Degree Requirements

Choosing a Concentration

Students majoring in English have the opportunity to choose one of three concentrations: literature, language, and theory; creative writing; and secondary licensure in communication arts/literature.

While some of our courses explicitly address theoretical approaches to literature, especially those that examine race, class, and gender, all of our courses infuse these concerns in their engagement with primary works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, film, and drama. All literature classes involve students in multiple forms of literary examination and are taught by professors who love teaching and who love literature. Our classes develop and demand the skills of aesthetic receptivity, perceptive and critical reading, open and clear speaking, and analytical and engaging writing—skills of the educated and employable citizen.

English Major with a Literature, Language, and Theory Concentration

The Literature, Language, and Theory concentration provides students various approaches to the study of the written word and visual text. Spotlight courses focus on specific authors, genres, or themes, and enable the discovery of new literary experiences. Courses in African American, Native American, Asian American, and postcolonial literatures reconfigure the nature of traditional literary studies. Survey courses in English, American, and world literatures are organized by historical periods and provide a classically structured framework of study. Courses in literary theory demand the intense and intellectually challenging engagement of text, culture, and self. The Literature, Language, and Theory concentration offers courses of study cross-listed with American Indian Studies, Art, Communication Studies, Film, Theater Arts, and Women’s Studies.

This concentration requires nine courses above ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112 including:

  • ENL 220 – Intermediate Expository Writing
    • or ENL 221 – Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts
  • At least two 200-level literature courses as prerequisites for upper division courses in English. No more than two 200-level literature courses may count for the major.
  • At least five 300-level courses, with one each in British literature, American literature, and world literature.
  • At least one 400-level course. Any 300-level course serves as a prerequisite for the 400-level.

Minor in Literature, Language, and Theory

Five courses above ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112 are required, including:

  • ENL 220 – Intermediate Expository Writing
    • or ENL 221 – Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts
  • Four literature, language, and theory courses, three of which must be upper division courses.

English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration

The English Creative Writing concentration helps students develop professional writing skills by focusing their efforts in the creative modes: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. Over the course of the major, students master terminology; engage the field’s aesthetic and ethical issues; and read and study the works of established writers. The creative writing concentration expands competencies in observation, research, and analysis that enable writers to gather and interpret material from a variety of sources and perspectives for their work; it attends particularly to the artistic aspects of the writer’s craft, such as form, affect, and revision.  English majors in Creative Writing engage the interdisciplinary demands inherent in literary endeavors, including issues of design, and enhance their appreciation of the aesthetic possibilities inherent in the writing life.

Creative Writing courses are taught by dedicated professors, who are themselves practicing writers. The writing concentration offers courses of study cross-listed with Art, Communication Studies, and Theater Arts.

To complete this concentration students must take 10 courses above ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112, including three literature, language, and theory courses. At least one of these must be at the 300-level or higher.

  • ENL 220 – Intermediate Expository Writing
    • or ENL 221 – Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts
  • ENL 226 – Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENL 320, 321 – Fiction One, Fiction Two
    • or ENL 322, 323 – Poetry One, Poetry Two
  • ENL 420 – Advanced Studies in Writing (Keystone)
  • ART 215 – Web Design I
    • or ART 225 – Graphic Design I
  • One elective from:
    • ENL 227 – Journalism
    • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
    • ENL 320 – Fiction One
    • ENL 322 – Poetry One
    • ENL 324 – Creative Non-Fiction
    • ENL/FLM 328 – Screenwriting
    • ENL/THR 325 – Playwriting I
    • ENL 396 – Internship in Teaching Writing
    • ENL 397/399 – Internship
  • An approved ACTC creative writing course

Minors in Writing

A minor with an open emphasis requires five writing courses above ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112, including at least one course from the 200-level and two from the 300-level.

A minor with a creative emphasis requires five writing courses above ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112 and must include ENL 226, and at least three upper division creative writing courses, two of which must be a 300 two-course writing sequence.

A minor with a media emphasis requires six courses above ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112, and must include ENL 227 or 228, ENL 427, one design course, and three upper division media writing courses.

Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Licensure Major

The Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Licensure concentration is for students who seek to be licensed to teach in Minnesota in communication arts/literature. Students are encouraged to take courses toward their major during the first and sophomore years, and to apply for the education licensure program no later than the spring of their junior year.

Students in both programs must work with advisors in the English Department and the Education Department in order to meet the professional requirements within the Education Department as well as the requirements for the major. Should licensure not be possible, graduation can be achieved through an English major, which requires at least two additional, specific courses, or through a communication studies major.

Prerequisite: ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112

Major Requirements (eight courses in English):

  • ENL 220 – Intermediate Expository Writing
  • ENL 240 – Introduction to Literary Study
  • ENL 365 – Contemporary Post Colonial Fiction
  • ENL 380 – Introduction to the English Language
  • ENL 396 – Internship in Teaching Writing
  • One upper division ENL British literature course
  • One upper division ENL American literature course
  • One additional ENL literature, language, or theory course chosen from ENL360, 361, 362, 367, 368, 371, 385, 394, 410, and 430

Experiential Requirement (no credit):

  • One college-level experience required in forensics, debate, newspaper, literary journal, or related activity (subject to departmental approval)

Additional Courses (outside the English Department):

  • COM 112- Contest Public Speaking
  • COM 243 – Studio Production
  • COM 254 – Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 351 – Argumentation

Special Methods (two courses):

  • ESE 350 – 5-12 Methods: Literature and Reading
  • ESE 351 – 5-12 Methods: Speaking and Listening

Additional ESE and EDC courses are required for licensure. See the Education Department section for a listing of secondary education licensure requirements. In addition to consulting your designated ENL advisor, contact an Education Department advisor for information about education courses.

Graduation Skills

Graduation Skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) graduation skill is met by completing the following courses:

Concentrations in English Literature, Language, and Theory and in Creative Writing:

  • QR/QFA: GST 200 or PHY 119;
  • or
  • QF: one of CHM 115, CHM 116, HON 220, MAT 114, MAT 129, MAT 137, MAT 138, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 163, MAT 173, or PHY 116; and completion of QA: ENL 327

Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Licensure:

  • QR:–QF: one of CHM 115, CHM 116, HON 220, MAT 114, MAT 129, MAT 137, MAT 138, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 163, MAT 173, or PHY 116; and completion of:
  • QA: Please see department for QA requirement.

Departmental Honors

GPA of 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall; submit proposal to department chair by early October in senior year for department approval. Submit and defend paper before faculty committee. Honors project may receive independent study credit (refer to departmental guidelines).

Transfer Students

Note:  Transfer undergraduate English majors must take at least three of their English courses at Augsburg. Transfer students who minor in English must take at least two of their English courses at Augsburg.

Transfer English education students with a BA in English from another college must take at least three of their English courses at Augsburg (preferably upper division courses). These courses must be taken before the department can recommend a student for student teaching.

The English Placement Test

A writing sample is required of students to determine their placement in an appropriate writing class. Students having completed AP (Advanced Placement) courses in composition must have a score of 4 or 5. Students who need to develop competence in composition skills—such as stating and supporting a thesis, organizing clearly, and constructing paragraphs and sentences—are required to enroll in Developmental Writing (ENL 101) where they receive more individual instruction than is possible in Effective Writing (ENL 111). These students must pass Developmental Writing (ENL 101) with a grade of P, 2.0, or higher before enrolling in Effective Writing (ENL 111).

Note: Students should register for ENL 101 during the first semester of attendance if possible. ENL 111, 112, or HON 111 should be completed, if possible, during the first year.

Students in Developmental Writing (ENL 101), Effective Writing (ENL 111), HON 111, or ENL 112 can elect the traditional grading system or P/N grading in consultation with their instructor up through the last week of class (without special permission/petition). Students who choose to receive a traditional grade in either course will receive a grade of N (one time only) if their work is below a 2.0. A student who repeats ENL 101 or 111 and does not receive a grade of 2.0 or higher will receive a grade of 0.0.

Service Courses

The department offers these service courses for students as required by a placement test.

Note: First day attendance in all writing courses is mandatory for a student to hold his/her place in the course.

Literature, Language, and Theory Courses

The 200-level courses in the literature, language, and theory track of the English major develop foundational competencies in reading and interpreting literary texts, and provide opportunities for diverse literary discovery. These courses require ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112 as a prerequisite or co-requisite.

Spotlight Courses

Offered alternating terms. Content for each will vary by term—check online course descriptions.

Upper Level Courses

The 300-level courses in the literature track in English concentrate on primary texts in historical and cultural contexts. These courses ask students to practice interpreting literary texts by employing techniques, terminology, and research methods of the discipline, resulting in effective and substantive expository writing about the subject. Unless otherwise indicated, students must take ENL 220 or 221 (see writing courses), or one 200-level literature, language, or theory course, or gain consent of the instructor as a prerequisite.

The 400-level literature, language, and theory courses emphasize scholarship, criticism, and theory, and ask students to write and speak professionally about literary texts. Any 300-level literature course or consent of the instructor serve as a prerequisite for the 400-level. One 400-level course must fulfill the keystone requirement.

Writing Courses

Note: First day attendance in all writing courses is mandatory for a student to hold his/her place in the course.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.