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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

English, B.A.


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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences  > Department of English  > English, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in English encompasses a variety of academic and career goals (e.g., graduate school in English; secondary certification); therefore, students with specific objectives should choose a concentration and consult with the English advisor as soon as possible to ensure optimal selection of advanced English electives.

List of Concentrations

Concentration in Literature


Students majoring in English with a concentration in Literature must complete all university and college requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree . Before enrolling in advanced courses in English, students must complete the six-hour University Core requirement in Communication  (ENGL 1303  and ENGL 1304  or equivalents) and (or be currently enrolled in) MATH 1310  or MATH 1311 . Only six hours of 2000 level courses in English may be applied toward the major. In addition to the university and college requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, majors seeking a concentration in Literature will take thirty-six semester hours in English of which thirty advanced hours (3000- and 4000-level courses), are required for the major to include:

1. Three Hours in Literary Studies


It is strongly suggested that majors take this course within the first nine hours of advanced English.

2. Three Hours of Lower-Division English


  • Any 2000-Level Course

3. Six Hours of British Literature


And three hours in any British literature


  • 3000- or 4000-level

4. Six Hours in American Literature


Of which three must before 1900


And Three Hours in Any American Literature


  • 3000- or 4000-level

5. Three Hours in Global Literature Selected from Among the Following Courses:


7. Three Hours of Senior Experience


(To be taken within the final three semesters at the senior rank). The following courses allow for the meeting of this 3-hour research-intensive seminar requirement:

8. Nine Hours of Electives in English


  • 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level
    • No more than three credits can be in lower-division courses (2000-level)
    • No more than six credits may come from the following Creative Writing courses:

Total Hours: 36.0


Note(s):


Students in the Literature Concentration may be permitted to write a senior honors thesis. In order to pursue a senior honors thesis, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major in addition to the thesis requirements set by the Honors College. In the spring of a student’s junior year, she/he must identify a thesis advisor and submit a “Senior Honors Thesis Verification of Eligibility Form” to the English Director of Upper Division Studies. During a student’s senior year, she/he will enroll in ENGL 3399  and ENGL 4399 . Both courses must be completed in order for credit to be earned. The thesis committee ultimately determines appropriate and sufficient length and quality.

Students must complete at least 15 hours in all courses in the major in residence at the University of Houston. 12 hours of the advanced courses in the English major must be in residence at the University of Houston. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced courses in the English major.

Concentration in Creative Writing


Students majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing must complete all university and college requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students seeking to concentrate in Creative Writing must apply for admission into the Concentration. Application to the Concentration in Creative Writing requires the submission of a portfolio. Blind review of portfolios occurs once each semester. Students who are not admitted into the Concentration may reapply the following semester. Before enrolling in advanced courses in English, students must complete the six-hour university Core requirement in Communication (ENGL 1303  and ENGL 1304  or equivalents) and (or be concurrently enrolled in) MATH 1310  or MATH 1311 . Only six hours of 2000 level courses in English may be applied toward the major. After completing those six hours, students should complete ENGL 3331 , then advance to either ENGL 3330  or ENGL 3332  to complete the required 3000-level Creative Writing courses. 4000-level creative writing courses are open only to students who have been admitted to the Concentration in Creative Writing. In addition to the university and college requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, majors seeking a concentration in creative writing will take forty-two hours in English of which 36 advanced hours (3000- and 4000-level courses) are to be completed for the major to include:

1. Three hours of Lower-Division English


  • Any 2000-level course

2. Six Hours in British Literature


And three hours in any British literature


  • 3000- or 4000-level

3. Six Hours in American Literature


Of which three must before 1900


And Three Hours in Any American Literature


  • 3000- or 4000-level

4. Three Hours in Global Literature Selected from Among the Following Courses:


6. Three Hours in Lower-Division or Advanced English


  • 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level courses excluding creative writing courses.

Note: ENGL 3399  cannot count toward this requirement.

7. Eighteen Hours in Creative Writing Courses, to Include:


a. Three Hours in:


c. Six Hours Selected from Among the Following Courses:


d. Three Additional Hours of:


  • advanced Creative Writing

e. Three Hours Selected from Among the Following Courses:


Total Hours: 42.0


Note(s):


In order to graduate with a major in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing, the student must have a minimum overall average of B (3.00) in creative writing courses.

Students in the Creative Writing Concentration may be permitted to write a senior honors thesis. Students who affiliate with the Honors College and complete a senior honors thesis receive the honors designation with Honors College and complete a senior honors thesis receive the honors designation with Honors in English in addition to their Honors College designation (University Honors, Collegiate Honors, or Membership in the Honors College). In order to pursue a senior honors thesis in creative writing, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in in the major in addition to the thesis requirements set by the Honors College. He or she must submit a preliminary manuscript of 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose to a creative writing faculty member for review. If the manuscript is accepted, that faculty member will serve as the student’s thesis advisor, and the student will register for ENGL 3399  and ENGL 4399 . Both courses must be completed in order for credit to be earned. The student must complete, with a grade of B+ or better, the creative writing thesis, a manuscript of approximately 40 pages of poetry or 80 pages of prose. The thesis committee ultimately determines appropriate and sufficient length and quality.

Students must complete at least 15 hours in all courses in the major in residence at the University of Houston. 12 hours of the advanced courses in the English major must be in residence at the University of Houston. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of advanced courses in the English major.

Concentration in Applied Linguistics


Students majoring in English with a concentration in Applied Linguistics must complete all university and college requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree . Before enrolling in advanced courses in English, students must complete the six-hour University Core requirement in Communication  (ENGL 1303  and ENGL 1304  or equivalents) and (or be currently enrolled in) MATH 1310  or MATH 1311 . Only six hours of 2000 level courses in English may be applied toward the major. In addition to the university and college requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, majors seeking a concentration in Applied Linguistics will take thirty-three semester hours in English of which twenty-seven advanced (3000- and 4000-level courses) are required for the major, to include:

1. Six Hours of Lower-Division English (2000-level)


Lower-division courses (2000-level) related to the study of language in other departments, including the study of foreign languages, may be used if approved by the department.

2. Three Hours in Global Literature Selected from Among the Following Courses:


Three hours in Global Literature:

3. Three Hours in Study of Language


4. Three Hours in Sociolinguistics


5. Nine Hours (3000-or 4000-level) in Applied Linguistics Selected from Among the Following Courses:


6. Three Hours in Theory, Methods, and Cultural Production


7. Three Hours (3000-or 4000-level) in Approved Elective with Linguistics Content:


Any 3000-4000 linguistics course. Courses from other departments with linguistics content may be used if approved by department.

8. Three Hours of Senior Experience


(To be taken within the final three semesters at the senior rank). The following courses allow for the meeting of this 3 hour research-intensive seminar requirement:

Total Hours: 33.0


Note(s):


  • Students in the Applied Linguistics Concentration may be permitted to satisfy the “Senior Experience” requirement by writing a senior honors thesis. Choosing this option will bring the total concentration to 36 total credit hours. In order to pursue a senior honors thesis, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major in addition to the thesis requirements set by the Honors College. In the spring of a student’s junior year, she/he must identify a thesis advisor and submit a “Senior Honors Thesis Verification of Eligibility Form” to the English Director of Upper Division Studies. During a student’s senior year, she/he will enroll in ENGL 3399  and ENGL 4399 . Both courses must be completed in order for credit to be earned. The thesis committee ultimately determines appropriate and sufficient length and quality.

  • Certain course offerings in other departments may be petitioned to replace similar categories/courses above: SPAN 3306 (for Category 2), SEDE 4314 (for ENGL 4303), Category 6 can be chosen from: AAS 3340, COMD 2338, COMD 2339, CUIN 4303; various courses in MCL and Spanish: SPAN 3305, SPAN 4355, SPAN 4356, SPAN 4357, SPAN 4365, SPAN 4367, and courses on the following list: http://www.uh.edu/class/linguistics/courses/; courses outside of CLASS may also be considered.
  • Students must complete at least 15 hours in all courses in the major in residence at the University of Houston. 12 hours of the advanced courses in the English major must be in residence at the University of Houston. Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of advanced courses in the English major.

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