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The Bachelor of Arts in English

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See General Education Requirements in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Diversity Requirement" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education Requirements.

U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals: 6 units

See "U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements". This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155 or approved equivalents. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See Math and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or higher to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or higher before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 42-60 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the major core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 9 units

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of British literature from Beowulf to mid-1700s. 3 hours lecture. (003472)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
Practice in writing and revising prose that informs and persuades effectively, based on a study of classical and modern rhetorical principles. Open to all students; required of all English majors, including credential candidates, who should take it by the end of their junior year in preparation for upper-division course work in English. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003488)
The course focuses on developing analytical approaches to literary genres, primarily short stories, novels, poems, and plays. Required of English majors by end of junior year in preparation for upper-division course work in English. 3 hours lecture. (003431)

Major Option Course Requirements: 33-51 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

Note: Students pursuing the Option in English Education must take the following 2 GE courses:

Area A1:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Effective oral communication. Introduction to human communication theory. Practice in gathering, organizing, and presenting material in speeches to persuade, inform, and interest. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002206)

Area C1:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of all aspects of theatre arts, including history, production styles and techniques, acting, directing, and stagecraft. Supplemental reading and examination of theatre literature. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009211)

The Option in English Education: 47-49 units

The program below fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in English, which will lead to a California teaching credential. See the Single Subject Matter Teaching Credential section for additional information.

Teacher Preparation Option Core: 35 units

11 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Workshop for beginning writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (003399)
A survey of British literature from mid-1700s to the twentieth century. 3 hours lecture. (003473)
A survey of American literature from its beginnings to the 1850s. 3 hours lecture. (003475)
A survey of American literature from the 1850s to 1945. 3 hours lecture. (003476)
An introduction to the study of public and scholarly literacy, and its applications in economic systems, schooling, religion, and technology. Required of English majors by the end of the junior year in preparation for upper-division work in English. 3 hours lecture. (003439)
An introduction to linguistics. Topics include language acquisition, language structure, language variation, and languages of the world. This course is required for CLAD and BCLAD credentials as well as credential programs beginning in the fall of 2003 under SB 2042 standards. 3 hours lecture. (003450)
An introduction to the descriptive grammar of English. Students learn to use basic syntactic terms to analyze spoken and written English, distinguishing between descriptive and prescriptive grammar. Required of English majors by the end of the junior year in preparation for upper-division course work in English. 3 hours lecture. (003452)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
An introduction to Shakespeare's principal plays, his art, his age, and his critics; designed especially for English majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003507)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
Introduction to major issues in second language acquisition and teaching. 3 hours seminar. (003540)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised, out-of-classroom work experience in English-related activities in the University, community, and businesses. No more than 3 units may be applied to the major. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (003569)
Prerequisites: ENGL 335, ENGL 375, and ENGL 441.
A capstone course focusing on connections among literature, language, and composition required of all single-subject credential candidates. To be taken during the senior year. 3 hours seminar. (003579)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as MCGS 463 .
A study of American ethnic and multicultural literature, popular culture, and critical theory. 3 hours lecture. (003576)
The study of modern world literature written English. Works may vary from semester to semester and focus on one region or culture (such as India, Africa, or the Caribbean), or several regions or cultures. 3 hours seminar. (003577)
An examination of multicultural literature with particular attention paid to the teaching of multicultural literature in the secondary and post-secondary classroom. This course is required for the single subject credential in English. 3 hours seminar. (003586)

Areas of Study: 12-14 units

The following courses, or their approved equivalents, are required of all candidates in this option depending on the chosen Area of Study. Students must select one of the following areas for completion of the English Education Option course requirements.

Creative Writing

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of poetry at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003443)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fiction at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003446)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fact-based prose (i.e., nonfiction) that acknowledges the presence and creative imagination of the writer at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003438)

Or the following group of course requirements may be substituted for the above:

Two 300-level creative writing courses and one 400-level creative writing course in the same genre as one of the 300-level courses taken.

General Studies

Creative Writing:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of poetry at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003443)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fiction at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003446)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fact-based prose (i.e., nonfiction) that acknowledges the presence and creative imagination of the writer at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003438)

Literature:

2 courses selected from:

Any 400-level courses, in addition to those taken to satisfy core requirements.

Language and Literacy:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 333 and ENGL 335 are strongly recommended.
Training and experience in the tutoring of students in composition. With permission of instructor, course may be repeated once for credit, but credit will not count toward major. 3 hours seminar, 3 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003539)
The development of the English language from its earliest origins to the present. Fundamental rules of language change in syntax, morphology, and phonology, with application to examples from Old, Middle, Early Modern, and contemporary English. 3 hours lecture. (003532)
A comprehensive exploration of semantics, including theories of meaning, relationship between semantics and conceptual structure, semantics and cognition in language acquisition, and the relationship between meaning and use. 3 hours lecture. (003534)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
An examination of recent psycholinguistic theory and research in the field of reading as a language process, with practical experience in reading instruction. 3 hours seminar. (003535)

Language and Literacy

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 333 and ENGL 335 are strongly recommended.
Training and experience in the tutoring of students in composition. With permission of instructor, course may be repeated once for credit, but credit will not count toward major. 3 hours seminar, 3 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003539)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
An examination of recent psycholinguistic theory and research in the field of reading as a language process, with practical experience in reading instruction. 3 hours seminar. (003535)

2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
This course emphasizes both the grammatical content needed to teach non-native speakers and various integrated approaches to teaching grammar. 3 hours lecture. (003527)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
Methods of investigating and reconstructing the history of languages (including those for which no significant earlier written record exists). Examining and evaluating the linguistic evidence for its insights into the earlier culture, migration patterns, and linguistic contacts of the speakers. 3 hours lecture. (003529)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371, ENGL 375.
Study of syntax and morphology, focusing on similarities and differences among languages from the viewpoint of both form and function. 3 hours seminar. (003531)
The development of the English language from its earliest origins to the present. Fundamental rules of language change in syntax, morphology, and phonology, with application to examples from Old, Middle, Early Modern, and contemporary English. 3 hours lecture. (003532)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ENGL 371.
Study of world's sound systems as well as the relevant phonetics and morphology with an emphasis on English and second language acquisition. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003533)
A comprehensive exploration of semantics, including theories of meaning, relationship between semantics and conceptual structure, semantics and cognition in language acquisition, and the relationship between meaning and use. 3 hours lecture. (003534)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371 or WMST 200.
This course is also offered as MCGS 479 .
This course explores recent theories and applications associated with the relationships among language, gender, and sexuality. The course includes a focus on the intersection of linguistic gender with class and ethnicity by drawing on research in linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics. There will be an examination of gendered speech, writing, and sign from a variety of the world's languages. 3 hours lecture. (003536)

Literature

4 courses selected from:

Any 400-level literature courses.

Theatre Arts

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An exploration of human intention, as revealed in behavior, to be accomplished through a study of the techniques of acting, the interpretation of scripts, and the analysis of character. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009210)
An introduction to technical theatre production in the areas of scenery, property construction, and painting. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009213)
Applied study of scenic, lighting, and other technical theatre practices through participation in scenery construction and painting, and on lighting, sound, and stage crews for department productions or other approved activities. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009238)
Prerequisites: For Theatre and Musical Theatre majors: THEA 150; for Theatre minors and all others: THEA 110.
A course in the principles and methods employed by directors, designers, and actors to comprehend dramatic literature as scripts for theatrical performance. 3 hours lecture. (009513)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
The development of British drama from its beginnings to the nineteenth century. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003545)
British, Continental, and American drama from Ibsen to the present. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003549)

The Option in English Studies: 33-34 units

Comparative, Continental European, World, and Multicultural Literatures

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Study of twentieth-century British, American, Continental, and Latin American poetry. 3 hours seminar. (003543)
British, Continental, and American drama from Ibsen to the present. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003549)
Comparative study of major genres, themes, and literary figures in literature. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003552)
British, American, Continental, and Latin American novels in the twentieth century. 3 hours seminar. (003562)
This course is also offered as MCGS 463 .
A study of American ethnic and multicultural literature, popular culture, and critical theory. 3 hours lecture. (003576)
The study of modern world literature written English. Works may vary from semester to semester and focus on one region or culture (such as India, Africa, or the Caribbean), or several regions or cultures. 3 hours seminar. (003577)
Seminar examination of writers and themes in American literature. Topics vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003583)
An examination of multicultural literature with particular attention paid to the teaching of multicultural literature in the secondary and post-secondary classroom. This course is required for the single subject credential in English. 3 hours seminar. (003586)

British Literature: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
Study of the Canterbury Tales and other works by the major poet of the English Middle Ages. The study of Middle English and of medieval society, its values and beliefs as mirrored in Chaucer's works. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003503)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
An introduction to Shakespeare's principal plays, his art, his age, and his critics; designed especially for English majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003507)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of Paradise Lost and other works of Milton in the context of the English Revolution. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003509)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
Study of British art and culture as revealed in its literature, such as battle poems, morality plays, and Arthurian romances. 3 hours seminar. (003506)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of the literature and culture of Tudor England, emphasizing the prose and poetry of such figures as More, Skelton, Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser and Marlowe. 3 hours seminar. (003511)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of the literature and culture of seventeenth-century England, emphasizing the drama, poetry, and prose of such authors as Webster, Jonson, Herrick, Donne, Herbert, Taylor, Bunyan, and Milton. 3 hours lecture. (003513)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
The literature and intellectual currents of Restoration and eighteenth-century Britain, including works by such authors as Dryden, Addison, Steele, Pope, Swift, Hume, Sterne, Goldsmith, and Johnson. 3 hours seminar. (003514)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
The development of British drama from its beginnings to the nineteenth century. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003545)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period novels, including such authors as Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Austen, and Scott. 3 hours seminar. (003554)

British Literature: Romanticism to the Present

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of British literature from mid-1700s to the twentieth century. 3 hours lecture. (003473)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of the literary and intellectual currents of the Romantic period, including major essayists and critics, and the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. 3 hours seminar. (003515)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
The poetry and prose of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Hopkins, and others. Attention to important essayists and critics and to the significance of the Victorian scene for our times. 3 hours seminar. (003516)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of Victorian novels, including such authors as Thackeray, the Brontes, Dickens, Gaskell, Eliot, Trollope, and Hardy. 3 hours seminar. (003556)
Seminar examination of writers or themes in British literature. Topics vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003585)

American Literature: Beginnings to the 1850's

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of American literature from its beginnings to the 1850s. 3 hours lecture. (003475)

American Literature: 1850's to Present

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of American literature from the 1850s to 1945. 3 hours lecture. (003476)
Prerequisites: ENGL 278, ENGL 340.
A critical and historical study of the American novel from its beginnings through the nineteenth century; Cooper, Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, James, and others. 3 hours seminar. (003557)
Prerequisites: ENGL 340; ENGL 278 or ENGL 279.
An intensive study of major authors in American literature. Authors vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003566)

Linguistics

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An introduction to linguistics. Topics include language acquisition, language structure, language variation, and languages of the world. This course is required for CLAD and BCLAD credentials as well as credential programs beginning in the fall of 2003 under SB 2042 standards. 3 hours lecture. (003450)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
This course emphasizes both the grammatical content needed to teach non-native speakers and various integrated approaches to teaching grammar. 3 hours lecture. (003527)
An introduction to the descriptive grammar of English. Students learn to use basic syntactic terms to analyze spoken and written English, distinguishing between descriptive and prescriptive grammar. Required of English majors by the end of the junior year in preparation for upper-division course work in English. 3 hours lecture. (003452)
The development of the English language from its earliest origins to the present. Fundamental rules of language change in syntax, morphology, and phonology, with application to examples from Old, Middle, Early Modern, and contemporary English. 3 hours lecture. (003532)
A comprehensive exploration of semantics, including theories of meaning, relationship between semantics and conceptual structure, semantics and cognition in language acquisition, and the relationship between meaning and use. 3 hours lecture. (003534)

Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
History of publishing in America, acquisition of basic editorial skills, and study of the editing and publishing process. Class publishes authors' chapbooks. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (003497)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of poetry at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003443)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fiction at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003446)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fact-based prose (i.e., nonfiction) that acknowledges the presence and creative imagination of the writer at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003438)

Rhetoric, Composition, Literacy

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An introduction to the study of public and scholarly literacy, and its applications in economic systems, schooling, religion, and technology. Required of English majors by the end of the junior year in preparation for upper-division work in English. 3 hours lecture. (003439)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 375 recommended.
Advanced practice in writing and in using writing in the classroom for single- and multiple-subject credential candidates. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003436)
Prerequisite: Engl 130, ENGL 335 recommended.
Through a variety of readings, documentary films, discussions, lectures and writing activities, students will learn about current arguments about the environment and, specifically, contemporary discourse on global climate change, sustainability, environmental activism, and social movements. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (020597)
Prerequisites: ENGL 333 and ENGL 335 are strongly recommended.
Training and experience in the tutoring of students in composition. With permission of instructor, course may be repeated once for credit, but credit will not count toward major. 3 hours seminar, 3 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003539)

9 units selected from:

Any upper-division English (ENGL) course except ENGL 499.

The Option in Literature: 33 units

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of British literature from mid-1700s to the twentieth century. 3 hours lecture. (003473)
A survey of American literature from its beginnings to the 1850s. 3 hours lecture. (003475)
A survey of American literature from the 1850s to 1945. 3 hours lecture. (003476)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An introduction to linguistics. Topics include language acquisition, language structure, language variation, and languages of the world. This course is required for CLAD and BCLAD credentials as well as credential programs beginning in the fall of 2003 under SB 2042 standards. 3 hours lecture. (003450)
An introduction to the descriptive grammar of English. Students learn to use basic syntactic terms to analyze spoken and written English, distinguishing between descriptive and prescriptive grammar. Required of English majors by the end of the junior year in preparation for upper-division course work in English. 3 hours lecture. (003452)
The development of the English language from its earliest origins to the present. Fundamental rules of language change in syntax, morphology, and phonology, with application to examples from Old, Middle, Early Modern, and contemporary English. 3 hours lecture. (003532)

English Literary Figures

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
Study of the Canterbury Tales and other works by the major poet of the English Middle Ages. The study of Middle English and of medieval society, its values and beliefs as mirrored in Chaucer's works. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003503)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
An introduction to Shakespeare's principal plays, his art, his age, and his critics; designed especially for English majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003507)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of Paradise Lost and other works of Milton in the context of the English Revolution. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003509)

Early Literature

For this category, you must not use the same course you used to satisfy the English Literary Figures requirement.

2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An introduction to the literature of ancient Greece and Rome. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003411)
Study of the literary types and qualities of the English Bible and their impact upon British and American literature and language. 3 hours seminar. (003471)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
Study of the Canterbury Tales and other works by the major poet of the English Middle Ages. The study of Middle English and of medieval society, its values and beliefs as mirrored in Chaucer's works. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003503)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
An introduction to Shakespeare's principal plays, his art, his age, and his critics; designed especially for English majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003507)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of Paradise Lost and other works of Milton in the context of the English Revolution. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003509)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
Study of British art and culture as revealed in its literature, such as battle poems, morality plays, and Arthurian romances. 3 hours seminar. (003506)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of the literature and culture of Tudor England, emphasizing the prose and poetry of such figures as More, Skelton, Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser and Marlowe. 3 hours seminar. (003511)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of the literature and culture of seventeenth-century England, emphasizing the drama, poetry, and prose of such authors as Webster, Jonson, Herrick, Donne, Herbert, Taylor, Bunyan, and Milton. 3 hours lecture. (003513)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
The literature and intellectual currents of Restoration and eighteenth-century Britain, including works by such authors as Dryden, Addison, Steele, Pope, Swift, Hume, Sterne, Goldsmith, and Johnson. 3 hours seminar. (003514)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
The development of British drama from its beginnings to the nineteenth century. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003545)
Comparative study of major genres, themes, and literary figures in literature. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003552)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period novels, including such authors as Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Austen, and Scott. 3 hours seminar. (003554)
Prerequisites: ENGL 278, ENGL 340.
An in-depth study of major themes, authors, and works from the beginnings of American literature through Romanticism. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003558)
Seminar examination of writers and themes in American literature. Topics vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003583)
Seminar examination of writers or themes in British literature. Topics vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003585)

Later Literature

At least one of the courses you choose for this category must be in American literature. At least one other course must be in world literature or American multicultural literature.

4 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of the literary and intellectual currents of the Romantic period, including major essayists and critics, and the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. 3 hours seminar. (003515)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
The poetry and prose of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Hopkins, and others. Attention to important essayists and critics and to the significance of the Victorian scene for our times. 3 hours seminar. (003516)
Study of twentieth-century British, American, Continental, and Latin American poetry. 3 hours seminar. (003543)
British, Continental, and American drama from Ibsen to the present. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003549)
Comparative study of major genres, themes, and literary figures in literature. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003552)
Prerequisites: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
A study of Victorian novels, including such authors as Thackeray, the Brontes, Dickens, Gaskell, Eliot, Trollope, and Hardy. 3 hours seminar. (003556)
Prerequisites: ENGL 278, ENGL 340.
A critical and historical study of the American novel from its beginnings through the nineteenth century; Cooper, Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, James, and others. 3 hours seminar. (003557)
Prerequisites: ENGL 279, ENGL 340.
An in-depth study of major themes, authors, and works from Realism through Modernism. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003559)
Prerequisites: ENGL 279, ENGL 340.
An in-depth study of themes, authors, and works from World War II to the present. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003560)
British, American, Continental, and Latin American novels in the twentieth century. 3 hours seminar. (003562)
Prerequisites: ENGL 340; ENGL 278 or ENGL 279.
An intensive study of major authors in American literature. Authors vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003566)
This course is also offered as MCGS 463 .
A study of American ethnic and multicultural literature, popular culture, and critical theory. 3 hours lecture. (003576)
The study of modern world literature written English. Works may vary from semester to semester and focus on one region or culture (such as India, Africa, or the Caribbean), or several regions or cultures. 3 hours seminar. (003577)
Seminar examination of writers and themes in American literature. Topics vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003583)
Seminar examination of writers or themes in British literature. Topics vary by semester. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (003585)
An examination of multicultural literature with particular attention paid to the teaching of multicultural literature in the secondary and post-secondary classroom. This course is required for the single subject credential in English. 3 hours seminar. (003586)

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major:

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are:

  1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
  2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
  3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
  6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

Honors in English

To be eligible for Honors in English, students must have completed the following courses with grades that place them in the top 5% of English majors:

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
Practice in writing and revising prose that informs and persuades effectively, based on a study of classical and modern rhetorical principles. Open to all students; required of all English majors, including credential candidates, who should take it by the end of their junior year in preparation for upper-division course work in English. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003488)
The course focuses on developing analytical approaches to literary genres, primarily short stories, novels, poems, and plays. Required of English majors by end of junior year in preparation for upper-division course work in English. 3 hours lecture. (003431)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of British literature from Beowulf to mid-1700s. 3 hours lecture. (003472)
A survey of British literature from mid-1700s to the twentieth century. 3 hours lecture. (003473)
A survey of American literature from its beginnings to the 1850s. 3 hours lecture. (003475)
A survey of American literature from the 1850s to 1945. 3 hours lecture. (003476)

1 course selected from:

Any 400-level genre or period courses.

Upon recommendation by a faculty member and after an interview, the student will take 6 units of ENGL 599H, Senior Honors Thesis. Grades of B or better in ENGL 599H and in all other courses taken in the major are required to graduate with Honors in English.

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