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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, offering coverage of cultural and historical epochs from Chaucer's England to the present day, and skills training featuring in-depth research and writing training. Students take courses ranging from sophomore-level surveys of the American and English literary and cultural traditions, and also take required courses in World Literature, Theory, Rhetoric, and Research and upper-level literature and culture electives of their own choosing. At the end of the program, Literature majors produce an extensive senior essay as an emblem and celebration of their work. Our alumni go on to attend 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.

Creative Writing Track

The Creative Writing concentration of the Butler English Department offers students the opportunity to receive extensive studio training in the many genres of the literary arts—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting—and even to explore the fields of young adult novel writing, the graphic novel, and videogame narrative. The track focuses on workshops, small classes devoted to your work, and the work of your peers, giving you opportunities to discover and improve your voice, and graduate with a portfolio of your best work. After graduation, our Creative Writing English majors are working internationally in the field that they love: they are publishing novelists and poets, professors, professional writers and editors, and 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 (3)
  • EN390, Research Seminar (3)

Senior Year

  • 400-level Seminar (3)
  • EN 410, Senior Creative Writing Seminar (3)
  • EN 450, The Senior Essay (3)
    • This is the required senior seminar for creative writing students--they need not take another senior seminar in literature.  EN450 - Senior Seminar is required.                                                          

Creative Writing Portfolio

Students are required to take three of the four courses in the Literary and Cultural History sequence (EN245, EN246, EN265 and EN266). Students will take an upper-level course in the fourth area that they do not cover at the 200-level.

In order to track this requirement, courses that meet the Literary and Cultural History Requirement will be designated in this way:

  • A1 equivalent to EN 245, focusing primarily on American literature up to the Civil War
  • A2 equivalent to EN 246, focusing primarily on American literature after the Civil War
  • B1 equivalent to EN 265, focusing primarily on British Literature before 1800
  • B2 equivalent to EN 266, focusing primarily on British Literature after 1800

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.

Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism Track

Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism (LTCC) courses give students the opportunity to study the broad questions of humanities scholarship—what are the true, good, and beautiful—in a way that respects the evolving influences on that tradition. Using disciplinary methods for interpreting literary texts, LTCC students study cultural, literary, and aesthetic objects which may not fit into 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—which 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 writing ability, along with critical and analytical thinking, to be the top 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 of college and literature classes. 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 a solid foundation in writing, so that no matter what career path you take, you will be a confident and effective writer.

PPW Major

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.

PPW Minor

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.