English : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor
Graduate: MA, PhD

Advisement

New English majors, whether transfer students or continuing students, should meet as soon as possible with the director of undergraduate studies to discuss the major and their course schedules. In addition, the department strongly urges all majors and prospective majors to seek out the director's advice whenever they have questions or problems.

Since all English courses require skills in writing, students should normally complete the university writing skills requirement (ENG 101 and ENG 201) before registering for courses numbered 202 and above. We strongly recommend that students with below a B average in English take no more than 18 credit hours per semester.

Instructors observe the general course descriptions, choosing authors, texts, topics, and approaches to suit their particular interests. More information about particular courses, including detailed descriptions of courses for the coming semester, can be found in the Whole English Catalog. Copies are available in the English Undergraduate Office, 303 Clemens Hall.

Academic Requirements

Language Requirement. English majors must fulfill the departmental language requirement by attaining an intermediate level of proficiency in any foreign language, either by passing an examination set by the appropriate language department, or by taking a two-semester intermediate language course. The requirement consists of four semesters, if one starts from the beginning. Double majors may petition to waive the final semester of foreign language study.

Transfer Policy

The English department will count up to two literature courses taken at another accredited college or university towards satisfaction of the department's requirement for two lower-level literature courses. The department generally accepts up to four junior- or senior-level courses taken elsewhere for upper-level credit. Students with questions regarding the evaluation of transfer credits should see the director of undergraduate studies in 303 Clemens Hall.

Advanced Placement Work
AP courses do not count towards fulfillment of English major or minor requirements. A score of either 4 or 5 on a single AP English exam will, however, enable a student to place into the second semester sequence of the university's Writing Skills courses (ENG 201), while scores of either 4 and 5 or 5 and 5 on two AP exams will exempt the student from the Writing Skills requirement entirely. Students with SAT verbal scores of 580-720 or ACT scores of 27-31 may enroll in ENG 102, the condensed, one-semester version of the Writing Skills sequence.

English - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0.
Completion of the university writing skills requirement.
A minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Bring current UB DARS report directly to the English department.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of the university writing skills requirement (ENG 101 Writing 1 and ENG 201 Advanced Writing or ENG 102 Writing 2) according to placement.

Two 200-level courses (6 credits) of English in the ENG 202- ENG 299 range, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in these courses. We recommend that at least one be a survey of literary history such as World Literature (ENG 221), British Writers (ENG 231-ENG 232), or American Writers (ENG 241-ENG 242)

Required Courses

Eleven 300/400-level courses, including:
ENG 301, Criticism;
Four courses (12 credits) in Earlier Literature, chosen from among specified upper-level courses that focus on literature written before 1800;
One course (3 credits) in Breadth of Literary Study, chosen from among specified upper-level English courses that are grounded in perspectives or experience outside the literary mainstream;
Five additional (elective) courses in the ENG 300-ENG 400 range;
At least one of the required eleven upper-level courses, whether an Early Literature course, a Breadth of Literary Study course, or an Elective, must be a course from the ENG 400-level; neither an internship nor an independent study will satisfy this requirement.

Foreign language courses (0-16 credit hours)*

*Proficiency in a foreign language through the second semester of the second year or its equivalent is required, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through alternatives outlined on page TK. S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this requirement.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 39-55

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall ENG 101 or ENG 102; elementary foreign language
Spring ENG 201 (if not waived), elementary foreign language

SECOND YEAR
Fall One 200-level English course, intermediate foreign language
Spring One 200-level English course, one 300-level English course, intermediate foreign language

THIRD YEAR
Fall ENG 301, two 300/400-level English courses
Spring Two 300/400-level English courses

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Three 300/400-level English courses
Spring Three 300/400-level English courses

English - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of the university writing skills requirement.

Required Courses

Two courses of English (6 credits) in the ENG 202-ENG 299 range;
ENG 301, Criticism;
One course (3 credits) in Earlier Literature, chosen from among specified upper-level English courses that focus on literature written before 1800;
Two electives (6 credits) in the ENG 300-ENG 400 range.

Advising Notes

Bring current HUB Academic Advisement Report to the English department.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:59 EST