Major Requirements in ETS

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Please note: For students matriculated from Fall 2014, no class graded below a C- can count toward the ETS major or minor.


Lower Division Requirements(+)

ETS majors must take six credit hours (generally, two courses) numbered at the 100 or 200 level, including the following required course:

  • ETS 242: Reading and Interpretation

A second lower division course must be chosen from among the following gateway courses:

  • ETS 113: Survey of British Literature to 1789
  • ETS 114: Survey of British Literature since 1789
  • ETS 115: Topics in British Literary History
  • ETS 117: Survey of American Literature to 1865
  • ETS 118: Survey of American Literature since 1865
  • ETS 119: topics in American Literary History
  • ETS 121: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ETS 142: Narratives of Culture
  • ETS 145: Reading Popular Culture
  • ETS 146: Reading Screen Culture
  • ETS 151: Interpretation of Poetry
  • ETS 152: Interpretation of Drama
  • ETS 153: Interpretation of Fiction
  • ETS 154: Interpretation of Film
  • ETS 181: Class and Literary Texts
  • ETS 182: Race and Literary Texts
  • ETS 184: Ethnicity and Literary Texts
  • ETS 192: Gender and Literary Texts

NOTE: Advanced Placement credits do NOT count toward this requirement.

Upper Division Requirements(+)

ETS majors must take 24 credit hours (generally, eight courses) in courses numbered 300 or above, including the following:

  • ETS 305: Critical Analysis
  • Five critical courses numbered 300 or above. Two of these five courses must focus on texts written before 1900.
  • Two remaining elective courses may be chosen from any upper division ETS critical courses, or from among upper division creative writing courses (ETS), ETS 405, or one upper division Literature in Translation course (LIT) or one approved upper division Writing Program course (WRT). Of the two electives, only one may come from outside the department.

Summary of Requirements(+)

Lower Division:

  • 1 gateway course
  • ETS 242

Upper Division:

  • ETS 305
  • 3 ETS critical courses at level 300+
  • 2 ETS critical courses at level 300+ designated “Pre-1900”
  • 2 electives, which may be drawn from:
    • ETS Creative Writing courses at level 300+
    • or ETS 405
    • or ONE approved course from WRT or LIT at level 300+

TOTAL REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS FOR THE MAJOR: 30
*Note: ETS 401, 403, and 405 count for major elective credit only

Students with a particular interest in film and screen studies or in creative writing may wish to pursue a "track" within the major that will help them focus on of these areas through their coursework. Find out more about the Film and Screen Studies Track, as well as the Creative Writing Track, below. Students can also dual major in ETS and English Education

Please note that ETS majors are NOT required to declare a track within the ETS major. Indeed, the department expects that most ETS majors will not specialize in this way. The tracks exist simply as an option for students with serious interests in developing their skills in either film and screen studies or creative writing.


Optional Track Requirements


Film and Screen Studies Requirements(+)

A total of five courses within the ETS major are required to complete the track in Film and Screen Studies (FSS). Students in the FSS track choose one of the following courses as their “gateway” 100-level course: ETS 154 Interpretation of Film, ETS 145 Reading Popular Culture, or ETS 146 Reading Screen Culture. For the FSS track, three of the five ETS critical courses taken must focus on film and screen studies (these courses are identified in the course descriptions on this website), and one major elective must be an upper division film and screen studies course, either in ETS or an approved course from another department (requests for approval should be submitted to the Undergraduate Coordinator). Please note that courses in screenwriting, filmmaking or multimedia production are not eligible for the Film and Screen Studies track.

Students who are already declared ETS majors may enroll in the Film and Screen Studies Track by meeting with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. To make an appointment please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Creative Writing Requirements(+)

ETS majors pursuing a track in Creative Writing will choose either ETS 151 or ETS 153 as their “gateway”100-level course. In addition, students pursuing the CW track will take either ETS 215: Introductory Poetry Workshop or ETS 217: Introductory Fiction workshop at the lower division level. For the CW track, one of the five ETS critical courses taken must be ETS 301: Reading and Writing Prose, ETS 303: Reading and Writing Fiction, or ETS 304: Reading and Writing Poetry, and both major electives must be advanced creative writing workshops (ETS 401 or ETS 403).

Please be aware that the Creative Writing Track will require 33 credit hours (11 courses). ETS 215: Introductory Poetry Workshop or 217: Introductory Fiction Workshop must be taken as a prerequisite to enrollment in ETS 401: Advanced Poetry Workshop or ETS 403: Advanced Fiction Workshop.

Students who are already declared ETS majors may enroll in the Creative Writing Track by meeting with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. To make an appointment please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator.


Minor


ETS Minor Requirements(+)

Students must officially declare their ETS minor by filling out a Declaration of Minor form with the Undergraduate Coordinator (401 Hall of Languages).

The ETS minor requires 18 credit hours of coursework (generally, six courses). Six credit hours (two courses) must be in courses at the 100 or 200 level (lower division) and twelve credits (four courses) must be in courses numbered 300 or above (upper division). The department recommends that one of the lower division courses be ETS 242: Reading and Interpretation. Students may include among their upper division courses either one approved course offered by the Writing Program (WRT) numbered 300 or above, or one approved Literature in Translation course (LIT) numbered 300 or above.

Please note that Advanced Placement credits do NOT count toward the lower division credit requirements for an ETS minor.

To declare an ETS minor, students should complete the Declaration of Minor form (http://syr.edu/registrar/forms/Declaration_of_Minor.pdf) and then bring the form to the English Undergraduate Office (Hall of Languages 401) for the signature of the Undergraduate Coordinator. A copy of the form must be filed with the student’s home college.