• ENGL

    What is English?

    English majors take 18 hours of courses in lower-division major requirements. These courses are designed as an introduction to the field of English Studies. At the 3000/4000 level, students choose one course from each of eight categories: Language, Writing, Genres, Cultural Studies, Theory, and three period requirements. The English major culminates in the Senior Seminar, which is the major’s capstone course. 

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    All English majors must demonstrate competence in a foreign language up through the level of FL 2002.

    Foriegn Language options include: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Students can also choose American Sign Language, Arabic, or Hebrew under the FL prefix.

     Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Language and Literary Studies Minor
    • Linguistics Minor
    • Professional Writing Minor

    Sample Classes

    • An advanced course in interpretive theoretical paradigms as applied to the study of literature and culture, focusing on critical models such as Marxism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalytic criticism, and Gender, Ethnic, and Cultural studies.

    • This course is a study of selected comedies, histories, and tragedies, covering the range of Shakespeare’s dramatic art. It may include dramatic form and poetic composition as commentaries on the dramatic genres and an examination of performance theory and practice.

    • This course is a study of the development of English, with attention to influential historical events and to the evolving structure of the language.

    • This course is a multi-genre creative writing survey incorporating the study of three genres from the following list: short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenplay writing. Pairing creativity with technique, this content-based course introduces students to concepts, approaches, and methods. As students develop a portfolio of work, they learn to contextualize their own writing with writings from celebrated authors by completing short critical commentaries. This course introduces students to the workshop format.