Students who major in English elect one of two tracks, both of which require 36 hours of coursework. The Teaching Track is a highly structured sequence of those courses needed to teach at the middle-school and high-school levels. Students who follow this track must also minor in Teacher Education in order to become certified by the State of Tennessee. The Non-Teaching (or "regular") track offers students more choice in their programs of study. Students select eight courses in specified areas, as well as four upper-level English electives. Some students group these electives into an informal interest area (such as writing, ethnic literature, British literature, poetry), while others use them to explore a wide range of topics.
The Department of Literature and Language offers majors in Foreign Language with concentrations in French, German, and Spanish. Students who wish to teach these languages in secondary schools also follow a directed curriculum requiring a minor in Teaching Education.
The Department of Literature and Language offers a range of minors, including language minors in English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish (24 hours). The Linguistics Minor (18 hours), the Film Studies minor (21 hours) and the Technical Writing minor (24 hours) each consist of a guided sequence of specific courses. Students design their own course sequence for the English minor, with limits on the number of lower-division courses that may be taken; students follow a more defined course of study for the other language minors. Students who major in English and minor in either Linguistics, Film Studies or Technical Writing should also note that no one course may be used to fulfill the requirements of both the major and the minor. We are currently in the process of developing a minor in Creative Writing and will make more announcements as we establish it.
In summer 2010, the Department of Literature and Language became the host department for the Women's Studies program. Students may earn a major or a minor in this discipline. Contact Dr. Phyllis Thompson for more Women's Studies information.
Our department is also pleased to announce that we host the new minor in Classics, an interdisciplinary exploration of the role ancient languages, cultures, literatures, and belief systems have influenced our modern world.
For more information about declaring a literature, linguistics, film, or creative writing program in the Department of Literature and Language, contact the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Martha Michieka. For foreign language programs, contact Dr. Katrina Heil.