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Basic orientation to the English Major for those students who entered KU prior to Fall 2013.

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English Major orientation

  1. 1. Katie RockeyAdvising Specialist4-3500 krock@ku.eduDr. Katie ConradDirector of English Undergraduate Studieskconrad@ku.eduDr. Mary KlayderAssociate Director of English Undergraduate Studies,Honors Coordinatormklayder@ku.edu
  2. 2.  Traditional Track Creative Writing Tracktip: take a workshop early; spread out your writing courses Language, Rhetoric, & Writing Track tip: take one of the LRW electives early The requirements for all three tracks are available athttp://www.english.ku.edu/undergraduate/and athttp://catalog.ku.edu/201314/schools/clas/departments/engl/programs/babgsenglish/requirements All three tracks require 2 500+ capstone courses. (For CW, at least onemust be a CW course) Survey course „equivalents‟ are those courses that fall within thesame national literature (American orBritish/commonwealth/(post)colonial) and the same time period asthe surveys. These offerings change semester by semester, arelisted in course descriptions (not in the catalog), and can be foundhere: http://www.english.ku.edu/courses/
  3. 3.  The English Minor requires at least 18 hours ofjunior/senior level English courses numbered 300or above, distributed as follows:• Minimum of 6 hours of British literature, including at leastone survey course (ENGL 312 or ENGL 314)• Minimum of 6 hours of American literature, including atleast one survey course (ENGL 316, ENGL 320, or ENGL322)• Additional 6 hours of English courses (excluding ENGL496) Starting in Fall 2014, a minor in English with acreative writing emphasis should also be available
  4. 4.  Requirements for Departmental Honors in English:The Departmental Honors option adds one additional course (3 hours) to the overallmajor, bringing the total to 33 hours. Students intending to work for departmental honorsmust have at least junior standing and the following qualifications: A 3.25 overall GPA A 3.5 GPA in English major courses Students working for Departmental Honors in English must take ENGL 598 (HonorsProseminar). This course can be applied toward core or elective requirements (asspecified in the course description) and toward the 500+-level capstone courserequirement. Enrollment in ENGL 598 requires departmental approval from theHonors Coordinator. Upon successful completion of ENGL 598 with the grade of “A” or “B”, candidatesmust next enroll in ENGL 599 (Honors Essay). Enrollment in ENGL 599 requires thata student secure an advisor and submit an Honors Intent Form to the HonorsCoordinator. This is an additional course and doesn‟t replace the second capstonerequirement.In order to graduate with the departmental Honors in English, students must have: A 3.25 overall GPA A 3.5 GPA in English major courses, including an A or A- in ENGL 599
  5. 5. One way to complete the major is through study abroad courses. The Department currently sponsors threestudy abroad programs directly: The London Review – 3 hours credit for ENGL 492/HNRS 492 – Spring semester class focused on springbreak in London and the publication of a journal of student writing. This or Pura Vida may be taken as a CWelective; or this course can be used as a 314 equivalent. Pura Vida: Travel Writing and the Costa Rica Experience – 3 hours credit for ENGL 360/HNRS 492 –Winter term twelve-day trip to Costa Rica preceded by eight preparatory classes and followed by a finaltravel essay. Appears on spring transcript. This or the London Review may be taken as a CW elective. The British Summer Institute in the Humanities: 7 hours credit for ENGL 315 (British literature and HLprincipal course) – 3 hours, HA 305 – 3 hours, LA&S/HNRS 492 – 1 hour. Four week program in Englandand Scotland. Generally done in time for students to take other summer courses. Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast – 3 hours credit for ENGL 530 – a month-long,interdisciplinary examination of Ireland, with a special emphasis on Northern Ireland and the history of theTroubles. Not officially a KU program, this program is nonetheless coordinated through KU Study Abroadand will count for major credit. (May also be counted for Peace and Conflict Studies with consultation withthe PCS program.) Students may also study abroad on semester-long and year-long programs. We offer equivalent credits solong as students pre-approve their plans.Check with Dr. Klayder in English (and other departments) before you leave about courses that could count formajor or general education requirements.
  6. 6.  ENGL 495: Directed Reading. Independent research with a faculty member; by mutual agreement of student and faculty member.Note: this is a voluntary overload for faculty; they may choose not to supervise Directed Readings even if they have not reached capacity. ENGL 494: Research Internship• Practical research experience in English studies gained by assisting a faculty member on a faculty research, editorial, pedagogical, or outreach project. Credit hoursare graded by faculty on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: at least one 300-level English course, declaration of English major, and permission ofinstructor. FLD Up to 6 credits combined of ENGL 494 (Research Internship) or ENGL 495 (Directed Study) may be applied as majorelectives; they may not count as English core equivalents. ENGL 496: Internship. 50 hours=1 credit; 150=3 credits.• Some appropriate internships: publishing; writing newsletters and web content; publicity; grant-writing; teaching English. Consult with Dr Conradfor internship approval and permission codes. For some possibilities, see www.kucareerhawk.com & click on “Internships” –or find your own!Internships will also be posted at the English Majors Blackboard site.• MAY BE PAID OR UNPAID. ENGL 497: Service Learning Internship.• Practical experience in the use of English skills in a non-profit or advocacy context. Credit hours are graded by faculty on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis, basedon the written recommendation of the student provided by the on-site supervisor and on the students written reflective component assigned and evaluated by thesupervising faculty member. May be used as a component of the Service Learning certification program. Prerequisite: at least one 300-level English course,declaration of English major, and permission of instructor. FLD Up to 3 credit hours of ENGL 496 (Internship) or ENGL 497 (Service Learning Internship) may be applied as a major elective.
  7. 7.  Kioskhttp://kukiosk.wordpress.com/ Sirenhttps://www.ku.edu/students/orgs/Siren_11981.html
  8. 8. Call for award submissions comes in Spring (usually mid February).Have you written a strong critical paper or creative work that you areparticularly proud of? Did a teacher tell you a piece you wrote was particularlystrong? SUBMIT IT! We have …• at least 8 endowed awards or scholarships in critical writing (especiallybut not only literary study)• several awards in the genres of fiction, poetry, playwriting, creativenonfiction, nature writing, science fiction, and technical writing
  9. 9.  English majors often go on into law, publishing, teaching, journalism,publicity, library science, and advertising…but also politics, business,medicine, and just about anything else you might imagine. Consider other elective coursework, minors, majors or co-majors, orcertificates to enhance your degree Make use of ENGL 496: Internship or ENGL 497: Service LearningInternship Think broadly about what you do well and what you love to do:writing, reading, research, creative thinking, critical analysis, leadingdiscussion, etc. If you are interested in grad school in English, speak early to DrConrad or Dr Klayder and to faculty advisors in your fields of interest.Strongly consider doing an Honors thesis.
  10. 10.  All KU students• ENGL sequence (101, 102/105, and 203-211)• MATH 101 & a second MATH• COMS 130 or PHIL 148• HWC 204 & 205• One Non-Western course: www.collegesas.ku.eduTHEN Bachelor of Arts: best for breadth & depth• Lab science• 4th semester proficiency in a foreign language• 3 courses from each principal course area (Humanities, Social Sciences, NaturalSciences & Mathematics) Bachelor of General Studies• 2 courses from each principal course area (Humanities, Social Sciences, NaturalSciences & Mathematics)• Requires a Non-English minor 18 hours of course work; usually 12-15 hours at the JR/SR levelIf you have questions about which degree path to choose, consult an advisor. Whenin doubt, choose the BA!
  11. 11. • Available for opt-in only for students in their firstyear at KU in 2012-13 or after.• http://kucore.ku.edu/• If you are eligible and interested, visit Prof.Conrad
  12. 12.  You can use the Schedule of Classes to search forprincipal courses, KU Core courses, and other gen edsfor the term in which you are enrolling. Use the “moreoptions” link to the right of the text search box.https://classes.ku.edu/Classes/ExternalDisplay.action
  13. 13. Think ahead, and keep in mind gen eds,total required hours, jr/sr hours, CLAShours, study abroad, honors, research,internships, etc.
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