English, Linguistics, Major

Liberal Arts (Code 540-205)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency may be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

Major Requirements

Thirty-six semester credits, including:
Core (11 credits)
ENGL 210Introduction to Critical Studies5
ENGL 221Introductory English Linguistics3
ENGL 284Introduction to Theory and Criticism3
Emphasis Requirements
Six linguistics courses
Required (at least one iteration of each of these three courses):
ENGL 321Topics in the Structure of English 13
ENGL 325Topics in Language in Society 13
ENGL 421Seminar in Linguistic Research 13
Elective options:8
Language in Culture and Society
Normal Communication Development
Phonetics: Theory and Application
Language Development and Disorders: Related Disciplines
Special Topics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Second Language Acquisition Theory
Symbolic Logic
Philosophy of Language
Literature/Culture Requirements
Three literature/culture courses, including at least:9
One course from:
American Literature to 1865
Perspectives on Pre-1790 British Literature
Representative Shakespeare
Topics in American Literature to 1865
Chaucer and His Age
Topics in British Literature Before 1790
Shakespearean Topics
One literature/culture course at the 300- or 400-level

1.  Additional iterations of ENGL 321, ENGL 325, and ENGL 421 with a different topic may be counted in Elective options.

NOTE 1: No more than six credits from the 100- or 200-level, with no more than three credits from ENGL 121ENGL 130ENGL 142ENGL 150, or ENGL 181

NOTE 2: Students will need to earn at least 48 unique credits between any approved English program combinations for purposes of meeting graduation requirements for first and second degree programs. 

Information for English Majors and Minors

British Literature/Culture before 1790

ENGL 252Perspectives on Pre-1790 British Literature3
ENGL 257Representative Shakespeare3
ENGL 351Chaucer and His Age3
ENGL 352Topics in British Literature Before 17903
ENGL 357Shakespearean Topics3
ENGL 452Seminar in Early British Literature3

British Literature/Culture after 1790

ENGL 259Perspectives on British Literature After 17903
ENGL 359Topics in British Literature After 17903
ENGL 362Studies in Transatlantic Romanticism3
ENGL 459Seminar in British Literature After 17903

American Literature/Culture before 1865

ENGL 243American Literature to 18653
ENGL 340Topics in American Literature to 18653
ENGL 440Seminar in American Literature Before 18653

American Literature/Culture after 1865

ENGL 244American Literature from 1865-19453
ENGL 245American Literature Since 19453
ENGL 348Topics in American Literature: 1865 - Present3
ENGL 448Seminar in American Literature Since 18653

World/Post-Colonial Literature/Culture

ENGL 130Introduction to World/Postcolonial Literature3
ENGL 230Survey of World/Postcolonial Literature3
ENGL 330Topics in World/Postcolonial Literature3
ENGL/WGSS 332Women in African Literature3
ENGL 430Seminar in World/Postcolonial Literature3

American Ethnic Literature/Culture

ENGL/AIS 142Introduction to American Indian Literatures3
ENGL/AIS 242The American Indian in Literature and Film3
ENGL 268Survey of American Ethnic Literature3
ENGL/AIS 345American Indian Autobiography3
ENGL/AIS 346Major Works in American Indian Literature3
ENGL 368Topics in American Ethnic Literature3
ENGL 468Seminar in American Ethnic Literature3

Women’s Literature/Culture

ENGL/WGSS 296Perspectives on Women's Literature3
ENGL/WGSS 396Studies in Women's Literature3
ENGL 496Seminar in Women's Literature3

Theory, Film, and Popular Culture Studies

ENGL 181Making Sense of the Movies3-4
ENGL 272Perspectives in Popular Texts3
ENGL 281Critical Perspectives on Film3-4
ENGL 372Topics in Popular Culture3
ENGL 381Critical Studies in Film and Culture3-4
ENGL 384Studies in Theory and Criticism3
ENGL 481Seminar in Film, Video, and Moving-Image Culture3-4
ENGL 484Seminar in Critical Theory3

Additional Courses in Literature/Culture

ENGL 150Introduction to Literature3
ENGL/CJ 273Creative and Narrative Nonfiction3
ENGL 274The Short Story3
ENGL 275The Novel3
ENGL 276Poetry3
ENGL 277Drama3
ENGL 392Major Themes in Literature1-3

Creative Writing

ENGL 220Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENGL 310Intermediate Poetry Writing3
ENGL 311Intermediate Fiction/Nonfiction Writing3
ENGL 410Creative Writing Workshop - Poetry3
ENGL 411Creative Writing Workshop - Fiction3
ENGL 412Seminar in Nonfiction Writing3
ENGL 413Prose Writing Workshop-Topics3


ENGL 121Busting Language Myths3
ENGL 221Introductory English Linguistics3
ENGL 321Topics in the Structure of English3
ENGL 325Topics in Language in Society3
ENGL 421Seminar in Linguistic Research3

Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture

ENGL 212Histories and Theories of Rhetoric3
ENGL 307Editing and Publications Management3
ENGL 312Science Writing3
ENGL 313Technical Writing3
ENGL 314Cultural Rhetorics3
ENGL 315Visual Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture3
ENGL 409Grant Proposal Writing3
ENGL 415Seminar in Science and Nature Writing3
ENGL 455Seminar in Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture3