Majors and Minors

Literature Major

The major in Literature consists of thirty-three (33) hours.

At the 200-level, those pursuing the Literature major or the Secondary Certification Program in English Track are expected to successfully complete ENG 263 and one 200-level genre or thematically organized course (224, 225, 226, 233, 234, 235, 237, 240, 264, or 265).

At the 300-level, those pursuing the Literature Track or the Secondary Certification Program in English are expected to successfully complete ENG 301, either 320 or 321, one course in English literature before 1700 (330, 335, 340, 342, or 380), one course in British literature 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries (346 , 347, 348, 349, or 380 ), one course in American literature 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries (352, 353 354, 357, 359, or 380), one course in British and/or American 20th century (358, 360, 362, 364, 366, 367, 368, 369, or 380), and two electives number 300 or above.

All Literature Track and Secondary Certification Program in English Track students will complete their program by taking 480S.

A minor in English in Literature consists of five English courses above ENG 108, including at least one course from (224, 225, 226, 233, 234, 235, 237, 240, 264, or 265), and three courses numbered 300 or above.

Creative Writing Major

The major in Creative Writing consists of thirty-three (33) hours.

All creative writing students will successfully complete a program devoted to literary history and background reading which will include at the 200-level: ENG 263 and one 200-level genre or thematically organized course (224, 225, 226, 233, 234, 235, 237, 240, 264, or 265).

At the 300-level, those pursuing the Creative Writing Track are expected to successfully complete ENG 301, either 320 or 321, one course in British literature 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries (346 , 347, 348, 349, or 380), one course in American literature 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries (352, 353 354, 357, 359, or 380), and one course in British and/or American 20th century (358, 360, 362, 364, 366, 367, 368, 369, or 380).

Creative Writing majors wishing to emphasize poetry will successfully complete 308, 309, 311, and either 485 (Sams Seminar in Poetry) or 487.

Creative Writing majors wishing to emphasize fiction will successfully complete 308, 309, 312, and either 485 (Sams Seminar in Fiction) or 487.

Creative Writing majors wishing to emphasize playwriting will successfully complete 308 or 309, ENG/THR 371, ENG 372, and 485(Sams Seminar in Playwriting) or 487.

Students seeking a generalist writing emphasis must pair ENG 311 with the ENG 485 (Sams Seminar in Fiction or Drama); or ENG 312 with the ENG 485 (Sams Seminar in Poetry or Drama); or ENG/THR 371 with the ENG 485 (Sams Seminar in Fiction or Poetry).

Honors

In addition to the course requirements detailed under the Literature Track tab, majors on the Literature Track may attain Departmental Honors in English by successfully completing the major requirements plus ENG 329 and 488 under the direction of an Honors Committee composed of the Chair and two members of the English Department selected by the student. Students should register for ENG 488 in the spring semester of their junior year and complete the honors paper by March 15 of the senior year.

In addition to the course requirements detailed under the Creative Writing Track tab, majors on the Creative Writing Track may attain Departmental Honors in English by submitting a portfolio by March 15 of the senior year to be juried by outside readers. The portfolio must be judged “outstanding” to receive honors.

A grade point average of 3.50 in upper-division English classes is required for honors on all major tracks.

Secondary Teacher Certification

Teacher certification in English (6-12) is available to English majors who successfully complete the regular Literature Track program and ENG 323 or 325. Students planning to teach English in secondary school should notify their advisor and contact the secondary education advisor in Tift College of Education. Required courses in education include EDUC 210, 220, 256, 283, 357, 398, 399, 406, 468, 469, 476, 485, and 492.

Please consult the Tift College of Education Admission to Teacher Education web page for more details.