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The Major:The major prepares students for diverse careers in law, publishing, advertising, media and business, teaching and advanced degree work. With the help of department advisers, all students will select from courses in various forms, periods and approaches. In addition, students may develop special expertise in one of several programs; for example, communication and creative writing, study of the language itself, theory of literary study or cultural studies.
The major in English requires ten courses offered by the department. These courses must be numbered 3000 or above, of no fewer than three credits each, and completed with grades of C or better. (Note: the requirement is ten courses, not 30 hours). Prerequisite to all 3000- and 4000-level courses are six hours of English or instructor permission. The three-hour general education requirement in English composition does not count toward the major. Students must take at least five of their English courses numbered 3000 and above at UF. Students are responsible for consulting an adviser and preparing a plan of study. Students should take full advantage of the program models (see below).
Freshmen who intend to major in English should consult a department adviser as soon as possible. Students who intend to establish an emphasis in film studies or creative writing should take ENG 2300 (Film Analysis) or CRW 1101 (Beginning Fiction Writing) or CRW 1301 (Beginning Poetry Writing), respectively.
The following program models for English majors are described in the department handbook and on the department home page:
Film Studies: The Department of English offers a film and media studies track leading to a B.A. in English. Students pursuing this route will take courses in film theory and history, while also being encouraged to enroll in the department’s two undergraduate film and video production classes.
Honors: To graduate cum laude, a student must have a 3.5 overall junior-/senior-level average. To graduate magna cum laude (high honors), students must also have earned an A or B in at least one semester of ENG 4936 and at least a B+ in one semester of ENG 4970 (Honors Thesis).
To graduate summa cum laude (highest honors), students must have a 3.5 junior/senior level GPA, no less than a B and at least one A in no fewer than two semesters of ENG 4936, and an A in one semester of ENG 4970 (Honors Thesis). The undergraduate adviser in 4012 Turlington grants permission to register for these courses.
The Minor in English: The minor requires five courses at the 3000-4000 level from prefixes or courses in AML, CRW, ENC, ENG, ENL, LIT, LIN 3010 (listed under linguistics in the catalog and schedule), LIN 3680, SPC 3605 and SPC 4680.
A minimum of three courses must be completed at the university. Courses for the minor require grades of C or better (no S grades). One Independent Study course (ENG 4905) may be applied to the minor. To prepare for the minor, students should take at least six hours at the 2000 level in the first two years.
An interdisciplinary minor in medieval and early modern studies focuses on medieval and early modern European culture and its influences on the modern world. Students acquire historical perspectives that contribute to current discussions about ethnicity and nationality, colonialism, technologies and their effects, gender and sexuality and the characteristics of historical and fictional narratives. The minor requires 18 credit hours, of which at least three credits must be at the 4000 level and at least six credits must be at the 3000 level. An additional requirement is completion of a 2000-level foreign language course (3 hours). A list of courses and additional information is available from Dr. Will Hasty, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, 254 Dauer.
Overseas Study: The department encourages a term or year of study abroad. Students should meet with the undergraduate coordinator early in their academic careers.
General Education: Scores on the verbal portion of the SAT or scores on the SAT II, AP, IB or CLEP tests will determine the appropriate composition course. See the Academic Advising section of this catalog for course equivalency and placement information.
Prerequisite to all 3000- and 4000-level courses is six hours of English or instructor permission.
* English advisers have sample program models. Models also are described on the English department home page and in a booklet available from the department.
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