3220 English

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
    • Concentration in Creative Writing
    • Concentration in Literature
    • Concentration in Pre-Education/Secondary English
    • Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition
  • British-American Joint Studies Program Concentration
  • Minor in English
  • Minor in Folklore

Department of English
23rd Floor, 25 Park Place Building
404/413-5800
english.gsu.edu

Randy Malamud, Chair
Audrey Goodman, Associate Chair
Stephen B. Dobranski, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Director of Lower Division Studies
Josh Russell, Director of Creative Writing

The Department of English is concerned with the study of language and literature and with the craft of writing considered integral to education since ancient times. Although the department concentrates on texts written in English by authors from Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States, it also examines translations of texts from other languages as well as newly emerging literatures in English from other cultural perspectives. Students may also encounter practices that are not, strictly speaking, “writing” at all, such as oral compositions, hypertexts, and folk art.

In the first year, all students in the university take courses in the fundamentals of college-level writing and in the reasoned analysis of texts. Other English courses that form part of the core curriculum provide students with opportunities to study topics in world literature or surveys of British, American, and World literature.

English majors may concentrate in one of four areas: literature, advanced composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and secondary English (pre-education). Before choosing their concentrations, all English majors have the opportunity at the sophomore level to gain a broad foundation in English and American literature and studies in literature or rhetoric. Then, with the help of their advisers, majors choose upper-division courses, which allow them to pursue their interests in more depth. Finally, students study within their chosen concentrations in seminars designed as capstones for the major.

In addition, the department’s joint studies program with the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England, offers Georgia State University English and history majors the opportunity to complete their degrees with a concentration in British and American Cultures.

On successfully completing their studies, English majors will have acquired a sensitivity to the written word and an appreciation for the creative process. They will have developed their skills in organization, writing, and interpretation. English courses offer students the opportunity to discover their own insights and to articulate them with precision.

Majors who concentrate in literature take a range of courses that afford them opportunities tread poetry, prose, and drama from a variety of historical periods and cultural groups. These literature courses seek to promote students’ verbal acuity and abilities at thoughtful evaluation.

Closely related to the study of literature is the department’s creative writing program. Faculty in this program guide students as they practice and refine their work in the genres of poetry and fiction.

Students who concentrate in rhetoric and composition learn about the history, theory, and practice of writing to specific audiences for particular purposes. In this concentration, students may focus on either historical rhetoric and the teaching of composition or writing within business and technical environments. Courses in this area allow students to explore the history and theory of writing as applied to the teaching of composition and to writing practices in the workplace.

English majors who wish to teach English in secondary schools integrate studies of literature, language, and composition with a senior seminar that combines these areas with pedagogy.

The Department of English offers courses in the related field of folklore. Georgia State University is the only institution in the state offering a wide selection of folklore courses.

A number of courses in the Department of English have an interdisciplinary approach, and several are crosslisted with other units within the university, such as the Department of African-American Studies and the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Because of the dynamic and varied nature of our discipline, many of the courses offered (especially on the 4000 level) focus on specific topics not indicated in detail here. Students should inquire in the department office for further information about courses.

Visit the major maps for this program  at cas.gsu.edu/major/english/ for a year-by-year overview of class info, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more.

Program Degree Requirements

All English majors planning to take any upper-division literature courses must fulfill the appropriate three prerequisite courses (ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, and either ENGL 3040 or ENGL 3050) with a grade of C or higher. All English minors who plan to take British Literature courses must have completed ENGL 2120 with a grade of C or higher and all English minors planning to take American literature courses must have completed ENGL 2130 with a grade of C or higher.

The department requires a minimum of 30 semester hours in upper-division English, with no more than 11 being transferred credits. The College of Arts and Sciences requires that students pass all upper-division courses in their majors with a grade of C or higher.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in English

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

  1. Foreign Language (6)
    • Lang 2001 Intermediate Language I (3)
    • Lang 2002 Intermediate Language II (3)
  2. Required Courses (6)
  3. Select two electives from area C or HIST 1111, HIST 1112, HIST 1140, AAS 2010, or WGSS 2010. (6)

Area G: Major Courses (30)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses. The English major requires ten upper-division courses (30 semester hours) distributed as described below. The same course may not be used to satisfy more than one of the listed requirements. Each of the four concentrations within the major has specific requirements as outlined here. Students should consult the department for specific information about which courses offered in each two-year sequence will fit the requirements for each concentration. All students are encouraged to pursue internships (ENGL 4500).

Creative Writing Concentration

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • ENGL 3040 Introduction to Literary Studies-CTW (3) and
    • ENGL 4310A Senior Seminar: Workshop in Poetry-CTW (3) or
    • ENGL 4310B Senior Seminar: Workshop in Fiction-CTW (3)
      The Department of English requires that students fulfill areas 7 and 8 before taking the Senior Seminar in their chosen genre. Majors must have completed at least twelve semester hours of upper-division English course work before registering for 4310A or 4310B.
  2. Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3150A Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 3150B Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
    • Students must be consistent in their choice of genre (poetry (A) or fiction (B)) for areas 2, 3, 4, and the Senior Seminar. Students must fulfill area 2 before areas 3, 4, and the Senior Seminar.
  3. Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3160 Narrative Techniques (3)
    • ENGL 3170 Poetic Techniques (3)
    • Students must be consistent in their choice of genre (poetry (A) or fiction (B)) for areas 2, 3, 4 and the Senior Seminar. Students must fulfill areas 3 and 4 before the Senior Seminar.
  4. Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3180A Contemporary Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 3180B Contemporary Fiction Craft (3)
    • Students must be consistent in their choice of genre (poetry (A) or fiction (B)) for areas 2, 3, 4 and the Senior Seminar. Students must fulfill areas 3 and 4 before the Senior Seminar.
  5. British Literature I: Select two courses, including one in a single writer. (6)
  6. British Literature II: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3280 English Drama (3)*
    • ENGL 3290 English Fiction (3)*
    • ENGL 3500 Restoration and Earlier Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3510 Later Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3600 Early British Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3605 Late British Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3610 Victorian Poetry and Nineteenth-Century Non-Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 3700 English Literature: 1900-1945 (3)
    • ENGL 3710 English Literature: 1945-Present (3)
    • ENGL 3720 Twentieth-Century English Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 3980 Women’s Literature I (3)*
    • ENGL 4100 Study of a Single Author (3)
    • ENGL 4202 Special Topics in British Literature (3)*
  7. American Literature: Select one course. (3)
  8. Literature, Language, Criticism, and Theory Elective: Select one course. (3)

* This course varies in subject matter; students must receive written permission from their departmental advisers to apply one of these courses to a specific area.

Literature Concentration

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • ENGL 3040 Introduction to Literary Studies-CTW  (3)
    • ENGL 4300 Senior Seminar: Literary Studies-CTW  (3) Majors must have completed at least twelve semester hours of upper-division English course work before registering for Engl 4300.
  2. British Literature I: Select two courses, including one in a single writer. (6)
  3. British Literature II: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3280 English Drama (3)*
    • ENGL 3290 English Fiction (3)*
    • ENGL 3500 Restoration and Earlier Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3510 Later Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3600 Early British Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3605 Late English Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3610 Victorian Poetry and Nineteenth-Century Non-Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 3700 English Literature: 1900-1945 (3)
    • ENGL 3710 English Literature: 1945-Present (3)
    • ENGL 3720 Twentieth-Century English Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 3980 Women’s Literature I (3)*
    • ENGL 4100 Study of a Single Author (3)
    • ENGL 4202 Special Topics in British Literature  (3)*
  4. American Literature: Select two courses. (6)
  5. Literature Electives: Select one course. (3)
  6. Language, Criticism, and Theory Elective: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3105 Practical Grammar (3)
    • ENGL 3140 Editing for Publication (3)
    • ENGL 3200 Introduction to the English Language (3)
    • ENGL 3210 Advanced Grammar (3)
    • ENGL 3220 History of the English Language (3)
    • ENGL 3230 History of Literary Criticism I (3)
    • ENGL 3240 History of Literary Criticism II (3)
    • ENGL 3250 Topics in Contemporary Theory (3)
    • ENGL 3260 Theories of Popular Culture (3)
    • ENGL 3955 Language in the African-American Community (3)
    • ENGL 3995 Feminist Literary Criticism (3)
    • ENGL 4204 Special Topics: Literature, Criticism, and Theory Elective (3)
  7. Select an elective course in English or Folklore, or ENGL 4500 Internship. (3)

* This course varies in subject matter; students must receive written permission from their departmental advisers to apply one of these courses to a specific area.

Pre-Education/Secondary English Concentration

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • ENGL 3040 Introduction to Literary Studies-CTW (3)
    • ENGL 4330 Senior Seminar: Secondary English Education-CTW (3) Majors must have completed at least twelve semester hours of upper-division English course work before registering for Engl 4330.
  2. British Literature: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3280 English Drama (3)*
    • ENGL 3290 English Fiction (3)*
    • ENGL 3300 Medieval English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3400 Sixteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3410 Early and Middle Seventeenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3500 Restoration and Earlier Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3510 Later Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3600 Early British Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3605 Late British Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3610 Victorian Poetry and Nineteenth-Century Non-Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 3700 English Literature: 1900-1945 (3)
    • ENGL 3710 English Literature: 1945-Present (3)
    • ENGL 3720 Twentieth-Century English Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 3980 Women’s Literature I (3)
    • ENGL 4202 Special Topics in British Literature (3)
  3. American Literature: Select one course. (3)
  4. Single Author: Select one course; ENGL 4130 or ENGL 4140 recommended. (3)
  5. Multicultural/Genre Literature: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3890 Contemporary American Ethnic Literatures (3)
    • ENGL 3900 Irish Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3910 The Tradition of Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3920 Southern Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3930 Modern Drama (3)
    • ENGL 3940 Postcolonial Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3950 African-American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3960 African-American Literature by Women (3)
    • [Engl 3965] African Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3970 Caribbean Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3990 Women’s Literature II (3)
    • ENGL 4000 Jewish Literature (3)
    • ENGL 4200 Special Topics in Secondary English (3)* This course varies in subject matter; students must receive written permission from their departmental advisers to apply one of these courses to a specific area.
  6. Language: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3105 Practical Grammar (3)
    • ENGL 3190 Language Analysis for Teachers of English (3)
    • ENGL 3200 Introduction to the English Language (3)
    • ENGL 3210 Advanced Grammar (3)
    • ENGL 3220 History of the English Language (3)
    • ENGL 3955 Language in the African-American Community (3)
  7. Writing: Select one course; ENGL 3100 recommended (3)
    • ENGL 3080 Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3090 History, Theory, and Practice of Expository Writing (3)
    • ENGL 3100 Twentieth Century Composition Theory and Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3150 A/B Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  8. Select two elective courses in English or Folklore; ENGL 3100, if not already taken, is recommended. ENGL 4500 Internship is strongly recommended. (6)
  9. Further coursework (9 hrs) in the major is often recommended, but not required for this concentration. Specific recommendations: are one additional course from Area 5 (Multicultural/Genre); one additional course from Area 6 (Language); and ENGL 3100, or, if already taken, one additional course from Area 7 (Writing).

Additional courses for the Secondary English concentration. These are not required, but are recommended for elective credit:

  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • LT 3210 Teaching and Technology (3)

English majors with the secondary English (pre-education) concentration are encouraged to apply to the College of Education and Human Development Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in English Education (TEEMS) for certification preparation. The master’s degree has a track of four semesters begun in the summer term and a three-semester certification track also begun in the summer and completed in the spring. Hours earned in the certification track can be applied later toward the completion of the master’s degree.

Rhetoric and Composition Concentration

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • ENGL 3050 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition-CTW (3)
    • ENGL 4320 Senior Seminar: Rhetoric, Advanced Composition and Technical Writing-CTW (3) Majors must have completed at least twelve hours of upper-division courses in rhetoric and advanced composition and technical and professional writing before taking ENGL 4320. ENGL 3050 is a prerequisite for ENGL 4320.
  2. Select two courses from the history, theory, practice cluster. (6)
    • ENGL 3080 Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3090 Exposition: History, Theory, Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3100 Composition Studies: History, Theory, Practice (3)
  3. Select two courses from the production cluster. (6)
  4. Select two electives chosen from Rhetoric and Composition courses not already taken. (6)
  5. Select one elective from any 3000 level English or Folklore courses. (3)
  6. Select one elective from any 4000 level English or Folklore course. (3)

Teacher Certification

English majors who want to pursue certification to teach at the middle or secondary school level should seek advisement from the College of Education Office of Academic Assistance (300 College of Education Building, 404/413-8000) and the Middle Secondary Education and Instructional Technology Department (639 College of Education Building, 404/413-8060). Georgia State University offers a four-semester Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Middle Childhood or in English Education (TEEMS MCE and TEEMS Secondary English) with initial certification that is a four-semester program. Application deadlines are October 1 and February 1 for the following semesters. Students interested in teaching in middle school should major and minor in a combination of English (Secondary English Concentration) and Social Studies. The English minor interested in teaching middle school should complete the following plan of study: ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, and ENGL 3040, ENGL 3105, ENGL 3910, and one of the following: ENGL 3100, ENGL 3180, ENGL 3190.

British-American Joint Studies Program Concentration (39)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • ENGL 3040 Introduction to Literary Studies-CTW  (3)
    • ENGL 4300 Senior Seminar: Literary Studies-CTW  (3)
  2. Single-Author Early British Literature: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 4110 Chaucer (3)
    • ENGL 4130 Shakespeare, Earlier Works (3)
    • ENGL 4140 Shakespeare, Later Works (3)
    • ENGL 4150 Milton (3)
    • Course in a single author pre-1800 at University of Northumbria, Newcastle (3)*
  3. Pre-1800 British Literature: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3280 English Drama (3)
    • ENGL 3300 Medieval English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3400 Sixteenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3410 Early and Middle Seventeenth-Century English Literature (3)
    • ENGL 4202 Special Topics in British Literature (3)**
    • Course in pre-1800 British Literature at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle (3)*
  4. Post-1800 British Literature: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3600 Early British Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3605 Late British Romantic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 3610 Victorian Poetry and Nineteenth-Century Non-Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 3700 English Literature: 1900-1945 (3)
    • ENGL 3710 English Literature: 1945-present (3)
    • ENGL 3720 Twentieth-Century English Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 3980 Women’s Literature I (3)
    • ENGL 4202 Special Topics in British Literature (3)**
    • Course in post-1800 British Literature at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle (3)
  5. American Literature: Select one course. (3)
    • Course in American Studies at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle (3)
    • One course in American Literature (as listed in area 4 of the literature concentration)
  6. British-American Culture: Select one course. (3)
    • ENGL 3266 British-American Culture Seminar I (3)
    • HIST 4960 British-American Culture Seminar I (3)
  7. Additional courses in Major for British-American Joint Studies Program Concentration. To be taken at University of Northumbria, Newcastle (6)
    • ENGL 4204 Making of Great Britain I and II (6)
  8. Select four electives from English, History, or Folklore (12). These courses can be taken at Georgia State University or the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. Electives are designated as ENGL 4204 but exclude those listed in area 7.

* Only one of sections two or three may be satisfied with a course from University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

** This course varies in subject matter; students must receive written permission from their departmental advisers to apply one of these courses to a specific area.

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

English majors have three options: a minor, a double major, or additional courses in the major. One of these options, combined with electives, will complete their degree requirements. Each student should discuss these options with a department adviser and choose the one that will best serve the student’s long-term goals.

  • Minor: at least 15 semester hours, 9 hours of which must be taken at the 3000 level or above, either in Folklore or from one department, school, or institute other than the English department. The requirements for a minor must be fulfilled in a department, school, or institute that offers a baccalaureate degree. Students interested in an interdisciplinary minor should consult their advisers. The College of Arts and Sciences requires a grade of C or higher in each course counted toward the minor.
  • Double major: course work to satisfy requirements for a second major in addition English; all college and departmental requirements apply to this as to the first major.
  • Further course work in the major: three courses (9 hours) beyond the ten courses (30 hours) required for the major. Additional courses from departments, schools, or institutes other than the major must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of 1000-2000 level physical education. One of these courses must be Lang 2002 (see “Major Courses” above).

Departmental Student Assessment: Senior Exit Portfolio

In order to graduate, English majors must submit an exit portfolio designed appropriate to their concentration. All portfolios include a statement of self-assessment and four to six substantial pieces of writing that demonstrate their skills appropriate to their concentration. Specific information about the exit portfolio for each concentration is available from the department. Portfolios are due at the mid-point of the semester of graduation.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

Departmental distinction is separate from the Honors College. Majors who have an average of at least 3.5 in upper-division English courses are eligible to undertake a project that could lead to graduation with distinction.

Two academic terms prior to the one in which the student proposes to graduate, student and adviser should plan the project. Students may undertake a critical paper on a literary topic, a creative writing project, or a reading list on which they will write an examination paper. A brief proposal (two or three pages) describing the project should be sent to the Events and Awards Committee. More information about graduation with distinction is available in the department.

Minor in English or Folklore

Students who minor in English or Folklore must complete at least 15-18 hours of course work in English or Folklore, including 12 hours at the 3000 level or above (and any prerequisites required). Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in English may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. See above under Teacher Certification for an English minor in preparation to teach middle school. (A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.)