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Program Tracks

For a description of the courses, visit the Course Catalog.

Literature Track

Butler's English Department offers a comprehensive literature-based major, which seeks to explore cultural and historical epochs, from Chaucer's England to the present day, and develop research, writing, and critical analysis skills. Students take courses that include American and British history and literature, as well as courses in World Literature, Theory, Rhetoric, and Research. At the end of the program, Literature majors produce an extensive senior essay as an emblem and celebration of their work. Our alumni have attended some of the best graduate schools in the country, and enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields from writing, teaching, and editing to medicine, law, religion, government, and media.

Total Credit Hours: 36

Core Requirement

12 required hours

  • EN185, Introduction to the Discipline of English (3)
  • Choose three of the four following courses (9)
    • EN 245, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)
    • EN 246, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)
    • EN 265, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)
    • EN 266, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)

These courses should be completed before enrolling at the 300 level.

Junior/Senior Requirements

24 required hours

  • EN 321 OR 322, Comparative Literature 1 OR 2 (3)
  • One 300/400-level course in Language, Rhetoric, or Literary Criticism (3) 
  • One 300-level course in Literary and Cultural History (3) 
    • Fulfills the Literary and Cultural History Requirement
  • Two additional 300-level literature courses (6)
  • EN 390, Research Seminar (3)

Senior Year

  • 400-level seminar (3)
  • EN450, The Senior Essay (3)

NOTE: Students are required to take three of the four courses in the Literary and Cultural History sequence (EN245, EN246, EN265, EN266). Students will take an upper-level course in the fourth area that they do not cover at the 200-level. For the designation of courses meeting the Literary and Cultural History Requirement, see the schedule of classes each semester, or consult with the English department chair.

Additional Upper-Division English Courses are listed below.

Minor in Literature

Total Credit Hours: 18

  • EN 185, Introduction to the Discipline of English (3)
  • EN 200-level Literature Courses, 3-6 hours 
  • EN 300/400-level Literature Courses, 9-12 hours

Creative Writing Track

The Creative Writing concentration offers students the opportunity to explore the many genres of the literary arts, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and even topics like young adult novel writing, the graphic novel, and video game narratives. The track focuses on workshops, which allow each student to receive feedback from both their peers and professors in a small class setting. You will make connections, develop your unique writer identity, and graduate with a portfolio of your best work. Our Creative Writing English major graduates are working internationally in the fields they love. They are published novelists and poets, professors, professional writers, editors, marketers, and web designers. 

Total Credit Hours: 48

Core Requirements

18 required hours

  • EN185, Introduction to the Discipline of English (3)

  • Choose three of the four following courses (9)

    • EN 245, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)

    • EN 246, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)

    • EN 265, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)

    • EN 266, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)

  • EN218, Intro to Creative Writing: Poetry (3)

  • EN219, Intro to Creative Writing: Prose (3)

These courses should be completed before enrolling at the 300 level.

Junior/Senior Requirements

30 required hours

  • Two EN 310-level writing courses (6)
  • EN 321 OR 322, Comparative Literature 1 OR 2 (3)
  • One 300/400-level course in Language, Rhetoric, or Literary Criticism (3)
  • One 300-level course in Literary and Cultural History (3) 
    • Fulfills the Literary and Cultural History Requirement

  • Two additional 300-level literature courses (6)
  • EN390, Research Seminar (3)

Senior Year

  • 400-level Seminar (3)
  • EN 410, Senior Creative Writing Seminar (3)
  • EN 450, The Senior Seminar (3)
    • This is the required senior seminar for creative writing students--they need not take another senior seminar in literature.

 

Minor in Creative Writing

Total Credit Hours: 21

  • EN 185, Introduction to the Discipline of English (3)
  • EN 218 or 219 (3) 
  • 9 additional hours of writing courses
  • 6 hours of EN Literature courses, including at least one 300/400-level

Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism Track

Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism (LTCC) courses give students the opportunity to study the broad questions of the humanities world. Using disciplinary methods for interpreting literary texts, LTCC students study cultural, literary, and aesthetic aspects which may not fit the traditional definition of English literature. LTCC students take additional courses in the department that focus on a broad array of cultural artifacts: novels, poems, and plays outside of the British and American tradition; philosophical, scientific or religious treatises; films; paintings; popular culture; television advertisements; the interstate freeway system; or the rhetoric of gender or sexuality—topics that occupy a nodal point in the larger system of social and historical patterns through which we make meaning in our culture. Engaging with a diverse set of theoretical, literary, and cultural sources, LTCC students examine how texts, ideas, and the practices of everyday life become situated in larger frameworks of desire and power, subjection and agency, or domination and resistance.  

Total Credit Hours: 48

Core Requirements

12 required hours

  • EN185, Introduction to the Discipline of English (3)
  • Choose three of the four following courses (9)

    • EN 245, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)

    • EN 246, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)

    • EN 265, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)

    • EN 266, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)

These courses should be completed before enrolling at the 300 level

Sophomore/Junior/Senior Requirements

36 required hours

  • EN 287, Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism (3)
  • EN 321 AND 322, Comparative Literature 1 AND 2 (6)
  • One 300/400-level course in Language, Rhetoric, or Literary Criticism (3)
  • EN390, Research Seminar (3)
  • Two additional 300-level literature courses (6)
  • Two 300/400-level TCC designated electives (6)
    • Including at least one EN 394/494, Special Topics in Film (3)
  • EN 385, Studies in Literary Criticism OR EN 387, Studies in Literary Theory (3)

Senior Year

  • 400-level Seminar (3)
  • EN 450, The Senior Essay (3)

Students are required to take three of the four courses in the Literary and Cultural History sequence (EN245, EN246, EN265, EN266). Students will take an upper-level course in the fourth area that they do not cover at the 200-level. For the designation of courses meeting the Literary and Cultural History Requirement, see the schedule of classes each semester, or consult with the English department chair.

Additional Upper-Division English Courses are listed below.

Public and Professional Writing (PPW) Track

No matter what path you take in life, the ability to write well—for yourself, for others, for your job—will always be worth the effort it takes to learn the craft. In a recent survey of employers across the United States, the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that writing ability, along with critical and analytical thinking, is one of the most important traits employers seek in their employees. As an English major, you will take the full curriculum in literary study. But as a Professional and Public Writing (PPW) Track student, you will take additional PPW courses that prepare you for writing outside the world of academia. You will learn to assess the needs of various audiences, to select the appropriate tone and style, to apply design elements, and to conduct research and analysis appropriate for different types of written communication. The Professional and Public Writing curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in writing, so that no matter what career path you take, you will be a confident and effective communicator.

Total Credit Hours: 48

Core Requirements

33 required hours

  • EN 185, Introduction to the Discipline of English (3)
  • Choose three of the four following courses (9)

    • EN 245, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)

    • EN 246, Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)

    • EN 265, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 1 (3)

    • EN 266, Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History 2 (3)

  • EN 321 OR EN 322, Comparative Literature 1 OR 2 (3)
  • One course in Language, Rhetoric, Criticism or Theory (3)
  • EN 390, Research Seminar (3)
  • One 300-level course in Literary and Cultural History  (3)
    • Fulfills the Literary and Cultural History Requirement

  • Two additional 300-level literature courses (6)
  • EN 450, The Senior Essay (3)
Professional Studies Requirements 

15 required hours

  • EN 203, Intro to Professional Writing (3)
  • EN 303, Studies in Professional Writing (2 Sections) (6)
  • EN 386, Studies in Rhetoric OR ST 330, Language, Rhetoric, and Science (3)
  • EN 403, Senior Seminar in Professional Writing and Internship (3)

Students are required to take three of the four courses in the Literary and Cultural History sequence (EN245, EN246, EN265, EN266). Students will take an upper-level course in the fourth area that they do not cover at the 200-level. For the designation of courses meeting the Literary and Cultural History Requirement, see the schedule of classes each semester, or consult with the Head of English.

Additional Upper-Division English Courses are listed below.

Minor in PPW

Total Credit Hours: 21

  • EN 185, Introduction to the Discipline of English (3)
  • EN 203, Intro to Professional Writing (3)
  • EN 303, Studies in Professional Writing (3) 
  • Six additional hours of writing courses (6)
  • Two EN literature courses, one at the 300 level (6)

Additional Upper-Division Courses

  • EN 301, Topics in Advanced Composition
  • EN 303, Studies in Professional Writing
  • EN 310, Intermediate Writing Workshop
  • EN 319, History of the English Language
  • EN 321/322, Comparative Literature 1/2
  • EN 341/441, Topics in Nineteenth Century American Culture
  • EN 362, Renaissance Literature
  • EN 363/463, Shakespeare
  • EN 366/466, Romanticism
  • EN 367, Victorian Literature
  • EN 368/468, 20th Century British Literature
  • EN 370, Literature and Public Problems
  • EN 381/481, Studies in Major Authors
  • EN 382/482, Studies in Poetry
  • EN 383/483, Studies in Fiction
  • EN 384/484, Studies in Drama
  • EN 385/485, Studies in Literary Criticism
  • EN 386/486, Studies in Rhetoric
  • EN 387/487, Studies in Literary Theory
  • EN 390, Research Seminar
  • EN 393/493, Special Topics in Literature
  • EN 394/494, Special Topics in Film
  • EN 395/396, Internship
  • EN 403, Senior Seminar in Professional Writing
  • EN 410, Senior Creative Writing Seminar
  • EN 450, The Senior Essay
  • EN 455S, Writing in Schools
  • EN 495/496, Independent Study
  • EN 499, Honors Thesis

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum.  Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.