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Bachelor of Arts in English

Mission

Provides personalized learning opportunities leading to advanced studies or a variety of careers including teaching, writing, editing, linguistics, and literature.  The various programs help students develop a broad knowledge of literature, language, and writing to foster analytical and critical skills. Students encounter new ideas; appreciate aesthetic and practical language; become impassioned readers, writers, and thinkers; and gain perspectives in assimilating and evaluating their new experiences.

Note: For LACC literature requirements, English majors and Language Arts Secondary Teaching majors should take ENG 107 and ENG 108; ENG 109 is also recommended. Students who already have taken ENG 104, 105, 106, FR 110, or GL 110 should see their English advisor to substitute for ENG 107 and/or 108 on their Academic Program Form. All students should complete ENG 218W as early in their English Core as possible. Please see the Advising Guide page for more suggestions.

 

  • Language Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Writing

B.A. Language Arts

Learning outcomes

1. Apply linguistic principles, composition theory/practice, and methods of literary analysis.

2. Relate oral and written communication, literature, and linguistics content to secondary-level pedagogical best practices.

3. Analyze the rhetorical power and aesthetic potential of language.

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B.A. in English / Linguistics Concentration (68-69 credits)

Common Core (see tab below)

LING 312 Language and Society (4)

LING 350 Linguistics in the Digital Age (4)

LING 370 Meaning and Context (4)

Three 400-level linguistics courses (12)

One upper-division Humanities elective (3-4)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze issues in language usage, language variation, language acquisition and history of the English language, with special attention to writing, literacy and language arts.
  2. Explain and analyze structure and function in the English language system.
  3. Analyze the relationship between language and culture, society and the individual.

B.A. in English / Literature Concentration (69 credits)

Common Core (see tab below)

ENG 318 Contemporary Literary Theory (4)

Three 300-level literature courses (12) [no more than one course from ENG 380-389]

Three 400-level literature courses (12)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the relation of literary works to a variety of traditions and genres.
  2. Apply theories and research methods to analyze and interpret literature.
  3. Analyze relationships between literature and culture, society, and the individual.

B.A. in English / Writing Concentration (67-69 credits)

Common Core (see tab below)

Three 300-level writing classes (11-12; may include TA 330 Script Writing)

Three different 400-level writing classes for a minimum of (12)

One upper-division Humanities elective (3-4)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate applications of varied writing styles, creative and professional genres, and rhetorical strategies and conventions.
  2. Demonstrate competency with invention, drafting, and revision processes as both writer and critic through activities such as workshops, peer reviews, and group projects.
  3. Demonstrate competency in creating text-appropriate sentences as well as in editing for syntactic and stylistic punctuation and conventions.

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Common Core (41 credits)

The Common Core is a set of courses that the English department requires of all their majors, regardless of concentration (literature, linguistics, writing language arts secondary teaching). Students minoring in English need not complete the common core. Before taking common course literature courses (ENG prefix), students must complete two LACC literature courses. ENG 107 and 108 should be taken as the two LACC literature courses for English majors and language arts secondary education majors. ENG 109 is also recommended.

Students who already have taken ENG 104, 105, 106, 109, FR 110, or GL 110 should see their English advisor to substitute for ENG 107 and/or 108 on their Academic Degree Program form.  All students should complete ENG 218W as early as possible in the English core.

ENG 218 Introduction to Literary Study (4)

LING 210 Introduction to Linguistics (4)

WR 230 Introduction to Writing Studies (4)

ENG 204, 205, 206 Survey of British Literature (12)

ENG 253, 254 Survey of American Literature (8)

ENG 301 Shakespeare (4)

LING 315 Structure of English I (4)

ENG 498 Senior Capstone (1) [Not required for Language Arts Secondary Education majors]

The TEFL Certificate program prepares undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who are interested in their first international/cross-cultural English teaching position. The program is designed for students who seek experience Teaching English as a Foreign Language by providing a strong foundation in English Linguistics and training in foreign language acquisition/teaching methodologies.

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate focuses on teaching English internationally and cross-culturally primarily to young adult and adult learners. It is distinct from the College of Education ESOL/Bilingual endorsement, which is focused on K-12 school contexts in the United States.

The TEFL Certificate program requires 26-credits (six 4-credit courses plus a 2-credit practicum) and is for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate students. Courses in the TEFL Certificate program may also be applied towards the English Linguistics Major, or Minor (20 credits). Students entering the program with a Baccalaureate may obtain the Certificate by completing the required courses (26 credits), and fulfilling the residency requirements of a second Bachelor’s Degree.

   
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English, Writing & Linguistics Department

(503) 838-8258 | email: randt@wou.edu