Undergraduate Degree Plans

The English Department offers two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelors of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts with Licensure, which provides students with a teaching license and prepares them to teach secondary school.

Please click a link below to download a printable .pdf containing a degree plan, a sample semester breakdown, and information on transfer credit from area community colleges.

 

English Minor

An undergraduate minor in English requires a total of 18 hours (6 classes) of your choice at the 300- or 400-level.  ENG 340, Analysis of Literature, should be taken before any 400-level classes.

 

English B.A.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in English must complete 36 credit hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the English department in addition to the courses in the general education core curriculum. Students should take these courses in the following sequence, which progresses from introductory to more advanced courses in literature, language and writing, and criticism and theory.

1. ENG 340: Analysis of Literature (must be taken before any 400-level courses)

2. The 300-level surveys (complete all of the following):

  • ENG 350: Survey of British Literature I (Old English Period - Romantic Period)
  • ENG 351: Survey of British Literature II (Romantic Period - present)
  • ENG 370: Survey of American Literature I (Beginning - Civil War)
  • ENG 371: Survey of American Literature II (Civil War - present)

3. The non-traditional (ethnic) literature course (choose one of the following):

  • ENG 312: Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 313: Survey of Multiethnic Literature
  • ENG 372: African American Literature
  • ENG 410: Studies in Ethnic Literature
  • ENG 411: Studies in Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 412: Studies in African Literature
  • ENG 473: Studies in African American Literature

4. Five electives at the 300 or 400 level (at least three at the 400 level). Offerings vary.

5. ENG 400: Senior Seminar (taken the final semester, this is a writing intensive capstone course)

QUESTIONS? Please contact undergraduate advisor Dr. Luis Iglesias.

 

English B.A. with Licensure

Students seeking secondary licensure in English must take the following, earning a grade of C or higher in all English courses and in all required professional education courses:

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

1. ENG 340: Analysis of Literature (must be taken before any 400-level courses)

2. The 300-level surveys (complete all of the following):

  • ENG 350: Survey of British Literature I (Old English Period - Romantic Period)
  • ENG 351: Survey of British Literature II (Romantic Period - present)
  • ENG 370: Survey of American Literature I (Beginning - Civil War)
  • ENG 371: Survey of American Literature II (Civil War - present)

3. The non-traditional (ethnic) literature course (choose one of the following):

  • ENG 312: Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 313: Survey of Multiethnic Literature
  • ENG 372: African American Literature
  • ENG 410: Studies in Ethnic Literature
  • ENG 411: Studies in Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 412: Studies in African Literature
  • ENG 473: Studies in African American Literature

4. Five electives at the 300 or 400 level (three hours must be in language study (ENG 301 or 406), and three hours must be in writing (ENG 321, 322, 330, 332, 333, 421, 422 or 423).) Offerings vary.

5. ENG 400: Senior Seminar (taken the final semester, this is a writing intensive capstone course)

EDUCATION/LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

CIS 302: Classroom Management
CIS 313: Principles of Teaching High School
ENG 401: Composition Study for Teachers
ENG 402: Literature Study for Teachers
ENG 403: Language Study for Teachers
ENG 491: Secondary English Practicum
ENG 494 and ENG 495 (12 hours total): Practice Teaching in English I and II
REF 469: Tests and Measurements
SPE 400: Psychology & Education for Exceptional Children

Students must consult an advisor in the Department of English and the current Bulletin for prerequisites and proper sequences of courses.

Students who complete this program are eligible for a license. The initial licensure BA in English program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The Professional Education Unit at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

QUESTIONS? Please contact licensure advisors Dr. Kate Cochran or Mrs. Sherry Kinkopf.