DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Mr. Phillip J. Miller, Acting Chair
131 Andy Holt Humanities Building
(901) 881-7281
pmiller@utm.edu
FACULTY

Margrethe P. Ahlschwede, Lynn M. Alexander, Anna H. Clark, Mary Ellen Cowser, Robert G. Cowser, Victor Depta, Philip Effiong, Glenn S. Everett, Pauline Glover, Roy Neil Graves ll, Walter D. Haden, B. Wayne Keene, Marcia M. Lavely, John E. McCluskey, Phill ip J. Miller, Daniel F. Pigg, Robert E. Sugg, Martha A. Whitt, Jenna L. Wright

The Department of English at The University of Tennessee at Martin offers work that applies toward the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in English and toward the Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in English. Each semester the department offers a variety of undergraduate courses in writing, literature, and language.

The decade moving us toward the year 2000 offers a wide range of career possibilities for English majors not only in secondary and university teaching, but also in business, law, medicine, and all the other fields where interpretive and writing skills are requisite. Many professional schools favor English majors, and employers are eager to find good technical writers, paralegals, and researchers. Collateral studies in religion, international relations, business, communications, education, or other discipl ines may enhance the degree in English by broadening a student's range of educational or employment possibilities.

PLACEMENT AND CREDIT

Placement in Freshman English
Freshmen receive placement advice based on their high school grade point average and on their ACT English score. Beginning freshmen whose academic records and/or ACT scores show deficiencies in English are required to pass Developmental English (080 or 09 0 or both) before taking the regular English composition sequence (111-112). To verify placement, students will complete a writing sample during the first class period of each introductory course.

Placement of International Students
As a part of enrolling in the regular University curriculum, a degree-seeking international student must take an English Writing Proficiency Placement Test administered by the department. During the first semester of work here, each student must enroll in the appropriate English composition course as identified by the placement test and must remain enrolled each semester in the appropriate English course until English 112 or its equivalent has been successfully completed.

Advanced Placement (AP)
The department accepts Advanced Placement (AP) credit and awards course grades that are correlated to test scores. Students who have scored 3, 4, or 5 on the AP examination in English should check with the Department Chair about receiving credit for fresh man composition.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The department accepts College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit to fulfill freshman composition requirements. Students who have taken the CLEP examination in English and who have had their scores sent to the UT Martin Admissions Office should reque st information about credit from the Admissions Office and the Department Chair.

COMPOSITION OPTIONS

Honors
Students who score 28 or above on the English portion of tyhe Enhanced ACT may enroll in the freshman honors sequence (111H-112H), which offers enrichment and variety, collegial contact with other excellent students, and an obvious designation of distincti on on the academic transcript. Students earning 'A's' in English 111 may enroll in English 112H if spaces are available and with the approval of the instructor.

Computer-Assisted Composition
The Department of English offers students the opportunity to develop computer skills in designated freshman composition sections located in state-of-the-art computer laboratories.

DEPARTMENT FACILITIES

The Hortense Parrish Writing Laboratory provides students with individualized tutoring and workshops in writing and the use of the computer for composition. The department lounge is a place for informal contact with the faculty. Extensive holdings in the Paul Meek Library include carefully chosen print media and a wide range of audio-visual materials. Contiguous to the department office in the Andy Holt Humanities BuiIding are two computer laboratories as well as the 250-seat Norman Campbell Auditorium, c onvenient for films, lectures, and other programs. The writing lab and most English classrooms are in Holt Humanities Building.

FINANCIAL AID, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS

Students who plan to enroll in August should direct inquiries about financial aid to the Office of Student Financial Assistance before the preceding March 1.

High school winners of the regional Excellence-in-English competition, sponsored annually by the department at Bradford High School, receive scholarship awards to help support their future studies at UT Martin.

Writing Awards of one hundred dollars each are offered annually by the department for the best student-written essay, scholarly paper, short story, and body of poems.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

The English Society is an organized group of majors, minors, and other interested students who meet regularly to discuss literature, share writings, and get to know faculty members and peers.

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, recognizes outstanding English majors and minors.

Bean Switch , sponsored by the department and staffed by students, is an annual publication featuring students' creative work: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and photography.

MAJOR IN ENGLISH

A major in English consists of 6 hours of freshman composition, 12 hours of sophomore literature surveys, and 30 hours of upper division English courses. Students may select either Option 1 or Option 2 outlined below. Students who pursue the English major for pre-professional training, for graduate study, or for careers outside teaching should follow Option 1; students seeking teacher licensure should follow Option 2.

In general, majors should work during their freshman and sophomore years toward the completion of the Arts and Sciences requirements listed in the Catalog under the Bachelor of Arts Graduation Requirements on page 91 and toward completing at least one sop homore level literature survey sequence.

Option 1
  1. A major in English must complete the following lower division prerequisite hours:
  2. A major in English must also complete 30 upper division hours (300 and above), including the following:
  3. A major may use English 350, 380, 385, 395, and 450 to substitute for courses above, in category 2a and 2b for 3 hours of the requirements.
Option 2
  1. A major in English must complete the following lower division prerequisite hours:
    a. English 111-112 (or equivalents) as prerequisites to all other English courses;
    b. English 270;
    c. English 260-261;
    d. English 250 or 251.
  2. A major in English must also complete 30 upper division hours (300 and above), including the following:
    a. 6 hours in language and linguistics (English 425 and one of the following: English 320, 420, 430);
    b. 3 hours in writing and theory (English 305);
    c. 3 hours in British literature to 1660 (English 360, 375, 460, 480, 490);
    d. 3 hours in British literature from 1660-1900 (English 365, 370, 465, 470);
    e. 3 hours in Shakespeare (English 485, 486);
    f. 3 hours in American literature (English 340, 355, 440, 445);
    g. 3 hours in modern American, British, or World literature since 1900 (English 380, 385, 395);
    h. 3 hours in women and minority literature (English 345, 350);
    i. 3 hours in capstone course (English 499).
Majors are expected to consult their advisors each semester regarding the selection of options and courses. Some recommended minors for English majors include foreign languages, history, philosophy, political science, international studies, communications , theatre, one of the other fine arts, or education. Students using Option 1 who intend to teach in secondary schools should consult the School of Education about meeting admission and licensure requirements.

MINOR IN ENGLISH

A minor in English consists of 6 hours of freshman composition; 6 hours comprising one complete sophomore sequence (250-251, 260-261, or 270-271); and 12 upper division hours (300 or above) in English.

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES


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