English (B.A.)

Building upon the cultural diversity and urban experience that distinguishes Wayne State University, the English Department's mission is to provide its students with the intellectual knowledge and practical tools to thrive in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, by teaching them to understand the power and influence of literature and other forms of textual and media production, circulation, and interpretation; and by imparting skill and fluency in close reading, critical thinking, rhetorical analysis, and writing in multiple genres.The English major curriculum is designed to introduce students to these skills and to provide a challenging and flexible liberal arts education as well as a pre-professional program for students interested in careers in education, law, business, and other professions.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Students must complete twelve English courses beyond the University General Education Competency Requirement and Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements. Ten of these courses must be beyond the 2000-level. Specific requirements are as follows:

Theories and Methods
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduction to Creative Writing
Survey courses
Select one from each category (early and late)6
Early (choose one)
(PL) English Literature to 1700
(PL) American Literature to 1865
Late (choose one)
(PL) English Literature after 1700
(PL) American Literature after 1865
(PL) Survey of African-American Literature
Communities and Cultures
Select one upper-division course with an emphasis on cultural diversity:3
Topics in Women's Studies
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Topics in Film and Media
Topics in New Media
Topics in Global and Transnational Studies
Topics in African American Literature
Topics in English and American Literature
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
Topics in Creative Writing
Senior Seminar
ENG 5992Senior Seminar 13
Additional Requirements
Select six additional courses in English 236
Total Credits54
1

This course with co-registration in ENG 5993 fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement. With the consent of the Departmental Undergraduate Advisor and the appropriate instructor, students are occasionally permitted to substitute a 5000-level course, with ENG 5993 co-registration, for the Senior Seminar and the Writing Intensive requirement.

2

Minimum of thirty-six credits (forty-six credits maximum). Twelve of these credits must be at the 4000 or 5000 level. No English course below the 2000-level may count toward the English B.A. program. 

Credit Limitations: No more than forty-six credits in the major field may count toward degree requirements. With the departmental Undergraduate advisor’s approval, appropriate ENG 5990 (Directed Study) credit may count toward a major.

English Honors (B.A. Program)

To graduate with honors in English an undergraduate student must have a minimum 3.5 g.p.a. in English courses and a minimum cumulative g.p.a of 3.3. Additional requirements include a minimum of thirty-six credits in English courses beyond the Liberal Arts and Sciences Group requirements and General Education requirements, nine credits of which must be in honors courses. Students must also complete at least one 4200-level interdepartmental Honors Seminar, HON 4200-HON 4280, to total twelve credits in Honors courses.

Required English Courses

Theories and Methods
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduction to Creative Writing
Survey courses
Select one from each category (early and late):6
Early
(PL) English Literature to 1700
(PL) American Literature to 1865
Late
(PL) English Literature after 1700
(PL) American Literature after 1865
(PL) Survey of African-American Literature
Communities and Cultures
Select one upper-division course with an emphasis in cultural diversity:3-4
Topics in Women's Studies
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Topics in Film and Media
Topics in New Media
Topics in Global and Transnational Studies
Topics in African American Literature
Topics in English and American Literature
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
Topics in Creative Writing
Other Requirements
Select at least six additional courses in English 136
Honors Seminar
ENG 4991Honors Seminar (Max. 6) 23
Honors-Option
Select one course in the English Honors curriculum, must be taken with an Honors-option 31-3
Total Credits55-58
1

Minimum thirty-six credits (forty-six credits maximum). Twelve of these credits must be at the 4000 or 5000 level and include ENG 4992 (Honors Project, Cr. 3 (Max. 6)). The Honors Project should be twenty to thirty pages long. Students pursuing both Department and University Honors may use the Departmental project (ENG 4992) to fulfill the University Honors thesis requirement. No English course below the 2000-level may count toward the English B.A. program. 

2

With co-registration in ENG 5993 fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement. 

3

Candidates for Honors in English will arrange for an Honors-option by contracting with any professor teaching a 5000-level course to do honors-level work in that course, beyond the standard requirements set forth in the syllabus.  Supplementary work required for the Honors-option might consist of an extra paper, a significantly longer term paper, evidence of additional readings (for example, through journal entries), an oral or written report, or a special examination. 

Students who wish to become candidates for degrees with honors in English are encouraged to consult early with the Undergraduate Advisor of the English Department (313-577-7701).

Combined Curriculum Requirements

Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching: An English major who wishes to prepare for a career in secondary school teaching can earn a bachelor's degree in English with a secondary teaching certificate. In close consultation with Department of English and College of Education advisors, the student will develop a plan of work that satisfies the requirements of the English B.A. program and includes the subject area and professional courses required for teacher certification. For more information see Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching

Note: Students seeking Elementary Education Certification with a Language Arts Group Major should consult with an advisor in the School of Education.

‘AGRADE’ Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

The English Department invites academically superior majors to apply for admission to the 'AGRADE' Program, which allows qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department. Applications will be accepted no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are completed. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 and not less than a 3.6 g.p.a in the major courses already completed. A Plan of Work is required, and credit restrictions apply. Please see the departmental Undergraduate Advisor for more detail.