Special Courses

English 195I: Internship Credit

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This course provides qualified students the opportunity to earn unit credit for training in a real working situation.

Majors who have upper division standing and a GPA of 3.0 may apply for the internship credit course. The application requires a form available from the Department office, a written explanation of work to be performed, a faculty sponsor signature, a Company Supervisor signature and the Department chair signature.

Under supervision of English Department faculty, English majors may obtain credit for work with/without pay in publishing, editing, journalism, or other employment related to English literature. Before the beginning of the quarter, the student and supervising faculty member must submit a course description (form available from the Undergraduate Advisor) detailing the internship site and the kind of work expected there, the supplemental reading and writing for the course, and the contact hours with the supervisor. The Undergraduate Staff advisor will notify you after the Undergraduate Committee has reviewed and approved the application.

Credit for an Internship can range from 1 to 4 units. This course may be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units, but only 4 units may count for the major.

English 195I may be taken for a letter grade or pass/not pass, but may only qualify for elective credit with a letter grade.

Undergraduate Independent Studies: English 199

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An English 199 Independent Studies Course offers qualified students an opportunity to pursue a directed and advanced study of a particular subject in British or American literature. English 199 may not be used for internships, general interest reading, fulfillment of any part of the Option 2 language requirement, the exclusive study of any foreign literature in translation, or subject study normally available in regular classes. In special cases a creative writing project may be accepted usually under the direction of a department creative writing instructor.

An English 199 is likely to be the closest experience to individual, original research at the graduate level an undergraduate can have. Because this is partly a directed-reading course, it is recommended that applicants first complete an upper-division course relevant to the subject to be studied. Before applying students should focus on an area of study, problems to solve within it, and a methodology to solve them. For a 4-unit course, the departmental norm for the writing requirement is 15 pages (approximately 4,000 words) of sustained writing.

Requirements for enrolling in English 199:

1. Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) must be at least 3.0 for the preceding three quarters.
2. At least 84 units must have been completed overall.
3. At least two upper-division English courses must have been completed, one of which should be relevant to the subject to be studied.

Approval for a 199 cannot be rushed and is to be completed in the quarter before the project is begun. Do not start the project without full approval and an add-code so you can register for the course!!!

Students are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total for all 98/99 and 198/199/199RA courses combined. A maximum of 8 units of 199/199RA may apply toward the English major.

To find regular faculty members' area of specialization, visit the undergraduate adviser, or see the Faculty Research Interests link under People. Talk to instructors whose interests correspond with the proposed project and, upon agreement, discuss pertinent readings and writing requirements. During the quarter for which the 199 is undertaken, meetings with the instructor will be once a week for 1-2 hours to direct the research, reading, and writing.

To apply, obtain an application in the South Hall Student Service Center in South Hall room 3432.

Undergraduate Independent Research Assistance: English 199RA

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The English 199RA Independent Research Assistance Course gives qualified undergraduates a chance to assist in a faculty research project. The 199RA is designed not only to forward participating instructors' interests, but also to give students significant research experience beyond what would be received in an ordinary undergraduate course.

For each four-unit 199RA course expect to do 10-12 hours of work per week, including a one-hour meeting with the instructor and a significant amount of reading and writing. Professors actively seeking assistants will include a description of their projects with the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) office. Announcements will be made on the English Undergraduate Listserv also.

If there is a faculty member who has not advertised, but whose area of interest corresponds to yours, ask if an assistant is needed. To find regular faculty members' areas of specializations, visit the undergraduate adviser or see the Faculty Research Interests link under People.

Requirements for enrolling in English 199RA:

1. Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) must be at least 3.0 for the preceding three quarters.
2. At least 84 units must have been completed overall.
3. At least two upper-division English courses must have been completed, one of which should be relevant to the subject to be studied.

Students are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total for all 98/99 and 198/199/199RA courses combined. A maximum of 8 units of 199/199RA may apply toward the English major.

Approval for a 199 cannot be rushed and is to be completed in the quarter before the project is begun. Do not start the project without full approval and an add-code so you can register for the course!!!

To apply, obtain an application by visiting the South Hall Student Service Center in South Hall room 3432, or by clicking here.

Special Seminars

Qualified students may take advantage of special seminar courses that are often offered in conjunction with large lecture courses (i.e English 10 and 10S, English 101 and 101S, etc). These one-unit supplementary seminars provide an opportunity for motivated students to work closely with faculty instructors while enriching their large lecture experience. The requirements of the seminar will include reading and/or writing beyond that already assigned in the lecture course. The seminar is a supplement to the main course and as such does not take the place of the regular discussion section for the lecture, which is conducted by a teaching assistant.

If a special seminar will be offered, the faculty member will announce the course on the first day of lecture, along with his or her criteria for admitting students. Students in the Letters & Science Honors Program usually receive priority for admission into the seminar, as the seminars are part of the requirements to complete the College Honors Program, but other students may be admitted based on available space. If you are admitted to the seminar, the instructor will give you a course approval code that will allow you to add the course to your schedule.