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Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, including the hours of Core Curriculum requirements. Thirty-nine of the 120 total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. Students seeking teacher certification should consult the College of Education and Human Development Advising and Certification Center for information.

All candidates seeking this degree must complete ENG 2213 and ENG 4973 with a grade of "C-" or better.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in English must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below will satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

ENG 2213 Literary Criticism and Analysis may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy, and Culture as well as a major requirement. ENG 2413 Technical Writing may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Component Area Option as well as a major requirement for a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Concentration in Professional Writing or for a minor in Professional Writing.

Note: Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing are encouraged to complete the Creative Arts core requirement with ENG 1113.

Degree Requirements

  1. 33 semester credit hours, 18 semester credit hours of which must be at the upper-division level:
    1. 21 semester credit hours of required courses in English:

      ENG  2213  Literary Criticism and Analysis
      ENG  2223  British Literature I
      ENG  2233  British Literature II
      ENG  2263  American Literature I
      ENG  2293  American Literature II

      ENG  3223  Shakespeare: The Early Plays
      or
      ENG  3233  Shakespeare: The Later Plays

      ENG  4973  Seminar for English Majors

    2. 12 additional upper-division semester credit hours, 3 hours from each of the following categories. At least 6 of these hours must be in literature; of these 6 hours, at least 3 hours must include the study of American literature.
      1. American, English, Historical

        ENG  3033  American Literature, 1945 to Present
        ENG  3063  American Literature, 1870–1945
        ENG  4013  Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
        ENG  4023  Romantic Literature
        ENG  4053  Modern British and American Poetry
        ENG  4063  Medieval English Literature
        ENG  4113  Renaissance Literature
        ENG  4143  Victorian Literature
        HUM  3023  The Medieval World
        HUM  3033  Renaissance Ideas
        HUM  3043  Classicism and Enlightenment
        HUM  3053  The Romantic Age
        HUM  3063  The Modern World

      2. Linguistics, Rhetoric, Theory

        ENG  3303  Theory and Practice of Composition
        ENG  3313  Advanced Composition
        ENG  3323  History of the English Language
        ENG  3333  Introduction to the Structure of English
        ENG  3343  Principles of English Linguistics
        ENG  3393  Literary Theories
        ENG  3413  Specialized Professional Writing
        ENG  3423  Topics in Creative Writing
        ENG  3363  Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
        ENG  3383  Writing in Public, Professional, and Workplace Contexts
        ENG  4423  Studies in Advanced Linguistics
        ENG  4433  Advanced Professional Writing
        ENG  4523  Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Fiction Writing
        ENG  4533  Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Poetry Writing
        ENG  4933  Internship
        HUM  3013  History of Ideas

      3. Cross-Cultural, Gender Studies, and Race & Ethnic Studies

        ENG  3133  Women and Literature
        ENG  3513  Mexican American Literature
        ENG  3613  African American Literature
        ENG  3713  Topics in Multiethnic Literatures of the United States
        ENG  3813  Topics in Native American Literature
        ENG  4393  Feminist Theory of Literature
        ENG  4613  Topics in Mexican American Literature
        ENG  4713  Topics in African American Literature
        HUM  3623  Topics in National Cultures and Civilizations
        HUM  3703  Topics in Popular Culture

      4. Authors and Genres

        CLA  3023  Classical Myths and Literature
        CLA  3053  Topics in Classical Genres
        ENG  3073  Young Adult Literature
        ENG  3113  Studies in Individual Authors
        ENG  3123  Modern Fiction
        ENG  3153  Topics in Drama
        ENG  3213  Chaucer
        ENG  3223  Shakespeare: The Early Plays
        ENG  3233  Shakespeare: The Later Plays
        ENG  3243  Topics in the British Novel
        ENG  3253  The American Novel
        ENG  3273  Milton
        ENG  4033  Literary Modes and Genres
        HUM  3103  American Film
        HUM  3203  Film Genres
        HUM  3213  The Christian Classics
        HUM  3223  The Bible as Literature
        HUM  3303  Major Filmmaker
        HUM  3403  Literature into Film

  2. 12 additional semester credit hours of approved support work in one of the following categories (at least 6 hours of which must be at the upper-division level), which may also be used to satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement:
    1. Classical studies (CLA), humanities (HUM), philosophy (PHI)
    2. Foreign languages, foreign literature (including foreign literatures in translation)
    3. Linguistics (including linguistics courses designated ENG, provided that they have not been counted toward the required semester credit hours in English)
    4. Communication (COM)
    5. Creative writing or expository and technical writing (including courses designated ENG, provided that they have not been counted toward the required semester credit hours in English)
    6. American studies (AMS), anthropology (ANT), history (HIS), psychology (PSY), or sociology (SOC)
    7. Art (ART or AHC) or Music (MUS)
    8. Mexican American Studies
    9. African American Studies
    10. Women’s Studies
    11. Multicultural Studies
    12. Other subjects as may be individually justified by the student, recommended by the academic advisor, and approved by the Department Chair.

  3. 6 semester credit hours in a single language other than English

  4. 27 semester credit hours of electives

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Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in English

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate English degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in English – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective   3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
ENG 2213 Literary Criticism and Analysis (core and major) 3
Component Area Option core   3
Foreign language (semester I)   3-4
Free elective   3
Government-Political Science core   3
Spring
ENG 2223 British Literature I 3
ENG 2263 American Literature I 3
Foreign language (semester II)   3-4
Creative Arts core   3
Government-Political Science core   3
Third Year
Fall
ENG 2233 British Literature II 3
ENG 2293 American Literature II 3
Free elective   3
Support work   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Spring
Upper-division Literature category (a) 1   3
Upper-division Literature category (b) 1   3
Support work   3
Upper-division support work   3
Free elective   3
Fourth Year
Fall
ENG 3223 or ENG 3233 Shakespeare: The Early Plays 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Literature category (c) 1   3
Spring
ENG 4973 Seminar for English Majors 3
Free elective   3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division Literature category (d) 1   3
Upper-division support work   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* At least one of the courses from categories (a), (b), (c), or (d) must include the study of American literature.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Professional Writing Concentration

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Professional Writing concentration must complete:

  1. 51 semester credit hours, 27 semester credit hours of which must be at the upper-division level:
    1. 30 semester credit hours:

      ENG  2213  Literary Criticism and Analysis
      ENG  2223  British Literature I
      ENG  2233  British Literature II
      ENG  2263  American Literature I
      ENG  2293  American Literature II

      ENG  3223  Shakespeare: The Early Plays
      or
      ENG  3233  Shakespeare: The Later Plays

      ENG  3313  Advanced Composition
      ENG  3413  Specialized Professional Writing
      ENG  4933  Internship
      ENG  4973  Seminar for English Majors

    2. 9 additional upper-division semester credit hours, 3 hours from each of the categories: (b) Linguistics, Rhetoric, Theory (c) Cross-Cultural, Gender Studies, and Race & Ethnic Studies; and (d) Authors and Genres listed above under degree requirements for the B.A. in English; of these 9 hours, at least 3 hours must include the study of American literature.

    3. 12 additional semester credit hours in professional writing, including the following 9 semester credit hours:

      ENG  2413  Technical Writing
      ENG  2433  Editing
      ENG  4433  Advanced Professional Writing

  2. 6 semester credit hours in a single language other than English

  3. 24 semester credit hours of electives

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Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in English with a Concentration in Professional Writing

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate English degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Professional Writing – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective   3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
ENG 2213 Literary Criticism and Analysis (core and major) 3
ENG 2413 Technical Writing (core and major) 3
Free elective   3
Foreign language (semester I)   3-4
Government-Political Science core   3
Spring
ENG 2223 British Literature I 3
ENG 2433 Editing 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (Government-Political Science core) 3
Foreign language (semester II)   3-4
Creative Arts core   3
Third Year
Fall
ENG 2233 British Literature II 3
ENG 2263 American Literature I 3
ENG 2293 American Literature II 3
ENG 3313 Advanced Composition 3
Free elective   3
Spring
ENG 3223 or ENG 3233 Shakespeare: The Early Plays 3
ENG 3413 Specialized Professional Writing 3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Literature category (b)   3
Fourth Year
Fall
ENG 4433 Advanced Professional Writing 3
ENG 4933 Internship 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division Literature category (c)   3
Spring
ENG 4973 Seminar for English Majors 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Literature category (d)   3
Upper-division support work   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* At least one of the courses from categories (a), (c), or (d) must include the study of American literature.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Creative Writing Concentration

In order to declare a Creative Writing concentration, students must successfully demonstrate proficiency, professionalism, and commitment in their writing portfolios. Entrance into upper-division creative writing courses is not guaranteed and is also dependent upon course availability.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration must complete:

  1. 45 semester credit hours in English, 24 semester credit hours of which must be at the upper-division level:
    1. 21 semester credit hours:

      ENG  2213  Literary Criticism and Analysis
      ENG  2223  British Literature I
      ENG  2233  British Literature II
      ENG  2263  American Literature I
      ENG  2293  American Literature II

      ENG  3223  Shakespeare: The Early Plays
      or
      ENG  3233  Shakespeare: The Later Plays

      ENG  4973  Seminar for English Majors

    2. 6 semester credit hours in creative writing chosen from the following:

      ENG  2323  Creative Writing: Fiction
      ENG  2333  Creative Writing: Poetry
      ENG  2343  Creative Writing: Nonfiction

    3. 9 additional upper-division semester credit hours, 3 hours from each of the categories: (a) American, English, Historical; (c) Cross-Cultural, Gender Studies, and Race & Ethnic Studies; and (d) Authors and Genres listed above under degree requirements for the B.A. in English; of these 9 hours, at least 3 hours must include the study of American literature.

    4. 9 additional semester credit hours in creative writing, at least 6 hours of which must be at the 4000 level:

      ENG  3423  Topics in Creative Writing
      ENG  4523  Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Fiction Writing
      ENG  4533  Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Poetry Writing

  2. 6 semester credit hours in a single language other than English

  3. 27 semester credit hours of electives. Students are encouraged to repeat upper-level workshops, and to include ENG  2433 in their electives.

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Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate English degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Creative Writing – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Mathematics core   3
Spring
ENG 1113 Introduction to Creative Literary Arts (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II 3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
ENG 2213 Literary Criticism and Analysis (core and major) 3
Foreign language (semester I)   3-4
Free Elective   3
Component Area Option core   3
Government-Political Science core   3
Spring
ENG 2223 British Literature I 3
ENG 2263 American Literature I 3
  Creative Writing: Fiction 3
Foreign language (semester II)   3-4
Government-Political Science core   3
Third Year
Fall
ENG 2233 British Literature II 3
ENG 2293 American Literature II 3
ENG 2323, ENG 2333, or ENG 2343 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
Free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Spring
ENG 3223 or ENG 3233 Shakespeare: The Early Plays 3
ENG 3423 Topics in Creative Writing 3
Free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Literature category (a) 1   3
Fourth Year
Fall
ENG 4523 or ENG 4533 Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Fiction Writing 3
Free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Literature category (c) 1   3
Spring
ENG 4523 or ENG 4533 Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Fiction Writing 3
ENG 4973 Seminar for English Majors 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Literature category (d) 1   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

* At least one of the courses from categories (a), (c), or (d) must include the study of American literature.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with an English Language Arts and Reading Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an English Language Arts and Reading concentration is designed for students intending to teach English at the secondary school level.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements listed below.

Students seeking teacher certification should contact the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) Advising and Certification Center as early in their educational program as possible for information about teacher certification requirements.

Programs are subject to change without notice due to changes in the state’s certification and/or program approval requirements. Teacher certification programs address standards of the State Board for Educator Certification. Standards can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us

Degree Requirements

  1. 39 semester credit hours, 24 semester credit hours of which must be at the upper-division level:
    1. 21 semester credit hours of required courses in English:

      ENG  2213  Literary Criticism and Analysis
      ENG  2223  British Literature I
      ENG  2233  British Literature II
      ENG  2263  American Literature I
      ENG  2293  American Literature II

      ENG  3223  Shakespeare: The Early Plays
      or
      ENG  3233  Shakespeare: The Later Plays

      ENG  4973  Seminar for English Majors

    2. 6 additional upper-division semester credit hours in ENG chosen from each of the categories: (a) American, English, Historical; and (d) Authors and Genres listed above under degree requirements for the B.A. in English; of these 6 hours, at least 3 hours must include the study of American literature.

    3. 3 semester credit hours chosen from the following:

      ENG  3033  American Literature, 1945 to Present
      ENG  3513  Mexican American Literature
      ENG  3613  African American Literature
      ENG  3713  Topics in Multiethnic Literatures of the United States

    4. 9 additional semester credit hours in English Language Arts and Reading concentration:

      ENG  3303  Theory and Practice of Composition
      ENG  3333  Introduction to the Structure of English

      ENG  3323  History of the English Language
      or
      ENG  3343  Principles of English Linguistics


  2. 30 semester credit hours of Professional Education and Reading coursework:

    BBL  3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
    C&I  4203  Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School
    EDP  3203  Learning and Development in the Secondary School Adolescent
    EDP  4203  Assessment and Evaluation
    EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
    ESL   3063  Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence
    IDS   2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
    RDG  3673  Reading for Secondary Teachers–Grades 8–12
    RDG  3773  Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Secondary
    SPE   3603  Introduction to Special Education

  3. 6 semester credit hours in Student Teaching:

    C&I  4646  Student Teaching: Grades 8-12

  4. 6 semester credit hours in a single language other than English

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in English with a Concentration in English Language Arts and Reading

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate English degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in English Language Arts and Reading – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Foreign language (semester I)   3-4
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Foreign language (semester II)   3-4
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
ENG 2213 Literary Criticism and Analysis (core and major) 3
ENG 3333 Introduction to the Structure of English 3
Creative Arts core   3
Government-Political Science core   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Spring
ENG 2223 British Literature I 3
ENG 2263 American Literature I 3
ENG 3303 Theory and Practice of Composition 3
IDS 2013 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
Government-Political Science core   3
Component Area Option core   3
Third Year
Fall
BBL 3403 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society 3
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
ENG 2233 British Literature II 3
ENG 2293 American Literature II 3
ENG 3323 or ENG 3343 History of the English Language 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
Spring
EDP 3203 Learning and Development in the Secondary School Adolescent 3
ENG 3223 or ENG 3233 Shakespeare: The Early Plays 3
ESL 3063 Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence 3
RDG 3673 Reading for Secondary Teachers–Grades 8–12 3
Upper-division Literature category (a) 1   3
Select one of the following:   3
ENG 3033 American Literature, 1945 to Present 3
ENG 3513 Mexican American Literature 3
ENG 3613 African American Literature 3
ENG 3713 Topics in Multiethnic Literatures of the United States 3
Fourth Year
Fall
C&I 4203 Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School 3
EDP 4203 Assessment and Evaluation 3
ENG 4973 Seminar for English Majors 3
RDG 3773 Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Secondary 3
Upper-division Literature category (d) 1   3
Spring
C&I 4646 Student Teaching: Grades 8–12 6
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* At least one of the courses from categories (a) or (d) must include the study of American literature.

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