English - Bachelor of Arts

Concentration: Creative Writing

Departmental Requirements

In addition to meeting the English basic skills requirement, the student majoring in Creative Writing must complete 42 credits in English beyond ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition satisfying the following requirements.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
ENGL 310Critical Writing 43
Select three from the following: 4,59
The Bible as Literature3
Survey of American Literature I3
Survey of American Literature II3
History of Argument3
Survey of English Literature I3
Survey of English Literature II3
Select one from the following: 43
Theory and Criticism: Rhetoric and Culture3
Theory and Criticism: Literature and Culture3
Theory and Criticism: Film, Media and Culture3
Select a minimum of two different Creative Writing workshops from the following:6
Creative Writing: Prose3
Creative Writing: Poetry3
Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3
Creative Writing: Playwriting3
Select two advanced Creative Writing Workshops from the following (300-level workshops are prerequisites for 400-level workshops in the same genre):6
Advanced Creative Writing: Prose Workshop3
Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop3
Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction Prose3
Select two from the following:6
Form and Technique in Fiction3
Form and Technique in Poetry3
Form and Technique in Playwriting3
Select 9 additional credits from English courses numbered 400-499.9
Second Language Requirement: (required- see the section at the bottom of the page)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 640-37
Total Credits120

Concentration: English

Departmental Requirements

In addition to meeting the English basic skills requirement, the student majoring in English must complete 42 credits in English beyond ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition satisfying the following requirements.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
ENGL 310Critical Writing 43
Select four from the following: 4,512
Introduction to Creative Writing3
The Bible as Literature3
Survey of American Literature I3
Survey of American Literature II3
History of Argument3
Survey of English Literature I3
Survey of English Literature II3
Select one from the following: 43
Theory and Criticism: Rhetoric and Culture3
Theory and Criticism: Literature and Culture3
Theory and Criticism: Film, Media and Culture3
Select 6 additional credits from English courses numbered 298-399.6
Students may count 1 or 2 of the following Honors courses towards the requirement of 6 hours of 300-level electives:
Comparative Mythology: Myth, Ritual, and the Life Cycle 63
African and Caribbean: Literature and Film3
The Gothic Imagination3
Literature as Film3
Select one from the following (The following courses may fulfill this requirement at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, if their content is primarily American literature: ENGL 421, 422, 423, 424, 427, 445, 481, 489, 500):3
Advanced Study in American Literature3
Literature of the American Renaissance3
Modern and Contemporary American Poetry3
Latino/a Literature and Culture3
ENGL 405Chaucer3
or ENGL 407 Milton
ENGL 408Shakespeare I3
or ENGL 409 Shakespeare II
Select 9 additional credits from English courses numbered 400-499.9
Second Language Requirement: (required- see the section at the bottom of the page)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 740-37
Total Credits120

Concentration: Literature, Language and Culture

Departmental Requirements

In addition to meeting the English basic skills requirement, the student pursuing an emphasis in Literature, Language, and Culture must complete 42 credits in English beyond ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition satisfying the following requirements.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 1
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 3
Departmental/College Requirements
ENGL 310Critical Writing 43
Select three from the following: 4,59
Survey of American Literature I3
Survey of American Literature II3
Survey of English Literature I3
Survey of English Literature II3
Select one from the above list or the following: 4,53
Introduction to Creative Writing3
The Bible as Literature3
History of Argument3
Select one from the following: 53
Theory and Criticism: Rhetoric and Culture3
Theory and Criticism: Literature and Culture (recommended)3
Theory and Criticism: Film, Media and Culture3
Select one from the following:3
Modern European Drama3
American Drama3
Cultural Identity and Representation Across the Media3
Literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy3
Studies in Drama3
Studies in Poetry3
Studies in the Novel3
Studies in Film3
Chicana/o Literature3
The Short Story3
Literature for Children and Young Adults3
Women Writers3
Mythology3
Southwestern Literature3
Special Topics (with advisor approval)3
Select 3 additional credits from English courses numbered 298-399. 66
Students may count 1 or 2 of the following Honors courses towards the requirement of 6 hours of 300-level electives: 6
Comparative Mythology: Myth, Ritual, and the Life Cycle3
African and Caribbean: Literature and Film3
The Gothic Imagination3
Literature as Film3
Select one from the following (The following courses may fulfill this requirement at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, if their content is primarily American literature: ENGL 421, 422, 423, 424, 427, 445, 481, 489, 500):3
Advanced Study in American Literature3
Literature of the American Renaissance3
Modern and Contemporary American Poetry3
Latino/a Literature and Culture3
ENGL 405Chaucer3
or ENGL 407 Milton
ENGL 408Shakespeare I3
or ENGL 409 Shakespeare II
Select 6 additional credits from English courses numbered 400-499. 76
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Independent Study: Upper Division (with advisor approval)1-3
Chaucer3
Milton3
Shakespeare I3
Shakespeare II3
Advanced Study in Critical Theory3
Advanced Study in a Literary Period or Movement3
Advanced Study in a Literary Form or Genre3
Advanced Study in a Major Author3
Advanced Study in a Major Text3
Advanced Study in Comparative Literature3
British Romanticism3
Victorian Literature3
Literature of the American Renaissance3
Modern and Contemporary American Poetry3
Modern British Fiction3
Postmodern Fiction3
Practicum in the Grammar of American English3
World Literatures3
Latino/a Literature and Culture3
Advanced Study in English Literature3
Advanced Study in American Literature3
Women's Literature3
Cultural Studies: Literature and Theory3
Middle English Textual Cultures3
Second Language Requirement: (required- see the section at the bottom of the page)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 846-43
Total Credits120

Concentration: Rhetoric, Digital Media and Professional Communication

Departmental Requirements

In addition to meeting the English basic skills requirement, the student pursuing a concentration in Rhetoric, Digital Media, and Professional Communication must complete 42 credits in English beyond ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition satisfying the following requirements.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 3
Departmental/College Requirements
ENGL 310Critical Writing 43
Select four from the following: 4,512
Introduction to Creative Writing3
The Bible as Literature3
Survey of American Literature I3
Survey of American Literature II3
History of Argument3
Survey of English Literature I3
Survey of English Literature II3
Select one from the following: 43
Theory and Criticism: Rhetoric and Culture (recommended)3
Theory and Criticism: Literature and Culture3
Theory and Criticism: Film, Media and Culture (recommended)3
Rhetoric and Composition
Select two from the following: 56
History of Rhetoric3
Modern Rhetorical Theory3
Advanced Study in Writing3
Practicum in the Grammar of American English3
Approaches to Composition3
Professional Communication
Select two from the following: 56
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Workplace3
Technical Editing3
Advanced Study in Writing3
Proposal Writing3
Interdisciplinary, Client-Based Project Practicum3
Internship3-6
Digital Rhetoric and Design
Select two from the following: 56
Writing for the Web3
Cultural Identity and Representation Across the Media3
Online Publishing3
Advanced Study in Writing3
Document Design3
Additional Courses
Select 6 credits of upper division level, advisor-approved English courses relevant to program of study. 66
Second Language Requirement: (required- see the section at the bottom of the page)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 746-43
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in the English, for all concentrations, there is a one year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete two semesters from the following:
CHIN 111Elementary Chinese I4
or FREN 111 Elementary French I
or GER 111 Elementary German I
or JPNS 111 Elementary Japanese I
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or JPNS 112 Elementary Japanese II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
For Heritage Learners:
SPAN 213Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
or PORT 213 Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
or PORT 214 Portuguese for Romance Language Students II

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 112 level for the following courses:
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 213 level for the following courses:
PORT 213Portuguese for Romance Language Students I3
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of two years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.