B.A. English Studies

124 Credit Hours Beginning Fall 2020, Catalog Year 2021

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First Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
ENG 111 English Composition 3
MAJOR Literary Survey 3
MPF IIC Social Science 3
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MPF IIC Social Science

Recommended course options

  • STC 136 Intro to Interpersonal Communication *
  • WGS 201 Intro to Women's Studies*

MPF III Global Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context (online only)
    Designed to develop the sociological imagination - an imagination that allows students to place themselves in a larger, ever-changing global world. Serves as a prerequisite for upper level sociology courses and as an entry course for the Sociology major, Sociology minors and thematic sequences.
  • ATH 175 Peoples of the World
    Provides an appreciation of human cultural, social, and linguistic variation around the world and through time. Develops anthropological and ethnographic approaches to understanding cultural differences and similarities in political, social and economic organization; marriage and family patterns; environment and beliefs systems; and other aspects of globalized human cultural life.
  • HST 197/198 World History*
    Introduction to the origins and early development of individual civilizations prior to the period of Western European hegemony. Stresses interdependency and interrelations among cultures, and compares social, political, and religious experiences of peoples with one another.
  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
    Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales.
First Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
MAJOR Literary Genre 3
MPF IIA Creative Arts 3
MPF V Math, Formal Reasoning & Tech 3
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-17

MPF IIA Creative Arts 

Recommended course options

  • MUS 185 Diverse Worlds of Music* 
    An investigation of music as it exists in diverse areas around the world. The approach will be ethnomusicological, best defined as an exploration of music and its relationship to human culture.
  • THE 191 Experiencing Theatre 
    This course introduces non-majors to all aspects of theatre arts through online lectures and assignments as well as weekly face-to-face class sessions. This course will help students appreciate the theatre--its role in our lives as well as the ways in which it is created. Credit cannot be applied to the theatre major or minor.

MPF V Math, Fomal Reasoning & Tech 

Recommended course options

  • ENG/ATH/GER 219 Introduction to Linguistics* 
    Scope of linguistics: fundamental concepts and methods of linguistic science (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) in its descriptive and historical aspects.
  • STA 261 Statistics*
    Descriptive statistics, basic probability, random variables, binomial and normal probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation, analysis of variance. Emphasis on applications.
Freshmen are strongly encouraged to take UNV 101 their first semester.
Second Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
MAJOR Literature Course 3
ENG 298 Intro to Literary & Cultural Studies 3
MPF IV Natural Science 3-4
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-16

MPF IV Natural Science

Recommended course options

  • MBI 131 Community Health Perspectives
    Discussion of community health primarily from the perspective of leading causes of disease and death in the U.S. Exploration of the impact of environment, behavior, and disease, including prevention and treatment strategies, on human health, public resources, and quality of life for society.
  • BIO 121 Environmental Biology
    Local, regional, and global environmental issues examined in the context of current ecological theory and principles of resource use and management.
  • PHY 101/111/121/141 + PHY 103L
    • PHY 101 Physics and Society – Introduction of fundamental principles of physics and discussion of the interaction of science and society, both today and in the past. Provides skills in thinking critically about societal problems which have a scientific or technological component.
    • PHY 111 Astronomy and Space Physics – Study of space exploration, astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology.
    • PHY 121 Energy and Environment – Application of physics principles and models to societal uses of energy. Includes mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Energy topics include resources, environmental problems, global atmospheric challenges, nuclear power, solar energy, alternative energy systems, and energy conservation. Algebraic skills are required but no previous course in physics is needed.
    • PHY 141 Physics in Sports – Various aspects of a dozen or more sports are treated using the laws of physics. Provides the non-science student with insight into principles governing motion, dynamics, and other elements of physics in sports.
    • PHY 103L Concepts in Physics Laboratory – Laboratory course illustrating the basic concepts of physics. For the general student; complements physics lecture offerings at the nonspecialist level.
  • GLG 111/121/141 +GLG 115L
    • GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth – Earth as a geophysical-geochemical unit and its internal and external processes. Formation of minerals and their relationships in rocks. Earth stresses and rock deformation, mountain building, and earthquakes. Geomorphic (landscape) evolution by mass wasting and wave, stream, wind, ground water, glacial, and volcanic activity.
    • GLG 121 Environmental Geology – A survey of introductory geology with a sub theme of human interaction with the geologic environment. Topics include flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, water quality and availability, energy, use and abuse of natural resources and land-use planning.
    • GLG 115L Understanding the Earth – Laboratory course exploring Earth from multiple perspectives. Earth in the solar system; Earth in time; the solid Earth; Earth's surface in flux; Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere. 
      Prerequisite or Co-requisite: any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course (students enrolled in these courses are not required to take the lab).
Second Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
MAJOR Multicultural Perspectives 3
MAJOR Studies in Writing 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Third Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
EGS 301 Writing and the Professions 3
MAJOR Studies in Writing (above 300 level) 3
MPF IV Natural Science 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 18

Third Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
MAJOR Advanced English Studies 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
MAJOR Advanced English Studies 3
MAJOR Multicultural Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
EGS 495 Capstone in English Studies 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Abbreviation Key

MP-EL = Experiential Learning

MPF I = English Composition

MPF IIC = Social Science

MPF V = Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology

MPT = Thematic Sequence

MP-AW = Advanced Writing

MPF = Global Miami Plan Foundation

MPF IIB = Humanities

MPF IV = Natural Science

MP-IP = Intercultural Perspectives

MPF IIA = Creative Arts

MPF III = Global Perspectives