Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Majors

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

http://english.usf.edu/ug/concentrations/literature/

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

 

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for the major in English. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" before the degree is granted. If the courses are not transferred in, they may be taken at USF.

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/15 credit hours):
    A. Medieval / Renaissance Group B. 17th/18th Century British Group C. 19th Century British Group
    • ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900
    • ENL 4122 19th Century British Novel
    • ENL 3017 Studies in 19th 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 U.S. Latino/Latina Literature in English
    • 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
    • LIN 4680 Structure of American English
    • 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
    • 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 The Bible as Literature
  • LIT 3930 Selected Topics in English Studies
  • LIT 4930 Selected Topics in English Studies
  • Any additional courses listed under, "Additional Requirements" above.
  • Any major CRW course listed under the Creative Writing concentration
  • Any major ENC course listed under the Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology concentration.
  • One LIT course at the 2000 level

Optional Accelerated Program

B.A./M.A.

This program allows B.A. majors in Literary Studies to take graduate courses in the M.A. degree in Literature during their senior year. These shared credits will be applicable to the M.A. degree, thus accelerating the time to completion, with successful students able to earn the M.A. degree in two additional semesters beyond the completion of the B.A. degree.

This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees:

  • B.A. English with a concentration in in Literary Studies
  • M.A. in English with a concentration in Literature

Target students and expected outcomes

This program builds on the department’s B.A. and M.A. degrees. It will give talented Literary Studies majors the opportunity to take graduate courses and apply them to an M.A. in Literature. If successful, students will be able to complete an M.A. two semesters after the B.A. requirements have been met. This will allow them to more expeditiously pursue career opportunities requiring a graduate degree in Literary Studies or pursue Ph.D. studies.

Description and Requirements

For admission to the program, a student must:

  1. have completed at least 15 hours in the English major, with a concentration in Literary Studies, including ENG 3014.
  2. have a minimum undergraduate 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. have a minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA in the major.

Application to the program may be made by any student who has satisfied the minimum requirements. Applications should be addressed to the Department Undergraduate and Graduate Directors and should include a statement by the student affirming satisfaction of minimum requirements (with supporting documentation) and a letter of recommendation from a Literary Studies faculty member familiar with the student’s academic performance.

Requirements for the B.A. English with a Concentration in Literary Studies

Within the 120-semester hour program listed in the College of Arts and Sciences General Requirement section (including the state mandated common prerequisites), students must choose a total of 36 credit hours from the Literary Studies concentration coursework. Transfer students may not apply more than 12 hours taken elsewhere toward the major at the University of South Florida. Only letter grades of at least C- will be counted toward the minimum of 24 credit hours taken at the University of South Florida for transfer students or 36 (for non-transfer students) credit hours necessary to complete the 36 credit hours required for the major.

I. Required Courses:

  • 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/15 credit hours):

 A. Medieval / Renaissance Group

  • ENL 3015 British Literature to 1616
  • ENL 3331 Early Shakespeare
  • ENL 3332 Late Shakespeare
  • ENL 4311 Chaucer
  • ENL 4338 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare

 B. 17th/18th Century British Group

  • ENL 3230 British Literature 1616-1780
  • ENL 4341 Milton
  • ENL 3016 Studies in 17th and 18th Century British Literature

 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 U.S. Latino/Latina Literature in English
  • 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

IV. Electives (3 courses/9 credit hours):

  • 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 Creative Writing concentration
  • Any major ENC course listed under the Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology concentration.
  • One LIT course at the 2000 level

Shared B.A./M.A. Requirements

Twelve (12) hours of graduate credit may be shared as follows:

  • ENG 4013 can be satisfied by either ENG 6018 or ENG 6019
  • 9 hours at the 4000 level are satisfied by 9 hours at the 6000 level from comparable categories II-IV

Graduate Degree Requirements

For Accelerated M.A. in English with a Concentration in Literature

Total Minimum Hours: 33

Core Requirements - 6 hours

  • ENG 6009 Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Either ENG 6018 Criticism and Theory I or ENG 6019 Criticism and Theory II

Historical Distribution* - 12 credit hours

Four courses chosen from the following (1 course from each of the following groups):

Medieval or Renaissance (including 17th Century)

  • ENL 6206 Studies in Old English
  • ENL 6216 Studies in Middle English
  • ENL 6226 Studies in Sixteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENL 6228 Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature

18th Century (Either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)

  • AML 6017 Studies in American Literature to 1860
  • ENL 6236 Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature

19th Century (Either British tradition or Literature of the Americas):

  • AML 6017 Studies in American Literature to 1860
  • AML 6018 Studies in American Literature to 1860 to 1920
  • ENL 6246 Studies of the English Romantic Period
  • ENL 6256 Studies in Victorian Literature

20th Century (Either British traditions or Literature of the Americas):

  • AML 6027 Studies in Modern American Literature
  • ENL 6276 Studies in Modern British Literature
  • LIT 6096 Studies in Contemporary Literature

Cultural & Critical Studies* - 6 credit hours

Two courses in ethnic literature (including African-American, Latino/a, post-colonial), world literature, women’s literature or gender studies, critical theory, film, or genre

  • AML 6608 Studies in African American Literature
  • ENG 6018 Studies in Criticism and Theory I
  • ENG 6019 Studies in Criticism and Theory II
  • ENG 6067 History of the English Language
  • LIT 6934 Selected Topics in English Studies
  • Or other courses as approved by the Graduate Director

Electives - 6 credit hours

Students taking ENC 6745 Teaching Practicum must use this as an elective if they count it toward the 33 credits in the degree. No CRW courses will be allowed in the literature track. Only one practicum will be allowed to satisfy degree requirements (including ENC 6745) in Option I. One Directed Study may be used to substitute for degree requirement with the approval of the Graduate Director.

Portfolio and Defense - 3 credit hours

Three directed study hours to prepare portfolio. In their fourth and final semester (excluding summer terms), MA students will submit a portfolio for review to a three-member faculty committee six weeks prior to the Office of Graduate Studies deadline for thesis/dissertation submission. Upon submission, the student and chair of the committee will establish a defense date with the Graduate Program Specialist.

The portfolio will contain the following:

  •  An introductory first-person essay in which the student offers a self-evaluation of the contents of the portfolio and how it reflects his or her own process of revision, intellectual growth, plans for publication/dissemination, and professional development (minimum five pages, not to exceed fifteen).
  • Three revised seminar papers 15-20 pages in length, including appropriate MLA or Chicago Style documentation.
    • Papers should represent three distinct literary periods, including at least one prior to 1800 and one after 1800. In addition, the contents of the portfolio should represent diversity on a national level, with at least one paper focusing on literature of the Americas and the other on literature from Britain (broadly construed) or its colonies.
    • Papers should be developed under the direction of three different faculty members from the English Department, who then will form the committee for the defense. One member of the committee will serve as the chair, who will coordinate the circulation of the portfolio, the scheduling of the defense, and the submission of evaluation forms to the graduate director within specified deadlines.

The portfolio will be reviewed and evaluated by this three-member faculty committee using the published assessment rubric.

Members of the portfolio committee will be asked to work with the student to revise the papers she/he wrote for class. The goal is to get the papers into a form that might reasonably be published.

Because this option is not a thesis, it does not have to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, and so it does not need to adhere to the Office of Graduate Studies deadlines. Defenses should be concluded two weeks before the end of classes. The whole portfolio, along with the revised papers and the introductory essay, should be circulated two weeks prior to the defense, to give committee members an opportunity to read it through.

Each portfolio paper will also be scored on a scale from 1 to 4 on content using the rubric at the end of the handbook. To pass, a portfolio requires a minimum score of 9 in content.

Pass with Distinction: portfolios scoring between 11 and 12 will merit distinction; this will be noted in the student’s file and can be referenced on a student’s CV.

Deficiency: portfolios scoring between 7 and 8 or with one paper earning a 1 will be deficient. Any paper scoring less than 3 will require revision. Individual faculty need to specify in writing what the essay requires for revision in order to pass. Students will have the opportunity to revise during the remaining time of the semester; revised paper(s) need to be submitted to all committee members for approval no later than the last day of class for the semester. No second defense is required. Students who fail to revise appropriately before the end of the semester will be put on academic probation and will be required to finalize their papers the following semester (excluding summer unless faculty agree to serve during the summer).

Failure: portfolios that score a 6 or less or portfolios that score less than 9 in overall content fail. Students who fail will automatically be put on academic probation and given the opportunity to revise papers so that the portfolio reaches a minimum score of 9 the following semester (excluding summer unless faculty agree to serve during the summer). A failed portfolio requires a second defense after revision, and the committee will determine if it passes or fails (no deficiencies or distinctions may be awarded). If the portfolio fails after the second defense the student will be academically dismissed from the program.

Graduate Assistants on probation in the initial term maintain eligibility for an assistantship. If probationary status is not removed, the student can be removed from assistantship and academically dismissed from the program.

The committee will also evaluate the introductory essay using the appropriate rubric; this grade will be recorded for purposes of program assessment.

Oral Defense

The committee chair convenes a meeting with the committee and student for 30 minutes; this oral examination provides the opportunity for faculty to question the student on various aspects of the portfolio, and it gives the student the opportunity to expand upon and refine ideas represented in writing. The defense also provides an opportunity for further suggestions on publication and revision. After 30 minutes, the committee will convene without the student to discuss a final assessment for the portfolio using the published rubric.

No grade lower than a B will be accepted in a graduate course in the B.A./M.A. program. Students earning less than a B in a graduate course must retake the course and earn a B or higher to apply it to their graduate degree.

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.A./M.A. in Literary Studies, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits in the Literary Studies undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major to be eligible for the accelerated degree program.
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program.
  4. Applications should be addressed to the Department Undergraduate and Graduate Directors and should include:
    1. a statement by the student affirming satisfaction of minimum requirements (with supporting documentation)
    2. a letter of recommendation from a Literary Studies faculty member familiar with the student’s academic performance.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.A./M.A. program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.

First and Second Year

  • ENG 3014 Introduction to Literary Methodology
  • 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses in literary studies

Third Year (Apply for Admission to the Integrated B.A./M.A. program)

  • 9 hours of undergraduate courses in literary studies at 3000 and 4000 level

Fourth Year (Student accepted in M.A. in Literature program)

  • ENG 6018 or ENG 6019 (satisfies ENG 4013)
  • 9 credit hours of 6000-level
  • 6 credit hours of 4000-level

Fifth Year

  • 15 credit hours of 6000-level
  • 3 credits of directed study in preparation/defense of MA portfolio

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