The Undergraduate English program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi promotes the development of students’ analytic ability and critical understanding of language and written texts in English as well as their ability to compose texts in various genres through the study of literature, linguistics, and rhetoric and composition. The program prepares students seeking entry into post-baccalaureate degree programs, as well as careers that require language and writing expertise, such as law, business, teaching, technology, and the sciences.
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the program, students will be able to:
- Analyze written texts in English from a variety of historical, social, and theoretical perspectives;
- Respond analytically to literary works using appropriate critical terminology;
- Analyze characteristics of one’s own writing in terms of discourse genres;
- Produce academic research papers that effectively synthesize sources into coherent arguments; and
- Produce academic research papers that illustrate appropriate documentation skills.
The undergraduate English program offers a major in English, curricula for secondary English certification, and minors in English and Creative Writing. It also participates in the interdisciplinary minors of Technical and Professional Writing, Journalism, and Women and Gender Studies (see descriptions under “Interdisciplinary Minors”). Upper-level courses in composition and rhetoric, linguistics, and literature may satisfy requirements for other disciplines and serve as electives for non-majors who wish to improve their analytic, writing, and technical skills and to broaden their experiences in the liberal arts.
Emphasizing critical and creative writing and literary interpretation, English plays an important role in the Core Curriculum Program. The First-Year Writing Program (ENGL 1301 - Composition I and ENGL 1302 - Composition II ) provides a link between lecture courses in the university’s interdisciplinary triads and tetrads. All freshman classes are taught in fully equipped computer labs. After successful completion of ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 , students may satisfy the core curriculum requirement in literature by taking one of the following: ENGL 2332 , ENGL 2333 , ENGL 2334 , ENGL 2335 or SPAN 3307 , SPAN 3308 , SPAN 3309 , SPAN 3310 .
Beyond the English requirements of the Core Curriculum Program, the English major requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of English coursework, at least 30 of which must be at the upper-division level. In addition to their core curriculum literature course, sophomore level English majors should take ENGL 2370 - Introduction to English Studies , the introductory course to the major. In the last year of coursework, students must take the capstone course, ENGL 4351 - Senior Capstone: 20th and 21st Century Literature and Writing . To complete the English requirements for the major, students must take the following: