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BHSU English Program

As an English major or minor, you will learn to think critically and write well. You will study great works of literature, ranging from ancient poetry to twenty-first century fiction, and you will learn to express your ideas in clear, precise language.

Many BHSU English majors become highly-successful high school and middle school teachers. Others go into writing, editing, publishing, advertising, public relations, or journalism. Still others continue their education in English graduate programs, law school, and other professional programs.

We encourage all BHSU students to become involved in readings and lectures sponsored by the English program. We also invite submissions to the Bellman Awards for outstanding undergraduate writing, and to our creative publication, The Green Bowl Review, which is sponsored by the English Club.

Why choose BHSU for English

  • A talented, diverse, and experienced group of faculty who are committed to student success  
  • Many options for English majors, including Writing Concentrations and Professional Writing Certificates 
  • Multiple opportunities outside of the classroom, including writing competitions and English Club publications   
  • Paid work experience as a consultant in the BHSU Writing Center

English

Required Core - 45 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 221 British Literature I
  • 3 ENGL 222 British Literature II
  • 3 ENGL 241 American Lit I
  • 3 ENGL 242 American Lit II
  • 3 ENGL 401 Advanced Writing
  • 3 ENGL 484 Literary Criticism
  • 3 ENGL 200/300/400 Elective (Except 201,210)
  • 3 ENGL 300/400 Elective
  • 12 ENGL 490/492 Topics or Seminar

Choose 1:

  • 3 ENGL 211 World Lit I (gen ed)
  • 3 ENGL 212 World Lit II (gen ed)

Choose 1:

  • 3 ENGL 426 History & Structures of English
  • 3 LING 403 Intro to Linguistics

Choose 1:

  • 3 ENGL 431 Shakespeare I
  • 3 ENGL 432 Shakespeare II

Restricted Elective - 3 semester hours

  • ENGL 214 Introduction to American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 244 American Indians in Film and Social Media
  • ENGL 248 Women in Literatire
  • ENGL 256 Literature of American West
  • ENGL 320 The Non-Western Novel
  • ENGL 406 Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 411 Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 453 American Renaissance
  • ENGL 468 Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGL 476 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENGL 478 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL 482 Creative Writing II
  • ENGL 483 Advanced Creative Writing
  • ENGL 486 Rhetorical Theory & Practice

Supportive Electives

Take one course from the following prefixes. Your choice may not be used to satisfy a General Education or Major requirement, and must be from outside your major discipline:
AIS/LAKL, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOC, SPCM
Take one course from the following prefixes. Your choice may not be used to satisfy a General Education or Major requirement, and must be from outside your major discipline:
ART, ARTH, ENGL, FREN, GER, HUM, MCOM, PHIL, RUSS, SPAN, THEA

English Education

Required Core - 42 semester hours

  • ENGL 221 British Literature I
  • ENGL 222 British Literature II
  • ENGL 241 American Lit I
  • ENGL 242 American Lit II
  • ENGL 304 Fundamentals of English Grammar
  • ENGL 406 Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 412 Composition for the English Teacher
  • ENGL 484 Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 200/300/400 Elective (except 201, 210)(1 course)
  • SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods
  • ENGL 490/492 Electives (2 courses)

Choose 1:

  • ENGL 211 World Lit I (gen ed)
  • ENGL 212 World Lit II (gen ed)

Choose 1:

  • ENGL 431 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 432 Shakespeare II

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 26 semester hours

  • EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • EDFN 375 Methods of Technology Integration
  • EDFN 440 Classroom Management
  • MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • SEED 408 Planning, Managing, & Assessing the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • SEED 450 7-12 Reading & Content Literacy
  • SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching
  • SEED 495 Practicum
  • EDFN 475 Human Relations

English Minors

Minor in English - 24 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 221 British Literature I
  • 3 ENGL 241 American Lit I
  • 3 ENGL 426 History & Structure of English
  • 3 ENGL 200/300/400 Elective ( Except 201,210)
  • 3 ENGL 300/400 Elective

Take two of the following three courses:

  • ENGL 211 World Lit
  • ENGL 222 British Literature II
  • ENGL 242 American Lit II

Take one of the following three courses:

  • ENGL 379 Technical Communication
  • ENGL 401 Advanced Writing
  • ENGL 483 Advanced Creative Writing

Minor in English - Teaching 24 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 221 British Literature I
  • 3 ENGL 241 American Literature I
  • 3 ENGL 304 Fundamentals of English Grammar
  • 3 ENGL 412 Composition for the English Teacher
  • 3 ENGL 426 History/Structures of English
  • 3 ENGL 484 Literary Criticism
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods

Take one course from the following:

  • ENGL 211 World Lit I
  • ENGL 212 World Lit II
  • ENGL 222 British Literature II
  • ENGL 242 American Literature II

Minor in Professional Writing - 18 semester hours

  • ENGL 283 - Creative Writing I
  • ENGL 379 - Technical Communication
  • ENGL 401 - Advanced Writing
  • SPCM 455 - Visual Culture

Take two of the following:

  • BADM 344 - Managerial Communications
  • ENGL 304 - Fundamentals of English Grammar
  • ENGL 476 - Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENGL 478 - Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL 483 - Advanced Creative Writing
  • ENGL 486 - Rhetorical Theory & Practice
  • ENGL 491 - Independent Study
  • LING 403 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • WRTG 479 - Professional Technical Writing
  • WRTG 492 - Topics
  • WRTG 494 - Internship
  • WRTG 498 - Undergrad Research/Scholarship
  • MCOM 320 - Freelance Writing
    OR
    MCOM 330 - Writing for Electronic Media