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Department of English Language and Literature

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Department Chair: Hal Crimmel
Location: Elizabeth Hall, Room 435
Telephone Contact: Emily Evensen 801-626-6251 

Professors: James Russell Burrows, Hal Crimmel, Becky Jo Gesteland, Siân Griffiths, Mark LeTourneau, Karen Marguerite Moloney, Scott Rogers, John Schwiebert, Sally Bishop Shigley, Mahalingam Subbiah, Mikel Vause, Michael Wutz; Associate Professors: Jason Barrett-Fox, Christy Call, Susan McKay, Julia Panko, Ryan Ridge, Abraham Smith, Shelley Thomas; Assistant Professors: Courtney Craggett, Rebekah Cumpsty, David Hartwig, Megan McDonald Van Deventer, Emily Petersen, Chris Scheidler; Instructors: Toni Asay, Ryan Evans, Kristin Friederichs Champi, Jan Hamer, Kyra Hudson, Clint Johnson, Brooke Kelly, Becky Marchant, Sylvia Newman, José Otero, William Pollett, Debi Sheridan, Laura Stott, Sarah Vause

The Department of English Language and Literature offers a broad spectrum of language, literature and writing courses. English majors and minors, English teaching majors and minors, English majors with professional and technical writing emphasis and professional and technical writing minors, and English majors with creative writing emphasis, in consultation with English department advisors, can select programs individually designed to satisfy academic requirements. Furthermore, students preparing for careers in law, medicine, business, public relations and government service may find departmental courses highly beneficial. The English Department has also designed courses for the general student in introductory and intermediate writing and creative writing.

Students transferring to Weber State as English majors, with most of their junior and senior status completed, are required to take a minimum of 9 upper division credit hours, minors a minimum of 6 upper division credit hours. This requirement also applies to transfer graduate students.

English Composition Requirement

Students seeking the Associate of Applied Science degree must pass ENGL 1010  or ENGL 1005  with a “C” grade (2.0) or better in order to satisfy the composition requirement. Students seeking any other degree must successfully complete ENGL 2010   with a grade of “C” or higher. Students placed in developmental English courses ENGL 0900   and ENGL 0955   must also pass those courses with grades of “C” or higher. Please note that English composition courses, whether developmental or not, are sequential and can not be taken out of numerical order.

Successful completion of ENGL 2015  or ENGL 2010  with a grade of C or better satisfies the University core requirement for Composition. Entrance into ENGL 2015  or ENGL 2010   can be accomplished in the following ways: 1) passing ENGL 1005  or ENGL 1010   with a grade of C or better, 2) passing the AP Language and Composition or Literature and Composition examination with a score of 3 or better, 3) achieving an ACT English and Reading score of 29 or better, 4) a CLEP with essay test with a score of 50 or better, or 5) articulated transfer credit from another regionally accredited college or university.

English Placement

Students are placed in the English developmental/composition sequence of courses either by ACT sub-scores or by Accuplacer scores. As of 2019, there is a new version. If you took the Accuplacer test prior to 2019, contact the Department of English for details.

ACT Sub-scores* Accuplacer Scores Course Placement
ACT English and Reading sub-score 29 or higher Reading and Writing both 300 ENGL 2010  or ENGL 2015  
ACT English and Reading sub-scores both 17 or above Writing scores both 250-299 or above ENGL 1010  or ENGL 1005  
Lowest ACT English or Reading score from 13-16 Lowest Reading or Writing score from 237-249 ENGL 0955  or ENGL 1005  or referred to the ESL office for non-native English speakers
Lowest ACT English or Reading score 12 or below Both Reading and Writing score 236 or below ENGL 0900  or referred to the ESL office for non-native English speakers

*ACT scores in English and Reading expire after 4 years.  ACCUPLACER scores expire after 48 months.

International students who meet the University’s TOEFL and IELTS requirements for admission are cleared to register for ENGL 1005  or ENGL 1010 .

International students who do not meet the University’s TOEFL or IELTS requirements for admission and resident students for whom English is a second language who score 89 or below on the Accuplacer Test are required to take the LEAP Placement Test and complete appropriate ESL courses according to the test results. ESL classes fulfill foreign language credit toward a BA and AA degree or elective credit toward a BS and AS degree. Refer to the Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP)   section of this catalog.

Pathways for Completing your Composition Requirement

Your placement shows where you need to begin in one of these course sequences to fulfill your English Composition requirement:

  • ENGL 0900 → ENGL 0955 → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2010 or
  • ENGL 0900 → ENGL 0955 → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2015 or
  • ENGL 0900 → ENGL 1005  → ENGL 2010 or
  • ENGL 0900 → ENGL 1005  → ENGL 2015

Interdisciplinary Minors

The English Department participates in the Asian Studies , Environmental Studies  and Linguistics Minor/BIS  Programs. Students who wish to enroll in one of these programs should indicate their desire to do so with the program coordinator who will help them work out a proper combination of courses to fit their particular needs. (See the Engaged Learning, Honors, and Interdisciplinary Programs  section of this catalog.)

Interdisciplinary Associate’s

The English Language and Literature Department participates in the interdisciplinary associate’s degree in Workplace Communication and Writing (AS) . Students who wish to enroll in this program should contact the English Language and Literature Department or one of the college advisors for the College of Arts & Humanities who will help them work out a schedule.

The English Department offers Face-to-Face (F2F), Hybrid, and Online (OL) classes.

The following definitions are intended to help faculty and students understand the differences between Face-to-Face (F2F), Hybrid, and Online (OL) classes taught in the English Department.

  1. If less than 15% of the class sessions are online, a course will be designated Face-to-Face (F2F)-the current default for courses.
  2. If 30−70% of class sessions are conducted online, normally but not exclusively in Canvas, courses will be designated Hybrid. This is consistent with WSU Online’s definition.
  3. Classes that are 100% online will be defined as Online (OL).
  4. Classes will be designated as F2F, Hybrid, or OL prior to the time the department finalizes schedules for any given semester. The designation may not be changed once registration has opened or during the semester except in the event of extenuating circumstances such as injury, illness or university closure; Department Chair approval is required.
  5. Within the various categories (F2F, Hybrid, Online) the table below illustrates how many online class sessions students can expect in each category. This number is dependent on how often a class meets: once a week (mainly evening classes), twice a week (TR or MW), and three times a week (MWF):
  How Many Sessions May Be Online?
Course Scheduled As: F2F (up to 15% online) Hybrid (30-70% online) Online (100% online)
1x/week: (14-15 classes/semester) 2 sessions, maximum Minimum 4 / Maximum 10 sessions 100%
2x/week: (TR or MW: 30 classes/semester) 4-5 sessions, maximum Minimum 9 / Maximum 21 sessions 100%
3x/week: (MWF: 42 classes/semester) 6 sessions, maximum Minimum 13 / Maximum 30 sessions 100%



English Course Descriptions  


    Associate of ArtsInstitutional CertificateBachelor of ArtsEmphasis Option for Bachelor of Integrated Studies

       BIS emphases are also offered for most programs with a minor.

    MinorTeaching Minor

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