Undergraduates in English pursue majors and minors in Literature; at the graduate level, majors earn a Master of Arts in Literature or in Composition and may pursue a Master Teacher of Writing certificate. At both levels, the English program at Texas A&M University-Texarkana affords students the ability to work closely with a small, diverse faculty of dedicated and accomplished teachers and scholars in a curriculum emphasizing literature, writing, and literary studies.
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in English provide students with a strong background in English, American, and World literature. Students must take World Literature, British Literature, American Literature and Literary Studies at the sophomore level. The core of the B.A. and B.S. programs in English consists of required survey courses, Advanced American Literature ENG 442, English Literature ENG 472, World Literature ENG 445, Understanding Grammar ENG 320, Advanced Expository Writing ENG 340, and Studies in Genre ENG 450. Other required courses for English majors are History and Grammar of English ENG 424, which provides students with an understanding of the origin and development of the English language and a survey of grammatical approaches to the language, and Shakespeare ENG 312, which offers a detailed look at some of the major works of this important author. Optional courses, such as ENG 430: Studies in Women's Literature, ENG 305 and ENG 306: Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature, and ENG 497: Special Topics allow students to customize their degree plans. English majors also participate in a capstone course, ENG 491, during the semester they graduate.
Within the program, our students certainly develop a pleasure and skill in reading with comprehension and insight. English majors also develop the skill to write effectively and even beautifully. However, while central to the program, these are not the only advantages for our students. The program in English grounds students in language skills and analytic practices allowing our majors to develop tools that not only retain their value, unlike in technical fields, but also transfer easily to specialized work in graduate and professional schools as well as in the workplace. Ultimately, a degree in English is a wonderful portal to careers and advanced degrees in and out of English.
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