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Liberal Arts

English

Abington College (ENGAB)
Altoona College (ENGAL)
University College (ENGCC): Penn State Delaware County, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State York
University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (ENGL)

PROFESSOR MARIE SECOR, Interim Head

Majors explore the imaginative and practical uses of English through courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, and language. They develop perspectives on human nature and cultural values through American, British, and other English literatures; they learn how to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information; they gain mastery over their language. These skills help English majors find careers in such fields as publishing, business, industry, government, and teaching. English majors often go on to postgraduate study not only in English but in such areas as law, business, education, and other liberal disciplines.

Majors can emphasize writing, literature, or rhetoric, or a mix of literature, writing, and rhetoric. All provide a liberal education and all develop analytic and writing skills. Qualified students may participate in the career internship and in the English honors program.

Students interested in earning certification in secondary education should contact the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. (See also Teacher Education Programs.)

For the B.A. degree in English, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
ENGL 200(3) (Sem: 1-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 3 credits from ENGL 221(3) or ENGL 221W(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 3 credits from ENGL 222(3), ENGL 222W(3), ENGL 231(3), ENGL 231W(3), ENGL 232(3), ENGL 232W(3), ENGL 235 US(3), or ENGL 240(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 3 credits from ENGL 261(3), ENGL 262 GH(3), ENGL 263 GH(3), ENGL 265 GH(3), or ENGL 268 GH(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 3 credits from ENGL 310H(3) or ENGL 487W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 6 credits in literature, writing, or rhetoric (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits at the 300 or 400 level in literature primarily before 1800 from department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits at the 300 or 400 level in literature primarily after 1800 from department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits at the 300 or 400 level in literature, writing, or rhetoric (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 27-03-095

Review Date: 6/28/05

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