The Bachelor’s Degree
The B.A. in English prepares students for a life appreciating the power and beauty of language. It also prepares students for a variety of careers in many sectors, including Education, Business, Law, and Healthcare, through a focus on creative, cultural, and critical thinking skills. When English majors graduate, they have the skills and opportunities to excel in almost any field.
All English majors or minors are assigned academic advisors. Academic advisors assist students in developing appropriate, individualized courses of study. Students may choose a different academic advisor at any time to ensure they are fulfilling all degree requirements. Students should consult with academic advisors each semester and especially before enrolling for their final semester. Doing otherwise could result in delaying progress toward graduation. Please note that students pursuing teaching licensure must consult regularly with the Teacher Education Program (TEP) faculty liaison in the Department of English and Modern Languages as well as with the academic advisor in the Teacher Education Program during their entire course of study.
NOTE about ECCE Courses:
As general education courses, most ECCE courses may not be used to fulfill requirements for the English major or minor. Only ENG 368 will be allowed to fulfill a requirement for the English major. Students need to obtain approval through a Student Petition.
The department will assess the records of incoming transfer students to determine an appropriate degree plan. This plan may include taking lower-division classes to prepare students for the rigor of upper-division course work. Requests for transfer credit for upper-division course work will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Faculty members assign course grades according to campus policy and the grading criteria of each individual course. Students must complete ENG 303 with a C or better to proceed to 400-level course work.
Honors in English
In order to be eligible for admission to the English Honors Program, students must have:
- Completed 72 credit hours towards their B.A.;
- Completed Research Methods in English with a full B or better;
- A 3.50 overall GPA at UIS;
- A 3.60 GPA in English.
Students who meet these eligibility requirements can apply to be admitted to the Department Honors Program by submitting a proposal (200-250 words) to the department chair that outlines the honors project the student hopes to complete in ENG 498 Honors Project with a faculty mentor from the English Department. The submission deadline is March 1 for fall graduation and October 1 for spring and summer graduation. Students should apply for admission no later than their second-to-last semester. In order to receive the honors designation, a student must complete ENG 498 with an A, maintain a 3.5 overall GPA at UIS at the time of graduation, and maintain a 3.6 GPA in English at the time of graduation.
Degree Requirements for On-Campus and Online Majors
All majors require foundational knowledge in literature, writing and linguistics. UIS courses that satisfy the foundation requirements are listed below. Course work equivalent to the foundation requirements taken at other institutions may be approved by petition.
|ENG 137||Introduction to Literature||3|
|ENG 272||Introduction to Creative Writing||3|
|Select two (2) of the following literary history courses:||6|
|Introduction to World Literature|
|Survey of African American Literature|
|Early British Literature|
|British Literature Since 1600|
|Early American Literature|
|American Literature-1865 to the Present|
|ENG 303||Research Methods in English Studies||3|
|Select one (1) Engagement Experience (Professionalization, Internship, Applied Study, or Study Away)||3|
|Six (6) of the total 18 hours must be designated as “diversity” and six (6) of the 18 hours must be designated as “digital.”|
|Select three courses in Writing, Linguistics, or Publishing:||9|
|Topics in Creative Writing I|
|Topics in English Studies|
|ECCE: Creative Writing, Publishing, and Community|
|Creative Writing Poetry|
|Writing in New Media|
|History of English Language|
|Rhetoric and Composition in Digital Media|
|Topics in Composition or Linguistics|
|Digital Technologies in English Studies|
|Topics in Creative Writing II|
|Creative Writing: Nonfiction|
|Select three (3) courses in Literature||9|
|Topics in World Literature I|
|Topics in American Literature I|
|Contemporary American Novel|
|The American Novel, 1865-1915|
|The British Victorian Novel|
|Children’s and Young Adult Literature|
|Introduction to Literary Genres|
|Topics in World Literature II|
|Topics in American Literature II|
|Literature and Culture of Early America|
|American Literature 1820-1865|
|Major Figures in American Literature Since 1900|
|Chaucer and His Era|
|The Shakespeare Project|
|The British Romantics|
|Topics in British Literature II|
|Poetry and Prose of the Victorian Age|
|Modern British Literature|
|Contemporary British Literature|
|Themes in Literature|
|Major Women Writers|
|Topics in Genre Study|
|Diversity Courses (other courses may be petitioned for the diversity designator): ENG 320, ENG 332, ENG 420, ENG 438, ENG 461|
|Digital Courses (other courses may be petitioned for the digital designator): ENG 373, ENG 409, ENG 420, ENG 466|