2017-2018 Georgia Gwinnett Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2018  
2017-2018 Georgia Gwinnett Catalog [ARCHIVED COPY]

English - Concentration: Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

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123 credits required for graduation

Bachelor of Arts - English

The School of Liberal Arts offers the Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in English. The B.A. program in English serves students interested in examining literature and culture with a course of studies and degree that equip them for a variety of careers and vocations, including education, marketing and sales, communications, public relations, journalism, publishing, law, business administration and more. The English program provides students with learning experiences of increasing levels of complexity and enrichment. The program offers four tracks, including a track for students interested in teaching English at the secondary education level: Writing and Rhetoric, Language and Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies and Teacher Certification


General Education Requirements (60 hours)

The primary objective of the general education requirements is to guarantee that all students seeking a Bachelors of Arts in English (BA) degree will share a common body of knowledge drawn from a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Additional Requirements (3 hours)

The physical education requirement is comprised of one credit hour of Wellness and two credit hours of additional Physical Education courses.

Legislative Requirements

Georgia law requires that each candidate for a degree demonstrate knowledge of the history and constitution on the United States and Georgia. These requirements may be met by receiving a passing grade in certain courses, or by passing the appropriate examination. The courses and the requirement(s) each course satisfies are as follows:

  1. HIST 2111  or HIST 2112  satisfies the Georgia and U.S. history requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  2. POLS 1101  satisfies the Georgia and US Constitution requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  3. Students with transfer credit (HIST 2111 , HIST 2112  or POLS 1101 ) from outside the University System of Georgia will need to contact the Testing Center regarding the legislative exams requirement.

Major Requirements (60 hours)

The major requirements consist of six areas of study: 2000-level proficiency in a foreign language, English Core, Concentration, and General Electives, a service learning course, and a senior capstone experience. The foreign language proficiency ensures majors have an enriched understanding of the diversity of languages, literacies, and cultures. The English Core is designed to promote a common body of knowledge needed for proficiency across a wide range of educational institutions and settings, and private and public sectors organizations. The service learning requirement gives majors a real-world understanding of how their learning and work in English can impact communities and organizations. Concentration courses and the senior capstone experience allow students to delve further into their areas of specialization. General electives give students an opportunity to explore topics of interest at an advanced level.

Program Outcome Goals

Bachelor of Arts - English

Concentrations: Writing and Rhetoric, Language and Literature, or Interdisciplinary Studies

Students in the English Major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature, language, and the arts.
  2. Read, interpret, and evaluate texts, especially literary ones, as aesthetic works and sites of cultural production and exchange.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills in and about a variety of media related to the study of literature, language and culture.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in research and scholarly methods.
  5. Engage with, understand, and support the relevance of literature, art, and textual study within a globally diverse community

General Education: (60 semester hours)

Area A - Essential Skills: (9 hours)

Area B - Institutional Option (4 hours)

Area C - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)

Select one from the following:

Area D - Natural Sciences, Math, Technology (11 hours)

Area E - Social Science (12 hours)

Area F - Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 hours)

Select three 2000 level English literature courses from the following: *


* All students must complete at least one World Literature survey either in Area C or Area F.

** Students who took a 2000 level ENGL literature survey to satisfy Area C are required to select only two 2000 level ENGL literature courses in Area F (for a total of three English survey courses)

All English majors must demonstrate 2000 level proficiency in Foreign Language.

Additional Requirements (3 hours)

Physical Education Requirement

  • Choices for Life (1) Credit Hours
  • Additional Physical Education (2) Credit Hours

Program of Study (60 semester hours)

Required English Courses (24 hours)

Electives (18 hours)

Select 18 hours of 3000/4000 level courses from any of the humanities (e.g., English, History, Film, Arts Music, French and Spanish) in consultation with advisor

General Electives (18 hours)

  • Select 9 hours of 3000/4000 level courses from any discipline or school (see catalog for courses) in consultation with advisor (9) Credit Hours
  • Select 9 hours of 2000 level or higher courses from any discipline or school (see catalog for course) in consultation with advisor (9) Credit Hours

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