English at the University of Hawaii at Hilo

The English Major & Minor

The taro, or kalo in Hawaiian, was an invaluable resource that could be moulded into many forms. Because writing and literature underscore the well-being and prosperity of society, we could not think of a better metaphor to symbolize the English Major. Students begin in the 200- and 300-level by becoming rooted in genres, canons, and key periods; they continue growing with advanced theory, focused studies of major writers, and their choices of specialization at the 400-level. This freedom fosters effective and talented readers and writers, who we hope will pass on their love of the written word to the next generation.

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. The English Major
    • Prerequisites for the English Major (6 semester hours):
      • ENG 200 (3) - Any course in the ENG 200 A-F series
      • ENG 2xx (3) - Any additional 200-level writing or literature course (excluding ENG 209 and ENG 225)
    • Core Requirements for All English Majors (15 semester hours):
      • ENG 300 (3) - Introduction to Literary Studies
      • ENG 304 (3) - Survey of British Literature I: Middle Ages to Enlightenment
      • ENG 305 (3) - Survey of British Literature II: Romantics to the Present
      • ENG 351 (3) - Survey of American Literature: To the Civil War
      • ENG 352 (3) - Survey of American Literature: Civil War to the Present
    • Electives (30 semester hours):
      • Ten (10) additional courses at the 300- and 400-level
  3. The English Minor (15 semester hours)
    • Five (5) 300-400 level English courses
  4. The TESOL Certificate
    • Students wishing to receive the TESOL certificate must take the following 18 semester hours:
      • Required Linguistics Courses (6 semester hours):
        • LING 102 (3) - Introduction to Linguistics
        • LING 121 (3) - Introduction to Language or LING 331 (3) - Language in Culture and Society
      • and the following upper division courses (12 semester hours):
        • ENG 324 (3) - Modern English Grammar and Usage
        • ENG 350 (3) - Second Language Acquisition Theory
        • ENG 422 (3) - ESL Teaching Practicum
        • ENG 484 (3) - ESL Materials and Methods

Course Availability

Catalog Descriptions of English Courses

I maikaʻi ke kalo i ka ʻohā. The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces.
—Mary Kāwena Pūkuʻi

photos of young taro plants