Department of English
The English Department offers a diverse set of courses in literature, writing studies, linguistics, film, and English Education. English majors form strong communication skills, learn effective research methods, develop flexibility in facing complex situations, and increase their awareness of the humanities tradition. These ideals suit both the liberal arts major and the practical, pre-professional student. Success in an information economy is dependent upon one’s ability to produce, analyze, understand, and restate written, oral, and visual material. Through its offerings, the department continues the rich tradition of language and literature study while it also responds to the needs of today’s students.
The department teaches and values collaboration among its students, and seeks out collaborations for itself at NDSU. The department contributes to the Humanities major, the Scholars Program, and the Women and Gender Studies minor. Moreover, the department supports the Cooperative Education Program and welcomes efforts to create student internships. The department serves the university’s students through the General Education Writing Curriculum and it welcomes and encourages double majors and minors.
The English Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree in English. The B.A. and B.S. degrees in English require 42 credits in English courses beyond the first-year English composition sequence. The B.A. degree requires two years of a foreign language or the equivalent competency (see Bachelor of Arts Requirement using a Second Language); the B.S. requires a minor in Communication.
The Department of English and the School of Education offer a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education. The B.A. in English Education requires 39 credits in English courses beyond the first-year English composition sequence, intermediate competency in a foreign language (i.e., two years at the college level or the equivalent), 34 credits in Education courses, and elective credits to total 122 credits. The B.S. leads to certification in both English and Speech, and students may take seven additional credits to earn the Middle School Endorsement for teaching grades 5-8. English Education majors should contact the English Education adviser or the School of Education for additional requirements.
Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or above in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the English major. These courses may be repeated only once.