May 24, 2024  
2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, Cultural Studies Concentration, B.A.

Department of English 
Elvira Casal, program coordinator 

A major in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies consists of a minimum of 39 upper-division hours.

  1. Students should take the required ENGL 3000  as soon as possible after declaring an English major or completing freshman and sophomore General Education requirements for English. The other core courses should be distributed throughout each student’s remaining time at the university. It is not recommended to take all three in one semester.
  2. In addition to the four core courses (ENGL 3000 , ENGL 3010 , ENGL 3020 , and ENGL 3030 ) that all English majors must take, an English major with a Cultural Studies concentration must take one of the following courses:
    1. ENGL 3815 - Survey of Popular Culture  
    2. ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States  
  3. The Cultural Studies concentration also includes a 3-credit, upper division course from outside the department. Students may choose from this list or consult their advisors for an appropriate substitution: AAS 4600 , ANTH 3410 , EMC 3650  / JOUR 3650 , HIST 4740 , HIST 4750 , MUHL 3670 , PHIL 3500 , PHIL 4800 , PS 4230 , PS 4920 , PS 4930 , PSY 4820 , SOC 3060 , SOC 4511 , TXMD 2200 , or WGST 4201-4213.
  4. Students will also select seven additional upper-division English courses (21 hours) reflecting the student’s interests.
  5. Including the concentration requirements, courses must represent at least six of the eight areas of English studies:
    1. British Literature I: Courses numbered 3100 or 4100 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature before the Restoration)
    2. British Literature II: Courses numbered 3200 or 4200 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on British literature after the Restoration)
    3. American Literature: Courses numbered 3300 or 4300 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on American literature)
    4. International Literature and Intellectual Backgrounds: Courses numbered 3400 or 4400 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on world literature, or such courses outside the department as HUM 3950  and WGST 4209 )
    5. Grammar and Language: Courses numbered 3500 or 4500
    6.  Writing: Courses numbered 3600 or 4600
    7. Gender and Cultural Studies: Courses numbered 3700 or 4700 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on gender or cultural studies, or such courses outside the department  as  FREN 3130  and WGST courses focusing on literature)
    8. Film and Popular Literature: Courses numbered 3800 or 4800 (or a 3900/4900 special topics course focusing on popular literature or with a substantial film component)
  6.  Courses from the Special Topics3900/4900 number sequence get credit in different categories depending on the topic.
  7. When taught by an English faculty member, certain interdisciplinary Honors seminars (UH 3500 and 4600) may be substituted, with approval, in one of the above groups.
  8. Students who wish to pursue a license to teach English in grades 7-12 should carefully follow the major requirements outlined in English, Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration, B.A.  Students interested in the “classic” major without concentration should consult the description of the English, B.A.  Students interested in other concentrations should consult the English, Literary Studies Concentration, B.A.  or the English, Writing Concentration, B.A.  
  9. Students may not apply more than twelve (12) hours of upper-division distance learning (web-based, correspondence, videoconferencing, or other format) without special permission. No more than three (3) of these hours may be taken outside MTSU.
  10. ENGL 1010 , ENGL 1020 ENGL 2020 ENGL 2030 , or other lower-division English courses may not be counted as part of the hours required for the English major.

Majors are expected to consult a member of the English staff each semester regarding the selection and arrangement of electives. Recommended minors for English majors include Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Film Studies, Writing, and Women’s and Gender Studies, but students may choose any minor from those listed under the B.A. requirements (see Academic Policies and Procedures ) or Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors .

Beginning with Fall 2012, English majors are instructed to keep the English 3000 essay and two other essays from different upper-division classes for submission in the senior writing portfolio. ENGL 4999  (senior writing portfolio) will be required of all English majors graduating under the 2012-13 or later catalogs

Major in English Core Courses (12 hours)

All English majors are required to take the following four core courses:

Recommended Curriculum: English, Cultural Studies

All students pursuing a major in English must complete the General Education requirements and the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may not begin upper-division English studies until they have completed ENGL 1010 , ENGL 1020 , ENGL 2020 , and ENGL 2030 .  Typically students will begin upper-division English studies in the second semester of their sophomore year with ENGL 3000  and one other English course.

The Academic Maps  provide examples of a recommended plan of studies for students who wish to complete their academic requirements within a four-year period. However, there is no single way to complete the program. The department is generally flexible about the order in which courses are taken so long as prerequisites are met. Each English major has an assigned academic advisor. Consulting with this advisor regularly will help the student to individualize the program to his or her own needs and interests.

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 28 Hours

Total hours in program: 120


  *Six English areas must be represented. Program requirements may be taken in any order except for core courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

English, Cultural Studies, B.A., Academic Map