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College of Arts and Sciences > English and Philosophy

English Degree

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The Department of English offers intensive study of literature, writing, linguistics, mythology, and cultural studies. The program core for the major consists of literature surveys, a course in language, and a course in criticism, all of which provide foundational knowledge of literary periods, genres, theory, and language. The English major, in conjunction with the School of Education, prepares students for careers as secondary school English teachers. The department also offers a pre-professional major for those interested in preparing for graduate studies in law and other fields, or for careers in professional writing, advertising, or publishing.

Since the English major requires only 36 credit hours for completion, students are encouraged to double-major, selecting another major appropriate to their interests. Many English majors have found professional success by combining their study of English with majors in media arts, education, business, history, criminal justice, psychology, etc. English majors are also encouraged to pursue the honors minor (see Interdepartmental Program).

English minors have two options: a general minor with a literary emphasis or a minor in writing.

All English majors must consult with their adviser in English prior to registration each term.  During the first meeting, the adviser and student will develop a long-term plan for completing the program.

English Education Track
Students preparing for careers as high school English teachers must major in English (in the English education track), minor in secondary education, and complete course work required for state licensure. They must consult with two faculty advisers, one in the English department and one from the School of Education. Furthermore, students in this track must take the New Mexico Teacher Assessment exam between their sophomore and junior year and must plan to have all coursework in English completed before the start of their final semester, which will be devoted to field preparation.

Pre-Professional Track
Students interested in majoring in English as preparation for professional careers in such areas as business, government, law, or administration should concentrate on courses in writing, and linguistics. Those specifically interested in law school should also take courses in philosophy and logic. This track is not intended for students pursuing teaching careers. The pre-professional track is recommended for students double-majoring in English and a field with heavy course requirements.


Major in English (BA)

Traditional, English Education, and Pre-Professional Tracks
In order to earn a BA in English, students are required to complete at least 12, three-credit courses in English beyond the composition sequence (ENGL106, 111, 112): a total of 36 credit hours. Students must also satisfy the following general distribution requirements:

Required core: 12 credit hours

ENGL 294 One American Literature Survey (3)
ENGL 295 American Literature, 1865 to the Present (3)

(However, both courses are recommended)
ENGL 290 British Lit to 1700 (3)
ENGL 291 British Lit 1700 to Present (3)
ENGL 302*   Literary Theory (3)
*To be taken in the junior year. Students in the pre-professional track may substitute any course in rhetoric, linguistics, or writing
At least one course in grammar, linguistics, or rhetoric: 3 credit hours

At least one course from the following: 3 credit hours

ENGL 421 Chaucer (3)
ENGL 422 Shakespeare (3)
ENGL 423 Milton (3)

Other requirements: 6 credit hours

ENGL 411 Major American Writers (3)
ENGL 412 Major British Writers (3)


Choose 4 courses for 12 credit hours.

Students majoring in English and minoring in Secondary Education must take:

ENGL 317    Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)
ENGL 350    Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing  

The remaining courses (for a total of 36 credit hours) are program electives.

Major Total: 36 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor/Electives to 128: 41 credit hours
Total for degree: 128-134 credit hours*

* A minor is required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.


Minor in English

Required courses: 9 credit hours
ENGL 317    Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)

Choose two courses from the following:

ENGL 290    British Literature to 1700 (3)
ENGL 291    British Literature 1700 to Present (3)
ENGL 294    American Literature to 1865 (3)
ENGL 295    American Literature 1865 to Present (3)

Electives: 12 credit hours

Minor Total: 21 credit hours


Minor in English Writing

Required courses: 12 credit hours
ENGL 317 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)
ENGL 365 Nonfiction Prose (3)
ENGL 367 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 443 Sociolinguistics (3)
ENGL 485 Stylistics (3)

Electives: 9 credit hours

Choose three courses from the following:
ENGL 214 Autobiography (3)
ENGL 262 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 305 Advanced Composition (3)
ENGL 307 Writing as Advocacy (3)
ENGL 309 A History of Writing (3)
ENGL 310 Creative Nonfiction (3)
ENGL 350 Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing (3)
ENGL 362 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENGL 364    Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENGL 400    Creative Writing: Experimental Fiction (3)
ENGL 401    Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry (3)
ENGL 441    History of the English Language (3)
ENGL 2/434 Practicum (1-4)
ENGL 463    Rhetoric & Reality (3)
ENGL 464    Women & Rhetoric (3)

Minor Total: 21 credit hours


This major is under the College of Arts and Sciences

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