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 Department of Language, Literature & Cultural Studies

Concentrations

 

The Department of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies offers several concentrations and tracks for undergraduate students. Through these programs, students gain expertise in specific areas of English and literature to become adequately prepared for life after graduation.

Concentrations

 Review the program requirements for students pursuing an English degree.

Creative Writing Concentration

The Creative Writing concentration leading to the BA in English provides students with a solid grounding in English and modern language skills with a focus on harnessing and improving your creative writing talents; textual interpretation and writing; American, British, and World literatures; and critical tools and theoretical perspectives. The track provides a balance between traditional literature surveys and period courses and courses in which the organizing principle is generic, thematic, or theoretical. This track provides a balance between traditional literature surveys and courses in which the organizing principle is generic, thematic, or theoretical.  

Students with a B. A. in English may go on to graduate studies, law school, teaching, journalistic writing, marketing, publishing, creative writing (novels, poems, video games, screenplays, etc.), or any career in which superior critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills are essential.

Creative Writing Concentration Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog

Languages & Literature Concentration

The Language & Literature concentration leading to the BA in English provides students with a solid grounding in English and modern language skills; textual interpretation and writing; American, British, and World literatures; and critical tools and theoretical perspectives. The track provides a balance between traditional literature surveys and period courses and courses in which the organizing principle is generic, thematic, or theoretical. This track provides a balance between traditional literature surveys and courses in which the organizing principle is generic, thematic, or theoretical.  

Students with a B. A. in English may go on to graduate studies, law school, teaching, journalistic writing, marketing, publishing, creative writing (novels, poems, video games, screenplays, etc.), or any career in which superior critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills are essential.

Languages & Literature Concentration Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog

Secondary Education Concentration

The English Education program is offered jointly by the Department of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies and the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development. Students in this program are assigned an advisor in the Department of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies and in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development. This program is designed specifically to prepare students to teach English at the secondary school level. The curriculum exposes students to those topics stressed in the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards and meets the requirements for teacher certification in the state of Maryland.

To be formally admitted to the education component of the program, all students must apply to the Teacher Education Program, usually after completion of appropriate courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. The application procedure requires the student to compile a brief portfolio, undergo an interview with a representative of the Admission and Retention Committee, and finalize arrangements to successfully complete PRAXIS I. In addition, to complete the program successfully, all students must pass the appropriate sections of the Teacher Competency Exams (PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II). For further information, students should consult their advisor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development.

Secondary Education Concentration Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog