Student Name

BACHELOR OF ARTS in ENGLISH @

Department of English
College of Arts & Sciences

Located in Moore Humanities Building

Contact: Dr. Amy Vines, Director of Undergraduate Studies anvines@uncg.edu
Dr. Jeanie Reynolds, Director of English Education jmreyno3@uncg.edu

Program Objectives

1. Reading Texts
The ability to
read texts with careful attention

  • understand how authors and readers create meaning in texts
  • recognize rhetorical and literary techniques in texts
  • recognize key ideas in texts and rhetorical strategies used to develop them
  • respond to aesthetic, rhetorical, and cultural qualities in texts

2. Writing

The ability to

  • write clearly and fluently in multiple genres
  • organize coherently and logically
  • edit writing so that it conforms to standard usage
  • develop convincing, well-supported essays

3. Understanding Literature and Rhetoric
The ability to

  • understand the relationship of literature and rhetoric to history and culture
  • understand the history of literature in English in terms of major periods and authors
  • recognize and define major genres of literature
  • recognize and define formal features in literature

4. Understanding Theory and Criticism
The ability to

  • understand and implement several literary and rhetorical theories
  • relate the study of discourse in English to other disciplines
  • understand the general nature, purpose, and methods of English studies

5. Doing Research
The ability to

  • understand and use basic research tools
  • develop questions and topics worth researching
  • use research to develop theses effectively
  • incorporate research into writing

Course Requirements

Current Requirements for the Major, English (30 hours)
I. Survey Courses (9 hours)

211. Major British Authors: Medieval to Neoclassical
212. Major British Authors: Romantic to Modern
251. Major American Authors: Colonial to Romantic

Since these courses provide an overview of English and American literature, we recommend that students take them as early in their major as possible.

II. 303W. Approaches to the Study of Literature (3 hours)
III. One course in Language, Criticism, Creative Writing, Expository Writing, or Internship or English 321 for English Education Majors (3 hours)

IV. Four Courses in Literature (12 hours)

A. Two courses in literature before 1800, only one of which may be in Shakespeare B. Two courses in literature after 1800

V. One additional course in English at the 200-level or above.

English 322 for English Education majors.

Course Descriptions

ENGLISH 340 - Shakespeare: Later Plays. This course focuses on the plays written during the last half of Shakespeare's career. I think I will like this course because I enjoy reading Shakespeare and it will be fun to learn about what influenced the characters in his plays.

ENGLISH 336 - Introduction to Chaucer. This course sounds intimidating because everything will be read in an older style of English, but it may be interesting because it focuses on The Canterbury Tales and I really enjoyed that in English IV.

Internship & Career Networking Opportunities

  • STUDENT TEACHING (through UNCG Teachers' Academy)
  • STUDENT TUTOR IN THE WRITING CENTER
  • CORADDI - STUDENT LITERARY PUBLICATION
  • THE GREENSBORO REVIEW
  • GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD
  • STUDY ABROAD

Careers for an English major

  • TEACHING
  • LAW
  • COMMUNICATION
  • JOURNALISM
  • PROFESSIONAL WRITING

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