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Department of English

The faculty in the Department of English at Troy University deliver an English major, an English minor (with specialization in literature or creative writing), and a graduate-level TESOL concentration (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) as part of the Master of Education program. For course descriptions, please click the "Course Descriptions" link to the left or view the university catalog. 

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Smith Hall

The east wing (foreground) of Smith Hall houses the Department of English at the Troy Campus of Troy University.

Graduates of any of the English Department's programs will develop a foundation for advanced, graduate-level study in English or for the teaching profession. The BA program will provide the background needed for work in such fields as law, theology, philosophy, medicine (in conjunction with preparation in science and mathematics), library science, communications, media technologies, and business. The graduate-level concentration in TESOL provides the background for the teaching of ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language) or for further graduate work in TESOL/Applied Linguistics.

The Department and its faculty also are dedicated to playing a vital role in the university's General Studies Program, for which we provide students with a solid basis in core courses. 


501 University Ave. (Smith Hall, Rm. 274) | Troy, Alabama 36082
Tel. 334-670-3286 | Fax: 334-670-3519 | english@troy.edu


English Major

The purpose of Troy University's English major is to prepare undergraduate students to enter today's professions, public services, or graduate programs with literacy in English and American language. They also gain a knowledge of the world's literary culture adequate for success in today's global culture. They develop skills in formulating answers to questions through open-minded research. They also develop approaches to logical, critical, and creative thinking. Some of the other tangible goals sought in the program include:

  • A development of clarity, directness, and effective personal style in the spoken and written language that characterize a well-educated person in today's global community;

  • An appreciation and understanding of the long process of development behind the language and cultural configurations that define meaningful communication today, and an appreciation and understanding of the necessity for carrying this intellectual development forward in a responsible way;

  • An ability to use linguistic and literary facts, which form the actual substance of the various areas of the English discipline, as enjoyable as well as practical assets in today's occupations and leisure activities;

Advisors in the department help guide English majors to the courses they need in pedagogy, literary theory, and other specific areas of relevance in their curricular packages.Required Courses for the English Major (36 hours)

Specialized General Studies Requirements 

Area V 
ENG 2211 (3) American Literature before 1875 
ENG 2212 (3) American Literature after 1875 
ENG 2244 (3) British Literature before 1785 
ENG 2245 (3) British Literature after 1785 
IS 2241 (3) Computer Concepts and Applications
TROY 1101 (1) University Orientation 

Major Requirements 
ENG 3341 (3) Advanced Grammar 
ENG 4495 (3) Senior Seminar

Select an additional 30 hours of upper division courses, at least nine of which are at the 4000 level or above. 

Students may elect to pursue the English Language Arts Program along with the English major. This track leads toward Alabama certification in English Language Arts for teaching in primary and secondary schools. Future teachers enjoy the benefits that are provided for all English majors, and the track is designed to prepare graduates to teach English, speech, drama, or journalism in secondary schools. It has four distinct and specific goals:

  • To deliver a solid body of factual knowledge in the areas of literature, language, composition, drama, speech, and journalism;

  • To provide effective methods for the instruction of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and presenting skills in effectively-integrated classroom programs in secondary schools;

  • To develop the teaching strategies necessary to accommodate the needs of students of varying aptitudes, interests, and cultural backgrounds;

  • To identify the strengths and weaknesses of our graduates as they complete their pre-service program.

The goals of the English major are in accordance with Troy University's mission statement and its long "historic role in the preparation of teachers."


Required Courses for the English Language Arts Program (139 hours)

Students seeking Alabama teacher certification should complete the English major and the required courses for language arts, in addition to selecting education as a second major. Students should consult their advisors concerning all certification requirements. 

Specialized General Studies Requirements 

See the general studies section of the university catalog for additional information. 

Area II 
COM 2241 (3) Fundamentals of Speech 
DRA 2200 (2) Introduction to Drama 
ENG 2205 (3) World Literature before 1660 
ENG 2206 (3) World Literature after 1660 
Select one of the following: 
ART 1133 (2) Visual Arts
MUS 1131 (2) Music Appreciation 

Area V 
ENG 2211 (3) American Literature before 1875 
ENG 2212 (3) American Literature after 1875 
ENG 2244 (3) British Literature before 1785
ENG 2245 (3) British Literature after 1785
IS 2241 (3) Computer Concepts and Apps.
JRN 1101 (3) Intro. to Mass Communications 
TROY 1101 (1) University Orientation

Required Courses for Language Arts
DRA 2211 (1) Theatre for Youth
DRA 2245 (1) Stagecraft Lab 
DRA 3301 (2) Acting I 
DRA 4451 (3) Directing I 
ENG 3341 (3) Advanced Grammar 
ENG 3371 (3) Literature for Young Adults
ENG 4405 (3) History of the English Language 
ENG 4478 (3) Theory and Practice of Composition: Writing and Learning Across the Curriculum
JRN 3326 (3) Advising Student Publications 
COM 3342 (3) Argumentation and Debate
COM 4441 (2) Oral Interpretation 

Select twelve hours of upper division English electives, six of or which must be at the 4000 level, three of which may be upper-level creative writing.


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