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Undergraduate Programs in English

 

Major in English

Faculty Advisor: Julie Wilhelm; (714) 429-5114; jwilhelm@nu.edu

The Bachelor of Arts in English provides a strong background in the study of English. The program stresses literary analysis, diversity, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies. It is an excellent preparation for careers in teaching, media, advertising, writing, and publishing; for graduate or professional studies in English, communications, or law; and for advancement in any field in which communication skills are important.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • knowledgeably discuss the major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions
  • evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories
  • analyze literary works within their historical and cultural contexts
  • analyze works of literature in the context of the conventions and histories of their genres
  • analyze the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts
  • identify major critical approaches to the interpretation of literature
  • compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.

Degree Requirements
To receive the Bachelor of Arts in English degree, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree.

The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major

LIT 100 Introduction to Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 101

Requirements for the Major
(9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)

Four of the following five survey courses:

LIT 311 British Literature I
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 312 British Literature II
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 321 American Literature I
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 322 American Literature II
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 360 History of Literary Theory
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

One of the following three courses:

LIT 410 African American Literature
Prerequisite: LIT 100 and ENG 240

LIT 420 U.S. Latino Literature
Prerequisite: LIT 100 and ENG 240

LIT 460 Gender and Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 338 Shakespeare
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 365 Contemporary Literary Theory
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 463 20th Century World Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 498 English Capstone Course
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of eight upper-division LIT courses

Any TWO additional upper division LIT courses

And ONE of the following:

ART 315 Film as Art
Prerequisite: ENG 101

COM 360 Representation in the Media
Prerequisite: ENG 101

COM 385 Interactive Storytelling
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 301 Fiction Writing II
Prerequisite: ENG 201

ENG 302 Poetry Writing II
Prerequisite: ENG 202

ENG 303 Screenwriting II
Prerequisite: ENG 203

ENG 310 English Grammar
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 350 Fundamentals of Linguistics
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 352 Origins of English
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 375 Nature Writing
Prerequisite: ENG 101

And any FOUR additional upper division courses in the College of Letters and Sciences.