BA in English

Units required for Major: 45, 27-30 of which must be upper division
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

Program Description

The English department of California State University, Sacramento, is a community of teachers, scholars, writers, and support staff whose primary mission is to promote learning in composition, creative writing, English education, linguistics, literature, and the teaching of English as a second language. The department seeks to help students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and realize their own intellectual and creative goals.

At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the English Department presents a broad and balanced curriculum designed to develop the reading and writing skills, the interpretative abilities, and the cultural awareness of its students by maintaining and enhancing a tradition of strong teaching, solid scholarship, and vigorous support of creative literary activity.

Minimum Grade Requirement

English majors must achieve a grade of "C-" or better in all courses included in the major, unless otherwise specified.

Note: With the noted exception of ENGL 5, English courses may NOT be challenged.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (9 Units)
Select three of the following: 19
Introduction to British Literature I
Introduction to British Literature II
Introduction to American Literature I
Introduction to American Literature II
Introduction to World Literatures in English
Required Upper Division Courses (6 Units)
ENGL 120AAdvanced Composition3
ENGL 198TSenior Seminar In English 23
Additional Requirements
Historical Breadth requirement
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to British Literature I
Introduction to American Literature I
History of the English Language
Medieval Literature
The English Renaissance
Restoration Comedy
The Golden Age Of Satire
Birth of the British Novel
Renaissance Drama
The Essential Shakespeare
Shakespop: Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Chaucer - Canterbury Tales
Shakespeare - Early Plays, 1592-1600
Shakespeare - Later Plays, 1600-1612
John Milton
Early American Literature
Electives (30 Units)
Select 30 units including the Historical Breadth 430
Total Units45
1

Students must take at least one British Literature survey (ENGL 40A, ENGL 40B), and at least one American Literature survey (ENGL 50A, ENGL 50B). We recommend that lower division requirements be completed no later than the first semester in which the student begins taking required upper division courses.

2

Students are required to complete a course in their senior year, selecting from courses specially designated as Senior Seminars. The seminar has a reduced class size and requires a term paper, student presentations and submission of the student's work.

3

Students must take one of the classes listed to satisfy this requirement (unless they have already taken ENGL 40A or ENGL 50A as one of the required Lower Division courses)

4

A minimum of 27 additional units must be taken, of which at least 18 units must be upper division.

Students who have satisfied the historical breadth requirement by taking ENGL 40A or ENGL 50A as one of their three required lower division courses will take 30 units of electives, of which at least 21 must be upper division.

Notes:

  • Students must complete 18 units of English, of which at least 15 must be in upper division (100-level) courses, in residence at California State University, Sacramento.
  • The following courses may not be included toward the major:
    ENGL 1Basic Writing Skills3
    ENGL 3Introduction to Academic Discourse4
    ENGL 3MIntroduction to Academic Discourse for Multilingual Students4
    ENGL 5Accelerated Academic Literacies3
    ENGL 1CCritical Thinking and Writing3
    ENGL 1XComposition Tutorial1
    ENGL 5MAccelerated Academic Literacies - Multilingual3
    ENGL 10Academic Literacies I3
    ENGL 10MAcademic Literacies I - Multilingual3
    ENGL 11Academic Literacies II3
    ENGL 11MAcademic Literacies II-Multilingual3
    ENGL 20College Composition II3
    ENGL 20MCollege Composition II for Multilingual Students3
    ENGL 60Reading for Speed and Efficiency2
    ENGL 60MReading for Speed and Efficiency for Multilingual Students2
    ENGL 85Grammar for Multilingual Writers2
    ENGL 86College Language Skills for Multilingual Students4
    ENGL 87Basic Writing Skills for Multilingual Students3
    ENGL 109MWriting for GWAR Placement-Multilingual3
    ENGL 109WWriting for GWAR Placement3
    ENGL 109XWriting-Intensive Workshop1
  • Up to 6 units of ENGL 199 may be included in the 27 upper division units. Three units in an upper division literature class from another major may also be included.
  • English majors must fulfill the GE Writing Intensive "supervenient requirement" with courses in the major, only.