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Degree Requirements 2020-2021

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, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

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

  • One of ENL 220 or ENL 221
    • ENL 220 – Intermediate Expository Writing
    • 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:

  • One of ENL 220 or ENL 221
    • ENL 220 – Intermediate Expository Writing
    • 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.

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.

  • One of ENL 220 or ENL 221
    • ENL 220 – Intermediate Expository Writing
    • ENL 221 – Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts
  • ENL 226 – Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENL 420 – Advanced Studies in Writing (Keystone)
  • One of ART 215, ART 201, or PWC 330
    • ART 215 – Introduction to Web Design
    • ART 201 – Introduction to Graphic Design
    • PWC 330 – Writing for Digital Media (course being developed in 2020-2021)
  • Three literature, language and theory electives, with at least one at the 300-level or higher
  • Three writing electives, with at least two at the 300-level, chosen from:
    • ENL 227 – Journalism
    • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
    • ENL/FLM 229 – Screenwriting
    • ENL 320 – Fiction One
    • ENL 321 – Fiction Two
    • ENL 322 – Poetry One
    • ENL 323 – Poetry Two
    • ENL 324 – Creative Non-Fiction
    • ENL/THR 325 – Playwriting I
    • ENL/THR 326 – Playwriting II
    • ENL 329 – Screenwriting II
    • ENL 396 – Internship in Teaching Writing
    • ENL 397/399 – Internship
    • PWC 300 – Playwriting
    • PWC 310 – Themes in Playwriting
    • PWC 320 – Writing for Television (course being developed in 2020-2021)
    • 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-level two-course writing sequence.

Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Licensure Major

The Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Licensure concentration is for students who seek to be licensed to teach communication arts/literature in Minnesota. 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 111 – Public Speaking
  • COM 254 – Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 351 – Argumentation
  • One of COM 120, COM 243, or POL 342

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 with one of the following courses: GST 200, HIS 369, MAT 111, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 163, MAT 164, NUR 410, PHI 230, PHY 119, POL 483, or the QR from a second major.

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).

MFA Master Class Option

Advanced standing undergraduate junior or senior writers with a GPA of 3.50 in English courses, with the recommendation of undergraduate creative writing faculty, with a portfolio of work specific to the genre in which the student applies, and with approval of the MFA director, may join a MFA summer residency course in their genre. Upon successful completion of the same residency requirements as graduate students, master class students will earn the same number of credits towards their Augsburg undergraduate degree (maximum 6 credits). Additionally, if they enroll in the Augsburg MFA program in the future, they will have satisfied the first of their three summer residency course requirements.

The MFA Master Class Option is not repeatable.

The MFA Master Class Option is open to undergrad students from other institutions as well as Augsburg University.

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 Effective Writing I (ENL 101) where they receive more individual instruction than is possible in Effective Writing II (ENL 111). These students must pass Effective Writing I (ENL 101) with a grade of P, C-, or higher before enrolling in Effective Writing II (ENL 111).

Note: Students must 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 Effective Writing I (ENL 101), Effective Writing II (ENL 111), HON 111, or ENL 112 can elect the traditional grading system or P/LP/N grading in consultation with their instructor up through the last week of class (without special permission/petition).

Service Courses

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

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.

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 permission 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 their place in the course.

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