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The English major offers students an opportunity to develop and enhance reading, writing, creative and critical abilities which prepare students for various career options, including
work and graduate or professional school. There are many good
reasons to be an English major.
A minor in English provides students with a firm foundation in analytical and critical thinking, reading and researching as well as in argumentative, applied and creative writing. It is a nice complement to several major degrees, including business degrees, history, political science, world languages, art history and others.
The program offers a varied and comprehensive curriculum in literature, rhetoric, composition, language study, film, poetry, critical theory and creative writing. This curriculum structure requires students to enroll in
courses that teach them how to analyze, interpret, research, argue and convey thoughts and feelings clearly and effectively in speech and writing.
Complete list of Major Requirements and Minor Requirements
Students graduating in English from USC Upstate should be able to demonstrate the following abilities and skills:
Students in English courses share the same guidelines for
interpreting literature and
writing about literature. These guidelines reflect the shared rules and values of the discipline or field of English Studies. The USC Upstate English faculty prepared the following documents to explain the guidelines all students in English courses are expected to follow. In English 300, students learn about these guidelines in depth. Students are expected to be able to follow these guidelines in 300 and 400-level English literature courses:
English Senior Seminar students demonstrate their achievement of the goals above through a Senior Seminar Portfolio (See
Senior Seminar Portfolio Checklist for details). Students are strongly
encouraged to maintain ongoing electronic and paper portfolios of work in the
English major throughout their undergraduate careers.
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