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College of Letters and Science

English

Requirements for the Major
English Language and Linguistics
Creative Writing
Honors in the Major
Honors Curriculum: English Literature Major
Honors Curriculum: English Major with Creative Writing Emphasis
Thesis of Distinction
Teaching Major
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, Hill, Keller, Kelley, Kercheval, Levine, Loewenstein, McClintock, McKenzie, Mitchell, Moore, Nixon, Olaniyan, Sherrard-Johnson, Steele, Wallace, Wanner, M. Young, R. Young, Zimmerman, Zuengler; Associate Professors Bearden, Cooper, Guyer, Johnson, Ortiz-Robles, Purnell, Raimy, Teuton, Valenza, Yu; Assistant Professors Allewaert, Brown, Calhoun, Hussen, Olson, Samuels, Tanoukhi, Vareschi, Vieira, Yandell, Zweck

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

Faculty diversity liaison: Roberta Hill, rjhill@wisc.edu

Students work at developing intellectual discipline, orderly reasoning, and accurate use of the English language. The study of literature adds example and elegance to these pursuits. Literature reflects the currents of intellectual development, cultural history, political tensions, bases of criticism, and the growth of social consciousness.

The English major requires the completion of selected core courses in English with a curriculum planned to be representative of major periods, figures, and genres. The aim of the major is to ensure a base of historical and geographical breadth in the study of British and American literature while at the same time providing the freedom to choose electives that explore a range of critical approaches or emphases.

Students interested in following the English major with an emphasis on creative writing take the core curriculum augmented by creative writing workshops. Students wishing to emphasize language and linguistics take the core curriculum and choose courses in Old and Middle English, grammar, or syntax.

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 Michelle Young, 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 2005 and later. Students who declared the major before fall 2005 should verify the requirements they need to complete with the undergraduate advisor.

Completion of the major requires a minimum of 31 credits in intermediate or advanced English courses numbered 215 and above. Students must take English 215, 216 and 217 and must complete one of these courses in the 4-credit format. The fourth credit is a writing-intensive workshop focusing on drafts and revisions of papers required by the course. All other major courses are taken for 3 credits.

Students are encouraged to supplement their English major with collateral courses in the following areas: literature from other cultures such as courses in classics, comparative literature, integrated liberal studies, literature in other languages, and in literature in translation; courses in language and linguistics; courses in European and American history; art history; and philosophy.

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 215 and above count toward this requirement.

The major requirements are distributed as follows:

A minimum of 31 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 215 and above).

One English course taken in the 4-credit format (select from English 215, 216, or 217).

1. English 215 British Literature before 1750, 3–4 cr

2. English 216 British and Anglophone Literature from 1750 to the Present, 3–4 cr

3. English 217 American Literature, 3–4 cr

4. One course in Shakespeare (select from English 219, 220, 226, 417, 418), 3 cr

5. One additional pre-1800 literature course (excluding Shakespeare) (select from English 359–369, 400–416, 419–459, 605–608), 3 cr

6–10. Five additional English elective courses at the intermediate or advanced level numbered 215 or higher, 15 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 31 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 215 and above).

One English course taken in the 4-credit format (select from English 215, 216, or 217).

1. English 215 British Literature before 1750, 3–4 cr

2. English 216 British and Anglophone Literature from 1750 to the Present, 3–4 cr

3. English 217 American Literature, 3–4 cr

4. One course in Shakespeare (select from English 219, 220, 226, 417, 418), 3 cr

5. One additional pre-1800 literature course (excluding Shakespeare) (select from English 359–369, 400–416, 419–459, 605–608), 3 cr

6. English 324 Structure of English, 3 cr

7. English 330 English Phonology, 3 cr

8. English 325 or 329, 3 cr

9–10. Any two additional courses selected from English 320, 321, 323, 325, 329, 331, 332, 333, 336, 338, or 341, 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 31 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 215 and above)

One English course taken in the 4-credit format (select from English 215, 216, or 217)

1. English 215 British Literature before 1750, 3–4 cr

2. English 216 British and Anglophone Literature from 1750 to the Present, 3–4 cr

3. English 217 American Literature, 3–4 cr

4. One course in Shakespeare (select from English 219, 220, 226, 417, 418), 3 cr

5. One course in Modern or Contemporary Literature, 1900–Present (select from English 223, 477, 478, 500–519, 610–612, 630–672), 3 cr

6. An English elective course at the intermediate or advanced level numbered 215 or higher, 3 cr

7–9. Three Creative Writing Workshops (select from English 300–307), 9 cr

10. English 695 Directed Creative Writing, 3 cr

Workshops numbered 301–307 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. Students wishing to earn Honors in the Major should consult the honors coordinator. It is advised that students begin the honors curriculum in the first semester of the sophomore year. To graduate with Honors in the Major students must complete the honors curriculum in the department and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the major requirements. They also must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison. In general, honors students are encouraged to enroll in courses offered for honors credit whenever possible, but at least one non honors course in the curriculum must be taken for honors credit.

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 31 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 215 and above)

One English course taken in the 4-credit format (select from English 215, 216, or 217)

1. English 215 British Literature before 1750, 3–4 cr

2. English 216 British and Anglophone Literature from 1750 to the Present, 3–4 cr

3. English 217 American Literature, 3–4 cr

4. One course in Shakespeare (select from English 219, 220, 226, 417, 418), 3 cr

5. One additional pre-1800 literature course (excluding Shakespeare) (select from English 359–369, 400–416, 419–459, 605–608), 3 cr

6. One English elective course at the intermediate or advanced level numbered 215 or higher, 3 cr

7. English 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English, 3 cr

8. English 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major, 3 cr

9–10. English 681 and 682—Senior Honors Thesis in the Major, 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 31 credits at the intermediate or advanced level (English 215 and above)

One English course taken in the 4-credit format (select from English 215, 216, or 217)

1. English 215 British Literature before 1750, 3–4 cr

2. English 216 British and Anglophone Literature from 1750 to the Present, 3–4 cr

3. English 217 American Literature, 3–4 cr

4. One course in Shakespeare (select from English 219, 220, 226, 417, 418), 3 cr

5. One course in Modern or Contemporary Literature, 1900–Present (select from English 223, 477, 478, 500–519, 610–612, 630–672), 3 cr

6. English 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English, 3 cr

7. English 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major, 3 cr

8–9. Two Creative Writing Workshops (select from English 300–307), 6 cr

10. An Advanced-Level Creative Writing Workshop (select from English 303, 305, 307), 3 cr*

11. English 695 Directed Creative Writing, 3 cr

*The advanced workshop and Directed Creative Writing (English 695) will ordinarily be taken sequentially and will be the equivalent of a two-semester honors thesis. Students are encouraged to take more than one Advanced Creative Writing Workshop.

Workshops numbered 301–307 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

The Department of English, through its programs in English language and linguistics, offers a series of courses recommended as appropriate academic preparation for students who wish to be employed abroad teaching English as a second language. The foundation courses are English 324, 330, and 334. The second language and teaching courses are English 333, 335, and 337. In addition, one course must be selected from English 331, 332, 336, or 341.

The student must: complete a 21-credit program of prescribed upper-division courses, including a practicum, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; (if a native speaker of English) have satisfactorily completed at least four college-level terms (or the equivalent) of a modern foreign language, including its spoken form; and demonstrate the ability to speak and write English at a level commensurate with the role of language model. Further information is available in 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 (except a composition 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.