English

Contact Information

Nancy Shankle, Chair

ACU Box 28252

Abilene, Texas 79699-8252

Chambers Hall, Room 308

 

Phone: 325-674-2263

Fax: 325-674-2408

Email: shanklen@acu.edu

Web: www.acu.edu/english

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of English include those with the following designation: ENGL.

 

Course offerings include the following groupings:

• American Literature: ENGL 362, 363, 406, 446,

   464, 470

• British Literature After 1700: ENGL 409, 449,

   495, 496, 497

• British Literature Before 1700: ENGL 448, 481,
   483, 484

• Criticism and Theory: ENGL 311, 401,

   441, 499

• English Language: ENGL 330, 432, 443

• General Literature: ENGL 376, 377, 378, 407,

   447, 471, 472

• Teaching English and Reading: ENGL 351, 445,
   458, 459

• Writing: ENGL 322, 323, 325, 326, 329, 402,
   442 

Faculty

B. Cole Bennett, Assistant Professor

Laura Carroll, Assistant Professor

William M. Carroll, Assistant Professor

Rhonda M. Collier, Assistant Professor

Mikee Delony, Instructor

Kyle Dickson, Assistant Professor

Carol Evans, Instructor

Albert Haley, Associate Professor

Preston F. Harper, Professor

Chandra Lewis-Qualls, Instructor

Dana McMichael, Assistant Professor

David B. Merrell, Professor

Steven T. Moore, Assistant Professor

Sharon Rankin, Instructor

William J. Rankin, Associate Professor

Michelle Sanders, Assistant Professor

Nancy W. Shankle, Professor

Vickie Smith, Instructor

Joseph F. Stephenson, Instructor
Jeanine Varner, Professor

George W. Walton, Professor

Stephen R. Weathers, Associate Professor

Christian Willerton, Professor

Debbie Williams, Associate Professor

 

Majors: English, English with Certification

Minors: English, Professional Writing

 

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English (BA)
English for Teacher Certification (BA)
Minor in English
Minor in Professional Writing

The Department of English offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in English and the Bachelor of Arts degree in English for teacher certification. A minor in English or professional writing may be added to other majors.

The Master of Arts degree in English is available with emphases in literature or writing. See the Graduate School section of this catalog.

 

Introduction

The goal of the Department of English is to provide students with the core of a liberal education while also preparing them for satisfying careers.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English prepares students for graduate work in English, for careers as college English teachers, or for careers in technical or creative writing. It also provides preparatory training for law school, public relations, library science, personnel work, management, government work or the dozens of other fields that require broad reading, self-expression, an understanding of human nature and the ability to analyze and organize information. Since this degree allows a considerable number of elective hours, students majoring in English can often secure a major in a second field or a minor, thus enhancing their career options.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English for teacher certification prepares students who wish to teach in high school with English as a single teaching field. Like other English majors, those interested in this degree will be advised by the Department of English.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Arts Degrees (BA)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

ENGLISH (BA)

BA: ENGLISH DEGREE PLAN (ENGL)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature – choose one: ENGL 221*, 231, 262 .......................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 117 Civilization I (recommended) or

          HIST 221 American History I ...........................................................................

 

3

Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020, or higher (except MATH 147) ........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41

*The 221-222 sequence is the preferred choice for English majors.

BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature – choose one: ENGL 222, 232, 263* .......................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     HIST 118 Civilization II or

          HIST 222 American History II* ........................................................................

     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, philosophy,

          political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

3

 

 

6

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222 ...........................................................................6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24

*The student must continue the sequence chosen for the University Core.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Introduction to English Studies
     ENGL 311 Literary Criticism and Bibliography .........................................................3
Writing and Rhetoric
     Choose from: ENGL 320, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 329 ...........................................3
English Language
     Choose from: ENGL 330, 432 ...............................................................................3
American Literature
     Choose from: ENGL 362, 363, 464, 470 .................................................................6
General Literature
     Choose from: ENGL 376, 377, 378, 471, 472 .........................................................3
British Literature Before 1700
     Choose from: ENGL 481, 483, 484 ........................................................................3
British LIterature After 1700
     Choose from: ENGL 495, 496, 497 ........................................................................3
Advanced English Selection
     Choose from: courses listed above .......................................................................3
English Seminar
     ENGL 411or412 English Seminar (4 semsters, including at least one for credit) .......1
Senior Seminar
     ENGL 499 Studies in World Literature ....................................................................3
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................31
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR

     (Recommended but not required)

     A minor field of 18 hours, 6 of which must be advanced

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................0-18
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................14-32
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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ENGLISH FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION (BA)

BA: ENGLISH WITH CERTIFICATION DEGREE PLAN (ENGT)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible
     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     ENGL 221 Major British Writers I or

          ENGL 262 American Literature Before 1900* .....................................................

3

 

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 221 American History I ................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41

*The 221-222 sequence is the preferred choice for English majors.

BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     ENGL 222 Major British Writers II or

          ENGL 263 American Literature After 1900* .......................................................

3

 

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: GEOG 235; HIST 222, 480; POLS 226; SOCI 442; or ECON 260 ..........9
Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222 ...........................................................................6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24

*The student must continue the sequence chosen for the University Core.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Required English

     ENGL 311 Literary Criticism and Bibliography .........................................................

     ENGL 325 Advanced Composition .........................................................................

     ENGL 330 Advanced English Grammar ..................................................................

     ENGL 351 Literature for Young Adults ....................................................................

     ENGL 459 English for Secondary Teachers .............................................................

     ENGL 483 Shakespeare .......................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

American Literature*
     Choose from: ENGL 362, 363, 464, 470 .................................................................3-6
General Literature
     Choose from: ENGL 376, 377, 378, 470, 471, 472, 499 ...........................................3
British Literature After 1700*
     Choose from: ENGL 495, 496, 497 ........................................................................0-3
Advanced English Selection
     Choose from: ENGL 320, 322, 323, 324, 432, 481, 484 or any literature course
          listed above ...................................................................................................

 

3

English Seminar
     ENGL 411or412 English Seminar (4 semesters, including at least one for credit) ......1
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................31

*NOTE: Students who take ENGL 221/222 are not required to take a course from British
Literature After 1700. Students who take ENGL 262/263 are required
to take only 3 hours from
American Literature.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Readings

     READ 363 Methods of Teaching Developmental Readers .........................................

     READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas .....................................................

     READ 480 Problems in Reading ............................................................................

3

3

3

Education

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ............................

     EDUC 221 Educational Psychology ........................................................................

     EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media ..........................................................

     EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods ....................................................

     EDUC 492 Student Teaching: High School ..............................................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students With Special Needs ...................................................

3

3

3

3

6

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................30
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

Before taking more than 6 hours of any combination of EDUC classes, a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

 

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a students must:

     1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;

     2. Be enrolled in or have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;

     3. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 (2.7 or higher in the content field);

     4. Complete 6 hours of University Core English with no grade lower than a “C”;

     5. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education assessment (THEA) test, with a score
         on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a
         score on the writing section of 220 or higher;

     6. Be enrolled in or successfully complete (“C” or better) EDUC 211 Educational Foundations
         and Multicultural Perspectives (If admitted before completion of EDUC 211, admission will
         be contingent upon completing the course with a “C” or better. In the event that the
         student does not complete this course successfully, admission to the program will be
         suspended until this requirement is fulfilled.);

     7. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee.

         An interview with the committee may be required.

 

Any exemptions or modifications to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program, the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.7). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

ELECTIVES

     Minimum (3 hours may be Education) ...................................................................

6
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for all ENGL courses .....................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.70

33

129

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Minor in English

MINOR: ENGLISH (ENGL)

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     ENGL 221 Major British Writers I ...........................................................................

     ENGL 222 Major British Writers II .........................................................................

     Choose from: ENGL300-499 (except 322-351, 401-405, 432, 441-445, 458, 459) .....

3

3

3

3

6

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18


 

Minor in Professional Writing

Students may minor in professional writing by taking 18 hours from the following selection of courses

MINOR: PROFESSIONAL WRITING (ENGW)
Freshman English
     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

 

3-6

Advanced English .................................................................................................6-15

Creative Writing

     ENGL 320, 322, 323, 324

Professional Writing

     ENGL 325, 326, 329, 442

Language

     ENGL 330, 432

 

 

 

 

 

Journalism
     JMC 223 (prerequisite for 324, 449, 450), 239, 324, 390, 449, 450..........................0-6
Communication
     COMS 345, 407, 491 ...........................................................................................0-6 
Total .....................................................................................................................18

English majors cannot count the same advanced hours toward the English major and professional writing minor. Journalism and communication majors may count up to 6 hours of work in their major toward the professional writing minor.



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