English

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:English
Specializations:English Liberal Arts
English Writing
Minors:English
Writing
Certificate:Public Technical and Workplace Writing
Department:Building 50, Room 211
(850) 474-2923
http://uwf.edu/english/
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:23.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in English prepares students to be a part of an increasingly diverse population of critically trained readers and writers to be leaders in both the business and academic worlds. As the core of a liberal arts education, the study of language and literature fosters critical thinking, free inquiry, creativity, and clear and candid communication. In addition to its primary benefits to the life of the mind, the English major offers practical preparation for professional careers in teaching, professional writing, law, medicine, business, editing, religious affairs, the nonprofit sector, and all levels of government service. The study of literature includes contemporary texts as well as all the historical periods of British and American literature. The study of writing allows students not only to work in the familiar genres of poetry, fiction, drama, and the essay, but also to study the editorial and publishing process. Courses in the English major contribute to the student’s understanding of human culture and of the relationship between literary texts and other bodies of human knowledge such as philosophy, history, religion, psychology, classics, and modern languages. The Department of English offers two areas of specialization within the major: Liberal Arts and Writing.

Students interested in obtaining certification to teach English in secondary education need to contact an advisor in this department to plan course work that will satisfy degree and teacher certification requirements. A degree in this major is required for participation in teacher education certification options in English.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in English must meet the requirements listed below.

Students should consult their academic advisors for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites. A minimum grade of “C” is required in common prerequisites and major courses.

English Liberal Arts Specialization

The Liberal Arts Specialization prepares students for graduate-level work in English; provides students with valuable pre-law, pre-medical, and other pre-professional training; and gives students solid preparation for careers in such areas as business, communications, or government service.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

 Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Choose one of the following options:6
Option 1
English Composition I *
English Composition II *
Option 2
Six semester hours of English coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English skills through multiple assignments
Total Hours6

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.24

Major

ENG 3010Critical Methods for Literary Study3
LIN 3673Grammar for Professional Success3
ENC 3350Advanced Writing Studio1
ENG 4013Introduction to Literary Theory3
ENG 4934Capstone Experience ** 3
AML 2010American Literature I3
AML 2020American Literature II3
ENL 2010History of English Literature I3
ENL 2020History of English Literature II3
Choose one of the following:3
Old English Language
Topics in Medieval Literature
Topics in Early Modern Literature
Milton
Shakespeare
Choose one of the following:3
Topics in Romantic Literature
Topics in Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Topics in Victorian Literature
Topics in 20th-Century and Contemporary British Literature
Choose one of the following:3
Topics in Early American Literature
Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Topics in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature
Single Author Seminar, American Literature, 1700 to the Present
Choose one of the following:3
African American Literature
Black Women Writers
World Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Feminist Theory
Topics in Native American Literature
Specialization Electives *12
Total Hours49

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.11
Total Hours11

English Writing Specialization

The English Writing specialization offers students experience in writing beyond that gained in the core courses in literature.  Students who choose to develop their creative writing skills can take courses in poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. The department publishes two literature magazines: Panhandler, which features creative work from professional writers throughout the country, and The Troubadour, a poetry and short fiction magazine written and edited entirely by students.  Students who choose to develop their writing and editing skills can gain the experience needed for jobs in the publishing industry or in writing-intensive careers in business or government. English Writing specialization students may also gain journalistic experience by writing for The Voyager, the campus newspaper. Internships on campus or in the community offer additional preparation for careers in writing or editing.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Choose one of the following options:6
Option 1
English Composition I *
English Composition II *
Option 2
Six semester hours of English coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English skills through multiple assignments
Total Hours6

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.24

Major

ENG 3010Critical Methods for Literary Study3
ENC 3350Advanced Writing Studio1
LIN 3673Grammar for Professional Success3
ENG 4934Capstone Experience **3
AML 2010American Literature I3
AML 2020American Literature II3
ENL 2010History of English Literature I3
ENL 2020History of English Literature II3
Choose one of the following:3
Old English Language
Topics in Medieval Literature
Topics in Early Modern Literature
Shakespeare
Milton
Choose one of the following:3
Topics in Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Topics in Romantic Literature
Topics in Victorian Literature
Topics in 20th-Century and Contemporary British Literature
Choose one of the following:3
Topics in Early American Literature
Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Topics in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature
Single Author Seminar, American Literature, 1700 to the Present
Choose one of the following:3
African American Literature
Black Women Writers
World Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Feminist Theory
Topics in Native American Literature
Choose three of the following:9
Fiction Writing
Poetry Writing
Playwriting
Creative Non-Fiction
Specialization Electives *6
Total Hours49

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.11
Total Hours11

English

To earn a Minor in English, students must complete at least 16 sh of upper-division courses in a planned program which includes those specified below. English majors may not earn this minor.

ENG 3010Critical Methods for Literary Study3
ENC 3350Advanced Writing Studio1
ENG 4013Introduction to Literary Theory3
ENL 4333Shakespeare3
3000/4000 level English Literature (ENL) course3
3000/4000 level American Literature (AML) course3
Total Hours16

Writing Minor

The minor in Writing is comprised of at least fifteen hours of interdisciplinary writing coursework at the 3000/4000-level across the university.  The minor focuses on four core-course prefixes in the English and Communication departments: CRW (Creative Writing), ENC (Composition), JOU (Journalism), and LIN (Linguistics).  Students pursuing a minor in Writing must complete with a grade of “C” or better a minimum of nine credit hours inclusive of at least one 3000/4000-level course from three of the four core-course prefixes (CRW, ENC, JOU, and LIN). Students pursuing the minor must also complete with a grade of “C” or better at least two additional courses from any of the core-course prefixes or qualifying individual elective writing courses identified by the English and Communication departments.  All prerequisites must be met.

Choose one 3000/4000 level course of the four Core Course Prefixes (CRW, ENC, JOU, and LIN):9
Two additional courses from any of the course prefixes or qualifying additional individual courses6
Additional individual elective courses that count towards Writing minor:
Environmental Writing
Screenwriting for Film, TV, and Digital Media
Writing for Business: Theory and Practice
Academic Writing in Nursing I
Academic Writing in Nursing II
Legal Research and Writing
Writing for Public Relations
Great Speeches in American History
Total Hours15

Additional items:

  • Students may major in any of the departments/disciplines represented in the Writing minor and also minor in Writing as long as the majority of the minor classes (9hrs minimum) come from courses outside the major department.
  • Substitutions for Additional Individual Elective Courses are allowed as long as the substitutions are approved by both the English and Communication departments.
  • Departments may designate individual courses in their own departments as ineligible to count towards the writing minor as long as students have been sufficiently notified.

Public, Technical, and Workplace Writing Certificate

In the Public, Technical, and Workplace Writing Certificate Program, students gain an intensive experience in communication for professional success. The certificate will provide an opportunity for students from across the University to gain fundamental knowledge regarding 21st century skills in the production of public, technical, and digital texts. Students will write and analyze a range of genres from workplace, public, and technical environments. Students will also finish the program with a portfolio of work that they can deliver to prospective employers. Employers in a variety of settings look for students with strong writing skills applicable for the professional environment. This certificate will give our students the background in writing needed to be competitive in today's workplace.

In order to graduate with the Certificate, students must meet the following requirements:

·  A grade of C- or better is required in all courses for the Certificate

·  Students must complete an independent e-portfolio that is reviewed and approved by program faculty.  Students must apply to have the portfolio reviewed no later than the end of drop/add week of their graduating semester. Students who plan to graduate in the summer must apply to have the portfolio reviewed by Week 10 of the spring semester.

·  Grade of C- or better from LIN 3673 or LIN 3742 OR one semester experience in UWF’s Writing Lab OR a score of 75 or better (taken within the last 2 years) on the UWF Writing Lab’s Diagnostic Test

Prerequisites:
English Composition I
English Composition II
Foundation courses:9
Digital Writing
Professional and Technical Writing
Writing and Editing Internship
Electives:3
Writing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors
Grammar for Professional Success
Total Hours12