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Department of Literature and Language  

Curriculum Changes

Literature & Language Curriculum

Overview of Changes for Majors with a General Literature concentration:

This general curriculum revision responds to changing best practices and priorities on three general levels: changes in the profession, changes at the university level, and changes on a departmental level. In keeping with recommendations from the Modern Language Association White Paper or “Teagle Report” we have increased our emphasis on skill-based literacies, global literature, and opportunities for faculty collaboration. In response to the implementation of the ILS curriculum at UNC Asheville, we are formalizing our offerings in diversity-intensive classes. Finally and most significantly, the revisions reflect changes within the department itself. Over the past two years, the department has devoted many hours, meetings and retreats to refining our philosophy and identifying strengths and priorities for student learning and best practices. These changes reflect those visions and involve the following modifications:

  •  The modification of survey courses from four 3-hour courses to three 4-hour courses allows an opportunity for students to encounter major, canonical texts and cultural/historical trends with a focus on the western literary tradition.
  • The addition of a required world literature, post-colonial literature, American ethnic literature course or literature of sex and gender course ensures that students have an opportunity to develop an international breadth and an understanding of cultural identities and differences.
  • The modification of our gateway course, Lit 241 (“Intro. to Poetry”) from an emphasis on poetry to an “Intro. to Literature” course, Lit 240, offers foundational study of other genres (e.g. fiction, drama, non-fiction). This change also broadens the participation of faculty and offers opportunities for collaborative instruction at the introductory level.
  • The modification of our intermediate courses on fiction and on drama from 3 hours to 4 hours accommodates the information literacy emphasis and content. The addition of an intermediate course on poetry parallels other major genre courses. Lit 354 (Masterpieces of Drama) and Lit 356 (Art of the Novel) will be replaced by Lit 325 (Readings in Drama), Lit 326 (Readings in Fiction), and Lit 327 (Readings in Poetry). Each new course will earn four credit hours.
  • The addition of a literary criticism and theory course formalizes this offering for students considering graduate studies in English or Literature.
  •  The addition of a 1-hour co-requisite course on academic presentations (Lit 492) for our capstone requirement reflects our commitment to communication skills, oral competency and undergraduate research.

A handout that clarifies the Proposed Curriculum compared to the Current Curriculum is available from your Advisor.

Overview of Changes for Majors with a Creative Writing Concentration:

Guidelines from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs suggest that the goal for an undergraduate program is mainly "to develop a well-rounded student in the liberal arts and humanities, a student who develops a general expertise in literature, in critical reading, and in persuasive writing. The graduate model of workshops that center mainly on analysis of student work […] presupposes an understanding of literary tradition, an extensive critical vocabulary, and the capacity to incorporate feedback and self-criticism in revision. Because undergraduates have yet to acquire such a background, the undergraduate curriculum requires extensive reading at each level of instruction, even for advanced undergraduate workshops" (AWP Director’s Handbook).

As courses change for general literature students, these will also have an impact on students pursuing the creative writing concentration:

  • Lit 241 (Intro.to Poetry) will be replaced by Lit 240 (Intro.to Literature) with one additional hour.
  • Lit 354 (Masterpieces of Drama) and Lit 356 will be replaced by Lit 325 (Readings in Drama), Lit 327 (Readings in Fiction), and Lit 326 (Readings in Poetry). Each new course will earn four credit hours.

 Other changes that will affect students pursuing the creative writing concentration:

  • Requirements in the 300 level survey courses increase from nine to twelve hours. This will provide complete coverage of the survey courses for creative writing students.
  • Lang 260 will increase from a 3-credit course to a 4-credit course. It will be required for all students pursuing the concentration in creative writing. It will also be a pre-requisite for entry into any 300 level workshops.
  • Students in the creative writing concentration will be required to take either Lit 369 (World Literature) or Lit 368 (Ethnic Literature). This does not increase the number of hours required for majors.
  • There will be an addition of Lang 498 (Oral Presentations in Creative Writing). This will be a 1- hour course for students enrolled in Lang 497 (Senior Seminar).

A handout that clarifies the Proposed Curriculum compared to the Current Curriculum is available from your Advisor.

Overview of Changes for Majors with a Concentration in English with Teacher Licensure or Creative Writing with Teacher Licensure:

Designed especially for prospective teachers, these concentrations prepare students in a broad range of areas expected of English teachers: literature, creative writing, composition, language and oral competency.

As courses change for general literature students, these will also have an impact on students pursuing teacher licensure and/or the creative writing concentration with teaching licensure:

  • Lit 241 Introduction to Poetry) will be replaced by Lit 240 (Introduction to Literature).
  • Lit 354 (Masterpieces of Drama) and Lit 356 will be replaced by Lit 325 (Readings in Drama), Lit 327 (Readings in Poetry), and Lit 326 (Readings in Fiction). Each new course will earn four credit hours.

Changes that will affect students pursuing English with teaching licensure:

  • The elimination of Lang. 323 (The Teaching of Writing and Standard Grammar) and the elimination of Lit. 352 (History of the English Language)
  • The addition of a new combined course, Lang 352 (English Language and the Teaching of Writing) replaces the previous two-course sequence.
  • An additional 3-hour requirement in World Literature and Cultural Diversity
  • Increased hours in the 300 level survey courses from nine to twelve. This will provide complete coverage of the survey courses for creative writing students.
  • Lang 260 will increase from a 3-credit course to a 4-credit course. It will be required for all students pursuing the concentration in creative writing. It will also be a pre-requisite for entry into any 300 level workshops.
  • An addition of a 1-hour course in oral presentations for students enrolled in Lang 492 (Senior Seminar).

Changes that will affect students pursuing Creative Writing with Teacher Licensure

  • The elimination of Lang 323 (The Teaching of Writing and Standard Grammar) and the elimination of Lit 352 (History of the English Language)
  • The addition of a new combined course, Lang 352 (English Language and the Teaching of Writing) replaces the previous two-course sequence.
  • Increase hours in the 300 level survey courses from nine to twelve hours. This will provide complete coverage of the survey courses for creative writing students.
  • Lang 260 will increase from a 3-credit course to a 4-credit course. It will be required for all students pursuing the concentration in creative writing. It will also be a pre-requisite for entry into any 300 level workshops.
  • There will be an addition of Lang 498 (Oral Presentations in Creative Writing). This will be a one hour course for students enrolled in Lang 497 (Senior Seminar).

A handout that clarifies the Proposed Curriculum compared to the Current Curriculum is available from your Advisor.

Last edited by dmccann@unca.edu on June 23, 2014