Name: Dr. Emily Williams, Chair
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
The mission of the Department of English is to teach literature and language arts at the core curriculum level for all undergraduates and at the baccalaureate level for majors and minors. Through its courses and programs, the Department of English aims to equip students to succeed in academic endeavors in college as well as in graduate and professional schools and to prepare them to assume responsible roles in society.
The Department of English offers courses leading towards two degrees one undergraduate and one graduate: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in English, with two concentrations, Non-Teaching- Concentration I, and Teaching-Concentration II, and the Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in English.
Students interested in the Master of Arts Degree Program in English should consult the Graduate School Catalog for information.
In selecting English as a major or a minor, students must formally register in the Department of English and must seek requisite guidance from departmental advisors. English majors or minors must have minimum GPAs of 2.50 in English and must have grades of "C" or better in all English courses completed at the time their petitions are made. For the baccalaureate or undergraduate degree, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 semester hours for the B.A. Degree in English.
Students majoring in the English Concentration I (non-teaching) are required to declare minors in a second academic discipline. Students majoring in the English Concentration II (teaching certification) must take 21 hours of Education Courses in EDCI, including student teaching and six hours of required reading courses, in lieu of a minor.
Grades of "C" or better are required in all courses dedicated to either the major or the minor program. No course offered through the Department can be used to satisfy both a core curriculum requirement and a major requirement for graduation. To be eligible for graduation as English majors, students must follow a program of specific course requirements as well as successfully complete an exit examination.
Course requirements for the major and minor programs are summarized as follows:
The offices of the Department of English are located in the Martin Luther King Center, Room 106-107.
Questions may be directed to the Department Office at 713-313-7916 or 713-313-7214.