English

Department Chair: Dr. Julee Russell, julee.russell@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7440
Faculty Contact: Dr. Julee Russell, julee.russell@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7440
Department Office: 315 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310
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Major

The English degree involves the completion of three specific components—the General Education Core required of all VCSU graduates, a mix of required and elective courses in the major that prepare students in one of four specific concentrations (Professional Writing, Literary Studies, Technical Writing, or General English), and a minor of the student’s choosing.

Students work closely with advisors to determine which concentration would best fit future plans, which electives might suit them best term by term, and which minor to pursue. In short, the program is designed to specifically help students find the right mix of courses for both their present desires and future needs, all with the help of advisors who thoroughly know the program.

Since English majors are sought after more for their ability to write well and to read and think critically and more broadly than majors with more narrowly defined skill sets, the English degree can be used for a variety of occupations involving writing, editing, and/or critical thinking, including journalism, publishing, legal work, advertising, marketing, management, technical writing, or any occupation involved with producing written work. English is also an excellent preparatory degree for graduate studies in law, literature or composition studies, physical therapy, and even medical school. 

GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR

English Club — A lively group of majors, minors, and aficionados, E-Club brings literary experiences to campus and/or hits the road to find them.

Sigma Tau Delta — Our local chapter of the International Honor Society for English majors and minors provides another avenue for seeking scholarships, a venue for publishing scholarship, and a vehicle for recognizing academic achievement.

The Forge — The campus literary and arts journal, hosted by our department and staffed by students taking the Literary Publications class, publishes and offers awards for original student work on an annual basis.

Minors 

English - Completion qualifies graduates to teach secondary school English or work in fields which require writing and analysis skills.

Technical Writing - Helps prepare graduates for work in fields such as web writing and corporate communications.

"Through my classes and experiences, I have received the skills and knowledge required to perform at the level required by a graduate program. The content covered in my classes prepared me, as did my time tutoring in the Learning Center. The professors care about their students, and they were just as excited as I was when I completed my graduate school application." - Deborah Haley '18, Davenport, ND

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
or
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 1
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Wellness
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities
Literacies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 310Writing in the Major3
ENGL 371Critical Theory3
ENGL 480Shakespeare3
ENGL 491Senior Capstone2
Directed Electives
Literature Electives
Select three of the following:9
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
English Literature I
English Literature II
Writing Electives
Select seven hours from the following:7
Introduction to Media Writing
Introduction to Professional Writing 1
Literary Publications
Writing Workshop
Linguistics and Language Acquisition
Creative Writing
Concentrations
Select twelve hours from one concentration area listed below12
Total Credits39

Concentrations

Prof Writing Concentration
Select twelve hours from the following:12
Public Relations
Digital Communication
Reporting and Feature Writing
Grammatical Analysis
Creative Writing
Technical and Scientific Writing
Online Communication and Documentation
Total Credits12
Lit Studies Concentration
Select twelve hours from the following:12
English Literature I
English Literature II
Literature in Translation
Studies in Poetry
Comparative Literature
Studies in British Literature
Studies in American Literature
Total Credits12
General English Concentration
Select twelve hours from the following:12
Interpersonal Communication
Public Relations
Grammatical Analysis
Language and Culture
Comparative Literature
Studies in British Literature
Studies in American Literature
Methods of Teaching ELL
Writing Workshop
Total Credits12
Technical Writing Concentration
ENGL 410Technical and Scientific Writing3
ENGL 420Online Communication and Documentation3
CIS 329Information Systems Management3
SE 381Project Management3
Total Credits12

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 39 Hrs

Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

 
 

Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3Literacies (Gen Ed)3
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
Technology (Gen Ed)3Wellness (Gen Ed)2
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Literature Elective3BA or BS Block Elective3
Minor Elective3Concentration Elective3
Social Science (Gen Ed)3ENGL 3103
Writing Elective3Literature Elective3
 15 14
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BA or BS Block Elective3BA or BS Block Elective3
ENGL 3713BA or BS Block Elective3
Concentration Elective3Concentration Elective3
Minor Elective3Literature Elective3
Witing Elective3Minor Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BA or BS Block Elective3BA or BS Block Elective3
Concentration Elective3Concentration Elective3
ENGL 4803ENGL 2131
Minor Elective3ENGL 4912
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
 Minor Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

 Our graduates will:

  1. Possess strong academic and creative writing skills;
  2. Exhibit vital critical reading and thinking skills;
  3. Routinely apply competent research skills; and
  4. Understand the value of cultural fluency.