English

Degree Programs: English

Bachelor of Arts in English

The major in English is particularly helpful for students who wish to pursue studies in literature at the graduate level, teach English at the secondary level, attend law school or prepare for theological studies. Combined with other appropriate studies, the major in literature is excellent preparation for the fields of medicine and business.

  1. Those who wish to major in English must complete the formal application process.
  2. Those majoring in English must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.01 in all courses in the major.
  3. Students must complete 12 hours of a foreign language. Six hours of this requirement will be met by the Liberal Arts Core foreign language requirement.
  4. Each senior must schedule and complete an exit interview with English literature faculty prior to graduation.

English Major Requirements

Intermediate Foreign Language:
FRE 2010 and FRE 2020 OR GER 2010 and GER 2020 OR SPA 2010 and SPA 2020
6
LIB 2020 Literature of the Humanities 1
English Elective – Must be ENG 3010 or higher (not ENG 3000) 3
ENG 3450 An Introduction to Literary Theory 3
ENG 4980 Senior Thesis I  3
ENG 4990 Senior Thesis II  3

Nine hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 3270 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENG 3280 Survey of British Literature II
  • ENG 3810 Survey of American Poetry and Prose I
  • ENG 3820 Survey of American Poetry and Prose II

Nine hours selected from the following:
Three of nine hours selected from ENG 3340 or above

  • ENG 3410 An Introduction to Study of the English Language
  • ENG 3420 History of the English Language
  • ENG 3010 Appalachian Literature
  • ENG 3030 African American Literature
  • ENG 3070 Arthurian Literature
  • ENG 3090 Asian American Literature
  • ENG 3110 Women in Literature
  • ENG 3170 Literature of the Diasporas
  • ENG 3190 Literature of the Holocaust
  • ENG 3330 Creative Writing I
  • ENG 3340 Creative Writing II
  • ENG 3690 16th Century British Literature
  • ENG 3700 17th Century British Literature
  • ENG 3730 The Early British Novel
  • ENG 3840 19th Century American Novel

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4000 Chaucer
  • ENG 4010 Studies in Medieval Literature

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4050 Shakespeare: The Early Plays
  • ENG 4060 Shakespeare: The Late Plays

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4100 18th Century British Literature
  • ENG 4080 British Romantic Literature

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4030 Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • ENG 4040 Modern and Contemporary Fiction

Required Courses:

  • ENG 4090 The Victorians
  • ENG 4110 Southern Literature

English Major Requirements – Teaching Certification

Intermediate Foreign Language:
FRE 2010 and FRE 2020 OR GER 2010 and GER 2020 OR SPA 2010 and SPA 2020
6
LIB 2020 Literature of the Humanities 1
English Elective – Must be ENG 3010 or higher (not ENG 3000) 3
ENG 3450 An Introduction to Literary Theory 3
ENG 4980 Senior Thesis I  3
ENG 4990 Senior Thesis II  3

Nine hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 3270 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENG 3280 Survey of British Literature II
  • ENG 3810 Survey of American Poetry and Prose I
  • ENG 3820 Survey of American Poetry and Prose II

Three hours from the following two courses:

  • ENG 3410 An Introduction to Study of the English Language
  • ENG 3420 History of the English Language

Six hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 3010 Appalachian Literature
  • ENG 3030 African American Literature
  • ENG 3070 Arthurian Literature
  • ENG 3090 Asian American Literature
  • ENG 3110 Women in Literature
  • ENG 3170 Literature of the Diasporas
  • ENG 3190 Literature of the Holocaust
  • ENG 3330 Creative Writing I
  • ENG 3340 Creative Writing II
  • ENG 3690 16th Century British Literature
  • ENG 3700 17th Century British Literature
  • ENG 3730 The Early British Novel
  • ENG 3840 19th Century American Novel

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4000 Chaucer
  • ENG 4010 Studies in Medieval Literature

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4050 Shakespeare: The Early Plays
  • ENG 4060 Shakespeare: The Late Plays

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4100 18th Century British Literature
  • ENG 4080 British Romantic Literature

Three hours selected from the following:

  • ENG 4030 Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • ENG 4040 Modern and Contemporary Fiction

Required Courses:

  • ENG 4090 The Victorians
  • ENG 4110 Southern Literature

Minor Requirements

For the minor in English, students are required to complete 18 hours at the 3000 level or above. Students must complete ENG 3450, a 4000 level course, and 12 additional semester hours of literature.

Licensure for Teaching English

Students who wish to pursue the Virginia College Professional Certificate with endorsement to teach English in secondary grades 6-12 must complete Liberal Arts Core courses and courses for the English major, professional studies courses, the teaching internship, and meet requirements for admission and retention in the UVa-Wise Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in 3000-level or above courses in the major to receive a departmental recommendation to the TEP. Changing state requirements may alter this course list. The student should check with the Director of Teacher Education on a regular basis.