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Undergraduate Advising Tips

Declaring your emphasis is just as important as declaring your major and should be done as soon as possible. When you know which emphasis you are interested in, make an appointment with your advisor to get it on record.

Literary Studies Tips

Before you enroll in any of the Lit Studies major classes, it is important that you complete the introductory classes such as ENGL 1010 and ENGL 2010. Your instructors will expect you to be familiar with the following: MLA documentation, library research, basic grammar rules, etc. Try to take ENGL 2600, Literary Analysis, as soon as you can. It is a required class and it really helps with your upper level coursework. Because each class builds on the next class, all classes should be taken in sequential order if possible. Written work will be a large part of your life as a Lit Studies major. Your instructors will expect you to be able to present your research and arguments in written form. As the course numbers increase, so will the number of pages you will be expected to write.

Professional and Technical Writing Tips

This major requires a mastery of word processing skills and desktop publishing programs. You will learn these important computer skills as your coursework progresses, but the more knowledge you bring with you, the better off you will be. Try to take ENGL 3400, ENGL 3410, and ENGL 4400 as soon as possible. They are required classes and they will help with internship placement. We encourage you to choose a minor that will broaden your intellectual background and help you in the workforce. If you are having a hard time choosing a suitable minor, talk to your advisor for suggestions.

An internship is a great way to get both credit hours and real work experience. Talk to Shanan Ballam (797-3697) or email her for more information. Be sure to contact her at least one semester before your internship. Remember, the technical and professional writing field requires a great deal of teamwork. Be prepared to work with fellow classmates on assignments to prepare you for the workforce.

Creative Writing Tips

Before you enroll in any of the Creative Writing major classes, it is important that you complete the introductory classes such as ENGL 1010 and ENGL 2010. Your instructors will expect you to be familiar with the following: MLA documentation, library research, basic grammar rules, etc. Try to take ENGL 2600, Literary Analysis, as soon as you can. It is a required class and it really helps with your upper level coursework.

For this major, you will be required to take two upper division English courses. We encourage you to choose courses from the genre's group.

English Teaching Tips

Try to take ENGL 2600, Literary Analysis, as soon as you can. It is a required class and it really helps with your upper level coursework. Be sure to choose an approved teaching minor from the list below:

Chemistry English as a Second Language Geography Health Education History Mathematics French German Spanish Physical Education Coaching Physics Political Science Psychology School Library Media Sociology Speech Communication Theatre Arts

In addition to fulfilling the English Teaching requirements, you must also fulfill a grammar competency requirement either by enrolling in ENGL 1120, Elements of Grammar, or by passing a challenge exam with a score of 80 percent or better.

All English Teaching Majors must enter into the STEP program upon completion of all or most of their major and minor courses. It is a 35 credit program that is administered through the Department of Secondary Education. To enroll in the classes, students must be accepted into the program. It is important that English Teaching Majors talk to their advisor often about when they will need to begin the application process.