General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

 

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in English for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Prerequisites: ENGL-101 AND ENGL-102 or equivalent. Note: No more than 15 hours may be transferred into the major in English.

Core Courses

Required courses
ENGL-210Writing Intensive Program: Methods for English Majors 13
ENGL-345Practical Criticism3
Select three Literary Surveys:9
American Literature:Beginnings To 1865
American Literature:1865 To The Present
English Literature:The Beginnings To C. 1750
English Literature: C. 1750 To The Present
Select one Major Author:3
Chaucer And His Age
Milton
Shakespeare: Comedies And Romances
Shakespeare: Tragedies
Electives: 2,3,418
Choose 18 hours from the four categories below, with no more than 12 hours from any one category.
ENGLISH LITERATURE
Medieval Studies- The Development Of The Arthurian Legend
English Literature From Beowulf To Malory
Literature Of The Romantic Movement
Shaw And Modern British Drama
Seventeenth Century Literature
Restoration And Eighteenth Century Literature I
Restoration And Eighteenth Century Literature II
Prose And Poetry Of The Victorian Age
The Victorian Novel
Twentieth Century Fiction I
Twentieth Century Fiction II
AMERICAN LITERATURE
Literature Of Colonial Times
American Literary Renaissance-1830-1860
The American Short Story
Jewish-American Literature: People Of The Books (Jewish-American Literature: People of the Books)
Graphic Novels And Comics (Graphic Novels and Comics)
Land, Labor, & Literature: Studying The Works Of U.S. Working-Class & Colonized Writers (Land, Labor and Literature)
Development Of The American Novel
American Realism
American Women Writers Of The Nineteenth Century (U.S. Women's Writing of the 19th Century ELE-DS)
Twentieth Century Fiction I
Twentieth Century Fiction II
Multi-Cultural Literature In America
African-American Literature
Contemporary Poetry
Literature Live: Studying The Works Of NEIU Visiting Writers
Summer Creative Writing Institute
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
Literatures And Literacies
Russian Literature: From Gogol To Chekhov
Love In Western Literature
Introduction To Cultural Studies (Introduction to Cultural Studies)
Globalizing Literacies (Globalization Literacies ELE-X)
The Romantic Novel
Mythological Backgrounds Of English And American Literature
Biblical Backgrounds Of English And American Literature
Nobel Laureates
Caribbean Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature And Culture (U.S. Latina/Latino Literature and Culture)
Folklore And The Fairy Tale
Studies In Women's Literature
Yiddish Literature In Translation
Postcolonial African Literature (Postcolonial African Literature)
WRITING
Writing In Context
Introduction To Creative Writing I
Introduction To Creative Writing II
Written Communications For Business
Elements Of Style For Creative Writers (Elements of Style for Creative Writers)
Reading & Writing In A Changing Digital Economy (Reading & Writing in a Changing Digital Economy)
Hybrid-form Writing (Hybrid-Form Writing)
Advanced Composition
Argumentative Prose
Creative Writing: Poetry I
and Creative Writing: Poetry II
Creative Writing: Fiction I
and Creative Writing: Fiction II
Writing The Personal Essay
The Craft Of The Short Story
Screenwriting: The Short Script
Total Hours36
1

This course is designed as an introduction to the English major, and should be taken as early as possible.

2

Note: that the English Department is continually creating new courses. Therefore, the list below is not complete.

3

Note: Gen. Ed. courses (ENGL-201, ENGL-202, and ENGL-203) do not count towards the Major.

4

Note: A limit of six 200-level courses may be applied to the English Major.

English Majors must complete an electronic portfolio. For more information, please see your English Advisor.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
ENGL-101Writing I3
MATH-091 (If Necessary - does not count toward graduation)Intermediate Algebra I3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Elective3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
ENGL-102Writing II3
MATH-092 (If Necessary - does not count toward graduation)Intermediate Algebra II3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Elective3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Term 1
ENGL-210Writing Intensive Program: Methods for English Majors3
English Literary Survey (ENGL 218 or ENGL 221)3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Elective3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
Elective3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
ENGL Literary Survey3
ENGL Literary Survey3
 Term Hours15
Third Year
Term 1
ENGL-345Practical Criticism3
ENGL Elective3
ENGL Major Author Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
Elective3
General Education Course3
ENGL Elective3
ENGL Elective3
ENGL Elective3
 Term Hours15
Fourth Year
Term 1
ENGL Elective3
ENGL Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Hours15
 Total Hours: 120