Montana State University

English

Department of English

http://www1.english.montana.edu/

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts in English provides the student two options: 1) the literature option for students who wish to specialize in the study of literature, especially those preparing for a broad range of careers including graduate study in English or related fields; and 2) the writing option for students who wish to specialize in the study and production of expository and creative writing and rhetoric, in preparation for professional writing careers or graduate study; and 3) the English teaching option for students wishing to specialize in the study of literature, language, and composition as preparation for certification for secondary school teaching.

There are many professional opportunities open to English graduates. In addition to teaching, professional schools (law and business, for example) consider the B.A. in English to be excellent preparation. The study of literature and effective writing is also useful in the areas of corporate management, personnel work, finance, consulting, journalism and public relations, Intermediate Tech Writing and editing, and many other fields, as various industries continue to seek people who are literate and articulate.

In addition to these programs for its majors, the Department of English offers many courses that satisfy University core requirements.


Curriculum in English


Students desiring to obtain the B.A. in English will choose one of the following options. Those seeking endorsement as teaching majors will follow the teaching option. Endorsement with a teaching minor in English may be obtained by completing the appropriate courses listed under the Department of Education. In order to graduate, students must earn a grade of C- or better in every course required for the English major.

LITERATURE OPTION

This option is designed for students wishing to specialize in the study of literature as preparation for graduate work or for general education.

Freshman Year Credits
WRIT 101W--College Writing I    3
LIT 201--Intro to Literary Studies 3
Take one of the following:
     LIT 240-- Bible as Lit    3
     LIT 233--Classical Fndtns of Lit 3
Take one of the following:
     LING 210IH--Intro to Language & Linguistics 3
     ENGL 238--Struct & Funct of Lang 3
University Core and Electives 15
30
Sophomore and Junior Years Credits
     LIT 300--Literary Criticism 3
Take two of the following:
     LIT 285D--Mythologies 3
     LIT 308--Multicultural Lit 3
     LIT 335--Women & Lit 3
     LIT 382--Lit for Children/Adolescents 3
     LIT 440--Studies in World Lit 3
Take two of the following:
     LIT 323--Old/Mid Engl Lit 3
     LIT 324--16th/17th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 325--Rest/18th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 310--Early American Lit 3
Take two of the following:
     LIT 311--19th Ctry Amer Lit 3
     LIT 326--19th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 371--20th Ctry Brit/Amer Lit 3
     LIT 372--Contemp Brit/Amer Lit 3
Take two of the following:
     LIT 214D--Regional Lit 3
     LIT 337--Oral Traditions 3
     LIT 431RH--Studies in Major Author/s 3
     LIT 437--Studies in Genres 3
     LIT 438--Studies in Literary Topics 3
     LIT 473RH--Studies in Shakespeare 3
Take one of the following:
     WRIT 201--College Writing II 3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
     WRIT 326--Advanced Composition 3
     WRIT 328--Creative Writing 3
     ENGL 385--History of the English Language 3
     WRIT 428--Advanced Creative Writing 3
     WRIT 429--Professional Writing 3
     WRIT 450--Hist & Thry of Rhetoric/Comp 3
University Core and Electives 28
58
Senior Credits
LIT 494RH--Seminar: Research Issues 3
Two English Department electives, ENGL, LIT, WRIT, one must be 300 level or above 6
University Core and Electives 23
32

WRIT 101W credits count for the Core Foundations written requirement. These credits are not counted as part of the total English Major, Literature Option.


WRITING OPTION

This option is designed for students wishing to specialize in the study of writing and rhetoric as preparation for graduate study, professional practice, or liberal education.

Freshman Year Credits
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
WRIT 205--Intro to Writing Studies 3
LIT 201--Intro to Lit Studies 3
University Core and Electives 21
30
Sophomore and Junior Years Credits
WRIT 326--Advanced Composition 3
WRIT 328--Creative Writing 3
WRIT 371--Digital Rhetorics & Multimodal Writing 3
ENGL 450--Hist & Thry of Rhet/Comp 3
Take four of the following:
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Technical Writing 3
     WRIT 372--Science Writing 3
     WRIT 373--News and PR Writing 3
     WRIT 428--Advanced Creative Writing 3
     WRIT 429--Professional Writing 3
     LING 210IH--Intro to Language & Linguistics 3
     LING 238--Structure and Function of Language 3
     ENGL 338--Lang and English Education 3
     ENGL 339--Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools 3
     ENGL 385--History of the English Language 3
Take four of the following:
     LIT 310--Early American Lit 3
     LIT 323--Old/Middle Lit 3
     LIT 324--16th/ 17th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 325--Rest/ 18th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 311--19th Ctry Amer Lit 3
     LIT 326--19th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 371--20th Ctry Brit/Amer Lit 3
     LIT 372--Contemp Brit/Amer Lit 3
     LIT 431RH--Studies in a Major Author/s 3
     LIT 437--Studies in Genres 3
     LIT 438--Studies in Literary Topics 3
     LIT 473RH--Studies in Shakespeare 3
     LIT 308--Multicultural Lit 3
     LIT 335--Women and Lit 3
     LIT 382--Lit for Children/Adolescents 3
     LIT 440--Studies in World Lit 3
University Core and Electives 24
60
Senior Year Credits
WRIT 498--Internship 3
WRIT 494RH--Seminar:Writing Research and Publication 3
University Core and Electives 24
30

WRIT 101W credits count for the Core Foundations written requirement. These credits are not counted as part of the total English Major, Writing Option.


ENGLISH TEACHING OPTION

This option is designed for students wishing to prepare for secondary school teaching. Employment opportunities may be enhanced if students also obtain a second area of certification, usually a teaching minor. Obtaining a minor in addition to the English major will require more than eight semesters.

Freshman Year Credits
EDU 202--Early Field Experience 1
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
LIT 201--Intro to Literary Studies 3
HDCF 150IS--Individual Fam Develop/Well-Being Lifespan 3
Take one of the following:
     LIT 240--Bible as Lit 3
     LIT 233--Classical Fndtns of Lit 3
University Core and Electives 16
30
Sophomore Year Credits
EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev 3
Take one of the following:
     LIT 323--Old/Mid Engl Lit 3
     LIT 324--16th/17th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 325--Rest/18th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 310--Early American Lit 3
Take two of the following:
     LIT 311--19th Ctry Amer Lit 3
     LIT 326--19th Ctry British Lit 3
     LIT 371--20th Ctry Brit/Amer Lit 3
     LIT 372--Comtemp Brit/Amer Lit 3
Take one or more in either of the two preceding categories
WRIT 201--College Writing II 3
ENGL 238--Struct & Funct of Lang 3
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education 3
University Core and Electives 11
32
Junior Year Credits
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education 2
EDU 382--Assessment, Curric, Instruction 2
EDU 497--Methods: 5-12 English 3
LIT 300--Literary Criticism 3
ENGL 338--Language and English Education 3
ENGL 339--Teaching Writing in Sec Schools 3
ENGL 445--Teaching Reading and Lit in Sec Schools 3
University Core and Electives 9
28
Senior Year Credits
Take two of the following:
     LIT 214D--Regional Lit 3
     LIT 337--Oral Traditions 3
     LIT 431RH--Studies in Major Author/s 3
     LIT 437--Studies in Genres 3
     LIT 438--Studies in Literary Topics 3
     LIT 473RH--Studies in Shakespeare 3
Take one of the following:
     LIT 308 --Multicultural Lit 3
     WRIT 326--Advanced Composition 3
     ENGL 385--History of the English Lang 3
     WRIT 428--Advanced Creative Writing 3
     WRIT 429--Professional Writing 3
     ENGL 450--Hist & Thry of Rhetoric/Comp 3
     LIT 285D --Mythologies 3
     LIT 335--Women & Lit 3
     LIT 382 --Lit for Children/Adolescents 3
     LIT 440--Studies in World Lit 3
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12 10-12
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12 2
HDCF 356--Exceptional Children 3
ENGL 461R--Issues in English Education 3
EDU 395--Practicum: 5-12 3
30-32

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in all required courses.


ENGLISH MINOR: WRITING (NON-TEACHING)

Credits
LIT 201--Intro to Lit Studies 3
WRIT 201--College Writing II 3
WRIT 326--Advanced Composition 3
ENGL 428--Creative Writing 3
Take one of the following:
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
     WRIT 429--Professional Writing 3
Take one of the following:
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
     LING 210IH--Intro to Language & Linguistics 3
     ENGL 238--Struct & Funct of Lang 3
     WRIT 429--Professional Writing 3
     ENGL 450--Hist & Thry of Rhetoric/Composition 3
Take one additional upper division English class 3
Total English Credits Required 21

Students must receive a grade of a "C-" or better in all required courses.


ENGLISH MINOR: LITERATURE (NON-TEACHING)

English Requirements Credits
LIT 201--Intro to Lit Studies 3
Take one of the following:
     LIT 233--Classical Fndtns of Lit 3
     LIT 240--Bible as Lit 3
Take two of the following:
     LIT 310--Early American Lit 3
     LIT 311--19th Ctry Amer Lit 3
     LIT 323--Old/Mid Engl Lit 3
     LIT 324-- 16th- 17th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 325--Rest/18th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 326--19th Ctry Brit Lit 3
     LIT 371--20th Ctry Brit/Amer Lit 3
     LIT 372--Contemp Brit/Amer Lit 3
Take three of the following:
     LIT 110IH--Intro to Lit 3
     LIT 285D--Mythologies 3
     LIT 214D--Regional Lit 3
     LIT 300--Literary Criticism 3
     LIT 308--Multicultural Lit 3
     LIT 335--Women & Lit 3
     LIT 337--Oral Traditions 3
     LIT 382--Lit for Children/Adolescents 3
     LIT 431RH--Studies in Major Author/s 3
     LIT 437--Studies in Genres 3
     LIT 438--Studies in Literary Topics 3
     LIT 440--Studies in World Lit 3
     LIT 473RH--Studies in Shakespeare 3
Total English Credits Required 21

Students must receive a grade of a "C-" or better in all required courses.


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Updated: December 14, 2011