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English Literary Studies, Minor

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UVU’s English program is designed to give students skill, confidence, and versatility in writing, speaking, and interpreting texts. The program provides opportunities for students to consider and practice the applications of effective language use in diverse situations: professional, pragmatic, social, political, and aesthetic. The English program emphasizes knowledge and use of standard English in all written work, yet incorporates an understanding that English is a desirably diverse and variable phenomenon. The courses of study in English are designed to familiarize students with much of the traditional canon of literature. They are also designed to provide students with the critical and ethical skills necessary to interrogate this canon, to incorporate and legitimize their own and others’ “different” voices, not just in the academy, but in any of the many situations in which language influences human activity.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Complete the following courses: ENGL 2600, Critical Introduction to Literature; ENGL 2510, American Literature before 1865, or ENGL 2520, American Literature after 1865; and ENGL 2610, British Literature before 1800, or ENGL 2620, British Literature after 1800.
Discipline Core Requirements:   18 Credits
Complete the following:  
  ENGL 3090 Academic Writing for English Majors WE 3
  ENGL 3890 Contemporary Critical Approaches to Literature WE 3
Complete ONE from the following: 3
  ENGL 3510 Early American Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3520 Literature of the American Renaissance (3)  
  ENGL 3525 American Literary Realism and Naturalism (3)  
  ENGL 3530 Modern American Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3540 Contemporary American Literature (3)  
Complete ONE of the following: 3
  ENGL 3610 Medieval Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3620 Tudor British Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3630 Stuart British Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3640 Restoration and 18th Century British Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3650 Romantic British Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3655 Victorian British Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3660 Modern British Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3670 Contemporary British Literature (3)  
Complete ONE from the following: 3
  ENGL 3010 Rhetorical Theory (3)  
  ENGL 3020 Modern English Grammars (3)  
  ENGL 3040 History of the English Language (3)  
Complete ONE from the following: 3
  ENGL 3420 Intermediate Fiction Writing (3)  
  ENGL 3440 Intermediate Poetry Writing (3)  
  ENGL 3710 Literature by Women (3)  
  ENGL 373R Literature of Cultures and Places (3)  
  ENGL 374G Literature of the Sacred (3)  
  ENGL 376G World Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3780 Mormon Literature (3)  
  ENGL 3820 History of Literary Criticism (3)  
  ENGL 401R Topics in Rhetoric (3)  
  ENGL 412R Studies in Literary Genres (3)  
  ENGL 4420 Advanced Fiction Writing I (3)  
  ENGL 4440 Advanced Poetry Writing (3)  
  ENGL 4450 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)  
  ENGL 4570 Studies in the American Novel (3)  
  ENGL 4620 Chaucer (3)  
  ENGL 463R Topics in Shakespeare (3)  
  ENGL 4640 Milton (3)  
  ENGL 471R Eminent Authors (3)  
  ENGL 474R Topics in Folklore (3)  
  ENGL 476G Multi-ethnic Literature in America (3)  
  ENGL 486R Topics in Literature (3)  
  ENGL 490R Directed Readings (1)  

 Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete all courses with no grade lower than a C-.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2510* or ENGL 2520* American Literature Before 1865 or American Literature After 1865 3
ENGL 2610* or ENGL 2620* British Literature Before 1800 or British Literature After 1800 3
ENGL 2600* Critical Introduction to Literature 3
  Semester total: 9
Notes: These three courses are prerequisites to minor requirements. Must be completed prior to beginning minor. *Pre/Co-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor. 
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3020 or ENGL 3040 Language Core course 3
ENGL 3090 Academic Writing for English Majors WE 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 3510 or ENGL 3520 or ENGL 3525 or ENGL 3530 or ENGL 3540 American Literature (upper-division) 3
Upper-Division English Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: See Wolverine Track for a complete list of options which fulfills the Upper-Division ENGL elective area. 
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 3610 or ENGL 3620 or ENGL 3630 or ENGL 3640 or ENGL 3650 or ENGL 3655 or ENGL 3660 or ENGL 3670 British Literature (upper-division) 3
ENGL 3890 Contemporary Critical Approaches to Literature WE 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher. 
  Degree total (with matriculation requirements): 27


English and Literature

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