First-Year Composition

ENGLISH 1130 and ENGLISH 1230 are prerequisites for most English courses. English majors must complete the first-year composition sequence or earn transfer credit for equivalent courses taken elsewhere BEFORE taking any English course at the 2000-level or above.

Foreign Language Requirement

All English majors must earn a “D” or better in the required foreign language courses.

Professional Writing and Literature English Majors

Beyond UW-Platteville’s general education requirement for a foreign language, writing and editing, and English literature majors are required to complete one foreign language through the fourth college semester (FRENCH 2140, GERMAN 2340 or SPANISH 2940). Students must contact the foreign language program office in Room 228 of Warner Hall to determine at which level they should begin. The appropriate language faculty member can also determine competency and retroactive credit.

Students already fluent in a second language or for whom English is a second or other language are exempt from this requirement.

English Education Majors

Beyond UW-Platteville’s general education requirement for a foreign language, English education majors are required to complete one foreign language through the third college semester (FRENCH 2040, GERMAN 2240 or SPANISH 2840). Students must contact the foreign language program office in Room 228 of Warner Hall to determine at which level they should begin. The appropriate language faculty member can also determine competency and retroactive credit.

Students already fluent in a second language or for whom English is a second or other language are exempt from this requirement.

Philosophy Requirement

All English majors must earn a “C” or better in course(s) taken to fulfill the philosophy requirement.

Professional writing and literature English majors must take three credits from any philosophy courses 2000-level or above.  Recommended courses are PHLSPHY 2530, PHLSPHY 2540, or PHLSPHY 2630.

English education majors must take either PHLSPHY 1130 or PHLSPHY 2530.

Licensure Requirement for English Education Majors

All students intending to become licensed teachers must satisfy the requirements outlined in the teacher licensure section listed under the School of Education catalog description.

Writing Portfolio Requirement

During the first week of their senior year, all English majors must submit a portfolio in order to graduate. Students with a failing portfolio will be required to meet with the Rhetoric and Composition Committee to discuss a course of action for the improvement of their writing, which may include rewriting portfolio papers and taking additional courses. The requirements for the portfolio are available in the department office.

Prerequisites and Other Requirements

All literature courses, except ENGLISH 3930 and ENGLISH 3990, count as humanities credit towards the general education requirements. All courses numbered 2000 or above have ENGLISH 1230 as a prerequisite.

Literature Emphasis

General Requirements
Core Curriculum40-53
Major Studies 1
English Literature. Select one of the following courses:3
British Literature i: Beginnings through the Age of Swift
British Literature II: Romanticism through the Present
American Literature. Select one of the following courses:3
American Literature Through the Civil War
American Literature Since the Civil War
Intro to Multi-Ethnic American Literature
World Literature. Select one of the following courses:3
World Literature I
World Literature II
Select on additional 2000-level literature course3
Select one course English literature besides Shakespeare at the 3000 or 4000 level3
Select one course in American Literature at the 3000 or 4000 level3
Select one course in World Literature at the 3000 or 4000 level 3
Select 3 credits of literature courses at the 3000 level or above 23
ENGLISH 4330Shakespeare3
ENGLISH 4680Writing/Editing Internship3
or ENGLISH 4950 Individual Research in English
Select 3 credits of Philosophy 33
Third and fourth semester of a foreign language8
Select 6 credits of English writing or English Language course electives6
Total Credits84-97
1

Students must earn a "C" or better in these courses.

2

At least one of the above courses other than Shakespeare must focus on literature before 1800.

3

 A 2000-level course in Philosophy is suggested, especially Philosophy 2530 or 2630.

English Education Emphasis

General Requirements
Core Curriculum40-53
Major Studies 1
Required Literature Courses: 2
Select one 3-credit American Literature course
Select one 3-credit British Literature course
Select one 3-credit World Literature course
Select 6 credits of other/additional literature courses 2
Creative Writing. Select one of the following courses:3
Introduction to Creative Writing
Poetry Writing
Professional Writing. Select one of the following courses:3
Technical Writing
Advanced Writing
Writing, Editing, and Publishing in Multiple Media
Required Courses
ENGLISH 3030Teaching of Composition 33
ENGLISH 3930Literature for Young Adults 33
ENGLISH 3940Grammar in Context3
ENGLISH 4330Shakespeare3
ENGLISH 4620History of the English Language3
Required Courses for the School of Education
ENGLISH 4730Teaching of English in Middle and Secondary Schools 4,53
TEACHING 2130Human Growth and Development3
Total Credits67-80
1

Students must earn a "C" average or better in these courses.

2

At least three of the above literature courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

3

Pre or corequisite for ENGLISH 4730

4

Pre or corequisites: ENGLISH 3030 andENGLISH 3930

5

Counts for total graduation credits, but does not count towards an English major

Requirements for the School of Education

  1. Pass Pre-Professional Skills Test
  2. Apply in sophomore year to the School of Education
  3. Fulfill requirements on middle/secondary education checklist
  4. Pass English content test (Praxis II)
  5. Satisfy the requirements outlined in the teacher licensure section listed under the School of Education in this catalog.

Professional Writing Emphasis

General Requirements
Core Curriculum40-53
Major Studies 1
ENGLISH 3000Technical Writing3
ENGLISH 3360Writing, Editing, and Publishing in Multiple Media3
ENGLISH 4680Writing/Editing Internship 63
ENGLISH 2120Introduction to Creative Writing 23
or ENGLISH 3140 Poetry Writing
or ENGLISH 3150 Fiction Writing
or ENGLISH 3160 Creative Nonfiction Writing
12 credits in Literature Courses, at least 6 credits of which are at the 3000-level or above12
3 credits in a Philosophy course at the 2000-level or above 53
3/4 credits in a third-semester or upper-division Foreign Language course3-4
Select 15 credits in Writing and Language/Linguistic courses, at least 9 credits of which must be from English 315
Introduction to Creative Writing
Poetry Writing
Fiction Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Advanced Writing
Advanced Manuscript Workshop
Writing/Editing Internship 6
Public Relations Principles
Writing for Electronic Media
Basic Newswriting and Reporting
Web Development: Intermediate
Introduction to Linguistics 4
Sociolinguistics 4
Language and Culture 4
Grammar in Context 4
History and Theory of Rhetoric 4
History of the English Language 4
Students must earn a C or better in all coursework for the major.
Total Credits85-99
1

 Students must earn a "C" average or better in these courses.

2

Students may take more than one of these courses as writing course electives

3

It is recommended that students take 6-9 credits in Writing courses and 6-9 credits in Language/Linguistic courses

4

 Students may substitute French 2140, German 2340, or Spanish 2940 for three credits of Language/Linguistic courses.

5

 It is recommended that students take Philosophy 2530, 2540, or 2630.

6

Students may do more than one internship for 1-6 credits.  After three credits, internships count as additional writing courses.