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    Nov 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

English B.A., with Creative Writing Concentration


English B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

http://english.usf.edu/ug/

A bachelor’s degree in English prepares students for any field that values critical thinking, high reading comprehension, clear and effective writing, and the ability to interpret and analyze language. It provides two concentrations from which students must choose one: Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • ENC X101 or ENC XXXX* - 3 credit hours
  • ENC X102 or ENC XXXX* - 3 credit hours

* Six semester hours of English coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English skills through multiple assignments.

Major Core (39 Hours)


Major Core Courses: 2 courses: 6 credit hours


Major (Restricted) Electives: 11 courses; 33 credit hours


Students complete an English program of study, including 15 credit hours of electives and one of two concentrations in: Creative Writing or Literary Studies.

Major (Restricted) Electives: 5 courses; 15 credit hours

Choose 15 credit hours of coursework from the following list of courses:

Creative Writing Concentration: (18 credit hours)


Concentration Core: 2 courses; 6 credit hours


Concentration Restricted Electives: 4 courses; 12 credit hours


Choose four courses from the following list:

English B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements): 2.5
General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements): 2.0
USF GPA: 2.0
Overall GPA: 2.0

Grading Requirements


C- or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirement


Department and College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF

Other Requirements


Students must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 4000 level.

Students declaring English as a second major need to complete 30 credit hours. To do so, they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare English as a second major. Courses taken in the first major may not count toward the 30 hours in English as a second major.

Optional Honors Program


The Department of English Honors Program provides a carefully selected group of seniors with opportunities for advanced scholarship:

  • Closer contact with faculty tutors than students in the regular major program;
  • An opportunity to work and exchange ideas in the stimulating environment of a small group of fellow students with similar aims and abilities;
  • An opportunity to develop individual initiative and sophisticated critical skills.

The English Honors Program will benefit those interested in graduate work, advanced professional study, or greater intellectual challenges.

Admissions Criteria


Students may apply for the program after completing 60 hours of coursework. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.30 in the major and an overall GPA of 3.00 and should submit signatures of recommendation from two English faculty supporting their applications.

After screening all applications, the Department’s Honors Committee will select participants for each year’s program.

Requirements for Completion of Departmental Honors


  1. The Honors student will complete the requirements of his/her chosen English major as described in the current catalog.
  2. The Honors program requires 9 hours of Honors-level work.
    • All Honors students are required to complete at least one (three-hour) Honors seminar (ENG 4935  or ENG 4936 ).
    • Students may select from the following options to fulfill the remaining six hours of credit in Honors:
      • Up to two more (three-hour) Honors seminars (ENG 4935  or ENG 4936 ).
      • A three-hour independent study. The independent study should be connected to an eligible upper-level course in the major being taught in that semester.**
        • A list of courses available for this option will be made available prior to registration each semester. Students will attend some or all of the scheduled course meetings but will be enrolled in an independent study with the instructor. The independent study will be considered a special “Honors section” of the course and will require additional work that may include extra reading, class presentations, and advanced research-based writing. To enroll in an independent study, students will need written permission of the instructor, who will determine an Honors-appropriate workload for the course. The proposed plan for independent study must be approved by the Honors Committee and filed with the Undergraduate Director prior to registration. Students may count a maximum of one independent study in fulfillment of their degree requirements.
      • A three-hour Honors thesis, supervised by a member of the English faculty. The Director of the English Honors Program will serve as instructor of record for the thesis hours. Under the direction of the instructors of the Honors seminars and/or the Director of the English Honors Program, the student will choose a member of the English Department faculty to serve as director of his/her thesis and one or two additional faculty members to serve as readers of the thesis. The completed thesis must be at least 25-pages in length, not including bibliography.
      • A three-hour graduate-level course. Enrollment in a graduate course is limited to Honors students in their final semester and requires written permission of the Undergraduate Director, Graduate Director, and the instructor of the course. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one Honors seminar with a grade of A- or higher.
  3. To graduate with Departmental Honors, the student must satisfy the following requirements:
    • Complete 9 hours of English Honors courses as described above with a 3.30 GPA;
    • Complete all major requirements with a 3.30 GPA and academic coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  4. The student who completes all requirements above will graduate with Honors in English.

**Faculty who are willing to accommodate the extra needs of Honors students will notify the Undergraduate Director before registration to have their course put on the list of eligible courses. The Honors student will enroll in an independent study but will attend the scheduled course and complete the bulk of the reading and written requirements for the course in addition to a special Honors project for the course (this could include a formal presentation of research, an independent research project, a longer research paper, a long annotated bibliography, a larger collection of creative work, etc. The independent study represents 3 hours of coursework.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways


Students majoring in English (Literary Studies) have the option to pursue the following Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways:

  • B.A. English (Literary Studies)/M.A. English

For more information, see the Graduate Catalog.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation.

Tampa Campus Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, EnglishAdvise@usf.edu.

St Pete Campus Websitehttps://stpetersburg.usf.edu/academic-advising
For questions, email advising@usfsp.edu.

Sarasota/Manatee Campus Website:  http://sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/academic-advising
For questions, email sar-advising@usf.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - English B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Foreign Language Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • ENC 3310 - Expository Writing  Credit(s): 3 
  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Foreign Language Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • TGEC - Creative Thinking  Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Civics Literacy Exam

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 6 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • TGEI - Information and Data Literacy  Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for an Internship

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

2 Year Plan of Study - English B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


  • ✳️ LIT 2000 - Introduction to Literature  Credit(s): 3 
  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Foreign Language Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • ENC 3310 - Expository Writing  Credit(s): 3 
  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Foreign Language Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 1
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 13