English Degree Requirements

Students at UW Oshkosh can choose to pursue an education in English from 10 options including two major options and five minor options. For more information, check out the English Handbook ->  2019-2020 Handbook Final

View all of the options and degree requirements below:

Liberal Arts Major

Recommended for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and have a potential interest in graduate study or pre-professional study such as law, social work and government service.

  1. Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  2. Required Courses: 
  • 3 Core Courses. 9 credits:
    • English 281 Introduction to English Studies
    • English 381 Foundations of Literary Criticism
    • English 481 Seminar in English Studies
  • AREA A. 12 credits: Four Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. 3 credits must be chosen from each of the four groups.
    • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 331, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365, or 369.
    • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 345, 349, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, or 380.
    • Group III: Major Figures, including English 344, 346, 347 or 448.
    • Group IV: Literature by American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394, or 395. (Appropriate sections of English 331 and 376 count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.)
  • AREA B. 3 credits in Rhetoric/Linguistics, including, English 301, 320, 322, 341, 383, 384 385, 386, 387, or 452.
  • AREA C3 credits in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330, or 405.
  • AREA D. 3 credits in specialized literary or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups.
    Group 1: Cultural Studies; including 354, 357, 382, 390, or 396.
    Group 2: Specialized Literacy Studies; including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
  • 6 credits of Electives in English at or above the 300 level in any area; may not include 300, 310, or 312.

Comment:

Majors may create emphases in any of the above areas within the major by choosing their courses carefully with the help of a departmental advisor. Liberal Arts English majors will want to consider supplementing their major with appropriate studies in African American Studies, Art, Communication, Environmental Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Radio/TV/Film, Theatre and Women’s Studies.

Secondary Education Major

Recommended for students who are preparing to teach secondary school or who are planning further graduate study in Education.

  1. Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  2. Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:
  • AREA A. 15 credits: Five Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. At least 3 credits must be from each of the four areas below.
    • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 331, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365, or 369. English 344 and English 346 may count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.
    • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 345, 349, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 379, or 380.
    • Group III: Shakespeare, including English 347 or 448.
    • Group IV: Two courses: American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394 or 395.
  • AREA B. 3 credits in Linguistics, including English 301, 320, 341, 383, 384, or 452.
  • AREA C. 3 credits in Creative Writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330, or 405.
  • AREA D. 3 credits in Specialized Literary or Cultural Studies chosen from either of the following groups.
    Group1: Cultural Studies; including 354, 357, 382, 390, 396.
    Group 2: Specialized Literary Studies; including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
  • AREA E. 3 credits in Adolescent Literature, including English 223 or Educational Leadership 303.
Creative Writing Minor
LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH MINOR

Recommended for students who wish to supplement a major within a related field of the Humanities

  • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum
  • CREATIVE WRITING
  • 3 units (crs.): English 281, Introduction to English Studies
  • 12 units (crs.): Four of the following: English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330, 385 and 405.
  • 6 units (crs.): Two of the following: English 314, 319, 322, 324, 326, 327, 331, 332, 333, 334, 336, 337, 339, 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 349, 350, 351, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 390, 391, 392 and 448.
Literature Minor
LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH MINOR
Recommended for students who wish to supplement a major within a related field of the Humanities.
  • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum
  • LITERATURE
    • 3 units (crs.): English 281
    • 12 units (crs.): Four literature courses, one in each of four areas of the LIberal Arts Major:
    • 3 units (crs.): One course in Area D, cultural studies, including English 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 354, 357, 366, 382, 390, 391, 392, 396, or 482.
    • 3 units (crs.): One additional literature course in English at or above the 300 level.
Linguistics Minor

Did you know it was a team of linguists who put together the basis for Siri? Did you know forensic linguists are helping prosecutors investigate crimes? That’s the shape of the study of linguistics today. It touches almost every career field.

You can earn a linguistics minor (21 credits) at UW Oshkosh and explain the science of language. Linguistics students gain skills that prepare them for careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Government
  • Publishing
  • Film
  • Computer Technology
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Medicine

Expand your horizons and job prospects with the knowledge – practical and academic – that you will receive with a Linguistics Minor.

Linguistics Minor Requirements

(21 credits)  Individual courses may be counted only once for the minor.

1. English 383 (Introduction to Linguistics) (3 credits)

2. Two of the following: English 301 (Modern Grammars), 320 (Special Topics in Linguistics: OC), 341 (History of the English Language), 384 (Sociolinguistics), 452 (Applied Linguistics) (6 credits)

3. One three-hundred level course in French, Spanish, or German or a fourth-semester course in Russian or Japanese (3 credits) (Excluding German 312 and 314, Spanish 300 and 307, French 303 and 312, and Japanese 315) (3 credits)

4. Three courses from the following list of electives: (9 credits) 

  • Anthropology 102 (Introduction to Anthropology), 274 (Language in Culture), 366 (Evolution of Human Language)
  • Communications 316 (Gender and Discourse), 318 (Intercultural Communication), 268 (Gender Communication and Relationships)
  • Computer Science 381 (Introduction to the Theory of Computing)
  • English 281 (Intro. To English Studies), 283 (Speaking Globally), 301 (Modern Grammars), 320 (Special Topics in Linguistics: OC), 341 (History of the English Language), 384 (Sociolinguistics), 452 (Applied Linguistics), 322 (Theories of Rhetoric and Writing), 385 (Computers and Writing), 386 (Rhetoric of Literature), 387 (Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition)
  • French 303 (Phonetics), 312 (Advanced French Grammar)
  • German 312 (Advanced Grammar), 314 (German Phonetics)
  • Philosophy 202 (Symbolic Logic), 316 (Introduction to Cognitive Science), 422 (Philosophy of Language)
  • Political Science 253 (Intro to law), 304 (Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics), 330 (Discrimination and Legal Remedies), and 373 (Gender, Law, and Policy)
  • Psychology 271 (Cross-Cultural Psychology), 380 (Cognitive Psychology), 391 (Developmental Psychology)
  • Spanish 307 (Spanish Phonetics), 312 (Advanced Spanish Grammar I), 372 (Spanish in the U.S.)
  • Sociology 331 (Social Stratification), 359 (Minority Groups), 321 (Social Psychology), 325 (Collective Behavior and Social Movements) 
Professional Writing Minor

Professional Writing is a minor in the English Department and offers specialized study for students wishing to gain experience in workplace and community writing (i.e. writing with non-profits and community activist groups). At its core, Professional Writing examines how writing circulates as a tool to facilitate social action in communities and workplaces. This minor asks students to study the practices of community and workplace writing which include, but not limited to: community publishing, advocacy writing, and community-based research. These scenes of community writing emphasize that professional writing is collaborative, community-centered, and concerned with contemporary issues of justice and power.

In this minor, students will develop advanced writing and rhetoric skills with an emphasis on writing for and in public and disciplinary communities; on writing in digital and technical environments; and on editing and publishing in a variety of professional and community contexts. The minor prepares students for careers in non-profit management, professional editing and publishing, technical writing, content management, and web and visual design. It may prepare students for further studies in writing, technical writing, rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and the study of workplace and community writing cultures.

Learning Outcomes

Rhetorical Invention

Learn rhetorical principles to assist in the invention of professional deliverables (i.e. multimodal presentations, web content, blog posts, and social media content) and documents (i.e. social media toolkits, brochures, resumes and cover letters, memos).    

Community Engagement

Practice decision-making with a series of stakeholders to gain experience with the negotiations, deadlines, and reflective practices necessary when working in a professional writing setting.  

Strategic Communication

Apply rhetorical principles to strategically create effective deliverables that communicate information to a particular audience utilizing the most effective medium.  

Digital Literacy

Develop digital literacy practices and ethics necessary as writers who work in a digital world.

Requirements

  1. English 207 Introduction to Professional Writing (3 credits)

    1. This is the only prerequisite for this minor and is an explore course

  2. English 317 Technical Writing (3 credits)

  3. English 389 Multimodal Writing (3 credits)

  4. English 402 Internship (3 credits)

    1. This also serves as the capstone course 

*complete 3 of the following courses:

  1. English 322 Theories of Rhetoric & Writing (3 credits)
  2. English 388 Grant Writing Foundations (3 credits)
  3. English 385 Topics in Professional & Digital Writing (3 credits)
  4. English 387 Special Topics in Rhetoric & Composition (3 credits)
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Rhetoric Minor
LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH MINOR

Recommended for students who wish to supplement a major within a related field of the Humanities.

Secondary Education Minor

Recommended for students who are preparing to teach secondary school or who are planning further graduate study in Education.

  1. Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  2. Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:
  • AREA A. 15 credits: Five Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. At least 3 credits must be from each of the four areas below.
    • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 331, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365, or 369. English 344 and English 346 may count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.
    • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 345, 349, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 379, or 380.
    • Group III: Shakespeare, including English 347 or 448.
    • Group IV: Two courses: American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394 or 395.
  • AREA B. 3 credits in Linguistics, including English 301, 320, 341, 383, 384, or 452.
  • AREA C. 3 credits in Creative Writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330, or 405.
  • AREA D. 3 credits in Specialized Literary or Cultural Studies chosen from either of the following groups.
    Group1: Cultural Studies; including 354, 357, 382, 390, 396.
    Group 2: Specialized Literary Studies; including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
  • AREA E. 3 credits in Adolescent Literature, including English 223 or Educational Leadership 303.

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