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Required Courses

The following information was pulled from the Samford Catalog.

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

The Department of English offers a major in English, a major in English with a concentration in film studies, and a major in English with a concentration in creative writing, all leading to a bachelor of arts degree. The department also offers a minor in English.

Majors:

English | English with a Concentration in Film Studies | English with a Concentration in Creative Writing

Minor:

English

University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

See University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses. English majors and minors cannot use ENGL 205 (Fiction and Film) to meet the general education humanities requirement.

English Major

The courses listed below are designed to give students both depth and breadth in English literary studies. Students learn the works of individual authors and genres as well as broad literary movements. They demonstrate their ability to research and analyze literature in depth by writing a senior thesis in the senior year.

English Major
Required Courses
Course Credits Total Required Credits
University Core Curriculum   22
General Education Requirements   30-42
English Major   44
English Core   24
ENGL 210 American Literature 4  
ENGL 301 British Literature to 1798 4  
ENGL 302 British Literature since 1798 4  
ENGL 310 Literary Theory 4  
ENGL 340 Shakespeare 4  
ENGL 410 Senior Thesis* 4  
English Electives   20
Select five English courses not already listed as a requirement
for this major. Four of the five must be literature electives;
the remaining course may be a film elective.
(See electives table below) Note: ENGL 200 cannot count
towards this elective requirement.
   
General Electives   20-32

*ENGL 410 (Senior Thesis) must be taken in the senior year.

English Major with a Concentration in Film Studies

The English major with a concentration in film studies combines a foundation in the study of English literature with a strong film studies component. While studying a fundamental literary subject such as Shakespeare, students will learn about the history of cinema and the contributions of influential auteurs, as well as the complex dynamics between film and literature. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in-depth studies of important genres and pivotal movements or nationalities. The study of film necessarily includes reading films critically, researching current scholarship, and writing original arguments. In the first semester of their senior year, students will demonstrate their knowledge by writing a thesis that features film exclusively or combines film and literature.

English Major with a Concentration in Film Studies
Required Courses
Course Credits Total Required Credits
University Core Curriculum   22
General Education Requirements   30-42
English Major with Film Studies Concentration   36
Film Studies Core   28
ENGL 205 Fiction and Film* 4  
ENGL 210 American Literature 4  
ENGL 310 Literary Theory 4  
ENGL 340 Shakespeare 4  
ENGL 350 Film History 4  
ENGL 355 Auteurs 4  
ENGL 410 Senior Thesis 4  
Film Studies Electives (select eight hours)   8
ENGL 307 Film 4  
ENGL 311 Creative Writing: Short Fiction 4  
ENGL 351 Film Adaptation 4  
ENGL 352 Foreign Film 4  
ENGL 353 The Science Fiction Film 4  
ENGL 354 The War Film 4  
ENGL 356 Special Topics in Film Studies 4  
General Electives   28-40

*Students majoring in English with a film studies concentration cannot use ENGL 205 to fulfill the general education humanities requirement.

English Minor

English Minor
Required Courses
Course Credits Total Required Credits
English   20
ENGL 210 American Literature 4  
ENGL 301 British Literature to 1798 4  
ENGL 302 British Literature since 1798 4  
ENGL 340 Shakespeare 4  
English Elective (300-400 level) 4  

English Electives

Students pursuing the English major must choose five electives in addition to the English Core. Four of the five must fall under the literature group while the remaining elective can be film-related.

Course Number/Name Credit Hours
Literature Electives  
ENGL 303 Poetry 4
ENGL 304 Short Story 4
ENGL 305 Novel 4
ENGL 306 Drama 4
ENGL 307 Film 4
ENGL 308 American Literary Movements 4
ENGL 309 Special Topics in Literature 4
ENGL 311 Creative Writing: Short Fiction 4
ENGL 312 Creative Writing: Poetry 4
ENGL 320 Millers, Monks, & Other Malefactors: The Canterbury Tales 4
ENGL 321 Fantasy Literature and the Renaissance 4
ENGL 322 Novels of Seduction in 18th Century Literature 4
ENGL 323 Romantic 4
ENGL 324 American Renaissance 4
ENGL 325 Revolution in Faith: Late 19th Century British Literature 4
ENGL 326 Counterculture and Modern British Literature 4
ENGL 327 The American Century 4
ENGL 328 Minority Literature 4
ENGL 330 Junior Seminar 4
ENGL 333 Internship 1-4
ENGL 400 History of the Language 4
ENGL 420 Comparative Literature 4
Film Electives  
ENGL 205 Fiction and Film 4
ENGL 350 Film History 4
ENGL 355 Auteurs 4
FLME 351 Film Adaptation 4
FLME 352 Foreign Film 4
FLME 353 The Science Fiction Film 4
FLME 354 The War Film 4
FLME 356 Special Topics in Film Studies 4

 

English Major with a Concentration in Creative Writing

The concentration in creative writing combines a foundation in the study of English literature with a strong component in writing poetry, short fiction, and literary nonfiction. Students will learn the history and theory of literary forms alongside the craft of writing. Because the study of creative writing requires extensive reading, creative writing students should expect in-depth study of genres and pivotal literary movements. However, the cornerstone of the creative writing education is the craft-based workshop, small classes where student work is considered along with the work of proven masters. In the spring semester of the senior year, students will demonstrate their skills by writing a creative-writing thesis in a specific genre. Because a creative writing education requires some degree of native ability, all prospective creative writing students must audition by writing sample. Students will be notified by mail of the results of the auditions. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission to the program. Once admitted into the program, students must earn a C- or better in all core concentration courses.

 

English Major with Creative Writing Concentration
Required Courses
Course Credits Total Required Credits
University Core Curriculum   22
General Education Requirements   30
English Major with Creative Writing Concentration   44
Creative Writing Core   36
ENGL 210 American Literature 4  
ENGL 301 British Literature to 1798 4  
ENGL 302 British Literature since 1798 4  
ENGL 310 Literary Theory 4  
ENGL 311 Creative Writing: Short Fiction 4  
ENGL 312 Creative Writing: Poetry 4  
ENGL 340 Shakespeare 4  
ENGL 410 Senior Thesis 4  
Upper-level English Elective 4  
     
Creative Writing Electives (two courses)   8
COMS 311 Rhetorical Criticism 4  
COMS 354 Creative Nonfiction     4  
ENGL 303 Poetry     4  
ENGL 304 Short Story 4  
ENGL 305 Novel     4  
ENGL 306 Drama 4  
ENGL 307 Film 4  
ENGL 355 Auteurs 4  
General Electives   32