Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


English (ENG) with a concentration in Literary Studies (LTS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 23.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

A bachelor’s degree in English prepares students for any field that values critical thinking, high reading comprehension, clear and effective writing, and the ability to interpret and analyze data.

    Concentration Description

    This concentration provides students with a knowledge of literary method, literary history, and a broad range of literary accomplishment (including knowledge of emerging fields, world literatures, and ethnic literatures). While the major places much emphasis on appreciating works of literature as artifacts produced in their own culture contexts, it also enables students to make connections between contemporary life and the study of literature. It evaluates students' grasp of formal and technical elements of literary practice and emphasizes the development of writing skills and the production of disciplinary writing. Successful completion of the major will enhance students' capacity for aesthetic enjoyment, critical reflection, and effective self-expression, and may provide preparation for further study (graduate and professional schools) or communication and research skills to be used in a work environment.

    State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

    Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree from a Florida  state or community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements, thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements, including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA and course requirements.

    Transfer students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

    • ENC 1101 Composition I or ENC XXXX 3 credit hours
    • ENC 1102 Composition II or ENC XXXX 3 credit hours

    Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

    Concentration Core Courses - 27 Hours

      I. Required Courses (2 courses/6 credit hours):
    • ENG 3014 Introduction to Literary Methodology (recommended during first 2 semesters of the major)
    • ENG 4013 Literary Criticism (recommended before any 4000-level courses are taken)
      II. Additional Requirements (1 course from each of the following groups) (5 courses/15credit hours):
      A. Medieval / Renaissance Group B. 17th/18th Century British Group C. 19th Century British Group
      • ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900
      • ENL 4122 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
      • ENL 3017 Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
      D. American Before 1900 Group
      • AML 3031 American Literature from the Beginnings to 1860
      • AML 3032 American Literature from 1860 to 1912
      • AML 4111 Nineteenth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4261 Literature of the South
      E. 20th or 21st Century American or British Group
      • AML 3051 American Literature from 1912 to 1945
      • AML 4121 Twentieth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4261 Literature of the South
      • ENL 3026 Studies in 20th Century Literature
      • ENL 3273 British Literature 1900-1945
      • ENL 4132 British Novel Conrad to the Present
      • LIT 4233 Postcolonial Literature

      III. Cultural-Critical Studies Group (2 courses/6 credit hours):
      • AML 3604 African American Literature
      • AML 3630 Latino/a Literature
      • AML 4111 Nineteenth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4121 Twentieth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4933 Studies in American Literature and Culture
      • ENG 4060 History of the English Language
      • ENL 4122 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
      • ENL 4132 British Novel Conrad to the Present
      • LIN 4671 Traditional English Grammar
      • LIT 3022 Modern Short Prose
      • LIT 3031 Survey of Poetry
      • LIT 3043 Modern Drama
      • LIT 3093 Contemporary Literature
      • LIT 3101 Literature of the Western World through Renaissance
      • LIT 3102 Literature of the Western World since Renaissance
      • LIT 3144 Modern European Novel
      • LIT 3410 Religious and Philosophical Themes in Literature
      • LIT 4233 Postcolonial Literature
      • LIT 4386 British and American Literature by Women

    Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

    Students must choose 3 courses/9 credit hours from the following:

    • AML 4300 Selected American Authors
    • ENG 3113 Film as Narrative Art
    • ENG 4674 Film and Culture
    • ENL 4303 Selected British Authors
    • LIT 3374 Bible as Literature
    • LIT 3930 Selected Topics in Literature
    • LIT 4930 Selected Topics in English Studies
    • Any additional courses listed under, "Additional Requirements" above.
    • Any major CRW course listed under the CRW concentration
    • Any major ENC course listed under the TCM concentration.

    Optional Honors Program

    The Department of English Honors Program provides a carefully selected group of seniors with opportunities for advanced scholarship:

    • Closer contact with faculty tutors than students in the regular major program;
    • An opportunity to work and exchange ideas in the stimulating environment of a small group of fellow students with similar aims and abilities;
    • An opportunity to develop individual initiative and sophisticated critical skills.

    The English Honors Program will benefit those interested in graduate work, advanced professional study, or greater intellectual challenges.

    Admissions Criteria

    Students may apply for the program after completing 80 hours of coursework (90 before actual admission). Applicants should have a GPA of 3.30 in the major and an overall GPA of 3.00 and should submit signatures of recommendation from two English faculty supporting their applications.

    After screening all applications, the Department’s Honors Committee will select participants for each year’s program.

    Requirements for Completion of Departmental Honors
    1. The Honors student will complete the requirements of his/her chosen English major as described in the current catalog.
    2. The Honors program requires 9 hours of Honors-level work.
      • All Honors students are required to complete at least one (three-hour) Honors seminar (ENG 4935 or ENG 4936).
      • Students may select from the following options to fulfill the remaining six hours of credit in Honors:
        • A second (three-hour) Honors seminar (ENG 4935 or ENG 4936).
        • A three-hour independent study. The independent study should be connected to an eligible upper-level course in the major being taught in that semester.**
          • A list of courses available for this option will be made available prior to registration each semester. Students will attend some or all of the scheduled course meetings but will be enrolled in an independent study with the instructor. The independent study will be considered a special "Honors section" of the course and will require additional work that may include extra reading, class presentations, and advanced research-based writing. To enroll in an independent study, students will need written permission of the instructor, who will determine an Honors-appropriate workload for the course. The proposed plan for independent study must be approved by the Honors Committee and filed with the Undergraduate Director prior to registration. Students may count a maximum of one independent study in fulfillment of their degree requirements.
        • A three-hour Honors thesis, supervised by a member of the English faculty. The Director of the English Honors Program will serve as instructor of record for the thesis hours. Under the direction of the instructors of the Honors seminars and/or the Director of the English Honors Program, the student will choose a member of the English Department faculty to serve as director of his/her thesis and one or two additional faculty members to serve as readers of the thesis. The completed thesis must be at least 25-pages in length, not including bibliography.
        • A three-hour graduate-level course. Enrollment in a graduate course is limited to Honors students in their final semester and requires written permission of the Undergraduate Director, Graduate Director, and the instructor of the course. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one Honors seminar with a grade of A or A+.
      • Of the nine hours required for Departmental Honors, a maximum of six hours may be counted towards the requirements for the major (historical distribution requirements or electives).
    3. To graduate with Departmental Honors, the student must satisfy the following requirements:
      • Complete 9 hours of English Honors courses as described above with a 3.30 GPA;
      • Complete all major requirements with a 3.30 GPA and academic coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0.
    4. The student who completes all requirements above will graduate with Honors in English. The credit hours completed within the program by the student who does not complete all Honors requirements will count toward the baccalaureate degree.

    **Faculty who are willing to accommodate the extra needs of Honors students will notify the Undergraduate Director before registration to have their course put on the list of eligible courses. The Honors student will enroll in an independent study but will attend the scheduled course and complete the bulk of the reading and written requirements for the course in addition to a special Honors project for the course (this could include a formal presentation of research, an independent research project, a longer research paper, a long annotated bibliography, a larger collection of creative work, etc. The independent study represents 3 hours of coursework.

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