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David Hanson, Department Head
The Department of English at Southeastern Louisiana University fosters students' abilities to think analytically and creatively, write clearly and cogently, and integrate critical judgment with imagination in reading texts. The Department's tradition of concern for the individual student sustains a strong sense of intellectual community, diversity and vitality. To round out its commitment to education that is both engaged with the world and personally rewarding, the Department sponsors cultural events, serves external communities, and promotes global awareness. English faculty teach courses in basic composition and literature supporting the University's general education core, and undergraduate and graduate courses in literary studies, composition, creative writing, professional writing, publishing studies, pedagogy, and linguistics. All curricula are designed to provide humanistic education that prepares students for graduate study and develops their practical skills for professions, including education, law, professional writing, and the arts. For graduation, the Department requires a minimum of 120 semester hours properly distributed among the various disciplines of the University.
Candidates for the bachelor's degree in English must earn, at Southeastern, at least half of the semester hours required in the major field.
Placement of entering freshmen in English courses is based on the English score and the Composite score on the American College Test. (See American College Test in this catalog.) Students are not permitted to register for English until these scores are on file in the Office of Testing.
The American College Test is not used as an entrance examination. Rather, it is used as a means of determining the degree of preparation in English. The placement procedure, outlined below, ensures (1) that each entering freshman will begin his/her study of English at the highest level for which he/she is prepared at the time he/she enters Southeastern, and (2) that each one who is assigned placement in English will automatically receive credit for the prerequisite course or courses.
The major in English consists of forty-two approved semester hours.
For information on earning Sophomore Honors Distinction, Senior Honors Distinction, or the Honors Diploma, please consult The University Honors Program section of this catalog, the Director of the Honors Program, and/or your Department Head.
The Department of English offers minors in English, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Gender Studies that consist of 18 hours, and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Publishing that consists of 21 hours. They include the following course requirements:
|Courses from two of the following:|
|230/351/352/; 231/301/303; 232/395/396; 300; 210H; 291H; 292H; 312/413/414||6 hours|
|ENGL Electives (300-400)1||12 hours|
|ENGL 371||3 hours|
|ENGL 372||3 hours|
|ENGL 482 or 483||3 hours|
|300/400 level courses1||6 hours|
|Elective 300/400 level courses in English or Independent Study||3 hours|
|ENGL 322||3 hours|
|ENGL 448||3 hours|
|ENGL 492, 493, 494, or 495||3 hours|
|Document Design1 Elective||3 hours|
|International Perspectives1 Elective||3 hours|
|Discourse of the Professions1 Elective||3 hours|
|ENGL 429||3 hours|
|HIST 468 or 469||3 hours|
|SOC 215, 222, or 354||3 hours|
|COMM 475||3 hours|
|ENGL 309||3 hours|
|One course each from the following core areas of publishing:|
|Writing: ENGL 321, 322, or 447; COMM 151 or 430||3 hours|
|Editing: English 492 or Communication 341||3 hours|
|Visual Culture: ENGL 449 or 486; or COMM 376; or CMPS 333||3 hours|
|Print Publishing: ENGL 493; or COMM 321; or ART 361||3 hours|
|Online Publishing: ENGL 494; COMM 417 or 419; or ART 459||3 hours|
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