Major in English

Being an English major at Freed-Hardeman is about scholarship and research, but it is also about community. You will have the chance to work alongside like-minded students and a passionate faculty of scholars who are still students themselves. The English program at FHU offers a range of literature courses in the great writers from the British and American literary traditions, as well as topical seminars on areas of special interest to our faculty and students, including courses in women writers, Arthurian literature, and African-American literature. Whatever course you choose to take, you’re sure to study under professors who love what they do, who enjoy learning with you, and who approach their craft from a Christian perspective.

Many of our English majors plan to teach at the secondary level. Others pursue a graduate degree in English or enter law school or another professional degree program, such as Information (Library) Science.  In fact, over half of our recent graduates have been accepted to graduate and professional degree programs at such respected institutions as Purdue, Vanderbilt, the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Tennessee, among others.  Still other graduates are now working in writing and editing, banking and finance, and the ministry. An English major can thus provide good preparation for any field that requires critical thinking and writing skills, the interpretation of texts, and making oral presentations.


4-Year Plan

To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to major in English has been created:

2014-2015 4-Year Plan

Spanish / English Double Major

2013-2014 4-Year Plan

Bachelor of Arts in English

Bachelor of Arts in English with Teaching Licensure


2012-2013 4-Year Plan

Bachelor of Arts in English

Bachelor of Arts in English with Teaching Licensure



2011-2012 4-Year Plan

Bachelor of Arts in English

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for a B.A. Major in English
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: "Degree/Graduation Requirements."

All English majors must register for and take either the Literature Subject Area Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Major Field Test: Literature in English Test (ETS) during the semester in which the student is enrolled in ENG 495 Senior Project. This test score must be on file for the student to graduate, or the student must present verification that the test has been taken.

I. General Education Requirements 46 hours
(Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display")
 
II. Major Requirements
  A. In addition to the General Education requirement of three (3) hours of
       literature, six (6) additional hours of literature are required,
       so that the student has credit in all three areas of literature:
       English, American, and World.

  The student must choose six (6) hours of literature from
  the following courses: 6 hours
ENG 225 English Literature I OR (3)
ENG 226 English Literature II (3)
ENG 235 American Literature I OR (3)
ENG 236 American Literature II (3)
ENG 245 Ancient World Literature OR (3)
ENG 246 Modern World Literature (3)
B. The following Major Requirements must also be met:
ENG 295 Introduction to English Studies (W) 2
ENG 305 Advanced Traditional Grammar 3
ENG 365 Renaissance Drama (W) 3
ENG 375 History of the English Language OR 3
ENG 376 Structure of Modern English (3)
ENG 395 Literary Theory 3
ENG 405 Advanced Composition (W) 3
ENG 495 Senior Project (W) 1
ENG Additional upper-division English 12
FRE 111 Elementary French I AND 4
FRE 112 Elementary French II OR 4
SPA 131 Elementary Spanish I AND (3)
SPA 132 Elementary Spanish II (3)
42-44 hours
     
III. Additional Requirements   
Humanities Course for B.A. Degree  3-4 hours 
   
IV. Electives (including additional Bible) 32-35 hours

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in English
1. Completion of the course of study for a B.A. major in English as outlined above.
2. Required professional education courses (see School of Education entry).