3220 English

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
    • Concentration in Creative Writing
    • Concentration in Literature
    • Concentration in Pre-Education
    • 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

Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Chair
Audrey Goodman, Associate Chair
Stephen B. Dobranski, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Sanders Lopez, 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, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and pre-education. Before choosing their concentrations, all English majors have the opportunity at the sophomore level to gain a broad foundation in British 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 to read 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.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Program Degree Requirements

Students must pass ENGL 1102 with a grade of C or higher to register for ENGL 2105, ENGL 2110, ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, or ENGL 2160. All English majors must pass ENGL 1102 and either ENGL 2120 or ENGL 2130 with a grade of C or higher to enroll in upper-division English courses. Students must pass at least 6 hours in 3000-level English courses with a grade of C or higher in order to enroll in any 4000-level English course. 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. World language or literature (6)
    • World language (including American Sign Language) at the 2001 level (3)
    • Either ENGL 2110 World Literature (3) or world language at the 2002 level  (3)
  2. Required Courses (6)
  3. Select additional elective courses from Area C or from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:

Area G: Major Courses (30)

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. A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

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. Creative Writing Core Requirements (12)
    A student electing to pursue the B.A. in English, Concentration in Creative Writing must choose a sub-concentration in either Poetry or Fiction and complete the 12-hour/4-class sequence of Creative Writing classes in that sub-concentration.

    • Poetry:
      • Select one course:
        • ENGL 3150A Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry  (3)
        • ENGL 3150C Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Fiction (3)
      • ENGL 3170 Poetic Techniques (3)
      • ENGL 3180A Contemporary Poetry (3)
      • ENGL 4310A Senior Seminar: Poetry Writing (CTW) (3)
    • Fiction:
      • Select one course:
        • ENGL 3150B Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
        • ENGL 3150C Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction (3)
      • ENGL 3160 Narrative Techniques (3)
      • ENGL 3180B Contemporary Fiction Craft (3)
      • ENGL 4310B Senior Seminar: Fiction Writing (CTW) (3)
  2. Methods: Select one course from Literature Studies Area 1. (3)
  3. Literature before 1800: Select one class from Literature Studies Area 2. (3)
  4. Literature after 1800: Select one course from Literature Studies Area 3. (3)
  5. 4000-level Literature Elective: Select one 4000-level course from Literature Studies Area 2 or Area 3. (3)
  6. Creative Writing, Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Folklore, Pre-Education in English Electives. Select two 3000-level or 4000-level English or Folklore courses. (6)

When choosing classes from this section, consider how you can use this coursework to increase your professional and/or personal post-graduate options. If your primary interest is writing poetry or fiction, take an additional Creative Writing class or classes (fiction if your sub-concentration is poetry, poetry if your sub-concentration is fiction; Special Topics in Creative Writing (ENGL 4205); etc.). If you would like the option of entering the workforce directly after graduation, use these elective hours to prepare for a career as a technical or professional writer by enrolling in ENGL 3110 Technical Writing or ENGL 4510 Grant and Proposal Writing. If you’re considering graduate school in Literature, Creative Writing, or a research-and-writing-focused field (Law, Education, etc.), choose an additional Literature or Folklore class. Editing classes, including ENGL 3140 Editing for Publication and ENGL 4501 Literary Editing and Publishing, can be useful if you’re interested in launching your own magazine or small press, or entering the workforce as an editor. ENGL 4500 Internship offers a variety of experiences useful for both professional and personal growth.

Literature Concentration

  1. Methods: Select one course. (3)
  2. Literature before 1800: Select three courses, including at least one at the 4000 level. (9)
  3. Literature after 1800: Select three courses, including at least one at the 4000 level. (9)
  4. Applications: Select one course. (3) Majors must have completed at least twelve semester hours of upper-division English course work before registering for an Applications course.
  5. Literature Elective: Select one courses from areas 1, 2, or 3 above (3000- or 4000-level). (3)
  6. General Elective: Select one course in English or Folklore (3000- or 4000-level). (3)

Pre-Education in English Concentration

Majors with the Pre-education in English concentration should be sure to take a mix of courses that focus on British and American literature to prepare effectively for a career in English education.

Courses appearing in more than one category can fulfill only one requirement.

  1. Methods: Select one course; ENGL 3105, ENGL 3210, and ENGL 3220 recommended. (3)
  2. Literature before 1800: Select one course. (3)
  3. Literature after 1800: Select one course. (3)
  4. Multicultural/Genre Literature: Select two courses. (6)
  5. Single Author: Select one course. (3)
  6. Writing: Select one course; ENGL 3100] recommended. (3)
    • ENGL 3080 Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3090 Exposition: History, Theory, Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3100 Composition Studies: History, Theory, Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3105 Practical Grammar (3)
    • ENGL 3150 A or B Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
    • ENGL 3210 Advanced Grammar (3)
  7. Electives: Select two courses in English or Folklore from those listed above (3000- or 4000-level); ENGL 4500 Internship is strongly recommended. (6)
  8. Applications: Select one course. (3) Majors must have completed at least twelve semester hours of upper-division English course work before registering for an Applications course.

Further coursework (9 hours) in the major is recommended but not required for this concentration. Specific recommendations are one additional course from section 2 (Literature before 1800) and ENGL 3100, or, if already taken, one additional course from section 6 (Writing).

Additional courses for the Pre-Education in 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)

Majors with the Pre-Education in English 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. Entry and Capstone Courses for the Concentration. (6)
    • ENGL 3050 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition (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 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 (Pre-Education in 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

  1. Methods: Select one course. (3)
  2. Literature before 1800: Select two courses, including at least one at the 4000 level. (6)
  3. Literature after 1800: Select one course. (3)
  4. Applications: Select one. (3) Majors must have completed at least twelve semester hours of upper-division English course work before registering for an Applications course.
  5. Exchange Program course in British & American Cultures at GSU. (3)
    • Exchange Program course in British & American Cultures at GSU. (3)
    • ENGL 3266 British/American Cultures Seminar (3)
  6. Courses in British & American Cultures at Northumbria. (6)
    • ENGL 4204 Special Topics in Criticism and Theory (to be taken at Northumbria)
  7. General Electives: select two courses in English or Folklore (3000- or 4000-level). (6)

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

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 a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in upper-division English courses are eligible to undertake a project that could lead to graduation with distinction.

In the academic term in which the student plans to graduate, she works with a faculty member who directs the substantial revision of a previous work related to any of the English Department’s concentrations.

Faculty members may invite students to pursue Graduation with Distinction (based on the student’s work in the faculty member’s course), or students may nominate themselves to earn Graduation with Distinction. The student must submit the project’s title, the name of the faculty director, and a brief description of the proposed project to the Chair of the Events and Awards Committee by the end of the second week of classes in the semester that the student plans to graduate.

The student does not get course credit for undertaking this project—and is not guaranteed that she will earn Graduation with Distinction. That decision is made by an oral examination committee comprising the director and two other members chosen by the Chair of the Events and Awards Committee. The oral examination must occur before the end of classes in the semester that the student plans to graduate. The student must maintain the stipulated GPA requirement at the time of graduation.

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.)

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW
course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at
cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.