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English

Chair: Mary A. McCay, Ph.D., Office: 318 Bobet Hall

WEB PAGE: cas.loyno.edu/english/

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR IN ENGLISH
(LITERATURE AND WRITING)

For a bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in literature, students must compete 36 hours in British and American literature, literary criticism and interpretation, and literature or writing electives after first taking ENGL T122, A205, or A210. ENGL A205 is the required freshman composition course for English majors; ENGL A210 is a more advanced version of A205; students entering the major after taking ENGL T122 need not take A205 or A210. ENGL A205 or A210 and ENGL A206 should be completed in the freshman year. Majors take 18 hours of distribution requirements in Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration/18th-century, 19th-century, and American literature before 1900, as well as critical theory, not necessarily sequentially. Literature courses listed in the Common Curriculum may be taken for major credit with the permission of the adviser and instructor.

For a bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in writing, students should take ENGL A205 or ENGL A210 plus ENGL A206 in their freshman year. In addition, students take five literature courses, including one course in British literature before 1800 and one course in American literature. Students must also complete six writing courses. As a part of the writing major, many students complete an internship at a magazine, business, or school. Many also work with The New Orleans Review, a nationally prominent literary periodical sponsored by the department.

For English majors in either the writing or literature concentration who are participants in the University Honors Program, ENGL H233 and ENGL H234 are accepted in lieu of A205/A210 and A206. However, English Honors students are encouraged to take one or the other of the two latter courses with their English-major classmates.

English majors and minors can take advantage of many extracurricular activities within the department. They can join Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, as well as ALEPH, an English department club. They work on ReVisions, our student literary magazine, and The Reader’s Response, our annual anthology of students’ academic writing. The department also sponsors regular poetry readings involving students and faculty and presents guest lecturers.

English majors can expand their academic program by participating in our summer Irish studies program in Dublin, our Paris studies program, or our exchange program with Keele University in England.

English majors may take a minor in another discipline, to be determined in consultation with the adviser. Students must consult their assigned advisers in curriculum matters before registering for each semester.

BACHELOR OF ARTS–ENGLISH LITERATURE OR WRITING

Freshman  
F
S
Major ENGL A205 or ENGL A210 — ENGL A206
3
3
Foreign Language  
3
3
Common Curriculum  
9
9
   

15

15

   

30

English majors in the University Honors Program are not required to take ENGL A205/A210, or ENGL A206 but may choose to do so; requirement is satisfied by ENGL H233 and ENGL H234.

Sophomore  
F
S
Major Combination of distribution requirements and electives
6
3
Electives  
6
6
Common Curriculum  
3
6
   
15
15
   
30
Junior  
F
S
Major Combination of distribution requirements and electives
6
6
Electives  
6
3
Common Curriculum  
3
6
   
15
15
   

30

Senior  
F
S
Major Combination of distribution requirements and electives
6
6
Electives  
3
6
Common Curriculum  
6
3
   

15

15

   

30

Optional honors thesis for majors with a 3.5 GPA (3 + 3 hours). English majors who are in the University Honors Program are required to write either the English Honors thesis or the University Honors thesis (1 + 2 hours).

TOTAL: 120 cr. hrs.  

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to A&S Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

Updated August 1, 2005