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    English Major: Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    (All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

    36 credits

    Courses listed in more than one category may be counted only once.

    Introductory coursework

    ENG 311Critical Theory3
    ENG 333Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing Studies3
    Total Credits6

    Advanced coursework

    Writing 3
    Select one of the following:
    Advanced Composition
    Writing in the Arts and Humanities
    Creative Writing
    Writing in Education
    Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions
    Technical Writing
    Writing in the Sciences
    Grant Writing
    Literary Journal Production and Publication
    Reporting and Copy Editing
    Feature and Specialized Writing
    Creative Nonfiction
    Prose style and editing
    ENG 313Prose Style and Editing3
    Shakespeare
    ENG 363Shakespeare I3
    or ENG 364 Shakespeare II
    Language and grammar
    Select one of the following:3
    History of the English Language
    Introduction to Linguistics
    Modern English Grammars
    Literature
    Select three credits from any 300/400 level course3
    Total Credits15

    Senior coursework

    Senior seminar
    ENG 497Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing Studies3
    Capstone
    ENG 413Writing Portfolio3
    Total Credits6

    Electives

    Select nine credits of the following: 9
    Writing Tutor Practicum
    Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
    Communication Criticism
    Advanced Composition
    Writing in the Arts and Humanities 2
    Creative Writing 2
    Writing in Education 2
    Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions 2
    Technical Writing 2
    Writing in the Sciences 2
    Grant Writing
    Journalism and New Media
    Literary Journal Production and Publication
    Reporting and Copy Editing 2
    Feature and Specialized Writing 2
    Publishing in a Digital Age
    History of the English Language
    Introduction to Linguistics
    Modern English Grammars 3
    Language Study for Teachers
    Introduction to Professional Writing
    The Rhetorics of Style
    The Essay
    Creative Nonfiction
    Individual Projects
    Topics in Critical Theory
    Seminar in Advanced Fiction Writing
    Seminar in Advanced Poetry Writing
    Introduction to Teaching Writing
    Chinese Discourse
    Topics in Linguistics
    Forms of Fiction
    Forms of Poetry
    English Internship
    Total Credits9
    1

    May choose one course from CST 315 or ENG 302 when appropriately focused.

    2

     May choose one course from ENG 304ENG 305, ENG 306, ENG 307, ENG 308, ENG 309, ENG 325, ENG 326.

    All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

    College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

    The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

    1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
    2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
    3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
    4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
    5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
    6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

    Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

    Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CLS Academic Services Office in 260 Morris Hall:

    A. Language track

    1. Native speakers of English complete:
      Select one of the following:
      Intermediate Chinese II
      Intermediate French II
      Intermediate German II
      Intermediate Russian II
      Intermediate Spanish II
      World Languages: Intermediate II
      Heritage Language: Intermediate
      Heritage Language: Advanced
      Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
    2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

    B. Humanities track

    1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
    2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: history, English, philosophy; and
    3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

    C. Fine arts track

    1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
    2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, communication studies, music, theatre; and
    3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
    In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
    1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
    2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
    3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

    Baccalaureate degree requirements

    Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

    1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
    2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
    3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
    4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UW-L as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
    5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
    6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UW-L is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
    7. File a completed "Apply for Graduation" form via the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
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    Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

    No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

    Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). This sample plan also assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan. Actual degree plans may differ. Some courses may not be offered every term. Review course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

    The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UW-L in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

    General Education Program
    General education (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UW-L. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education curriculum. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Consult with your advisor and/or the assistant to the dean in your college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

    Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

    This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career.

    Year 1
    FallCreditsSpringCredits
    ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
    Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3102+ Level Gen Ed/CLS Core Language14
    Gen Ed Arts2Gen Ed Global Studies3
    Gen Ed Self & Society3HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
    Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Arts2
     15 15
    Year 2
    FallCreditsSpringCredits
    Gen Ed Minority Cultures3ENG 3113
    CLS Core Elective3Gen Ed Elective3
    Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Minor Course3
    Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4ENG 3133
    Gen Ed Elective3Advanced Writing3
     16 15
    Year 3
    FallCreditsSpringCredits
    Minor Course3Minor Course3
    CLS Core Elective3Language and Grammar3
    ENG 3333Literature3
    ENG Elective3ENG Elective3
    ENG 363 or 3643CLS Core Diversity Elective3
     15 15
    Year 4
    FallCreditsSpringCredits
    Gen Ed Elective3ENG 4133
    ENG 4973Minor Course3
    ENG Elective3Minor Course3
    University Elective3Minor Course3
    University Elective3University Elective2
     15 14
    Total Credits: 120
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    CLS Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. CLS Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.

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