English

B. Cole Bennett, Chair     
ACU Box 28252
Abilene, Texas 79699-8252
Chambers Hall, Room 308

Phone: 325-674-2263
Fax: 325-674-2408
Email: cole.bennett@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/english
Blog: blogs.acu.edu/english

Faculty
Julie Barcroft, Instructor
B. Cole Bennett, Associate Professor
Laura Carroll, Associate Professor
William M. Carroll, Assistant Professor
Rhonda M. Collier, Assistant Professor
Mikee Delony, Assistant Professor
Kyle Dickson, Associate Professor
Jeremy Elliott, Instructor
Carol Evans, Instructor
Albert Haley, Associate Professor
Grace Hall, Instructor
William Horn, Instructor
Dana McMichael, Associate Professor
David B. Merrell, Professor
Steven T. Moore, Assistant Professor
Heidi Nobles, Instructor
Sharon Rankin, Instructor
William J. Rankin, Associate Professor
Michelle Sanders, Assistant Professor
Nancy W. Shankle, Professor
Joseph F. Stephenson, Assistant Professor
Jeanine Varner, Professor
Paul Varner, Scholar-in-Residence
Stephen R. Weathers, Associate Professor
Christian Willerton, Professor
Debbie Williams, Associate Professor

 Majors: English (BA)
                English for Teacher Certification (BA) 

 Minors: English
                Professional Writing 

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

The Master of Arts 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 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 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)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

English Literature

    Literature - choose one: ENGL 221, 231, 262  

    Literature* - choose one: ENGL 222, 232, 263  

*Student must continue the sequence chosen for the 
University Requirement.

Introduction to English Studies

    ENGL 311 Literary Theory and Criticism or

         ENGL 441** Topics in Literary Criticism & Bibliography 

Writing and Rhetoric

    Choose from: ENGL 320, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326,328, 329, 442**  

English Language

    Choose from: ENGL 330, 432, 443**  

American Literature

    Choose from: ENGL 362, 363, 446**, 464, 470  

General Literature

    Choose from: ENGL 376, 377, 378, 447** 

British Literature Before 1700

    Choose from: ENGL 448**, 481, 483, 484  

British Literature After 1700

    Choose from: ENGL 449**, 495, 496, 497  

Culture and Belief

    Choose from: ENGL 471, 472 

Advanced English Selection

    Choose from: courses listed above  

English Seminar

    ENGL 411 or 412 English Seminar (4 semesters, 
   including at least one for credit)  

Senior Seminar

    ENGL 499 Studies in World Literature (writing-intensive course)  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours 

**Students may apply one topics course in one area section, plus one other topics course in the Advanced English Selection; all others will count as electives.

 

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3

 

3

 

3

 

6

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

1
 

 

3

37

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222 

    History (any 100 or 200 level course) 

TOTAL 

6

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6

ELECTIVES  
Minimum   29          
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72          
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

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

2.25

2.00

33

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ENGLISH FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION (BA)   

BA: ENGLISH WITH CERTIFICATION DEGREE PLAN (ENGT)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Sophomore Literature

    ENGL 221 Major British Writers I or

         ENGL 262 American Literature Before 1900  

    ENGL 222 Major British Writers II or

         ENGL 263 American Literature After 1900

*Student must continue the sequence chosen for the 
University Requirement.

Required English

    ENGL 311 Literary Theory and Criticism   

    ENGL 325 Advanced Composition (writing-intensive course)  

    ENGL 330 Advanced English Grammar  

    ENGL 351 Literature for Young Adults  

    ENGL 459 English for Secondary Teachers  

    ENGL 483 Shakespeare  

American Literature*

    Choose from: ENGL 362, 363, 446**, 464, 470  

British Literature After 1700*

    Choose from: ENGL 449**, 495, 496, 497  

Advanced English Selection

    Choose from: ENGL 320, 322, 323, 324, 376, 377, 378, 432,

         441**, 442**, 443**, 445**, 447**, 448**, 471, 472, 481, 484

         or any literature course listed above  

English Seminar

    ENGL 411 or 412 English Seminar (4 semesters, including 
    at least one for credit)  

Capstone

    ENGL 499 Capstone 

Foreign Language

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, or FLSP 221, 222 

    HIST (100 or 200 level course)  

TOTAL  

*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.

**Students may apply one topics course in one area section, plus one other topics course in the Advanced English Selection; all others will count as electives.

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours

 

 

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3

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PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  

Reading

    READ 363 Foundations of Reading  

    READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas  

    READ 480 Problems in Reading or  

          EDUC 476 Effective Teaching Strategies for 
          English Language Learners or 

          SPED 477 Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities 

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 490  Student Teaching  

    SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs 
    (writing-intensive course)  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

 

 
 

3

 

3

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3

3

6

 
3

27

ELECTIVES  

Minimum (3 hours may be Education)  

5

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:  

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field; 
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required  English courses.);
  6. 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 240 or higher; Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration. Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. A declared major that includes certification;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. 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 (2.75). 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.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development.

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
 

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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: ENGL 300-499 (except 322-351, 401-405, 432, 
441-445, 459)  

TOTAL  

3

3

3

3

 
6

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

Total Freshman English  

Advanced English

    Creative Writing

         ENGL 320, 322, 323, 324

    Professional Writing

         ENGL 325, 326, 328, 329, 442

    Language

         ENGL 330, 432

Total Advanced English  

Journalism 

JMC 223 (prerequisite for 324, 449, 450), 239, 324390, 449, 450  

Communication

    COMS 345, 407, 491  

TOTAL  

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.

 

 

 

3-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-15

 

0-6

 

0-6

18

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, 401441,

·    English Language: ENGL 330, 432, 443

·    General Literature: ENGL 376, 377, 378, 407, 447, 499

·    Teaching English and Reading: ENGL 351, 445459

·    Writing: ENGL 322, 323, 325, 326, 328, 329, 402442

·    Culture and Belief: ENGL 471, 472

 

 

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