Overview

English Program Overview

The English major emphasizes the study of linguistics, the various schools of literary criticism, and a broad range of literature, studied in its aesthetic, historical, cultural, political, and philosophical contexts. In all classes, students will read with discernment, analyze and interpret literary form, structure, and style in various genres of writing. Students in this major are able to conduct independent research, orally articulate their ideas with confidence, and write with clarity, conciseness, appropriate organization and a level of usage and style suitable for an intended audience.

Course Offerings

The Major in Literature in English requires a minimum of 50 hours, including 39 hours in English and 11 hours in related fields. Transfer students bringing 45 or more credit hours in transfer are exempted from HUM 299, with the result that the major requirement is reduced to 49 hours.

Required courses include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.)
ENG 311: History of the English Language (3 hrs.)
ENG 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
HUM 201: Perspectives in the Humanities (3 hrs.)
HUM 299: Issues in Professional Development (1 hr.)
HUM 347: Research in the Humanities (1 hr.)


Either of the following courses:
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 242: Survey of British Literature II (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 241: Survey of British Literature I (3 hrs.)

One course from the following list:
ENG 331: Chaucer in Middle English (3 hrs.)
ENG 333: English Literature of the 17th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 334: English Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century (3 hrs.)

One course from the following list:
ENG 332: Shakespeare (3 hrs.)
ENG 335: English Literature of the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 336: British and American Literature of the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
An additional course in literature at the 300-level.

 

Two courses chosen from the following list:
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization from Earliest Times to 1500 C.E. (3 hrs.)
HIS 243: World Civilization from 1500 C.E. to the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 248: Appalachian Cultural and Social History (3 hrs.)
HIS 321: Studies in Modern European History (3 hrs.)
HIS 342: Studies in Pre-Modern History (3 hrs.)
REL 344: Explorations in Biblical Studies (3 hrs.)
PHL 205: Early Modern Philosophy from 16th to the 18th Century (3 hrs.)
PHL 206: Enlightenment & Late Modern Philosophy 18th-20th Century (3 hrs.)
PHL 207: Contemporary Philosophy (3 hrs.)


The additional hours are to be selected from catalog offerings under English, excluding first-year composition courses (ENG 101, 108, 110, 120, 150) and the following, which primarily serve the Writing/Communication major:
ENG 216: Publications (1 hr.)
ENG 217: Journalism (3 hrs.)
ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing (3 hrs.)
ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice (3 hrs.)

One course from the following list may count for credit in the Literature in English major
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 314: Creative Nonfiction (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Literature in English requires the completion of 15 hours of English.

Required courses include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.).


On the basis of the student’s particular interest, the remaining courses/credit hours may be chosen from the following courses:

HIS 248: Appalachian Cultural and Social History (3 hrs.)
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)

  

The Minor in English for Add-On Teaching Endorsement requires the completion of 15 hours of English that include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.)
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
ENG 241: Survey of British Literature I (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 242: Survey of British Literature II (3 hrs.)

The Major in English for Teacher Licensure requires a minimum of 43 hours, including 36 hours in English, 4 hours in Humanities, and 3 hours in a related field. Required courses include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.)
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)
ENG 311: History of the English Language (3 hrs.)
ENG 312: Linguistic Theory and Second Language Acquisition (3 hrs.)
ENG 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
HUM 201: Perspectives in the Humanities (3 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research in the Humanities (1 hr.)

Either of the following courses:
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 242: Survey of British Literature II (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)
or
ENG 241: Survey of British Literature I (3 hrs.)

One of the following courses:
ENG 331: Chaucer in Middle English (3 hrs.)
ENG 333: English Literature of the 17th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 334: English Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century (3 hrs.)

One of the following courses:
ENG 332: Shakespeare (3 hrs.)
ENG 335: English Literature of the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
ENG 336: British and American Literature of the 20th Century (3 hrs.)

One related course from the following list:
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization from Earliest Times to 1500 C.E. (3 hrs.)
HIS 243: World Civilization from 1500 C.E. to the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 248: Appalachian Cultural and Social History (3 hrs.)

 

Six additional hours are to be selected from catalog offerings under English excluding first-year composition courses (ENG 101, 108, 110, 120, 150) and the following,  which primarily serve the Writing Communication major:
ENG 216: Publications (1 hr.)
ENG 217: Journalism (3 hrs.)
ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing (3 hrs.)
ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice (3 hrs.)

One course from the following may count for credit in the Major in English for Teacher Licensure:
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 314: Creative Nonfiction (3 hrs.)

Additional liberal studies requirements include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)


Core Curriculum

The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201
Mathematical Reasoning STA120, CSC111, MTH125
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
Ethical Citizenship in the World ETH490
U.S. Pluralism Designated Courses TBD

 

Career Options

This major is a gateway for several possible careers. Graduate study in law, literature, linguistics, and forensic linguistics clearly prepare students for the professional careers. Other popular career paths are in publishing and editing, library science, and teaching, both at the high school and college level. Jobs in the communication industry are also popular first steps in a career ladder.

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following:

Knowledge

  • Familiarity with major authors and works from all the major periods of Western literature
  • Knowledge of Western literary history and the continuity of its traditions
  • Familiarity with historical, cultural, political, and philosophical events and movements which have had a bearing on the development of those literatures and their interpretation
  • Knowledge of various schools of literary criticism
  • Knowledge of literary terminology
  • Knowledge of the history of the English language and of basic linguistic principles
  • Awareness of literary style and its development in various periods
 

 Skills

  • Ability to read with discernment—to analyze and interpret form, structure, and style in expository writing and in various genres of literature
  • Ability to write with clarity, conciseness, appropriate organization, and a level of usage and style suitable for the intended audience
  • Ability to carry on independent research, using both paper and electronic sources
  • Ability to show confident and articulate oral expression and to listen with discernment