What are the Areas of Emphasis, and how do they work?

An Area of Emphasis is a group of four or more related courses within a major or coherent field of study. The English department introduced Areas of Emphasis to the Major in the Spring of 2009. We advise you to use the areas as suggestions for concentration in a particular genre or field of English Studies. Do you really love Medieval Literature or Creative Writing? By declaring an Area of Emphasis within your English Major, you can now map out the best way to satisfy all your Major Requirements while still focusing closely on the fields you find most interesting. The Areas of Emphasis are yet another way for our majors to tailor their degrees to their particular wishes and needs.

What can you concentrate your major work on now?

Right now, we have twelve different Areas of Emphasis that you may elect to pursue:

Medieval Literature: focuses on early literatures and languages from the British Isles , including work in Old English and Middle Welsh. Contact: Dr. Jonathan Evans.

Studies in the Novel: examines what makes "the novel" unique within English Studies, studying examples of the novel from the inception of the genre through contemporary explorations of what the medium can do. Contact: Dr. Richard Menke

Creative Writing: intensely focuses on Creative Writing classes and also includes discussion of classic and contemporary examples of creative literature. Contact: Dr. Christine Lasek-White

Humanities Computing: examines how English Studies work in new media and the digital age. Contact: Position Vacant.

Multicultural American Literature: combines work in a variety of disciplines and examines the literary and artistic productions of peoples historically under-represented in English curricula. Contact: Dr. Carmen Comeaux. 

Rhetoric and Composition: looks at what writing is and means. In this concentration you will examine how the way a thing is stated or formed affects/reflects meaning within the composition itself and the cultural circumstances that produced it as well. Contact: Dr. Michelle Ballif.

English Language Studies: is a sister-concentration to Linguistics. In this track, you will examine how English as a language functions and the interplay between language and literature. Contact: Dr. William Kretzschmar.

Advanced Studies in English: has been dubbed the "Grad School Track" by our majors. This concentration will prepare you for continuing your Studies at the Graduate and Professional levels, whether in Law, Business, Medical school or other programs. The track helps specifically with preparation for the GRE subject test in English, emphasizing literary theory, advanced writing, and historical coverage. Contact: Dr. Sujata Iyengar .

Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies: will bring out your latent English nerd. If you love all things Renaissance -- history or the languages or even the fashions -- this cross-departmental concentration provides the ultimate foundation in Renaissance (or Early Modern) Studies. Contact: Dr. Sujata Iyengar .

American Literature: Extensive study of American literature from its colonial origins to the present, including writers of all races, religions, and nationalities. Contact: Dr. Cody Marrs. 

Poetics: poetry in theory and in practice from its ancient roots to the present day. Contact: Dr. Susan Rosenbaum.

Eighteenth-Century Literature: An area of emphasis in eighteenth-century British literature provides students a grounding in literary studies that can be applied to versatile fields, including law, literary studies, and business. The age witnessed the creation of the novel as a literary genre, the honing of ethics as a philosophical practice, the emergence of feminist discourse, and the rise of commercial culture and capitalism. The courses in this area will introduce you to the modern age (the age in which we still live) at its inception.

Areas of Emphasis are primarily intended as a student's self-advisement tools, ways of planning and tracking progress of study within the English Major as a whole. As such, please note that because of budgetary and staffing constraints, we cannot guarantee that students who have declared an area of emphasis will be able to complete it in any given year. Any student wishing to pursue an Area of Emphasis must come see either the Undergraduate Coordinator or Administrative Coordinator for advisement at the start of his or her Junior Year.

Which courses are accepted for each Area of Emphasis?

Each Area has a set of Required courses as well as a selection of "Emphasis Elective" courses from which students may choose.

Medieval Literature:

Required: ENGL (LING) 4060 Old English 
Three more Old or Medieval English Literature Classes

(ENGL 4197 Middle Welsh, ENGL 4210 Old English Literature, ENGL 4220 Beowulf, ENGL 4222 Topics in Early Brit. Lit, ENGL 4225 Age of Cathedrals: Lit. Culture in the High Middle Ages, ENGL 4230 Medieval Literature, ENGL 4240 Chaucer, ENGL 4270 Medieval Romance, ENGL 4290 Topics in Medieval Literature, ENGL 4296 Literature of Medieval Wales, ENGL 4297 Middle Welsh)

Studies in the Novel:

Required: ENGL 4864 History and Theory of the Novel

One Class in the Novel Before 1900

(ENGL 4430 18th c. English Novel, ENGL 4520 19th c. British Novel, ENGL 4730 American Novel to 1900, ENGL 4505 Jane Austen, ENGL 4525W Dickens, ENGL 4721 Mark Twain, ENGL 4723 Melville, ENGL 4865 Topics in the Novel before 1900) 

One Class in the Novel After 1900

(ENGL 4670 20th c. British Novel, ENGL 4675 21st c. British Fiction,  ENGL 4685 Postcolonial Literature, ENGL 4698 James Joyce,  ENGL 4760 Contemporary American Literature, ENGL 4780 20th c. American Novel, ENGL 4685 Postcolonial Literature, ENGL 4698 James Joyce, ENGL 4795 William Faulkner, ENGL 4866 Topics in the Novel after 1900)

 

One additional English class in the Novel

([includes all of the above plus any of the following]: ENGL 4630 African American Fiction, ENGL 4640 Film as Literature (when appropriate per topic), ENGL 4720 American Realism and Naturalism, ENGL 4876 Fantasy Literature)

 

Creative Writing:

Required: ENGL 3800 Intro to Creative Writing,  ENGL 4800 Advanced Creative Writing (2 sections) 

One Contemporary Literature or Genre class

(ENGL 4660 20th c. British Poetry, ENGL 4670 20th c. British Novel, ENGL 4680 Modern Irish Literature, ENGL 4690 Topics in 20th c. British Literature, ENGL 4760 Contemporary American Literature, ENGL 4770 20th c. American Poetry, ENGL 4790 Topics in American Literature, ENGL 4821 Poetics, ENGL 4860 Multicultural Topics in American Literature, ENGL 4864 History and Theory of the Novel, ENGL 4865 Topics in the Novel before 1900, ENGL 4866 Topics in the Novel after 1900, ENGL (AFAM) 4884 Contemporary African-American Writing)

Humanities Computing:

Any Four Humanities Computing classes

ENGL 3410 Literature and Media, ENGL 3590W Technical and Professional Communication, ENGL 4832W Writing for the World Wide Web, ENGL 4837W Digital Storytelling, ENGL(LING) 4886 Text and Corpus Analysis, ENGL 4885 Intro to Humanities Computing, ENGL 4888 Humanities Computing I, ENGL 4889 Humanities Computing II

Multicultural American Literature:

Required: ENGL 2400 Multicultural Literature in America Or ENGL 3230 Development of African American Literature
Choose three of the following courses, reflecting at least two ethnic groups.

(ENGL 3410 The Modern Civil Rights Movement in Literature and Culture, ENGL 4620 African American Poetry, ENGL 4630 African American Fiction, ENGL 4685 Postcolonial Literature, ENGL 4695 Topics in Postcolonial Literature, ENGL 4860 Multicultural Topics in American Literature, ENGL 4880 Topics in African American Literature, ENGL 4884 Topics in African American Literature)

One more class, this one from outside the English department. After consultation with your faculty mentor, choose 1 class with a Multicultural or Postcolonial focus in HIST, CMLT, RELI, Education, WMST, or POLS.

Rhetoric and Composition:

At least three courses from this list:

(ENGL 3590 Technical and Professional Communication, ENGL 3600W Advanced Composition, ENGL 3850S Writing and Community, ENGL 3860W Science Writing for General Audiences, ENGL 4830W Advanced Studies in Writing, ENGL 4831 Advanced Studies in Writing: the Critical Essay, ENGL 4832 Writing for the World Wide Web,  ENGL 4833 Composition Theory and Pedagogy, ENGL 4836 Writing About Health and Medicine, ENGL 4837 Digital Storytelling, ENGL 4850 Rhetoric, Literature and Textuality)

The fourth class may also come from the following list:

(ENGL ENGL/LING 4170 Second Language Acquisition, ENGL 4810 Literary Magazine Editing and Publishing, ENGL 4820 Literary Theory, ENGL 4825 Topics in Literary Theory, ENGL 4840 Internship in Literary Media (requires prior approval from the Undergraduate Office), ENGL 4888 Humanities Computing, LLED 4450 Language and Literacy Education, COMM 4200 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, SPCM 4210 Classical Rhetoric, COMM 4220 Argumentation)

Students are encouraged to take a 5th course from the following: ELAN 4450 Teaching Writing in the Secondary School, JOUR 3410 New Writing and Reporting, JOUR 3410H News Writing and Reporting (Honors), SPCM 4200 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, SPCM 4210 Classical Rhetoric, SPCM 4220 Theories of Argumentation

English Language Studies:

Required: ENGL 4005 History of the English Language 
Three classes from this list:

(ENGL 3030 World Englishes: Language, Literature, and Pegagogy, ENGL 3150 Generative Syntax, ENGL 4010 American English, ENGL 4040 Language Use in the African American Community, ENGL 4050 Structure of African American English, ENGL 4060 Old English, ENGL 4100 Lexicography, ENGL 4110 English Grammar, ENGL 4170 Second Language Acquisition, ENGL 4180 ESL Error Analysis, ENGL 4190 Topics in English Language, ENGL 4886 Text and Corpus Analysis)

Advanced Studies in English:

Required: ENGL 4820 Literary Theory 
A third pre-1800 class 
A second theory or genre class 
An advanced Writing Class from this list:

(ENGL 4830W Advanced Studies in Writing, ENGL 4831W Advanced Studies in Writing: The Critical Esssay, ENGL 4832W Writing for the World Wide Web, ENGL 4995W Senior Seminar)

Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies:

Four Renaissance classes, including

either one Medieval class and one class from outside the department with a bearing on Renaissance Studies
or
two classes from outside the department with a bearing on Renaissance Studies

American Literature: (Now Available)

Required: ENGL 2330 American Literature from the Beginnings to 1865 or ENGL 2340 American Literature from 1865 to the Present, or ENGL 2370H American Literature from the Beginnings to 1865 (Honors), or ENGL 2380H American Literature from 1865 to the Present (Honors) taken during first or second year to satisfy Area F/VI of Core or/and for Area C/IV or as general electives.

Required: One course in American or Multicultural Literature

(ENGL 4620 African American Poetry, ENGL 4630 African American Fiction, ENGL 4642/6642-4642L/6642L Films About the American South, ENGL 4700 People of Paradox: American Colonial Voices, ENGL 4710 Emancipated Imagination: American Renaissance, ENGL 4712 Poe, ENGL 4720 American Realism and Naturalism, ENGL 4721 Twain, ENGL 4723 Melville, ENGL 4730 American Novel to 1900, ENGL 4740 Southern Literature, ENGL 4750 American Modernism, ENGL 4760 Contemporary American Literature, ENGL 4770 Twentieth-Century American Poetry, ENGL 4780 Twentieth-Century American Novel, ENGL 4790 Topics in American Literature, ENGL 4791 American Autobiography, ENGL 4860 Multicultural Topics in American Literature, ENGL 4874 Literature and the Civil War, ENGL 4880 Topics in African American Literature, ENGL 4884 Contemporary African-American Writing)

Four more American classes from the following:

(ENGL 4642/6642-4642L/6642L Films About the American South, ENGL 4700 People of Paradox: American Colonial Voices, ENGL 4710 Emancipated Imagination: American Renaissance, ENGL 4712 Poe, ENGL 4720 American Realism and Naturalism, ENGL 4721 Twain, ENGL 4723 Melville, ENGL 4730 American Novel to 1900, ENGL 4740 Southern Literature, ENGL 4750 American Modernism, ENGL 4760 Contemporary American Literature, ENGL 4770 Twentieth-Century American Poetry, ENGL 4780 Twentieth-Century American Novel, ENGL 4790 Topics in American Literature, ENGL 4791 American Autobiography, ENGL 4860 Multicultural Topics in American Literature, ENGL 4874 Literature and the Civil War, ENGL 4880 Topics in African-American Literature, ENGL 4884 Contemporary African-American Writing)

 

Poetics:

Required: ENGL 4821 Poetics

 

One class in poetry before 1800

(ENGL 4060 Old English, ENGL 4210 Old English Literature, ENGL 4220 Beowulf, 4230/4230W Medieval Literature,, ENGL 4240/4240W Chaucer, ENGL 4270 Medieval Romance, ENGL 4296 Literature of Medieval Wales, ENGL 4300/4300W Elizabethan Poetry, ENGL 4320/4320W Shakespeare I: Selection, ENGL 4330/4330W/4330E/4330S Shakespeare II: Topics, ENGL 4340 Renaissance Drama, ENGL 4350 17th-Century Poetry, ENGL 4370 Milton, or a topics course with a focus on poetry before 1800)

 

One class in poetry after 1800 (includes Romantic poetry)

(ENGL 4500 Romantic Literature, ENGL 4540 Victorian Poetry, ENGL[AFAM] 4620 African American Poetry, ENGL 4660 20th-Century British Poetry, ENGL 4770 20th-Century American Poetry, or a topics course with a focus on poetry after 1800 [including Romantic poetry])

 

One additional English class centered on poetry or poetics. For instance, a class from the lists above or ENGL 3050 Intro to Poetry, ENGL 4800W Advanced Creative Writing with a specified poetry or poetics focus; or any ENGL topics class with a poetry or poetics focus

 

Eighteenth-Century Literature:

Choose four courses from the following list:

(ENGL 4333E/6333E Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century, ENGL 4400/6400 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Drama, ENGL 4420/6420 Early Eighteenth-Century Prose and Poetry, ENGL 4430 The Eighteenth-Century English Novel, ENGL 4440 The Age of Johnson,  ENGL 4450 The Global Eighteenth Century, ENGL 4460 Women in the Eighteenth Century, ENGL 4460E Women of the Eighteenth Century online, ENGL 4480/6480 Scottish Literature of the Eighteenth Century, ENGL 4490 Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature, ENGL 4491-4491L The Eighteenth Century on Film, ENGL 4700 People of Paradox: American Colonial Voices)

 

*Please note: courses outside the English major may have lower division prerequisites. Check the University Bulletin to find out what prerequisites you may need in order to enroll in courses outside of the English Major.

*Also note: while many Graduate Level Courses are accepted for various Areas of Emphasis, only 3 Graduate Level Courses in total may be applied toward an Undergraduate Degree at the University of Georgia .

For all Areas of Emphasis, if students feel that a course they have taken for the English Major should apply towards an Area of Emphasis, they may petition the Undergraduate Committee and appropriate Area Faculty for the course's inclusion within their Area of Emphasis work.