Degree Requirements - Department of English

B.A. DEGREE OPTION: STANDARD

GENERAL EDUCATION 43-45
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean* 1
ENG 1030 or equivalent 3
MATH 1000 Algebra for College Students or equivalent 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2023 Research and Technology 3
*Required of all freshmen and transfers with fewer than 10 credits.

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS 30-32
Humanities 9

ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two courses from different areas below:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages 3
Music or Theater 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
History 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select two courses from different areas below:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
Math or Computer Science 3
Select two courses (at least one a lab course) from different areas below:
Biology 3,4
Chemistry or Physics 3,4
Astronomy or Earth Science or Geology or Meteorology 3,4
Interdisciplinary 3,4
Health/Physical Education 2-3
ID 1225 Issues in Contemporary Health 3
OR
Physical Education 2

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 39
ENG 2000 Writing about Literature*
ENG 3001 Critical Approaches to Literature** 3
ENG 2101 Structure and Origins of the English Language*** 3
ENG 2205 British Literature I**** 3
ENG 2206 British Literature II**** 3
ENG 2220 Diverse Traditions and Voices of American Literature I**** 3
ENG 2221 Diverse Traditions and Voices of American Literature II**** 3
ENG 3215 Shakespeare Survey****    3

*This course should be taken at the very beginning of the major.
**This course should be taken immediately following (not before or with) ENG 2000.
***Students passing a departmental challenge test in linguistics may substitute any upper level linguistics elective for this course.
****Survey courses should be taken before upper-level major electives.

ENGLISH ELECTIVES 12
(Must include 9 credits at the
3000 or 4000 levels.)

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE
ENG 4800 Senior Seminar    3

FREE ELECTIVES 42-44
(Half must be at 3000 or 4000 levels.)

TOTAL 124

B.A. DEGREE OPTION: TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The following program meets State standards for teacher certification in English K-12. Students choosing this option must apply to both the English Department and the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. A 2.75 GPA is required.
GENERAL EDUCATION 43-45
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean* 1
ENG 1030 or equivalent 3
MATH 1000 Algebra for College
Students or equivalent 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2023 Research and Technology    3
*Required of all freshmen and transfers with fewer than 10 credits.

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS 30-32
Humanities 9

ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two courses from different areas below:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Music or Theater 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America    3
Select two courses from different areas below:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
MATH 1010 Foundations of Math (recommended) 3
Select two courses (at least one a lab course) from different areas below:
Biology 3,4
Chemistry or Physics 3,4
Astronomy or Earth Science or Geology or Meteorology 3,4
Interdisciplinary 3,4
Health/Physical Education 3
ID 1225    Issues in Contemporary Health 3
OR
ID 1010 Leisure and Recreation in Multicultural Society 3
OR
Two one-credit P.E.D. courses 1,1

Additional Requirements 9
COMM 2405 Public Speaking 3
ID 2955    Disabled Persons in American Society 3
PSY 2110 Psychology of Adolescence 3

ACADEMIC MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 39
ENG 2000 Writing about Literature*
ENG 3001 Critical Approaches to Literature** 3
ENG 2101 Structure and Origins of the English Language*** 3
ENG 2205 British Literature I**** 3
ENG 2206 British Literature II**** 3
ENG 2220 Diverse Traditions and Voices of American Literature I**** 3
ENG 2221 Diverse Traditions and Voices of American Literature III****    3
ENG 3215 Shakespeare Survey****    3
ENG 3255 Young Adult Literature

*This course should be taken at the very beginning of the major.
**This course should be taken immediately following (not before or with) ENG 2000.
***Students passing a departmental challenge test in linguistics may substitute any upper level linguistics elective for this course.
****Survey courses should be taken before upper-level major electives.

ENGLISH ELECTIVES 9
(Must include 6 hours at the
3000 or 4000 levels.)

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE
ENG 4800 Senior Seminar 3

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 30
(A grade of B- or better is required for all professional education courses with the exception of EMS 3801 and EMS 4801, which require a grade of Satisfactory).
Sophomore Level
EMS 2801 Introductory Field Experience 3
Junior Level
EDUC 3000 Curriculum, Evaluation, and the Learner 3
EDUC 3401 Language Arts/Reading in K-12 Subject Area Teaching 3
EMSE 3122 Computers in Education 3
EMSE 3210 English Education K-12 3
EMSE 3801 Junior Field Experience 2
EMSE 3903 Teaching ELL* 1
* This course should be taken with EMSE 3801
Senior Level
EMS 4801 Professional Internship** 9

PROFESSIONAL/GE CAPSTONE COURSE
EDUC 4000 Teacher and Classroom    3

FREE ELECTIVE 3

TOTAL 124

OPTION: B.A. ENGLISH/TEACHER OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students who wish to be certified in both English K-12 and an Educator of Students with Disabilities should consult the Catalog under Special Education Programs for a complete description of this dual certification program.

B.A. DEGREE ENGLISH OPTION: WRITING

Designed for students interested in careers involving writing (such as business, the professions, journalism, or the creative arts) and for students wishing to pursue graduate programs in writing.

GENERAL EDUCATION: 43-45 

Foundation Requirements 13 
G.E. 1000 Transition to Kean 1    
ENG 1030 Composition ++            
MATH 1000 3 ENG 2010 Creative Writing 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication 3 ENG 2020 Writing 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3 ENG 3020 Rhetoric in Writing 3
 
Disciplinary & Interdisciplinary  
Distribution Requirements:  
Humanities: 9 S.H.
*ENG 2403 World Literature++
 
Select two from different areas:  
Fine Arts/Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages (Must take I and II for credit) 3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
    
Social Sciences: 9 S.H.
*HIST 1000 Civil Society in America
 
Select two from different areas:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
 
Science and Mathematics: 10 or 11  
MATH 1010;1016;1030;1054;2411 or CPS 1031;1032;1231 3
Lab Science   4
Biology;  Chemistry;  Physics; Geology; Meteorology;      
Earth Science; Astronomy; Interdisciplinary 4
Additional Science Course 3 or 4  
    
Health & Physical Education: 2 or 3 
ID 1225 Issues in Contemporary Health 3
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society 3
    Or  TWO one-credit P.E.D. courses  1,  1 *G.E. required course  
 
ENG ELECTIVES (18 S. H.; 9 must be in one of the three areas of 
concentration at the 3000 or 4000 level; remaining courses must
 include one course from each of the two remaining areas of
 concentration and may include literature courses):
 

 
REQUIRED:  Foundation Core 18  S.H.

ENG 2101 Struc. & Orig. of English 3
ENG 2010 Creative Writing 3

ENG 2020 Writing 3
ENG 3020 Rhetoric in Writing  3
ENG 3029 Research in Language and Literature 3
ENG 3080 Writing for Cyberspace 3
 
MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE (3 S.H.):

 
ENG 4817 Senior Seminar 3
 
FREE ELECTIVES:  40-42 S.H.   
at least 50% must be 3000/4000 level
 English courses cannot be used as free electives.
 
  **Course required by Major  
                                                
1
 Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.  If waived, student can substitute free elective.
2
  ENG 4817 serves as a capstone course for both the English major and the GE program.  It also fulfills the Writing-Emphasis
requirement of the University.
  
   ***All Major courses require a grade of C or better  
  Note: See foreign language requirements   

 

 

Rev. 5/10

 

Areas of Concentration 
 
Composition Studies 
• ENG 3005: Advanced Composition: Introduction to Writing Studies (prereq. ENG 2020 or 2101) 
• ENG 3030: Writing Arguments 
• ENG 3035: Literacy Studies (prereq ENG 2020) 
• ENG 4002: Research Methods in Composition (prereq. ENG 3029) 
• ENG 4030: Reading and Writing Race and Ethnicity (prereq. ENG 2000 or instructor permission) 
• ENG 4060: Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies (prereq. ENG 3029) 
• ENG 4070: Peer Tutoring and Writing Center Practice (prereq. ENG 2005 or instructor permission) 
• ENG 4120: Language Variation in Society (prereq. GE 2020 or equivalent course) 
 
Creative Writing 
• ENG 3000: Writing Poetry 
• ENG 3010: Playwriting 
• ENG 4000: Advanced Writing Poetry (prereq. instructor’s permission) 
• ENG 4005: Writing Fiction  
• ENG 4017: Creative Nonfiction (prereq. at least one English course at 3000-level) 
• ENG 4050: Writing Literature for Children and Young Adults (prereq. one 3000-level English elective) 
• ENG 4081: Introduction to Electronic Literature (prereq. ENG 3080 or instructor’s permission) 
 
Writing in the Professions/Disciplines 
• ENG 2920: Introductory Journalism 
• ENG 3031: Writing in the Humanities 
• ENG 3041: Writing in the Social Sciences 
• ENG 3090: Business and Professional Writing (prereq. ENG 2403 or equivalent) 
• ENG 3091: Technical Writing 
• ENG 3910: Advanced Journalism (prereq. ENG 2920 or equivalent) 
• ENG 3915: Feature Writing 
• ENG 3917: Sports Writing (prereq. ENG 2920) 
• ENG 3920: Specialty Writing in Journalism (prereq. ENG 2920 or ENG 3915 or instructor’s permission) 
• ENG 3925: Editing Skills in Journalism (prereq. ENG 2920 or ENG 3910 or instructor’s permission) 
• ENG 4090: Collaborative Writing at Work (prereq. ENG 3090 or ENG 3091 or instructor’s permission) 
• ENG 4805, 4806: Publishing Field Experience 


MINOR IN ENGLISH
REQUIREMENTS 18


Required Course 3
ENG 2000 Writing about Literature 3

Electives 15
Five courses selected with advisement. At least two must be on the 3000-4000 level. No more than two courses transferred from another institution can be used. ENG 1030: College Composition (or its equivalent) and ENG 2403: World Literature, which are General Education foundation requirements, also cannot count toward the minor.

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