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The English Major

Major: English
Emphases within the Major: Creative Writing, Literature
Minors: English, Creative Writing
Concentrations: Appalachian Studies, Environment and Community, Film Study.
The Carson-Newman College English Department is located on the third floor of the Henderson Humanities Building. Majors are eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and the English Club. Being of These Hills and Nua: Studies in Contemporary Irish Literature are edited by English Department faculty members. Majors can assist professors as teaching assistants and tutors in the writing lab.

All majors are required to take 33 hours beyond 101, 201, and 301, including 21 hours of General Requirements and 12 hours from the emphasis areas as shown below.

General Requirements: 21 hours including the following:

  • ENG 328 Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Language Studies
  • ENG 360 American Literature I
  • ENG 361 American Literature II
  • ENG 362 British Literature I
  • ENG 363 British Literature II
  • ENG 423 Shakespeare
  • ENG 460 English Seminar

Emphasis in Literature: 18 hours including the following:

  • ENG 450 Major Authors in American Literature
  • ENG 451 Major Authors in British Literature

Three hours from:

  • ENG 340 Studies in the Novel
  • ENG 341 Studies in the Short Story
  • ENG 342 Studies in Drama
  • ENG 343 Studies in Poetry
  • ENG 344 Studies in American Film Genres

Three hours from:

  • ENG 440 Topics in Women Writers
  • ENG 441 Topics in Film
  • ENG 442 Topics in Appalachian Literature
  • ENG 443 Topics in Ethnic Literature
  • ENG 444 Topics in Gender
  • ENG 445 Topics in Southern Literature
  • Three ENG elective hours

Emphasis in Creative Writing: 12 hours including the following:

  • ENG 321 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 323 Creative Writing: Short Story
  • ENG 327 Seminar in Creative Writing

Three hours from:

  • ENG 340 Studies in the Novel
  • ENG 341 Studies in the Short Story
  • ENG 342 Studies in Drama
  • ENG 343 Studies in Poetry

English Minor: 18 hours beyond English 101, 201, and 301, including the following:
Three hours from:

  • ENG 360 American Literature I
  • ENG 361 American Literature II
  • ENG 360 British Literature I
  • ENG 361 British Literature II
  • ENG 423 Shakespeare
  • Three ENG elective hours (excluding ENG 465)

Teacher Licensure: Students planning to teach English in the secondary schools must complete requirements specified by the Teacher Education Department.

NOTE: Students with low ACT scores in English will be required to complete a course in basic writing skills (DE031) prior to enrolling in ENG 101.

The General Education requirement for Goal A can be met by (1) completing ENG 101 and 201 or, (2) taking the CEEB exam: a score of 4 or 5 on the CEEB exam entitles the student to credit for ENG 101 or, (3) taking the CLEP exam: the student must pass both the essay and the objective sections of the Subject exams entitled College Composition or Freshman English to receive credit for ENG 101. The English Department will evaluate the CLEP exams for appropriate credit.

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