2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

English Major: Literature Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The English major with a literature emphasis provides an excellent education in the discipline with a credit load that allows for great flexibility in selecting compatible minors or a double major, as well as in exploring various other fields of knowledge through elective coursework. With proper planning, the Bachelor of Arts degree with an English major can be earned in four years.

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

39 credits


Literary studies
ENG 301Foundations for Literary Studies 13
ENG 311Critical Theory3
Total Credits6

May be taken concurrently with one 300 level literature course; must complete ENG 301 Foundations for Literary Studies (3 cr.) before enrolling in a second 300 level literature course

Foundational course work

ENG 363Shakespeare I3
or ENG 364 Shakespeare II
Select one of the following:3
Writing in the Arts and Humanities
Creative Writing
Prose Style and Editing
Grant Writing
Writing for Stage and Screen
Journalism and New Media
Literary Journal Production and Publication
Language studies
Select one of the following:3
Publishing in a Digital Age
History of the English Language
Introduction to Linguistics
Modern English Grammars
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Studies
Language Study for Teachers
The Rhetorics of Style
Linguistics and Literature
Topics in Linguistics
American/British literary traditions before 1800
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
Old and Middle English Literature
English Renaissance
Restoration and 18th Century British Literature
Early American Literature
American/British literary traditions after 1800
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
19th Century British Literature
British Literature After 1900
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
Nineteenth Century American Literature
American Literature After 1900
Multicultural/International Literatures
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
European Literature in Translation
World Literature
Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures
American Indian Literature
Latino Literature in English
Women Authors
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
Pedagogical Approaches to Young Adult Literature
The Essay
Creative Nonfiction
The Novel
The Short Story
Studies in Film Literature
Total Credits24

Advanced course work

Specialized period/author/genre/topic courses
Select six credits of the following:6
Individual Projects
Topics in Critical Theory
Topics in Linguistics
Literature and Environmental Action
Forms of Fiction
Forms of Poetry
Seminar in British Literature
British Romanticism (1770-1830)
Victorian Poets
Post-Colonial Anglophone Literatures
Seminar in American Literature
American Romanticism
American Realism
Fiction and Nonfiction of Richard Wright
African American Essay and Short Story
20th Century African American Novels
Seminar in Literature and Culture
Advanced Study of Women's Literature
Advanced Topics in Literature 1
Advanced Study of Major Authors 1
ENG 484Capstone: Literary Studies3
Total Credits9

 When appropriately focused.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
  2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CLS Academic Services Office in 260 Morris Hall:

A. Language track

  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Chinese II
    Intermediate French II
    Intermediate German II
    Intermediate Russian II
    Intermediate Spanish II
    World Languages: Intermediate II
    Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Heritage Language: Advanced
    Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
  2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

B. Humanities track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: history, English, philosophy; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

C. Fine arts track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, communication studies, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Math4102+ Level Gen Ed/CLS Core Language14
Gen Ed Global Multicultural3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Self & Society3HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
Gen Ed Arts2Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
 15 16
Year 2
Gen Ed Arts2ENG 3013
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4American Lit. Tradition After 18003
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3Minor Course3
Gen Ed Elective3CLS Core Diversity Elective3
Gen Ed Elective3Gen Ed Elective2
 15 14
Year 3
ENG 3113Minor Course3
Minor Course3Shakespeare3
CLS Core Elective3Writing3
American/British Lit. Traditions Before 18003Language Studies3
Minor Course3British Lit. Traditions After 18003
 15 15
Year 4
Multicultural/International Lit.3ENG 4843
Genre3Minor Course3
Specialized Period, Author, Genre,or Topic Courses3Minor Course3
CLS Core Elective3University Elective3
University Elective3Specialized Period, Author, Genre,or Topic Courses3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

CLS Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. CLS Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.

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