English- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of English, 356 Bachelor Hall (513-529-5221).

The English department offers three majors: creative writing, literature, and professional writing. These concentrations lead to an A.B. The department also participates in a major in linguistics; see Linguistics later in this chapter.

Program Requirements: English/Creative Writing

(42 semester hours)

Introduction to Creative Writing. This one:

ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry (3)

Note: ENG 226 is the prerequisite for the 300-level creative writing courses.

Introduction to Literary Studies. This one:*

ENG 298 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (3)

* Completed fall semester of sophomore year at Miami or fall semester after declaring the literature major, whichever is later.

Contemporary Writing. Choose ONE of the following:

ENG 311 Contemporary Fiction (3)

ENG 312 Contemporary Poetry (3)

Nine additional hours of creative writing at 300- and 400 levels, from these courses:

ENG 320 Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (3; maximum 6)

ENG 321 The Literary Marketplace (3)

ENG 323 Creative Non-Fiction (3)

ENG 330 Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry (3; maximum 6)

ENG 420 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop (3)

ENG 422 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (3)

ENG 430 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop (3)

Note: (1) ENG 320 is the prerequisite for ENG 420; ENG 330 is the prerequisite for ENG 430. Students must take an intermediate and advanced course in the same genre, poetry or fiction. (2) Courses may be taken a second time. Repeat credits WILL NOT count toward the major requirement of nine (9) hours of creative writing courses, but will count toward the 128 hours required for a degree.

English Capstone.

Choose ONE of the following:

ENG 460 Issues in Creative Writing (3)

ENG 495 Capstone in Literature (3)

Literature Requirements

Choose literature courses above to also meet the following group requirements. No more than one 100-level course may be used to fulfill distribution requirements. ENG 440, 450 and 490 MAY count when the topic/time period is appropriate.

Literature before 1700.

Two of these (Both courses cannot focus on Shakespeare):

ENG 131 Life and Thought in English Literature, to 1660 (3)

ENG 134 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)

ENG 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)

ENG 327 Medieval Literature (3)

ENG 328 The Renaissance: Non-Dramatic Literature (3)

ENG 331 17th Century Poetry and Prose (3)

ENG 334 English Literature of the Restoration (3)

ENG 372 Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Early Period (3)

ENG 373 Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Later Period (3)

Literature 1700-1860.

Two of these (One must be British and one American):

British literature.

ENG 132 Life and Thought in English Literature 1660-1901 (3)

ENG 335 English Literature of the 18th Century (3)

ENG 339 Writers of the Early Romantic Period (3)

ENG 342 Writers of the Later Romantic Period (3)

ENG 343 English Literature of the Early Victorian Period, 1830-1860 (3)

American literature.

ENG 141 Life and Thought in American Literature, to 1865 (3)

ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)

ENG 349 Colonial and Early National American Literature, to 1810 (3)

ENG 352 American Literature, 1810-1865 (3)

Literature after 1860. Two of these (Both courses NOT to be chosen from the same national tradition, e.g. British):

British literature.

ENG 133 Life and Thought in English Literature, 1901-Present (3)

ENG 344 Literature of the Later Victorian Period (3)

ENG 345 British Modernism (3)

ENG 347 Postwar/Postcolonial British Literature (3)

American literature.

ENG 142 Life and Thought in American Literature, 1865-1945 (3)

ENG 143 Life and Thought in American Literature, 1945-Present (3)

ENG 293 Contemporary American Fiction (3)

ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)

ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)

ENG 353 American Literature, 1865-1914 (3)

ENG 354 American Literature, 1914-1945 (3)

ENG 355 American Literature, 1945- Present (3)

Other Anglophone Traditions.

ENG 369 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)

Ethnic, minority, or women’s literature.

ONE of these:

ENG 230J Jewish-American Literature (3)

ENG 232 American Women Writers (3)

ENG 233 British Women Writers (3)

ENG 237 GLBTQ Literature (3)

ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)

ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3)

ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)

ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)

ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)

ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)

ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)

ENG 369 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)

ENG 435 Queer Theory (3)

ENG 468 Gender and Genre (3)

Literary Genre.

One of the following:

ENG 231 The Short Story (3)

ENG 259 The Modern World Novel (3)

ENG 261 Modern Drama (3)

ENG 281 The English Novel (3)

ENG 282 American Fiction (3)

ENG 283 Modern Poetry (3)

ENG 450 Studies in Genre (3)

Optional

An elective course, offered in the English Department, may be taken for credit toward major hours but not toward any core or distribution requirements. Courses that cannot count toward major hours include ENG 108, 109, 111, 112. The purpose of this elective is to allow students to take a course in another English program (e.g. Literature, Linguistics, Professional Writing), if desired.

Program Requirements: English/Literature

(42 semester hours)

Prerequisite introductory course. This one:*

ENG 298 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (3)

* Completed fall semester of sophomore year at Miami or fall semester after declaring the literature major, whichever is later.

Nine Literature courses, including:

No more than two 100-level courses:

ENG 122 Popular Literature (3)

ENG 123 Introduction to Poetry (3)

ENG 124 Introduction to Fiction (3)

ENG 125 Introduction to Drama (3)

ENG 131 Life and Thought in English Literature, to 1660 (3)

ENG 132 Life and Thought in English Literature, 1660-1901 (3)

ENG 133 Life and Thought in English Literature, 1901-Present (3)

ENG 134 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)

ENG 141 Life and Thought in American Literature, to 1865 (3)

ENG 142 Life and Thought in American Literature, 1865-1945 (3)

ENG 143 Life and Thought in American Literature, 1945-Present (3)

ENG 144 Major American Writers (3)

ENG 161 Literature and Politics (3)

ENG 162 Literature and Identity (3)

ENG 163 Literature and Travel (3)

ENG 165 Literature and Sexuality (3)

ENG 169 Disability Identity (3)

ENG 220 Literature and Film (3)

ENG 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)

ENG 230J Jewish-American Literature (3)

ENG 231 The Short Story (3)

ENG 232 American Women Writers (3)

ENG 233 British Women Writers (3)

ENG 237 GLBTQ Literature (3)

ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)

ENG 247 Appalachian Literature (3)

ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3)

ENG 251 Life and Thought in European Literature, to 1800 (3)

ENG 252 Life and Thought in European Literature, 1800-Present (3)

ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)

ENG 259 The Modern World Novel (3)

ENG 261 Modern Drama (3)

ENG 262 Children’s Literature (3)

ENG 271 Cultures and Literature of the American South (3)

ENG 281 The English Novel (3)

ENG 282 American Fiction (3)

ENG 283 Modern Poetry (3)

ENG 293 Contemporary American Fiction (3)

ENG 327 Medieval Literature (3)

ENG 328 The Renaissance: Non-Dramatic Literature (3)

ENG 331 17th Century Poetry and Prose (3)

ENG 334 English Literature of the Restoration (3)

ENG 335 English Literature of the 18th Century (3)

ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)

ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)

ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)

ENG 339 Writers of the Early Romantic Period (3)

ENG 342 Writers of the Later Romantic Period (3)

ENG 343 Literature of the Early Victorian Period (3)

ENG 344 Literature of the Later Victorian Period (3)

ENG 345 British Modernism (3)

ENG 346 Modern English and American Drama (3)

ENG 347 Postwar/Postcolonial British Literature (3)

ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)

ENG 349 Colonial and Early National American Literature, to 1810 (3)

ENG 350B Women in Film (3)

ENG 352 American Literature, 1810-1865 (3)

ENG 353 American Literature, 1865-1914 (3)

ENG 354 American Literature, 1914-1945 (3)

ENG 355 American Literature, 1945- Present (3)

ENG 369 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)

ENG 372 Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Early Period (3)

ENG 373 Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Later Period (3)

ENG 390 Studies in American Regionalism (3)

And at least TWO of the following:

ENG 432 Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color (3)

ENG 440 Major English and American Writers (3)

ENG 450 Studies in Genre (3)

ENG 468 Gender and Genre (3)

ENG 480 English Honors (3)

ENG 490 Special Topics in Literary Study (3)

Literary, cultural, or other theory.

Choose ONE of the following:

ENG 329 Disability Poetics and Narrative Theory (3)

ENG 368 Feminist Literary Theory (3)

ENG 370 Literary and Cultural Theory (3)

ENG 435 Queer Theory (3)

ENG 437 Black Feminist Theory (3)

ENG 470 Topics in Literary Theory (3)

Senior Capstone. One of these:

ENG 460 Issues in Creative Writing (3)

ENG 495 Capstone in Literature (3)

Literature Distributional Requirements

Choose literature courses above to also meet the following group requirements.

ENG 440, 450 and 490 may count when the topic/time period is appropriate.

Literature before 1700:

Two of these (Both courses cannot focus on Shakespeare):

ENG 131 Life and Thought in English Literature, to 1660 (3)

ENG 134 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)

ENG 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)

ENG 327 Medieval Literature (3)

ENG 328 The Renaissance: Non-Dramatic Literature (3)

ENG 331 17th Century Poetry and Prose (3)

ENG 334 English Literature of the Restoration (3)

ENG 372 Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Early Period (3)

ENG 373 Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Later Period (3)

Literature 1700-1860:

Two of these (One must be British and one American):

British literature.

ENG 132 Life and Thought in English Literature 1660-1901 (3)

ENG 335 English Literature of the 18th Century (3)

ENG 339 Writers of the Early Romantic Period (3)

ENG 342 Writers of the Later Romantic Period (3)

ENG 343 English Literature of the Early Victorian Period, 1830-1860 (3)

American literature.

ENG 141 Life and Thought in American Literature, to 1865 (3)

ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)

ENG 349 Colonial and Early National American Literature, to 1810 (3)

ENG 352 American Literature, 1810-1865 (3)

Literature after 1860.

Two of these (Both courses NOT to be chosen from the same national tradition, e.g. British):

British literature.

ENG 133 Life and Thought in English Literature, 1901-Present (3)

ENG 233 British Women Writers (3)

ENG 344 Literature of the Later Victorian Period (3)

ENG 345 British Modernism (3)

ENG 347 Postwar/Postcolonial British Literature (3)

American literature.

ENG 142 Life and Thought in American Literature, 1865-1945 (3)

ENG 143 Life and Thought in American Literature, 1945-Present (3)

ENG 230J Jewish American Literature from 1945 (3)

ENG 232 American Women Writers (3)

ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)

ENG 247 Appalachian Literature (3)

ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3)

ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)

ENG 293 Contemporary American Fiction (3)

ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)

ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)

ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)

ENG 353 American Literature, 1865-1914 (3)

ENG 354 American Literature, 1914-1945 (3)

ENG 355 American Literature, 1945- Present (3)

Other Anglophone Traditions.

ENG 369 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)

Ethnic, minority, or women’s literature.

One of these:

ENG 169 Disability Identity (3)

ENG 230J Jewish-American Literature (3)

ENG 232 American Women Writers (3)

ENG 233 British Women Writers (3)

ENG 237 GLBTQ Literature (3)

ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)

ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3)

ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)

ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)

ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)

ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)

ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)

ENG 369 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)

ENG 350B Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)

ENG 468 Gender and Genre (3)

Literary Genre.

Two of these:

ENG 231 The Short Story (3)

ENG 259 The Modern World Novel (3)

ENG 261 Modern Drama (3)

ENG 281 The English Novel (3)

ENG 282 American Fiction (3)

ENG 283 Modern Poetry (3)

ENG 450 Studies in Genre (3)

ENG 468 Gender and Genre (3)

Optional

An elective course, offered in the English Department, may be taken for credit toward major hours but not toward any core or distribution requirements. Courses that cannot count toward major hours include ENG 108, 109, 111, 112. The purpose of this elective is to allow students to take a course in another English program (e.g. Creative Writing, Linguistics, or Professional Writing), if desired.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in English Literature meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following course: ENG 298 and 495 or 460 (or another 400-level capstone).

Program Requirements: English/Professional Writing

(42 semester hours)

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Professional Writing is designed for students who wish to engage with the theory and practice of writing for various purposes and in different media. Students may choose one of four tracks: (1) Digital and Technical Communication, (2) Editing, (3) Public Writing and Rhetoric, and (4) Self-Design. The major requires 42 hours: 5 core courses (15 hours); 5 track courses (one required) (15 hours); and four elective courses in any 200-level or above course in the English Department (12 hours).

Core Courses

All of these:

ENG 223 Strategies for Writers (3)

ENG/IMS 224 Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds (3)

JRN 201 Reporting and News Writing I (3)

ENG/IMS 411/511 Visual Rhetoric (3)

ENG Capstone (choose one):

ENG 415 Capstone in Professional Writing (3) or

ENG 495R Capstone in Rhetoric and Writing (3)

Tracks - Choose ONE of four possible tracks:

Editing in Professional Contexts:

One required course, select from:

ENG 412/512 Editing for Technical and Scientific Communicators (3) or

JRN 316 Editing and Design (3)

Four elective courses from the following list:

ENG/IMS 171 Humanities and Technology (3)

ENG 172 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture (3)

ENG 202 Varieties of English: Dialect Diversity and Language Change (3)

ENG 222 The Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization (3)

ENG 225 Advanced Composition (3)

ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry (3)

ENG 302 Structure of Modern English (4)

ENG 315 Business Writing (3)

ENG 321 The Literary Marketplace (3)

ENG 323 Creative Non-Fiction (3)

ENG 340 Internship

ENG 413/513 Grant and Proposal Writing (3)

ENG/IMS 416/516 Writing for Global Audiences (3)

ENG 481/581 Writing Center Consulting (3)

JRN 350 Specialized Journalism (3)

Public Writing and Rhetoric:

One required course; select from:

ENG 310 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion (3) or

ENG 413/513 Grant and Proposal Writing (3)

Four elective courses; select from the following list:

ENG 172 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture (3)

ENG 201 Special Topics in Language Awareness (3)

ENG 222 The Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization (3)

ENG 225 Advanced Composition (3)

ENG 245/COM/DST 247 Rhetoric of Disability Rights (3)

ENG 315 Business Writing (3)

ENG 340 Internship

ENG/IMS 407/507 Interactive Business Communication (3)

ENG 412/512 Print and Digital Editing (3)

ENG 481/581 Writing Center Consulting (3)

AAA 410/ENG 409 Topics in Asian/Asian American Studies (3)

JRN 412 Public Affairs Reporting (3)

JRN 318 Advanced Storytelling in Journalism (3)

COM 212 Media Representation(3)

COM 301/JRN 301 Journalism Law and Ethics (3)

Digital and Technical Communication:

One required course; select:

ENG 313 Technical Writing (3)

Four elective courses; select from the following list:

ENG/IMS 171 Humanities and Technology (3)

ENG 172 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture (3)

ENG 222 The Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization (3)

ENG/IMS 238 Narrative and Digital Technology (3)

ENG 310 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion (3)

ENG 340 Internship (1-20)

ENG/IMS 407/507 Interactive Business Communication (3)

ENG 412/512 Editing for Technical and Scientific Communicators (3)

ENG 413/513 Grant and Proposal Writing (3)

ENG 414/514 Usability and User Experience (3)

IMS 222 Web and Interaction Design (3)

IMS 413 Usability and Digital Media Design (4)

IMS 418 Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management (3)

IMS 422 Advanced Web Design (3)

IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4)

JRN 303 Online Journalism (3)

COM 211 Introduction to Video Production (4)

COM/ENG/IMS 324 Ethics and Digital Media (3)

Self-Design:

Any one required course and four elective courses selected from the three tracks above.

In consultation with your adviser and with administrative approval, you may design your own track.

Open Electives:

Four open electives from any 200-level or above course in the English Department. This may include 200-level and above ENG courses from the tracks above.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following course: ENG 223 and either 495 or 415.

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