving, research, or written and verbal communication, such as paralegals, newsletter editors, critics, marketing coordinators, proofreaders, researchers, librarians, managers, sales associates, and media analysts. Substantial numbers of English graduates find work in business, law, ministry, libraries, and other applied fields. A degree in English can also prepare students for graduate study in English, humanities, law, and medicine. English graduates will gain an understanding and appreciation of the English language, develop critical thinking and theoretical application skills through the study and critique of literature, and gain insight into the importance of diversity. The required minor or double major in another field allows students to further focus their professional career preparation. Program outcomes for graduates: Demonstrate proficiencies in the intensive writing processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, and editing for professional presentation Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in personal and professional writing Demonstrate multicultural awareness of the scope and variety of literary works from around the world, literary movements, and literary theories Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view, and understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within global contexts Think critically, analyze, interpret, and articulate an informed personal reaction to world literature through writing, discussion, and presentation Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding
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.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
A minimum of 40 upper division credits are required to graduate.
Minor or Double Major Requirements
Students majoring in English must also complete a minor or a double major in another field.
Program Requirements
A maximum of two D grades are allowed for core courses required in the program and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution. Required courses - 24 credits
ENGL 1005 - Introduction to World Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
ENGL 3001 - World Culture and Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
ENGL 3005 - Ancient to 17th Century World Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
ENGL 3006 - 18th Century to Contemporary World Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 2223 - English Grammar and Usage (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3002 - Applied Literary Theory and Criticism (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3900 - Seminar Experience in English (3.0 cr)
Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits are required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required.
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
or SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
Technology Requirements
Take any 3 credits from the following courses. (If applicable, the course taken from below may be used to satisfy both the program and technology requirements.)
CA 1015 - Word Processing and Publishing Applications (3.0 cr)
or CA 1030 - Multimedia Applications (3.0 cr)
or CA 1040 - Web Site Development (3.0 cr)
or CA 1055 - Animation Software Applications (3.0 cr)
or COMM 2110 - Communication Technology Trends (3.0 cr)
English Electives
Take 15 or more credits from the following.
Upper Division
Take 9 - 15 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3537 - Visual Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3857 - Technical Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4000 - News and Promotional Writing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4002 - Intercultural Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4802 - Publication Design and Management (3.0 cr)
· ED 3301 - Creating Meaning Through Literature and Arts (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4000 - Intercultural Literature: Conversations between Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4007 - Advanced Topics in Literature (3.0 cr)
· GNED 3000 - Global Seminar [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (1.0-3.0 cr)
· GNED 3804 - Individual Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3856 - Editing (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3860 - Topics in Writing (3.0 cr)
Lower Division
Take 0 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1016 - American Literature: Race, Gender, Class, and the American Dream [HUMANITIES, HUMAN DIV] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 1017 - British Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 2000 - Topics in Literature (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2335 - Introduction to Creative Writing [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement.
 
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ENGL 1005 - Introduction to World Literature (HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Major forms of literature from various cultures/historical periods. Developing informed, personal response to literature/interpretive skills required for appreciation of literature.
ENGL 3001 - World Culture and Literature (HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Representative works from various cultures from around globe. Relevant historical contexts/social movements. Intensified interpretive skills for appreciation of diverse genres.
ENGL 3005 - Ancient to 17th Century World Literature (HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major forms of literature from ancient/medieval periods to Renaissance. Global focus of relevant historical, cultural, philosophical movements. Intensified interpretive/articulation skills for appreciation of literary evolution.
ENGL 3006 - 18th Century to Contemporary World Literature (HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Major forms of literature from romanticism, realism, modernism, contemporary eras. Global focus of relevant historical, cultural, philosophical movements. Intensified interpretive/articulation skills for appreciation of literary evolution.
WRIT 2223 - English Grammar and Usage
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: COMP 1011
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Grammar, grammatical concepts. Processes/structural rules that describe how words combine with each other to form sentences. Practice in sentence diagramming. prereq: COMP 1011
WRIT 3002 - Applied Literary Theory and Criticism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Seminal literary theories in English studies, such as poststructuralism, postmodernism, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, gay and lesbian criticism/queer theory, and race and ethnicity studies. Applies theoretical approaches to literary texts.
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Comp 1011, 1013
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing about subjects related to students' academic disciplines and future professions. Developing persuasive writing skills for academic, personal, and professional purposes. Effective communication principles, audiences, formats, and technologies. prereq: Comp 1011, 1013
WRIT 3900 - Seminar Experience in English
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Internship, publishing, or presentation experience sites may include University, professional, or industry agencies. Internship proposal, progress report, final report with letter from internship supervisor required.
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts/skills of communication used in social/career contexts. Perception, listening, verbal/nonverbal, climate, conflict.
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
CA 1015 - Word Processing and Publishing Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Desktop publishing techniques using Microsoft Word in the generation and development of advanced word processing documents; using Microsoft Publisher for the creation, design, and production of professional quality documents that combine, text, graphics, illustrations, and photographs for camera ready publications.
CA 1030 - Multimedia Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Developing advanced graphics, animation, and audio/video materials for personal/professional presentations.
CA 1040 - Web Site Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Web site design. current HTML, scripting, graphics, Web services, user interface design.
CA 1055 - Animation Software Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamentals of animation applications. Students create animated page for Web sites and interactive learning components for gaming and E-learning.
COMM 2110 - Communication Technology Trends
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to current/emerging industry standard software including design, presentation, social media as used in organizations.
COMM 3008 - Business Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical application of writing effective business letters, memos, e-mails, faxes. Tables, other graphics. Informal/formal informational/analytical reports. Professional oral/Web presentations. Development of personal writing style. Practice of appropriate business tone, etiquette. prereq: Comp 1013, Spch 1101
COMM 3537 - Visual Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Visual delivery of end-products in professional communication. Classical/contemporary theories of visual delivery. Designing visual delivery to reflect personal philosophy of communication. Integrating visual delivery system with text to meet professional/client standards. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 3857 - Technical Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Creating complex documents such as policies/procedures, manuals, instructions for clients. Team writing. Working with subject matter experts/technical topics. Usability testing/revision. Managing complex writing projects. Creating multiple documents as part of series. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 4000 - News and Promotional Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of theory/techniques in news/promotional writing. Use of social media. Creating/implementing integrated media plan.
COMM 4002 - Intercultural Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Interrelationship of cultures/co-cultures. Interpreting diverse communication through literature, popular culture, and academic sources. Cultural values, world views, philosophies, patterns, meanings. Communication strategies across cultures. prereq: 3001
COMM 4802 - Publication Design and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Applying project management principles to manage publication from concept to final product. Design principles, desktop publishing software, audience analysis, usability testing, production. Using table presentations to communicate process, final product to clients/guests. prereq: Comp 1013, Spch 1101
ED 3301 - Creating Meaning Through Literature and Arts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Course in children's literature designed to prepare pre-service teachers to integrate literature, art, drama, dance/movement, and music throughout the curriculum from a constructivist view of learning. Field experiences. prereq: Minimum GPA of 2.50
ENGL 4000 - Intercultural Literature: Conversations between Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Study of literature of minority populations in the United States and globally, with an emphasis on cultural and historical contexts that influence literature.
ENGL 4007 - Advanced Topics in Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Advanced focus on literary themes/topics. Intensified articulation/interpretive skills required. Topic titles could include Dramatic Literature/Film, Crime/Crisis Literature, etc.
GNED 3000 - Global Seminar (HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary approach to a specific culture and its current local/global issues. In-depth experiences in a discipline area of student's choice. Required international travel for one to three weeks, led by a faculty member.
GNED 3804 - Individual Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic related to student's major not covered in regularly offered courses. prereq: Jr, instructor consent
WRIT 3856 - Editing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Copy editing for accuracy, completeness, consistency, correctness. Comprehensive editing. Symbols of markup. Electronic editing. Style sheets/manuals. Proofreading. Editing visuals. Team editing tools. prereq: Comp 1013
WRIT 3860 - Topics in Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Advanced level of writing/critiquing original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama. Reading/discussion regarding craft of writing/characteristics of great literature.
ENGL 1016 - American Literature: Race, Gender, Class, and the American Dream (HUMANITIES, HUMAN DIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
American literature from Puritans to present. Develop informed, personal response. Major concerns of American writers in different eras. Introduction to interpretative skills required for appreciation of literature.
ENGL 1017 - British Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
British literature from classic to present. Develop informed, personal response to literature. Major concerns of British writers in different eras. Interpretative skills required for appreciation of literature.
ENGL 2000 - Topics in Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Changing focus on genres, cultures, literary topics, eras. Interpretive/writing skills required with focalized intent. Topic titles could include women/literature, war/literature, Modernism, Chinese literture, etc.
WRIT 2335 - Introduction to Creative Writing (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: COMP 1011
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of creative writing. Basic literary/writing-craft concepts/terminology. Literary works. Practice writing, critiquing prose/poetry. prereq: COMP 1011