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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, MODERN LANGUAGES, AND CULTURAL STUDIES

Office: 143 Peltier Hall
Phone: 985-448 4453
Professors: R. Alexander (Head), Barker.
Associate Professors: Banville, Conner, Eustis, Kennedy, M. Martin, Perkins, Scherer, J. Smith, M. Theriot,  Walton, R. White.
Assistant Professors: K. Collins, Fabrizio, Monier, Piller, Remark.
Instructors: M. Bernard, M. Cagle, A. Cortez, Duet, Goedker, Jambotkar, Keefe, Portier, Rizzuto, Spencer, Staley, Yazwinski.

The Department of English, Modern Languages, and Cultural Studies offers three degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.), and the Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.).

ENGLISH PROGRAM

The University awards the Bachelor of Arts in English. A student earning this degree must meet the minimum requirements for graduation from the College of Liberal Arts in addition to the requirements listed below for a major in English.

Mission

The English program offers courses in five areas of concentration (children’s and young adult literature, creative writing, film studies, literary studies, and rhetoric/professional writing) that lead to a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. The program in English aims to prepare students for graduate school, professional school, and careers in fields where effective communications skills are required. Programs in English also support the University’s mission to deliver “accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions” by focusing upon aesthetic, cultural, and ethical issues and by promoting both diversity and tolerance.

Minors

The Department of English, Modern Languages, and Cultural Studies offers minors in African-American Studies, Bayou Studies, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, French, Humanities, Literary Studies, Professional Writing, and Spanish. See specific requirements below.

African-American Studies Minor

The University offers a minor in African-American Studies after successful completion of 18 hours of coursework in the following curricula: ENGL 323, GOVT 325, HIST 304, HIST 311, HIST 325, MACO 452, MUS 319, MUS 326, SOCI 204, SOCI 395.

Special Topic Courses require prior approval of the English, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Department Head: ART 482, ENGL 215, ENGL 216, ENGL 217, ENGL 325, ENGL 326, ENGL 327, ENGL 340, ENGL 341, ENGL 365, ENGL 440, ENGL 475, ENGL 476, HIST 340, HIST 490, HIST 496, IDST 420, MUS 386, SOCI 372.

Students must choose courses in at least three disciplines, and at least 15 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Bayou Studies Minor

The University offers a minor in Bayou Studies after successful completion of 18 hours of courses that include content about local or regional history, literature, culture, language and geography. Nine hours must include IDST 201 (Bayou Region Field Explorations) and ENGL 426 (Bayou Culture) as well as either ENGL 427 or HIST 371. The remaining nine hours can be chosen from the following list, with at least three of those hours coming from GEOG 375, SOCI 204, or SOCI 395.

BIOL 215: Pirogue Biology FREN 101: Elementary French I
CULA 401: Culinary History of the South FREN 102: Elementary French II
CULA 279: Cajun and Creole Cuisine GEOG 375: Geography of Louisiana
ENGL 326: Intro to Folklore HIST 371: Louisiana History
ENGL 427: Louisiana Literature HUMA 303: French Literature in Translation
ENGL 490: Language and Culture SOCI 204: Cultural Diversity of America
SOCI 395: Racial and Cultural Minorities

Students may substitute up to sic hours of other special topics or themed courses that have a main focus or theme that addresses bayou studies or, more broadly, Louisiana. Approval of Department Head of English, Modern Languages, and Cultural Studies is required for substitutions.

Children’s and Young Adult Literature Minor

A minor in Children’s and Young Adult Literature requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all English courses from ENGL 212 or 213, ENGL 318, 319, and 406, and 6 hours from ENGL 318*, 319*, 325**, 326, 340**, 430**, 440**, or 476**.

*These courses may be repeated for up to six credit hours when course content differs.
**These courses may count toward the concentration when the themes are relevant to Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Creative Writing Minor

A minor in Creative Writing requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all English courses, to include ENGL 265, 430, 6 hours from ENGL 309, 311, and 312, and 6 additional semester hours of 300-level or above ENGL literature or film electives.

English Minor

A minor in English requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all coures in English, to include ENGL 220, ENGL 315 and 316 or ENGL 321 and 322, and at least 9 additional semester hours of ENGL electives from courses numbered 300 or above.

Film Studies Minor

A minor in Film Studies requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in each course to be selected from ENGL 240, 340, 341, 346, 440, 441, and 446. All listed courses, except for ENGL 240, 346, or 446 may be taken twice for credit if course content differs.

French Minor

A minor in French requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses in French to include FREN 101, 102, 201, 202, and 6 semester hours of French electives from courses numbered 300 or above.

Humanities (HUMA)

The University offers a minor in the Humanities upon the successful completion of at least 18 hours above General Education requirements in the following curricula:

ART (non-performance) HUMA (any course)
COMD 350 IDST 420 (depending on topic)
CULA 101, 401 LDST (any course)
EDUC 339 MACO 101, 355
ENGL (literature, film studies) MUS (non-performance)
FNAR (non-perforance) PHIL (any course)
Foreign Languages PSYC 303, 480
GEOG 104, 340 SOCI 204, 303, 372 (depending on topic), 395, 404
GOVT 355 SPCH (non-performance)
HIST (any course)

The total hours in the Humanities minor (18) must include courses in at least three areas of the humanities outside the student’s major with a minimum of 9 hours in courses numbered 300 or above. Students must earn a C or better in all courses counted toward the minor.

Literary Studies Minor

A minor in Literary Studies requires 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all English courses, to include ENGL 220, either ENGL 315 and 316 or ENGL 321 and 322, and 9 additional semester hours of ENGL literature electives with at least 6 hours from courses numbered 300 or above.

Professional Writing Minor

A minor in Professional Writing requires 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses in English, to include ENGL 220, 3 hours from ENGL 264, 270, 309, 311, 312, 333, 367, 489, or 493 and 12 hours from ENGL 365, 432, 465, 467, 496, 497, or 498.

Spanish Minor

A minor in Spanish requires the completion of 21 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses in Spanish to include SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202, and 9 semester hours of a Spanish elective from courses numbered 300 or above.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES PROGRAM

The university awards two degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies: the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Associate of General Studies. Students seeking to earn either degree must complete all degree program requirements and satisfy the minimum requirements of the university and the specific requirements for the degree.

Mission

The Interdisciplinary Studies program coordinates and fosters cross-disciplinary connections across all disciplines to help students realize their academic, personal, and professional aspirations. For those students who wish to design their own course of study, the program offers the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.), an interdisciplinary degree that provides a flexible course of study with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Because students are required to demonstrate depth in an academic area and to take courses in oral and written communication and the humanities, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies provides an interdisciplinary emphasis that prepares students for entry into postgraduate studies and the professional world.

Entry into the Major and the Associate of General Studies Degree

The Associate of General Studies Degree has been designed to prepare students for entry into one of the many baccalaureate degree programs offered by the University. The AGS degree validates the importance of general education as a foundation for academic achievement in the selected baccalaureate degree and for future professional advancement. Students may be accepted into the A.G.S. degree program (GSAS major) before completing 60 hours of coursework. All GSAS majors are advised as though they are exploratory students.

The University awards the Associate of General Studies Degree to a student who, in addition to satisfying the University’s minimum requirements for graduation, meets the following requirements: No more than 2 semester hours of H&PE activity courses and no more than 6 hours of performance music courses may be applied toward the A.G.S. Degree.

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