Dec 05, 2022
The English Concentration is recommended for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English. The American, British, and world literature survey courses and electives in this option provide the foundation for the upper-level literature classes students will take when they transfer to a four-year college or university. To build an understanding of the cultural context for the works of literature, the option also includes history courses. Students should consider the program requirements of their desired transfer institution as they make their course selections. Some colleges may require courses in a foreign language.
Graduates of the English Concentration will be able to:
- Identify major authors, titles, and literary trends of the periods studied
- Produce written and oral analyses of characters, themes, plots, symbolism, and language of works in American, British, and world literature
- Explain how the works studied reflect the social and intellectual climate of the historical period when they were written
- Demonstrate some familiarity with literary criticism and its application
- Work with primary and secondary sources, attributing and documenting them ethically in Modern Language Association style
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history and development of English grammar and usage
General Education Courses (31 Credits)
The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.
Area of Concentration (29 Credits)
General Electives (9 Credits)
- 9 credits of general electives, 3 credits of which must be at the 2000 level. Any 3-credit courses except PED-1000 or PED-1030 . Recommended: 2000-level literature or creative writing courses.
1-credit Course (if needed)
Sequence of Study - English Concentration A.A.
Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.
- MAT-1120 Finite Mathematics 3 Credits or higher (Math) *
- EGL-1020 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3 Credits (English Composition II) *
- General Education Lab Science course 4 Credits (Science with Lab) *
- General Education History course that complements first literature survey 3 Credits (Social Science) * 1
- General Education Humanities course other than Speech 3 Credits (Humanities) *
- EGL-2270 Applied Grammar 3 Credits (Program Requirement)
- First literature survey (see choices above) 3 Credits (Program Requirement)
- History course that complements literature survey (see choices above) 3 Credits (Program Requirement)
- Second literature survey (see choices above) 3 Credits (Program Requirement)
- Any credit course except PED-1000 or PED-1030 3 Credits (Elective)
Program Total: 60 Credits
1 History course should complement one of the literature surveys to be taken in semester 3 or 4. For example, if you plan to take African-American literature, you would select African-American history.
Asterisk (*) denotes a general education course.
Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:
- Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
- Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
- Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.