Undergraduate Catalog

B.A. in English

Overview

Dr. Sharon Pajka, Major/Minor Coordinator

Hall Memorial Building, Room N207C

The study of language and literature is the heart of a liberal arts education. The major program at Gallaudet provides not only an understanding of our rich literary heritage, but also offers an opportunity to develop the advanced reading and writing abilities necessary for anyone wishing to participate fully in modern society. A major or minor in English prepares students for graduate school, careers in education, professional, and creative writing, and for a variety of professional fields. A minor in Writing provides students with the critical thinking skills and information and digital literacies that are essential to employment in the professional world, as well as the exploration of their creative capacities. Students who major in English may also minor in writing, but courses cannot be double-counted

Declaring a Major

Admission to the English major program requirements:

A grade of C or better in ENG 208 or ENG 250 or their equivalents, and permission of Major/Minor coordinator or chair.

Students who have not yet declared a major in the English Department may take up to twelve credits of courses numbered 380 or above with permission of the English Major/Minor coordinator; thereafter, admission to the major program is required.

Honors Requirements

The English Department's Honors Major provides an opportunity for students with unusual academic ability and interest in English to enhance their learning with in-depth work (through contracts) within selected major courses, including a culminating research or creative writing project. The major courses selected for in-depth work may also count toward the University's Honors Program, but requirements for the culminating project differ; to learn more see the University Honors Program section in the catalog.

Admission to the Honors Major program

To qualify, students must have:

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0
  • A grade of B+ or better in either ENG 208 or ENG 250.

Requirements to graduate with Honors in the Major:

  • A 3.3 average in English major-level courses.
  • A grade of B or better in ENG 399
  • A grade of B+ or better in ENG 493.
  • Twelve credits (4 courses) of honors level work (through contracts) in major courses, one of which must be ENG 493. Any three of these four courses with honors credit may also count towards University Honors as long as the course grade is B or above. To earn Honors credit in a major course, an honors contract must be established at the beginning of each course, to be approved by the course instructor, the Major/Minor Coordinator, and the Director of the Honors Program (if the course will also count towards the University Honors program). A grade of B or better (B+ or better in ENG 493) and satisfactory completion of the contract, as determined by the instructor, is necessary to receive honors credit in the English major. (Contracts completed also for University Honors credit require completion of online evaluations by the instructor and the student.)

Summary of Requirements

2020-2021
General Studies 37
Pre-Major Courses 6
Major and Related Courses 36
Free Elective Courses 41
TOTAL 120

Requirements for a Major in English

To continue and graduate in the program, English majors must maintain a GPA of C or better in their major coursework. Students whose major GPA falls below this will be placed on probation and given one semester to improve to a C average. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major. English majors are also expected to demonstrate academic and personal integrity in major coursework and interactions with faculty and peers, as specified in the university's Academic Integrity Policy and Behavior Codes. Violations of either will result in probation for the remainder of the student's major coursework, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Further violations will result in dismissal from the major, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Students may appeal such decisions to the department chair and/or university Academic Integrity Committee.

Required Pre-Major Courses 6 hours

To be taken in freshman or sophomore years:

ENG 208Introduction to Literature Studies

3

ENG 250Introduction to Public and Professional Writing

3

Required English Courses 15 hours

ENG 320Field Experience

3

ENG 399Introduction to Methods of Literary Study

3

ENG 403British Literary Foundations

3

ENG 405American Literary Foundations

3

ENG 493Senior Thesis Project [Topic to be specified]

3

 

Elective Literature Courses 6 hours

ENG 323Literature and Film I

3-4

ENG 324Literature and Film II

3-4

ENG 325Introduction to Deaf Literature

3-4

ENG 350Introduction to African American Literature

3-4

ENG 355Literature by Women

3-4

ENG 373Introduction to Hispanic-American Literature

3

ENG 408Multicultural Literature and Perspectives

3

ENG 410Adolescent Literature

3

ENG 433Seminar in Pre-1800 Literature [topic to be specified]

3

ENG 435Seminar in Post-1800 Literature [Topic to be specified]

3

ENG 441Shakespeare

3

ENG 442Major Author [Topic to be specified]

3

ENG 495Special Topics [Topic to be specified]

1-5

ENG 433 and ENG 435: Topic to be specified

Elective English Courses 15 hours

The courses below, and/or the literature courses listed above in "Elective Literature courses" (except the two courses that already count toward the Elective Literature course requirement), count toward the elective English course requirement.

ENG 330Topics in Popular Culture and Literature

3-4

ENG 360Writing for Digital Media

3

ENG 365Writing for Social Media

3

ENG 370Multimedia Composition

3

ENG 375Media Literacy

3-4

ENG 380Business and Technical Writing

3

ENG 385Fundamentals of Journalism

3

ENG 387Writing Center Theory and Practice

3

ENG 390Theories of Composition and Language Acquisition

3

ENG 392Introduction to Creative Writing [Topic to be specified]

3

ENG 460English Grammar for Writers & Future Teachers

3

ENG 499Independent Study

1-3

THE 342Introduction to Playwriting

3

 

Note: Students are free to choose from whatever upper level English electives are offered. Nevertheless, students with specific career goals or concentrations of study, such as education, are strongly encouraged to take courses such as Theories of Composition and Language Acquisition in consultation with both departments. A consortium course (3 credit hours) may substitute for one elective.