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English

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Joyce Joyce, Department Chair
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Michael Kaufmann, Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Gloria Basmajian, Administrator

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Rosemarie Wint, Coordinator
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Requirements for English Major

Requirements for English Major with Concentration in Creative Writing
Requirements for English Minor
Writing Certificate

 


 

The English major helps students develop as readers of interesting, complex texts, including literary texts. Majors read writing from a variety of historical contexts and cultures; this experience builds their understanding of the relation between society and language. English majors become critical and reflective readers, aware of the history and development of writing in English. They are also good, inventive writers who are able to analyze problems, do careful and inventive research, argue and evaluate the arguments of others.

The English major is good preparation for a career in writing or editing—of stories, speeches, legal documents, advertising, research projects, poems, grant proposals, essays, or letters. English majors also find careers in publishing and journalism, public relations, business, industry, management, marketing, social services, and government. English is a strong pre-professional major for law, medicine, library science, and teaching, from the elementary to the post-secondary level.

The English department has a distinguished faculty of nationally-known critics, writers, and scholars who will teach you, usually in small classes. You will choose from a range of exciting courses (about forty English courses each semester) and from interdisciplinary programs such as the Five-year Program in English and Education, or a double major in English and any other department throughout the university. Internships are offered with area institutions such as the Temple Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the Urban League, WHYY public radio, Philadelphia Magazine, United Way, the Red Cross, Bread and Roses, J. B. Lippincott Publishers, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. The department offers community-based projects, such as the New City Press and our Institute for the Study of Literature, Literacy, and Culture. There is an active program of readings by resident and visiting writers and artists. Students are active in writing and producing our literary magazine: Hyphen.

 


 

Summary of Degree Requirements for the English Major

1. University Requirements:

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Humanities majors, 6 upper level credits must be earned in the Social Sciences: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mathematical Economics, Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.

  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3. Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements (36 s.h.)

Select either the English Major or the English Major with a Concentration in Creative Writing

English Major

Specifically Required courses:

  • English 2097
  • English 2201
  • English 2202
  • English 2301
  • English 2302
  • English Capstone

Electives in Major

  • Three English courses numbered 2000-2999
  • Three English courses numbered 3000-3999
OR

English Major with a Concentration in Creative Writing

Specifically Required courses:

  • English 2097
  • English 2201
  • English 2202
  • English 2301
  • English 2302
  • Select one Creative Writing Sequence
    • English 2003 & 3003
    • English 2004 & 3004
    • English 2005 & 3005
  • English 4096

Electives in Major

  • Two additional English courses numbered 2000-2999
  • Two additional English courses numbered 3000-3999

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Major in English    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 2097 Introduction to English Studies 3 WI
English 2201 Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660 3  
English 2202 Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900 3  
English 2301 Survey of American Literature I 3  
English 2302 Survey of American Literature II 3  
English 2000 - 2999 Three English Electives 9  
English 3000 - 3999 Three English Electives 9  
English 4000 level course One Senior Capstone Course 3 WI*
         
Total     36  
*Indicates writing capstone for the major    
 
 
Major in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 2097 Introduction to English Studies 3 WI
English 2201 Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660 3  
English 2202 Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900 3  
English 2301 Survey of American Literature I 3  
English 2302 Survey of American Literature II 3  
Two courses from one Genre: 6  
English 2003 & 3003
    or
2004 & 3004
    or
2005 & 3005
Creative Writing: Poetry & Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
    or
Creative Writing: Fiction & Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
    or
Creative Writing: Plays & Advanced Creative Writing: Plays
   
English 2000 - 2999 Two English Electives 6  
English 3000 - 3999 Two English Electives 6  
English 4096 Studies in Creative Writing (Capstone) 3 WI*
         
Total     36  
         
*Indicates writing capstone for the major    

 

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Distinction in Major

Students need at least a 3.65 GPA in English courses to earn distinction in major.

 

Requirements for the Minor

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
         
Select two Literature Surveys from: 6  
English
English
English
English
2201
2202
2301
2302
Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660
Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
   
         
Select four Electives in English, no more than two of which are in writing (creative, technical, or business):
English 2000-3999 Four Electives 12  
Total     18  

 

Writing Certificate

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
         
Select a total of five courses in Writing.  At least one from each area listed below, no more than
three in any single area. All of the courses must have a grade of B- or higher.
Advanced Expository and Professional Writing Electives     3-9  
English 2006 (2496) Introduction to Non-Fiction    
English 2007 (2596) Writing for Business and Industry    
English 2008 (2696) Technical Writing    
English 2009 (2796) Writing the Research Essay    
English 3085 Career Internship    
English 3813 Writers at Work    
         
Creative Writing       3-9  
English 2003 Creative Writing: Poetry    
English 2004 Creative Writing: Fiction    
English 2005 Creative Writing: Plays    
English 3003 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry    
English 3004 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction    
English 3005 Advanced Creative Writing: Plays    
         
Writing Theory       3-9  
English 2821 Introduction to Linguistics    
English 2831 (2897) Literacy and Society    
English 2832 (2898) Texts/Cultures of Science    
English 3811 Theories of Language and Literacy    
English 3821 Linguistics and Grammar    
English 3822 Semantics    
English 3823 History of the English Language    
English 4196 Studies in Language and Literacy   WI
         
Total     15  

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language
1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd Global/World Society Course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
English 2097 Introduction to English Studies 3  
English 2201 Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660
3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
English 2000+ One 2000+ English Course 3  
English 2000+ One 2000+ English Course 3  
English 2202 Survey of English Literature: 1660-1990 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
English 2000+ One 2000+ English Course
(Creative Writing if selecting that concentration)
3  
English 3000+ One 3000+ English Course 3  
English 2301 Survey of American Literature I 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
English 3000+ One 3000+ English Course
(Creative Writing if selecting that concentration)
3  
English 2302 Survey of American Literature II 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 3000+ One 3000+ English Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 4000+ One 4000+ English Capstone Course
(register with the English Department)
(4096 Creative Writing, if selecting that concentration)
3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
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