May 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English B.A., with Creative Writing Concentration


(CIP = 23.0101) (ENG)

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 data. It provides three concentrations from which students must choose one concentration: Creative Writing, Literary Studies, and Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology

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 Requirements

Major requirements for the B.A. Degree:
Students may not use more than one directed study course toward meeting the major requirements.

GPA Requirements

A 2.5 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Grading Requirement

A grade of below C- will not be counted toward fulfilling the major requirements.

Residency Requirement

Transfer students must earn at least 18 hours in the major at USF.

Other Requirements

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.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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.

Other Information

The Department of English accepts American Sign Language competency (ASL) as a fulfillment of the Foreign Language Requirement.

Advising Information; 813-974-8508

English Faculty

Chairperson: Laura Runge; Professors: C. Adams, R.L. Ciresi, N.G. Discenza, J. Fleming, H. Hawkins, C. Herndl, R.L. Hewitt, J. Hopler, S. Jones, G. Lemons, J.M. Moxley, D. Price Herndl, H. Sellers, P.J. Sipiora, I. Sukrungruang; Associate Professors: M. Gould, G. Grewal, E.A. Hirsh, Y. Irizarry, D.L. Jacobs, M. Johnson, J. Lennon, L. Meloncon, E.A. Metzger, S. Mooney, C. Patterson, Assistant Professors: K. Allukian, N. Johnson, E. G. Jones, N. Le, J. Rosello; Instructors: K. Brown, C. Childs, J. Cook, S.M. Diecidue, J.Y. Karpay, Liz Kicak, M. Leahy, M. Leib, M. Shuman, A. Tackitt; Research Professor: N. Elliott; Professors Emeriti: J.P.W. Rogers, R. Baum, L. Broer, S.M. Deats, H.A. Deer, R.F. Dietrich, F.J. Fabry, S.R. Fiore, W. Garrett, M. Harmon, J. Hatcher, D.L. Kaufmann, W.T. Ross, D. Schenck, W. Scheuerle, N. Tyson.

Creative Writing Concentration (CRW)

(CIP = 23.0101)

This 36-hour concentration is designed for aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students who graduate from this program will demonstrate the following: 1) knowledge of the forms and techniques of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; 2) knowledge of literary genres and the techniques used by authors within each genre; 3) the ability to analyze literature in its cultural and philosophical context; and 4) the ability to critique student manuscripts and offer constructive feedback within a workshop setting.

Total Concentration Hours: 36

Concentration Core (36 Credit Hours)

Writing Requirements

Six (6) courses as follows

Any four (4) of the following courses:

Literature Requirements

Six courses as follows:

Plan of Study

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