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Course Requirements: Pre-Law, English, BA

  • The English Studies/Pre-Law Track enables students to design a course of study in the history and practice of persuasive communication, interpretation, and the cultural power of literary representation.

    A student who completes the Pre-Law Track will be able to identify, evaluate, and apply varied forms of analysis and argumentation; read, write, speak, and think in thoughtful, informed, persuasive fashion; and understand and distinguish the culturally and historically specific relationships among language, cultural power, and interpretation, both in terms of persuasive writing and speech and the literary representations of minorities. The Track should also enable students to do well on law school admissions essays and examinations in law school.


    The Literary, Textual, and Cultural Studies Track enables students to design a course of study in the history, meaning, function, and aesthetics of texts of all kinds, especially literary texts.

    A student who completes the Literary, Textual, and Cultural Studies Track will be able to identify the unique material, symbolic, formal, and aesthetic qualities of texts of all kinds, especially literary texts; apply the analytical skills and methods best suited to comprehend the significance of texts; analyze the ways that texts of all kinds interact with audience, culture, medium and ideology; evaluate the role of theory—its methods, history, politics, and functions—in literary, textual, and cultural studies analysis; and examine the ways in which questions of race, gender, sexual orientation, and identity affect our interactions with both traditional and nontraditional literature and theory. The Literary, Textual, and Cultural Studies Track prepares students for any profession that requires strong analytic, communication, cultural, and aesthetic skills and for academic study in literary and cultural studies.

    Liberal Studies

    As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

    Humanities-Literature: ENGL 122
    Mathematics: 3 credits

    Liberal Studies Electives: 9 credits, no courses with ENGL prefix

    College: Foreign Language Intermediate Level (1)

    Major

    Required Courses, Two from the following:
    ENG 210 British Literature to 1660 3cr
    ENG 211 British Literature 1660-1900 3cr
    ENG 212 American Literature: Beginnings to 1900 3cr
    ENG 213 British and American Literature Since 1900 3cr
    ENG 226 Survey of Global Literature Since 1900 3cr
    One writing course from the following:
    ENGL 220 Advanced Composition 3cr
    ENGL 221 Creative Writing 3cr
    ENG 222 Technical Writing 3cr
    One language course from the following:
    ENG 203 Introduction to Language Studies 3cr
    ENG 313 Rhetorical Trends and Traditions 3cr
    ENG 328 Introduction to Linguistics 3cr
    Capstone course:
    ENG 484 Topics in English Studies 3cr
    One English Studies/Pre-Law required course:
    ENG 265 Law and Literature 3cr

    Controlled Electives in English/Pre-Law:

    Two courses in persuasion from the following:
    ENG 310 Public Speaking 3cr
    ENG 313 Rhetorical Trends and Traditions 3cr
    ENG 321 Persuasive Speech and Writing 3cr
    One writing course from the following:
    ENG 220 Advanced Composition 3cr
    ENG 221 Creative Writing 3cr
    ENG 222 Technical Writing 3cr
    ENG 325 Writing Poetry 3cr
    ENG 326 Writing Fiction 3cr
    ENG 327 Writing Creative Nonfiction 3cr
    ENG 422 3cr
    One course focusing on language, cultural power, and interpretation from the following:
    ENG 225 Introduction to Literature by Women 3cr
    ENG 308 Critical Theory 3cr
    ENG 336 Language, Gender, and Society 3cr
    ENG 344 Ethnic American Literature 3cr
    ENG 348 African American Literature 3cr
    ENG 350 Gender and Sexual Orientation in Literature, Theory, and Film 3cr
    ENG 385 Advanced Studies in Women’s Literature 3cr
    ENG 396 Literature of Emerging Nations 3cr
    ENG 450 Film Theory 3cr
    ENG 466 Topics in Theory 3cr
    Two courses with ENGL prefix except: ENGL 100, 101, 121, 122, or 202

    Other Requirements: Seven courses, including at least one from each of six areas:


    Business: ACCT 201, ACCT 202, BLAW 235

    Criminology: CRIM 210, 215, 225, 255

    Economics:ECON 121, 122, 332

    History: HIST 320, 341, 342, 346, 475

    Philosophy: PHIL 101, 122, 130, 221, 270, 320, 450

    Political Science: PLSC: 358, 359, 361, 405