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Minor Course Descriptions

English Department Minors

Course Descriptions

The English department offers minors in Creative and Professional writing as well as in general English and TESL.

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Literature
Professional Writing
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Creative Writing Minor

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From the Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012:

The minor in creative writing (reference number 348) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours as follows:

  • ENG 203 (prerequisite to the upper-level creative writing courses)
  • Any four of the following creative writing courses: ENG 303, ENG 305, ENG 311, ENG 358, ENG 399 (if the topic is creative writing), ENG 403, ENG 474, ENG 475, ENG 413, ENG 467
  • Any two upper-level literature courses (except ENG 390)

English majors with a literature concentration or a professional writing concentration may apply 6 hours of the above upper level literature courses in both their major and the minor in creative writing as long as the combined major and minor include at least 48 unduplicated hours.

Minor in English

From the Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012:

The minor in English (reference number 359) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours as follows:

  • ENG 304, 381, 382, 391, 392
  • 3 hours of upper-level literature
  • 3 hours of writing beyond the composition requirements.

Minor in Literature

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**Note, this minor is ONLY for English majors in the Creative/Professional writing concentrations and English for Secondary Teachers

The minor in literature (reference number 406) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours as follows:

  • 15 hours of literature electives
  • 6 hours of upper-level English electives

English majors with a creative writing or professional writing concentration may apply 6 hours of the above upper level literature courses in both their major and the minor in literature as long as the combined major and minor include at least 48 unduplicated hours.

Minor in Professional Writing

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From the Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012:

The minor in professional writing (reference number 437) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours.

Requirements include:

  • Either ENG 306 or ENG 307
  • ENG 401, 402, 412, 414**, and 415
  • One of the following courses: ENG 301, 369, 410, or 411

**ENG 414 (professional Writing Capstone should not be taken before completion of at least 12 hours toward the minor).

No more than 6 hours taken from the English major (either the literature or the creative writing concentration) may apply toward the professional writing minor.

Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Globally, there is an increasing need for trained professionals in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language. Students who complete this program will gain a theoretical understanding of how languages are learned (most specifically, how English is learned by non-native speakers), knowledge of different methodologies associated with language instruction and learning, and practical experience in the classroom application of this knowledge. This program will prepare students to become ESL instructors in public schools, (if they have teacher certification or are pursuing it), private institutions or corporations in the U.S. or abroad, and to successfully pursue graduate work in linguistics and/or TESL.

From the Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012: The minor in teaching English as a second language (TESL) (reference number 478) will prepare students interested in linguistics and language teaching to pursue teaching opportunities in private corporations or overseas in both corporations and public schools.

The minor requires a minimum of 19 credit hours including:

  • One of the following must be taken: ENG 104, 302, 304 (or equivalent)
  • ENG 407, 408, 469, 470, and 471

In addition, all students will be required to complete 1 year (two semesters) of international language classes at the college level.

  • One of the following must be taken as a prerequisite for ENG 407:  ENG 104, 302, or 304 (or equivalent)
  • English 407 is the pre-requisite for 408.
  • English 469 is the prerequisite for English 470.
  • ENG 471 (Practicum) can only be taken after all other courses have been completed.

Students who complete the TESL minor and also qualify for teacher certification may also qualify for the TESL endorsement.

Required Classes:

ENG 407 Linguistic Analysis (3 Hours)
A study of current linguistic theory that includes the important levels of language as a means of communication, as well as various theories and applications of linguistic theory to other fields of study, particularly language teaching.

ENG 408 Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics (3 Hours)
A study of how sociology and psychology contribute to the study of linguistics. Emphasis is given to social and regional dialects, first and second language acquisition, and speech production.

ENG 469 Theories of Second Language Acquisition (3 Hours)
A study of theories, methods, and approaches for teaching English as a second or foreign language and of other foreign languages.

ENG 470 TESL Materials and Methods (3 Hours)
A course designed to develop skills, procedures, and strategies for teaching and utilizing materials and for developing teacher-made materials to teach ESL/EFL and for other international languages.

ENG 471 TESL Practicum (4 Hours)
Supervision, observation, and instruction in public schools or other appropriate settings, culminating in the production of a portfolio. The class consists of 30 clock teaching hours and 15 class hours.

 

 Last Modified 4/3/14