English Degree Plans

English Degree Plans

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.

English Minor

An undergraduate minor in English requires a total of 18 hours (6 classes) of your choice at the 300- or 400-level.

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; ENG 313; ENG 372; ENG 410; ENG 411; ENG 412; or ENG 473

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)
 

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; ENG 313; ENG 372; ENG 410; ENG 411; ENG 412; or ENG 473

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 can be taken after completion of Gold Card 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 the licensure program are eligible for a license through an NCATE-accredited program.

How to Satisfy the English Major Requirements in Two Years
at USM Gulf Coast

Junior Year

 

Fall

Spring

English 340 (Analysis of Literature)

English 351 (Survey of British Literature II)

English 350 (Survey of British Literature I)

English 371 (Survey of American Lit. II)

English 370 (Survey of American Literature II)

English 372 or 473 (African-American Lit.)

Senior Year

 

Fall

Spring

English Elective (300/400 level)

English 400 (Senior Seminar)

English Elective (300/400 level)

English Elective (300/400 level)

English Elective (300/400 level)

English Elective (300/400 level)

These 12 courses of 3 units each will satisfy the English major requirements for your B.A.  You will have other degree requirements, but this is the straightforward English degree plan.  You only need these 36 hours in English, but you will likely average 15 units a semester if you plan to graduate in four years.  Those other units will meet your overall-unit requirement, satisfy breadth requirements, and possibly a set of requirements for a minor if you choose to pursue one.  For English, you may take the above courses in variable order depending on your schedule, except that you should take ENG 340 at your first opportunity and before 400-level courses, and your ENG 400 senior seminar should be taken your last semester of classes.  ENG 401, 402, and 403 are reserved and meant for the Licensure program students. Finally, at least 3 of your chosen 5 electives must be at the 400-level. 

Sample elective courses taught recently on the Gulf Park campus include:

ENG 311 Survey of Contemporary Literature

ENG 319 Literary Study of the Bible

ENG 373 American Poetry

ENG 406 History of the English Language

ENG 413 Survey of the Modern Novel

ENG 415 Survey of Modern Poetry

ENG 423 Creative Nonfiction Writing

ENG 454 Survey of Shakespeare

ENG 469 Studies in British Literature

ENG 471 Studies in American Literature of Realism and Naturalism

ENG 476 Studies in American Literature after 1945

ENG 485 Survey of Literature of the South

 

How to Satisfy the English Licensure Major Requirements
at USM Gulf Coast

Junior Year 

Fall

Spring

English 340 (Analysis of Literature)English 351 (Survey of British Literature II)
English 350 (Survey of British Literature I)

English 371 (Survey of American Lit. II)

English 370 (Survey of American Literature I)

English 372 or 473 (African-American Lit.)

CIS 302

English 402 (Literature Study for Teachers)

CIS 313

English 491 (Practicum)

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

English Elective (300/400 level) with WI, or another required course that is available        

English Elective (300/400 level), or another required course that is available

English Elective (300/400 level), or another required course that is available

REF 469

Senior Year 
 Fall   
Spring
English 400 (Senior Seminar)English 494 (6 units) (Student Teaching)
English 401 (Composition Study for Teachers)English 495 (6 units)  (Student Teaching)
English 403 (Language Study for Teachers) 
English 406 or 301 (language requirement) 
English 423 or 333 (writing requirement) 
SPE 400 

The above semester by semester degree plan shows how it is possible to complete your English Licensure requirements in two years at USM Gulf Coast.  However, this schedule is very rigorous and assumes that you have satisfied your other USM overall degree requirements.  Hence, many licensure students take three years to complete the program.  If you are a transfer student, perhaps you will receive substitution credit for survey or elective courses that would reduce your USM English requirements.  You may take the above courses in variable order depending on your schedule, except that you should take ENG 340 at your first opportunity and before 400-level courses, and your ENG 400 senior seminar should be taken your last semester of classes.  ENG 401, 402, and 403 are reserved and meant for the Licensure program students.

Student Teaching (ENG 494 and 495) is done your last semester enrolled at USM Gulf Coast.