In lower-division courses, students improve essential skills needed to understand and interpret literature and to express their ideas in writing. Emphasizing poetry as well as prose, these courses invite students to read literature within a variety of social, cultural and ethnic contexts.
Upper-division courses encourage a sense of literary history and tradition as well as an understanding of adaptation and change in cultural and literary conventions. With the freedom afforded by upper division electives, students can explore a broad range of world literatures to examine different genres and historical periods, or to nurture a specific interest through a series of related classes.
The Senior Project option provides a further opportunity for in-depth study in the student's chosen area.
Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.
Major Requirements (39 units)
Students majoring in English must satisfy the core curriculum requirements as set forth in this course catalog and complete all major requirements as presented in the following schedule:
|Lower Division (12 units)|
|Select 6 units from the following:||6|
|ENGL 224||Studies in Literary Traditions|
|ENGL 228||Studies in World Literature|
|Upper Division (27 units)|
|ENGL 300||British Literature to 1800||3|
|Select 24 Upper Division Units that must include the following distribution requirements:||24|
Literature before 1660
Literature from 1660 to 1900
Literature from 1900 to the present
An English "W" course.
The Emphasis in Creative Writing
The creative writing emphasis in poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction builds upon the foundation established in ENGL 375 and prepares students for courses in the genre they choose to explore. More specifically, the creative writing courses help students realize the daily discipline, diligence, and concentrated attention required of the serious writer. They promote writing as an art, craft, and ultimately a vocation—one not to be entered into lightly. All students who continue from the introductory to intermediate and advanced levels also become more discerning readers.
|Emphasis Requirement (12 units)|
|ENGL 375||Introduction to Creative Writing||3|
|Intermediate and Advanced courses in a single genre||6|
& ENGL 391
|Intermediate Poetry Writing|
& ENGL 392
|Intermediate Fiction Writing|
& ENGL 393
|Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Writing|
|Select 1 "crossover" course in a genre other than the student's specified genre from the following choices*:||3|
|ENGL 304W||Advanced Composition|
|ENGL 376||(Enrollment by consent of instructor)|
|ENGL 381||Intermediate Poetry Writing|
|ENGL 382||Intermediate Fiction Writing|
|ENGL 383||Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Writing|
|ENGL 494||Special Topics|
*Other upper division creative writing courses students wish to substitute for their “crossover” course must be approved by the program director and English department chair.
English "W" courses meet the core curriculum requirement for upper division written literacy. Offerings vary and may satisfy both the "W" and a distribution requirement simultaneously. (Majors may not fulfill the requirement with ENGL 304W.)
Recommended Program of Study
Fulfill the Lower-Division Requirements in your freshman and sophomore years. Take ENGL 300 early in the major, preferably before more specialized courses. Credential candidates are required to take ENGL 318. It is recommended that students preparing for graduate work in English take ENGL 380 and ENGL 495.
Upper-Division Historical Distribution
Distributional requirements can also be fulfilled by certain sections of ENGL 494. See the department chair.
Additional electives can be chosen from any of the courses listed above or from the following: ENGL 304W, ENGL 318, ENGL 372, ENGL 374, ENGL 375, ENGL 376, ENGL 380, ENGL 381, ENGL 382, ENGL 391, ENGL 392, ENGL 420, ENGL 493, ENGL 494, ENGL 495, ENGL 498. We encourage students to use these electives to develop a particular interest; this might be, for example, in medieval literature, African-American cultural history, or creative writing