Foundations

B.A. students in English literature at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A in addition to the requirements for the major. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.  Majors in English literature must also complete either a minor in their chosen field of study, or the 40-credit (rather than the 33-credit) major in English.  Please see the material on the English major in the General Catalog for specific degree requirements.

Requirements, English Major

The English major consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours in English courses, beginning with English 180.

Required courses include the following:

  • ENGL 180: Gateways to Interpretation
  • ENGL 208: Methods of Literary Criticism and Research
  • ENGL 493: Seminar in English

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 200: Literary Studies
  • ENGL 201: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 210: Introduction to Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 270: Introduction to Cinema Studies
  • ENGL 296: Traditions of Giving and Serving in American Life

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 309: Literature of the Medieval Period
  • ENGL 320: Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 330: Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century
  • ENGL 350: Literature of the 19th Century

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 370: Modern and Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGL 372: Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • ENGL 375: Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 312: American Literature I
  • ENGL 313: American Literature II

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 311: New Literacies, Technologies, and Cultures of Writing
  • ENGL 341: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 342: Grammar, Style, Editing
  • ENGL 343: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 344: Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 368: TESOL: Theory and Methods
  • ENGL 369: TESOL: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 431: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 440: Multimedia Writing and Design

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 260: Cross-Cultural Narratives
  • ENGL 360: Cross-Cultural Engagement in English Studies

Plus one from the following:

  • ENGL 410: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 456: The Novel
  • ENGL 478: Literature for Children
  • ENGL 479: Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 480: Topics in Writing
  • ENGL 484: Topics in Language
  • ENGL 486: Internship in English
  • ENGL 490: Topics in Literature
  • ENGL 495: Independent Study in English
  • ENGL 497: Honors Work in English

In addition to either a departmental or an individualized major, students must complete one of the following: an academic minor, a second academic major, or the Liberal Arts Business Minor. A final option is to complete a first major of at least forty (but no more than forty-eight) credit hours.

The Double Major

This option requires that students fulfill the major requirements in two departments. As either a first or second major, English is both popular and practical. Combining the study of English with such disciplines as communication, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, theatre, or theology provides a broad background in the humanities. Further, such complementary courses of study offer attractive career options in publishing, business (personnel, public relations, management), government, and not-for-profit agencies. These combinations also prepare students for graduate study in those individual fields, as well as in business, law, library science, or medicine.

The Forty Credit Major

This option allows students to develop their literary interests in greater depth and breadth. No more than forty-eight credit hours in English may be applied to the 124 required for graduation. Students intending to pursue the study of English at the graduate level might find this option to be of special interest.

Related Fields

English courses also apply towards the following concentration areas: Environmental Studies; Ethnic Studies; Film Studies; Gender Studies; Philanthropy; Neuroscience; Liberal Arts/Business Minor. (See the University Bulletin for specific requirements.)

Declaration of an English Major

Students may declare a major at any time, but it is advisable to declare no later than the first semester of the junior year. Those students interested in teaching English at the secondary level as a career should declare the major even earlier (see the Teaching Major and Minor below). Early declarations allow students to plan their programs more judiciously. When declaring a major, students must fill out a form which will be signed by their new English Department adviser.

 

The English Minor

An English minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in English courses beginning with English 180.

Required courses include the following:

  • ENGL 180: Gateways to Interpretation

plus one course selected from the following:

  • ENGL 309: Literature of the Medieval Period
  • ENGL 320: Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries
  • ENGL 330: Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century
  • ENGL 350: Literature of the 19th Century

plus one course selected from the following:

  • ENGL 370: Modern and Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGL 372: Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • ENGL 375: Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • ENGL 312: American Literature I
  • ENGL 313: American Literature II

Three additional credits from English courses numbered 200 or above.

Three additional credits from English courses numbered 300 or above.

 Course Catalog

In the English department, students learn to use the English language maturely and sensitively and develop their capacities to enjoy and understand imaginative literature.