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English

Requirements for the Major
General Major Requirements
English Language and Linguistics Track
Creative Writing Track
Honors in the Major
Honors Curriculum: English Literature Major
Honors Curriculum: English Major with Creative Writing Emphasis
Thesis of Distinction
Certificate in Teaching English As a Second Language
Writing Center
Courses

7187 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-3800; www.wisc.edu/english

Professors Auerbach, Barry, Begam, Bernard-Donals, Bernstein, Bow, Britland, Castronovo, Dharwadker, Ford, Friedman, Guyer, Hill, Johnson, Keller, Kelley, Kercheval, Levine, Loewenstein, McClintock, McKenzie, Mitchell, Moore, Nixon, Olaniyan, Raimy, Sherrard-Johnson, Steele, Wallace, Wanner, M. Young, R. Young, Zimmerman, Zuengler; Associate Professors Bearden, Cooper, Foys, Ortiz-Robles, Purnell, Trotter, Valenza, Yu; Assistant Professors Allewaert, Calhoun, Cho, Evans, Hussen, Olson, Samuels, Tanoukhi, Vareschi, Vieira, Zweck

Undergraduate advisor in the major: Karen Redfield, 7195 Helen C. White Hall, 608-263-3760

Faculty diversity liaison: Tim Yu, tpyu@wisc.edu 

The English major teaches students to appreciate and use the English language effectively for career success, for citizenship, and for lifelong interest and pleasure. English majors build strong writing skills and engage in high-level critical and analytical thinking. They encounter complex, experimental, and breathtakingly beautiful works of literature. And they grapple with perspectives far distant from their own, examining their deepest values. Instructors introduce students to a wide range of genres and cultural perspectives, and pay close attention to all aspects of student thinking and writing, from logic and evidence to originality and style. Fostering communication skills, stimulating creativity, developing cultural sensitivity, and sharpening analytical abilities, the English major prepares students for a broad range of careers.

English majors choose one of three tracks: the general major (which emphasizes literary and cultural studies), creative writing, or language and linguistics. All majors take a core curriculum that introduces them to a range of approaches to literature and language, including courses in literary and cultural history. Students who opt for the general major build on core courses with intermediate and advanced classes that focus on texts from across a range of periods and places, investigating literature and culture using multiple methods and approaches. Students pursuing the emphasis on creative writing take the core curriculum with a sequence of creative writing workshops. Students wishing to emphasize language and linguistics choose options in grammar, the history of the English language, phonology, and language acquisition.

Requirements for the Major

Information about the major is available in the Department of English Undergraduate Office, 7195 Helen C. White Hall. Students interested in declaring an English major should make an appointment with Karen Redfield, the undergraduate advisor. Students must complete 6 credits of introductory literature before they are eligible to declare. These 6 credits can be any courses with an "L" breadth designation regardless of department. Information about advising and declaring the major is available on the department website.

Requirements listed below are for majors who declared fall semester 2014 and later. Students who declared the major before fall 2014 should verify the requirements they need to complete with the undergraduate advisor.

Completion of the major requires a minimum of 30 credits in intermediate or advanced English courses numbered 204 and above, with the exception of English 207 and 236. 

All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. All English intermediate or advanced courses numbered 204 and above count toward this requirement, with the exception of English 207 and 236.

General Major Requirements

The major requirements are distributed as follows:

A minimum of 30 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 204 and above, with the exception of English 207 and 236)

  1. English 241 Literature and Culture I, from the beginnings to the eighteenth century. 3 cr
  2. English 242 Literature and Culture II, from the eighteenth century to the present. 3 cr
  3. English 245 Seminar in the Major. 3 cr
  4. One (1) course in American literature. 3 cr
  5. Two (2) courses in pre-1800 literature. One of these courses may be Shakespeare. 6 cr
  6. One (1) course in Language and Linguistics OR in Composition and Rhetoric. English 214 is the course that satisfies the Language and Linguistics requirement. Composition and rhetoric courses that satisfy this requirement included English 204, 304, 400, 403, 500, 501, and 505. 3 cr
  7. Three (3) additional English elective courses at the intermediate or advanced level numbered 241 or higher. 9 cr

English Language and Linguistics

An optional emphasis on English language and linguistics is available to the interested L&S undergraduate who wishes to combine a background in literature with a concentration of courses in the history and structure of the English language. The major requirements are distributed as follows:

A minimum of 30 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 204 and above, with the exception of English 207 and 236).

  1. English 241 Literature and Culture I, from the beginnings to the eighteenth century. 3 cr
  2. English 242 Literature and Culture II, from the eighteenth century to the present. 3 cr
  3. English 245 Seminar in the Major. 3 cr
  4. One (1) course in American literature. 3 cr
  5. English 214 The English Language. 3 cr
  6. English 314 The Structure of English. 3 cr
  7. English 315 English Phonology. 3 cr
  8. English 514 English Syntax OR English 516  English Grammar in Use. 3 cr
  9. Two (2) additional Language and Linguistics courses at the intermediate or advanced level, including English 316, 318, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 515, 522, and 204. 6 cr

Creative Writing

L&S undergraduates with a particular interest in creative writing may combine a background in literature with a concentration of courses in fiction or poetry writing. The major requirements are distributed as follows:

A minimum of 30 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 204 and above, with the exception of English 207 and 236)

  1. English 241 Literature and Culture I, from the beginnings to the eighteenth century. 3 cr
  2. English 242 Literature and Culture II, from the eighteenth century to the present. 3 cr
  3. English 245 Seminar in the Major. 3 cr
  4. One (1) course in American literature. 3 cr
  5. One (1) additional English elective course at the intermediate or advanced level numbered 241 or higher. 3 cr
  6. One (1) course in Language and Linguistics OR in Composition and Rhetoric, 3 cr. English 214 is the course that satisfies the Language and Linguistics requirement. Composition and Rhetoric courses that satisfy this requirement include English 204, 304, 400, 403, 500, 501, and 505. 3 cr
  7. Three (3) Creating Writing Workshops numbered above 300.
  8. English 695 Directed Creative Writing. 3 cr

Some workshops may be repeated for credit. Students are allowed to take only one creative writing workshop a semester. All three required workshops must be completed prior to taking the Directed Creative Writing course (English 695).  

Honors in the Major

Information about Honors in the Major in English and admission materials are available from the undergraduate advisor. In order to gain entrance to the Honors program in English students must (1) declare the English major, (2) complete six credits of English coursework in English 241, 242, OR 243 AND one additional course in the major, and (3) maintain a 3.5 GPA in English courses. In order to graduate with Honors in the English major, students must (1) achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 in major courses, (2) achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 in all university coursework, and (3) have taken at least 12 credits in English for honors credit.

Students must take at least four (4) Honors courses. Some courses are listed as Honors or Honors-option. Other classes may be taken for Honors if the student receives permission from the instructor for the course. This may involve some extra work for the course.

Students will plan each semester's program in consultation with the honors coordinator or the advisor. Honors students will be assisted in selecting those courses which offer the most challenging and rigorous academic experience, where multiple options are available.

Honors Curriculum: English Literature Major

Students working in the English major who wish to earn Honors in the Major must comply with all the general requirements for Honors in the Major (see above). The major requirements are distributed as follows:

A minimum of 30 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 204 and above, with the exception of English 207 and 236) 

  1. English 241 Literature and Culture I, from the beginnings to the eighteenth century. 3 cr
  2. English 242 Literature and Culture II, from the eighteenth century to the present. 3 cr
  3. English 245 Seminar in the Major OR English 381  Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English. 3 cr
  4. One (1) course in American literature. 3 cr
  5. Two (2) courses in pre-1800 literature. One of these courses may be Shakespeare. 6 cr
  6. One (1) course in Language and Linguistics OR in Composition and Rhetoric. English 214 is the course that satisfies the Language and Linguistics requirement. Composition and Rhetoric courses that satisfy this requirement include English 204, 304, 400, 403, 500, 501, and 505. 3 cr
  7. English 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major. 3 cr
  8. English 680 One-Semester Honors Project AND one (1) additional honors-designated English class OR English 681 Senior Honors Thesis in the Major (1st semester) AND English 682 Senior Honors Thesis in the Major (2nd semester). 6 cr

Honors Curriculum: English Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

Students working in the English major with an emphasis on creative writing who wish to earn Honors in the Major must comply with all the general requirements for Honors in the Major (see above). The major requirements are distributed as follows:

A minimum of 33 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 204 and above, with the exception of English 207 and 236) 

  1. English 241 Literature and Culture I, from the beginnings to the eighteenth century. 3 cr
  2. English 242 Literature and Culture II, from the eighteenth century to the present. 3 cr
  3. English 245 Seminar in the Major OR English 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English. 3 cr
  4. One (1) course in American literature. 3 cr
  5. English 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major. 3 cr
  6. One (1) course in Language and Linguistics OR in Composition and Rhetoric. English 214 is the course that satisfies the Language and Linguistics requirement. Composition and Rhetoric courses that satisfy this requirement include English 204, 304, 400, 403, 500, 501, and 505. 3 cr
  7. Four (4) Creative Writing Workshops numbered above 300. 12 cr
  8. English 695 Directed Creative Writing. 3 cr

Some workshops may be repeated for credit. Students are allowed to take only one creative writing workshop a semester. All three required workshops must be completed prior to taking the Directed Creative Writing course (English 695).

Thesis of Distinction

Students majoring in English who are not completing Honors in the Major may choose to complete a two semester senior thesis project and take English 691 and 692.The honor of Thesis of Distinction is granted for an exceptional thesis written in English 691–692 upon the recommendation of both the sponsoring faculty member and the honors coordinator. For further information consult the department advisor or the honors coordinator.

Teaching Major

Students who wish to prepare for teaching careers in secondary schools should seek advising and apply for admission to the School of Education. Consult the School of Education section in this catalog for information on strictly enforced deadlines, complex program requirements, and highly competitive acceptance.

Certificate in Teaching English As a Second Language

A Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is available to undergraduate students who wish to teach English as a foreign or second language, normally in positions abroad. Native English speakers must have the equivalent of 4 college-level semesters of one language including its spoken form. For nonnative English speakers, English is the foreign language. Nonnative English speakers must have a score of at least 50 on TSE or SPEAK and or 26 on the iBt speaking section and a TOEFL score of 100 on the iBt or 600 on the paper version. A score of 84 on the MELAB or 7 on the IELTS can be substituted for the TOEFL. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 based on all courses except for the TESOL Workshops which are graded Pass/Fail.

The required 21 credits of course work include:

  1. English 314 Structure of English. 3 cr
  2. English 315 English Phonology. 3 cr
  3. English 318 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition. 3 cr
  4. English 415 Introduction to TESOL Methods. 3 cr
  5. English 515 Techniques and Materials for TESOL. 3 cr 
  6. Three (3) TESOL Workshops selected from English 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618 [workshops are one (1) credit each]. 3 cr  
  7. One (1) of the following classes: English 316, 414, 416, 419. 3 cr

Further information is available in the ESL Program Office (5134 Helen C. White Hall) and online.

Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in 6171 Helen C. White Hall, offers free individualized help with writing. Students are welcome to come to the center for help with writing assignments in almost any course. In half-hour tutorials, instructors help students clarify and organize ideas and offer advice about revising a draft. The center also offers short-term classes on various facets of writing, including classes on writing about literature, writing research papers, writing book reviews, writing essay exams, and on many other topics. The Writing Center also has a computer lab.

To make an appointment, students should call 263-1992 or stop by when the center is open. During busy times of the semester, the center often is booked several days in advance, so students should plan ahead. For complete information about the center, including hours, schedules for writing assistance in the Multicultural Student Center and residence halls, extensive handouts about writing, and information about the Undergraduate Writing Fellows program, see the center website.