The study of the Language Arts has always been central to a Liberal Arts Curriculum.  The Division of Literature,  Languages, and Philosophy  offers  the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with concentrations in   Literature,   Creative   Writing,   or  certification   in teaching English; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication/Journalism; a Bachelor of Arts degree in  Spanish  and  minor programs  in  Creative Writing, English, Foreign Languages, Journalism, and Philosophy.

The English major provides students with a flexible curriculum, designed to provide the training and marketable skills sought by law schools, public relations firms,  advertising  agencies,  and  graduate  school programs.  To that end, the English major develops the writing and textual analysis skills which are crucial to an increasingly information-laden, text-oriented world in which the average employee will change careers at least five times before retirement. Majors complete both a set of core requirements and courses in a concentration of their choice: Literature, Creative Writing, or English with Teaching Certification.

The Division also offers minor programs in English, French, Spanish, Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Journalism.   These minor programs are designed to complement the major programs offered by Kentucky State University and to provide students with additional flexibility  and  breadth  of  academic  training.    These minors are particularly useful for those students who wish  to  be  flexible  in  future  career  paths,  who  plan careers in fields requiring diverse skills, and who will be pursuing global careers.

Every course offered by the Division emphasizes writing, and students are encouraged to take an active part in classroom discussion. Coursework in foreign languages  emphasizes  written  and  spoken communication skills, and faculty make an effort to acquaint students with the complex relationships that exist between literary traditions and the historical and cultural contexts out of which these traditions arise. Coursework in philosophy addresses fundamental questions about the nature and possibility of knowledge, problems of ethics, logical issues, questions about the nature of reality, and issues that arise in the making and criticism of works of art.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, students must complete a total of 120 semester credit hours with a minimum of 39 semester credit hours in English coursework.  These credit hours must   include   both   a   27-credit-hour core  and  an additional 12 credit hours in one of three concentrations (Literature, Creative Writing or English with Teaching Certification). A total of 45 semester credit hours at the 300/400 level are required for graduation.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Program requires formal application and acceptance into the program.  After a prospective English Major’s successful completion of English 215 or 211, the applicant (or applicant’s advisor) must submit a completed file to the English Major Committee for consideration for admission to the English Major Program.

To apply to be an English Major, you must supply the following materials:

  • Evidence of a minimum GPA of 3.0 in English 101, 102, and 211/215 or a letter of recommendation from your advisor or English instructor;
  • One formally submitted and graded paper from one of your English classes;
  • A letter of application briefly describing yourself and  your  reasons  for  wishing  to  major  in English.

Materials should be submitted in a manila envelope, labeled with the applicant’s complete name, a current phone number, and the applicant’s KSU e-mail address. An applicant may expect written notification of his/her departmental status during the semester of application.

Student Competencies

To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English or a minor in English, students must be able to:

  • express themselves effectively in written English;
  • think critically and analytically;
  • demonstrate  knowledge  of  literature representing a variety of literary forms, figures, and periods;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of literary analysis and criticism;
  • demonstrate general knowledge of the history of the English language and linguistic theories, and standard English grammar; and,
  • demonstrate knowledge of research techniques and use of the library.

A student  who receives below a  “C”  in  two  major classes will have his or her record evaluated by English Major Committee.  The English Major Committee can remove any student from the English major whose academic progress in English classes is deemed insufficient or who has been recommended for removal by an English instructor or by the Division Chair due to academic dishonesty (plagiarism).

Divisional Attendance Policy

For all classes offered by the Division of Literature, Languages and Philosophy, the Divisional Attendance Policy will be enforced. This policy states that missing more than twenty percent (20%) of the course’s  total class meetings for any reason is in itself sufficient cause for a student to receive a failing grade in the course. Instructors may adopt other attendance policies at their own discretion as long as these policies are included in the class syllabus and are within the parameters of the University’s attendance policy.   Instructors will adopt their own policies for lateness and early departure from class and list these policies in the class syllabus.

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