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The Bachelor of Arts in English

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

See Bachelor's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 39 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. You can view MAPs on the Major Academic Plans page or you can request a plan from your major advisor.

Courses in this program may complete more than one graduation requirement.

General Education Pathway Requirements: 48 units

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

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

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

Upper-Division Writing Requirement:

Writing Across the Curriculum (Executive Memorandum 17-009) is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of four Writing (W) courses, two of which are designated by the major department. See Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog for more details on the four courses.  The first of the major designated Writing (W) courses is listed below.

  • Any upper-division Writing (W) course.

The second major-designated Writing course is the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) (Executive Order 665). Students must earn a C- or higher to receive GW credit. The GE Written Communication (A2) requirement must be completed before a student is permitted to register for a GW course.

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.

Course Requirements for the Major: 41-45 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 are outlined following the major core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 23 units

6 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 Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. (003399)
History of publishing, acquisition of basic editorial skills, and study of the editing and publishing process. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (003497)
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)
Prerequisite: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement.
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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (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)
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)

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)

Major Option Course Requirements: 18-22 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.  Use the links below to jump to your chosen option.



The Option in English Education: 18 units

The Option in English Education, when combined with the Minor in Secondary Language Arts, 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.

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

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)
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)

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prospective teachers acquire planned, structured observations and experiences in K-12 classrooms. Placements are made in selected schools and classrooms that demonstrate exemplary practice as described in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and represent California's diverse student population. Dialog/discussion sessions assist prospective teachers in making connections between subject matter courses, personal, social and emotional growth, and life in the K-12 schools. Prospective teachers are encouraged to begin introductory school experiences as early as possible in the subject matter program. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015812)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003507)
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
Introduction to major issues in second language acquisition and teaching. 3 hours seminar. (003540)

2 courses selected from:

Courses selected may not count toward any other requirement.

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:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
The study of modern world literature. 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. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003577)
An examination of multicultural literature with particular attention paid to the teaching of multicultural literature in the secondary and post-secondary classroom. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003586)

The Option in English Studies: 20-22 units

12-14 units: Select one of the following groups of courses and complete the requirements for that group.

Writing Studies: 12-13 units

4 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: ENGL 130W.
A study of technical writing and presentation skills in business and scientific environments, including audience analyses, writing processes, genres of technical and business discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral reports. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. (021825)
An introduction to key concepts and practices associated with the digital humanities. This includes, but will not limited to, digital literacy, multimodal composition, and critical making. 3 hours lecture. (022092)
Prerequisites: ENGL 333W and ENGL 335W 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)
Prerequisite: ENGL 335 or ENGL 338.
Engaging histories and theories of rhetoric to explore how rhetoric impacts contemporary issues. 3 hours lecture. (022093)
Prerequisite: ENGL 335.
Interrogating the construction of culture and rhetoric as interdependent categories. 3 hours lecture. (022094)
Prerequisites: ENGL 335 or ENGL 330W or BCOM 300W (Business majors only).
A study of the types, forms and purposes of common professional writing tasks in corporations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies. 3 hours lecture. (022095)
Provides students with a continuous period of on-the-job experience as a writer in a professional setting, while participating in a weekly seminar in applied rhetoric. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (022096)

Literature: 12 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An intensive survey of major issues and themes in the intersection between Western and non-Western literature. Students examine the interconnections between works of North American cultures and works from the literatures of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003470)
Discussion of politically engaged literary texts and the possibilities of literary activism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021119)
This course explores the way place, socio-economic status, gender, and sexuality inform and inflect the experience of particular cultural groups set against the larger American culture. Classes typically focus on African American, Asian American, Chicana/o, or Native American literature. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (021237)
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 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)
The study of modern world literature. 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. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003577)
An examination of multicultural literature with particular attention paid to the teaching of multicultural literature in the secondary and post-secondary classroom. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003586)

1 course 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. This is an approved General Education course. (003471)
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.
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.
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 eighteenth-century and Romantic-period novels, including such authors as Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Austen, and Scott. 3 hours seminar. (003554)
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 278, ENGL 340.
An in-depth study of major themes, authors, and works from the beginnings of American literature through the nineteenth century. As an approved US Diversity course, students examine the diverse perspectives and cultures of groups both inside and outside of hegemonic US culture that inform the American literary tradition. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003558)
Prerequisites: ENGL 279, ENGL 340.
An in-depth study of major themes, authors, and works in the twentieth-century and contemporary American literature. As an approved US Diversity course, students examine the diverse perspectives and cultures of groups both inside and outside of hegemonic US culture that inform the American literary tradition. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003559)
Prerequisite: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
Study of 20th-Century and contemporary poetry, fiction, drama, and essays from British, Irish, and postcolonial authors. 3 hours lecture. (020571)
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)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
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)
To introduce students to the philosophical and historical backgrounds of the use of supernatural elements in literature. Students are introduced to empiricist ideas of what is "natural" and the moment at which literary texts explicitly use or confront those ideas. 3 hours lecture. (021567)
Beginning with Goethe's foundational example of the Bildungsroman, or novel of development, this course for advanced undergraduates charts the increasingly contentious relationship between the individual and society in the (largely European) novel. 3 hours lecture. (021566)
Study of twentieth-century British, American, Continental, and Latin American poetry. 3 hours seminar. (003543)
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 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)
British, American, Continental, and Latin American novels in the twentieth century. 3 hours seminar. (003562)
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)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Study and criticism of selected American films, with emphasis on their literary sources, their illustration of various literary conventions, and their use of language. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (003463)
An examination of the historical development of comic books and the graphic novel as a distinct genre. This course introduces students to key terminology within comics' studies, and strategies for analyzing and composing comic books. 3 hours lecture. (021584)
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)
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)

General Studies: 13-14 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An intensive survey of major issues and themes in the intersection between Western and non-Western literature. Students examine the interconnections between works of North American cultures and works from the literatures of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003470)
Discussion of politically engaged literary texts and the possibilities of literary activism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021119)
This course explores the way place, socio-economic status, gender, and sexuality inform and inflect the experience of particular cultural groups set against the larger American culture. Classes typically focus on African American, Asian American, Chicana/o, or Native American literature. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (021237)
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 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)
The study of modern world literature. 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. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003577)
An examination of multicultural literature with particular attention paid to the teaching of multicultural literature in the secondary and post-secondary classroom. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003586)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: ENGL 130W.
A study of technical writing and presentation skills in business and scientific environments, including audience analyses, writing processes, genres of technical and business discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral reports. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. (021825)
Prerequisites: ENGL 333W and ENGL 335W 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)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; ENGL 220W 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003443)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; ENGL 220W 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003446)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; ENGL 220W 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003438)
Prerequisite: ENGL 220W (may be taken concurrently).
Study of and workshop in the editing of literary magazines, manuscripts, and other literary materials. Practice in selection, evaluation, copy editing, and production. Class publishes Watershed Review literary magazine. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003581)
Prerequisite: ENGL 320W or instructor permission.
Instruction in the writing of poetry at an advanced level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003519)
Prerequisite: ENGL 321W or 327W or faculty permission.
Instruction in the writing of fiction and/or creative nonfiction at an advanced level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003521)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
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)
The study of language in society through an exploration of language variation in different contexts. 3 hours lecture. (021656)

Linguistics: 12 units

4 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
Introduction to major issues in second language acquisition and teaching. 3 hours seminar. (003540)
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)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (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)
The study of language in society through an exploration of language variation in different contexts. 3 hours lecture. (021656)

Creative Writing, and Literary Editing and Publishing: 12 units

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; ENGL 220W 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003443)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; ENGL 220W 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003446)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; ENGL 220W 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003438)
Prerequisite: ENGL 220W (may be taken concurrently).
Study of and workshop in the editing of literary magazines, manuscripts, and other literary materials. Practice in selection, evaluation, copy editing, and production. Class publishes Watershed Review literary magazine. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003581)
Prerequisites: ENGL 415; or two 400-level courses from the Minor in Creative Writing; or ENGL 620.
This course involves students in the production of chapbook, from advertising, solicitation, to judging and selecting manuscripts, as they work with Flume Press at CSU, Chico. Students learn to perform the duties of editorial assistants at a small book publisher and produce the resulting chapbook. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003645)

Electives: 8 units

8 units selected from:

Any upper-division English (ENGL) course except ENGL 499 not used to satisfy any other requirement in the major.

The Option in Literature: 21 units

Literature Surveys

2 courses selected from:

Courses selected may not count toward any other requirement.

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)

Methods

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003503)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (003507)
Study of major texts in literary theory and criticism from Plato and Aristotle to the present day. 3 hours lecture. (020573)

Literature and Diversity

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An intensive survey of major issues and themes in the intersection between Western and non-Western literature. Students examine the interconnections between works of North American cultures and works from the literatures of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003470)
Discussion of politically engaged literary texts and the possibilities of literary activism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021119)
This course explores the way place, socio-economic status, gender, and sexuality inform and inflect the experience of particular cultural groups set against the larger American culture. Classes typically focus on African American, Asian American, Chicana/o, or Native American literature. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (021237)
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 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)
The study of modern world literature. 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. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003577)
An examination of multicultural literature with particular attention paid to the teaching of multicultural literature in the secondary and post-secondary classroom. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003586)

Literature, History, and Culture

1 course 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. This is an approved General Education course. (003471)
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.
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.
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 eighteenth-century and Romantic-period novels, including such authors as Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Austen, and Scott. 3 hours seminar. (003554)
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 278, ENGL 340.
An in-depth study of major themes, authors, and works from the beginnings of American literature through the nineteenth century. As an approved US Diversity course, students examine the diverse perspectives and cultures of groups both inside and outside of hegemonic US culture that inform the American literary tradition. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003558)
Prerequisites: ENGL 279, ENGL 340.
An in-depth study of major themes, authors, and works in the twentieth-century and contemporary American literature. As an approved US Diversity course, students examine the diverse perspectives and cultures of groups both inside and outside of hegemonic US culture that inform the American literary tradition. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003559)
Prerequisite: ENGL 276, ENGL 340.
Study of 20th-Century and contemporary poetry, fiction, drama, and essays from British, Irish, and postcolonial authors. 3 hours lecture. (020571)
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)

Language, Form, and Genre

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
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)
To introduce students to the philosophical and historical backgrounds of the use of supernatural elements in literature. Students are introduced to empiricist ideas of what is "natural" and the moment at which literary texts explicitly use or confront those ideas. 3 hours lecture. (021567)
Beginning with Goethe's foundational example of the Bildungsroman, or novel of development, this course for advanced undergraduates charts the increasingly contentious relationship between the individual and society in the (largely European) novel. 3 hours lecture. (021566)
Study of twentieth-century British, American, Continental, and Latin American poetry. 3 hours seminar. (003543)
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 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)
British, American, Continental, and Latin American novels in the twentieth century. 3 hours seminar. (003562)
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)

Media, Text, and Performance

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SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Study and criticism of selected American films, with emphasis on their literary sources, their illustration of various literary conventions, and their use of language. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (003463)
An examination of the historical development of comic books and the graphic novel as a distinct genre. This course introduces students to key terminology within comics' studies, and strategies for analyzing and composing comic books. 3 hours lecture. (021584)
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)
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)

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • 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.
  • 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
Prerequisite: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement.
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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (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)

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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 higher in ENGL 599H and in all other courses taken in the major are required to graduate with Honors in English.

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