2020-2021 Catalog

 

English - A.B.

The English Major provides students with a broad, liberal arts background, an in-depth study of literature and language, a developing understanding of the human condition, and proficiency in effective communication, both written and oral. The major leads to a wide variety of professional opportunities, whether the graduate looks toward higher education, business, industry, government, law, medicine, social service, publishing, or editing. It is an excellent basis for graduate studies not only in English but also in other areas, particularly when combined with a second major such as Philosophy, History or Religion. The English Education major adds further training and specific professional experience to the liberal arts major (see education section of the catalog).

Foreign Language Requirement (3-12 credits)

All majors will achieve language competency in a modern foreign language in one of the following ways:

1. Earn a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement examination: a) students who score a 3 will earn 3 credits for Beginning I and will need to take Beginning II, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II; b) students who score a 4 will earn 6 credits for Beginning I and Beginning II, and will need to take Intermediate I and Intermediate II; c) students who score a 5 will earn 9 credits for Beginning I, Beginning II, and Intermediate I, and will need to take Intermediate II.

2. Earn a score of 5, 6, or 7 on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level foreign language exam (equivalent to 12 credit hours)*

3. Take the placement test in a language previously studied (Chinese, French, or Spanish) in order to place into the highest-level language course at IWU for which the student is qualified. Students should take the placement at registration or within their first semester, and continue language study; subsequent courses will vary, depending on the level of language placement. The basic requirement is four courses in a given language through the FL 238 level or a single advanced (300-)** level course (please see specific details as listed below).

4. Pass the CLEP exam in French, German, or Spanish through the Intermediate I level and take Intermediate II (238)*** prior to the first semester of junior year or, if completing a Spanish minor, prior to the completion of SPA 349. Students should take the placement exam prior to registering for the CLEP exam;

5. Pass the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), Writing Proficiency (WPT), Reading Proficiency (RPT) and Listening Proficiency (LTP) exams or other proficiency exam approved by the Division of Modern Language and Literature at the intermediate-mid level for languages not taught in the Foreign Language Department at Indiana Wesleyan University. Students who desire such testing must make this request via the Foreign Language Department during their first academic year at Indiana Wesleyan and take the exams on the dates listed on the exam schedule.**** Students may not take the exam in a language once they have begun to study the language at the university level. (including transfer credit or study abroad). Proficiency exams may only be taken twice in a particular language.  Students will be responsible for paying all fees associated with their exams.*****

6. Pass the DELE Spanish proficiency exam at the B1 level (http://chicago.cervantes.es/en/diplomas_spanish/diplomas_dele_register_spanish.htm), pass the DELF French proficiency exam at the B1 level (https://www.afchicago.org/delf-dalf), or pass the HSK Mandarin proficiency exam Level 3 or higher (http://www.iupui.edu/~china/courses/chinese-proficency-test/). Students who desire such testing must make this request via the Foreign Language Department during their first academic year at Indiana Wesleyan and take the exams on the dates listed on the official exam schedule.****** Students may not take the exam in a language once they have begun to study the language at the university level (including transfer credit or study abroad). Proficiency exams may only be taken twice in a particular language. Students will be responsible for paying all fees associated with their exam.*******

7. Earn 12 credits in a foreign language not previously studied. Students may choose between languages currently taught at Indiana Wesleyan University Marion Campus (Chinese, French, or Spanish.);

8. Native speakers of a language other than English may fulfill the requirement by providing proof of proficiency in that language by successful completion of a proficiency exam approved by Foreign Language faculty at the B1 level (see application form). If a student is a native speaker of a language other than English, he/she will likely profit most from either beginning or continuing study of an additional language;

9. Students with a documented learning disability which affects their ability to process language may petition the Center for Student Success for alternative arrangements for preapproved Foreign Language Substitution courses which meet the Indiana Wesleyan University language requirement. Petitions must include recent documentation from a qualified learning disabilities specialist showing evidence of this language-specific disability and be submitted prior to or during the spring semester of their sophomore year.

Please visit the Division of Modern Language and Literature for the Requirement Pathways for Language Courses at IWU.

* For further information regarding Advanced Placement Credit, please visit: https://www.indwes.edu/undergrduate/admissions/transfer-students/_files/iwu-ap-2016-2017.pdf

** 100 level: Beginning I-117, Beginning II-118; 200 level: Intermediate I-237, Intermediate II-238; 300 level: Advanced I-347, Advanced II-349.

*** For more information regarding CLEP credits and Indiana Wesleyan equivalents please visit: https://www.indwes.edu/undergraduate/admissions/transfer-students/_files/iwu-clep-test-2016-2017.pdf

**** Please click the following link https://www.languagetesting.com for further information regarding the ACTFL exams, prices, and test dates.

***** Please click the following link https://www.languagetesting.com for further information regarding the ACTFL exams, prices, and test dates.

****** Please review links for specific dates and exam fees.

******* Fees vary depending on exam.

 

Requirements (42-54 credits)

Major Requirements - Core Courses (12 credits - all required)

ENG-220Approaches to Literary Analysis

3

WRI-234Advanced Writing

3

ENG-315Literary Theory and Criticism

3

ENG-481English Capstone

3

NOTE: ENG/WRI double majors will choose either ENG-481 or WRI-481.

Linguistics (3 credits)

ENG-352History of English Language

3

Literature in Context Courses (9 credits - choose 3 of 4)

ENG-301British Literature I - Medieval to 1800

3

ENG-302British Literature II - 1800 to Present

3

ENG-306American Literature I - Pre-Columbian to 1865

3

ENG-307American Literature II - 1865 to Present

3

Literature Seminars (3 Credits)

ENG-490Literature in Cultural Diversity

3

-or

ENG-495Literature in Gender Diversity

3

Seminar Electives in English (6 Credits at the 310-400 level)

English, Writing, Education, TESOL, Additional Foreign Language electives (9 credits at 165 level or higher, with exception of ENG-180)

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