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Bachelor’s Degree – Graduation

Graduation Requirements

Please note that these requirements pertain to the current catalog year.

Course Requirements

For on-ground students choosing the Writing, Rhetoric, and Language concentration:

Course Hours
ENG 301 Introduction to the Discipline 4
Two 100/200-level survey courses 6
One 300-level specialty course 4
ENG 312 Rhetoric and Composing Theories 4

Three courses from the following categories, with two from different categories and at least two at the 400-level:
Creative Writing 4
Professional Writing and Rhetoric 4
Language 4
ENG elective at the 300- or 400-level 4
General Electives (to bring the credit hour total up to 120)
UIS ECCE Requirements 10

 

For on-ground students choosing the Literary Studies Concentration:

Course Hours
ENG 301 Introduction to the Discipline 4
Two 100/200-level survey courses 6
One 300-level specialty course 4
ENG 311 Literary Research and Theory 4

Three courses from the following categories, with at least two courses from different categories, and at least two courses at the 400-level:
American Literature 4
British Literature 4
World Literature 4
Other Literatures* 4
ENG Elective at the 300- or 400-level 4
General Electives (to bring the credit hour total up to 120)
UIS ECCE Requirements 10

*Other literatures focus on literature that does not fall within the confines of a national literature (i.e., Women’s Literature, Children’s Literature, etc.). Consult your academic advisor.

For on-ground students choosing the Education Concentration:

Course Hours
ENG 301 Introduction to the Discipline 4
Two 100/200-level survey courses 6
One 300-level specialty course 4
ENG 311 Literary Research and Theory or
ENG 312 Rhetoric and Composing Theories 4

Breadth Requirements in literature* (3 courses):
American Literature 3-4
British Literature 3-4
World Literature or Multicultural Literature 3-4
Analytical Writing/Rhetoric or Linguistics/Structure of Grammar** 3-4
ENG Elective at the 300- or 400-level*** 4
General Electives (to bring the credit hour total up to 120)
UIS ECCE Requirements 10

*These should be survey-breadth courses. One of the three courses may be at the 200-level, although courses used to meet core requirements may not also be used to meet the breadth requirement; two of the three courses used for the breadth requirement must be at the 300- or 400-level.
**Students must choose a course from either Analytical Writing/Rhetoric or Linguistics/Structure of Grammar that is not used to fulfill a core course requirement for the major. Students should consult their English academic advisor before choosing a course to fulfill this requirement.
***One elective related to content area or curricular emphasis in teaching, such as Drama or Children’s Literature. Students should consult their English academic advisor before choosing a course to fulfill this requirement.

For online English Majors:

Course Hours
ENG 301 Introduction to the Discipline 4
Two 100/200-level survey courses 6
One 300-level specialty course 4
ENG 311 Literary Research and Theory 4

Three courses from the following categories, with at least two courses from different categories, and at least two courses at the 400-level; the third course may be taken at the 300- or 400-level:
American Literature 4
British Literature 4
World Literature 4
Other Literatures* 4
ENG Elective at the 300- or 400-level 4
General Electives (to bring the credit hour total up to 120)
UIS ECCE Requirements 10

PLEASE NOTE: These credit hours totals assume that the student has already completed the lower-level coursework required for Capital Scholars and transfer students. For more information about these course requirements, please visit one of the following websites:

As part of the program’s assessment procedures, students must take ENG 301 as soon as possible after becoming an English major. They should take ENG 311 the semester following ENG 301, if possible. Students can only proceed on to ENG 311 if they have earned a “C” grade or better in ENG 301. Students may take one 400-level course when they are taking ENG 311, with the stipulation that they do not drop ENG 311. If ENG 311 is dropped, the 400-level course must also be dropped. Both core courses must be passed with a “C” grade or better in order to fulfill graduation requirements of the program.

While juniors are normally expected to enroll in courses at the 300- or 400-level, seniors may petition individual instructors for admission into select 500-level English courses.

In addition to satisfying general UIS requirements for the B.A. degree, candidates in English are expected to develop research, writing, analytical, and interpretive skills. All English courses provide opportunities for acquiring and refining these skills.

Advising

Because the English Department offers a wide range of courses with relative freedom from requirements and prerequisites, undergraduate majors are encouraged to select program advisors as soon as possible. Advisors assist students in developing appropriate and individualized courses of study; for this reason, if an advisor is not chosen, one will be assigned. Students should consult with advisors regularly and especially before enrolling for their first and last semesters of study.

To request English advising assistance- contact Candace Meserole, the Online English Program Coordinator.

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