English (ENGL)

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Faculty: Sean Desilets, Georgiana Donavin, Peter Goldman, Christopher LeCluyse, Fatima Mujcinovic, Lance Newman, Jennifer Ritter, Natasha Sajé

Program Goals

  • Generate Effective Written and Oral Communication
    • Creatively and effectively practice writing and revision across a variety of genres
    • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize secondary sources and integrate them with analyses of texts
    • Collaborate with peers to give and receive constructive feedback on writing
  • Closely Analyze Texts and Media
    • Closely analyze texts from a range of periods and genres and generate written and spoken arguments about them supported by evidence and reasoning
    • Understand the social foundation and functions of language and media and their effects on communication
    • Develop interpretations and evaluations of texts through discussion with others
  • Understand Literary History and Contexts
    • Demonstrate awareness of the width and breadth of English literature and the ability to make informed connections across the field
    • Understand how literature emerges from, responds to, and influences various historical, cultural, and political contexts
    • Understand the role of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity in how authors produce and how readers interpret text
  • Engage with Contemporary Literary and Critical Discourse
    • Read and interpret literary and theoretical texts in relation to one another
    • Critically approach contemporary literary and theoretical discourse
    • Develop self-awareness by questioning biases and embracing diverse perspectives in both reading and writing

Objectives

The English Program offers an academic major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an academic minor. The English Program provides students with the tools for effective written and oral communication; for critical reading, analysis, and appreciation of literary works; for the employment of theoretical perspectives in literary interpretations; and for the understanding of historically and culturally diverse forms of written expression. The program prepares majors and minors for graduate work in English and other professional fields; secondary, intermediate, and primary school teaching in cooperation with the Education Program; for communication professions; careers in business, government, law, and nonprofit organizations; and for lifelong learning. English majors may choose to concentrate literary studies or creative writing. The English program publishes a national literary magazine, ellipsis, each April. Editors and staff are students enrolled in ENGL 326 and ENGL 327 (1 credit) with other students who wish to work on the magazine.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in courses required for the majors. Please note that
ENGL 098, 110, and 220 do not satisfy major or minor requirements, except that 220 is a required course for the teaching minor.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the English major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper-division hours
  • Liberal Education distribution

English Major with Literary Studies Emphasis

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
There are no LE requirements included as part of the English major.
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
English majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.
II. Lower Division English Courses 12
ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660 (4) ENGL 220 (LE)
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660 (4) ENGL 220 (LE)
ENGL 269 Literary Criticism and Research Methods (4) ENGL 241 or ENGL 242
III. Upper Division English Courses 16
Four hours in courses numbered 330–339 (4)
Four hours in courses numbered 344–349 (4)
Four hours in courses numbered 351–356 (4)
ENGL 402 Thesis I (2)
and
 ENGL 269, senior standing or consent of instructor
ENGL 404 Thesis II (2)
or
 ENGL 269, senior standing or consent of instructor
ENGL 403 Senior Seminar (4)  ENGL 269, senior standing or consent of instructor
IV. Advanced Writing and Literature Courses 14
Three or more hours in advanced writing, chosen from the following: (3)
ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing (3) ENGL 110 (LE)
ENGL 310 Theory and Teaching of Writing (3–4) ENGL 220 (LE) or consent of instructor
ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 323 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (3) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1–4) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (1–4) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 371 Advanced Expository Writing (3) ENGL 110 (LE)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3) ENGL 220 or THTR 250 or consent of instructor
Additional English coursework numbered 300 and above: (11)
(except that a maximum of four of these hours may be taken as English 200 Special Topics or ENGL 232)
TOTAL HOURS FOR ACADEMIC MAJOR 50

Recommended Plan of Study for English with Literary Studies Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ENGL 110
LE requirement
Language I


ENGL 220
LE requirement
Language II


Sophomore Year LE requirement
ENGL 241


LE requirement
ENGL 242
ENGL 269


Junior Year LE requirement
1 class from ENGL 330–339
1 class from ENGL 344–349


LE requirement
ENGL Advanced Writing
or Literature
1 class from ENGL 351–356


Senior Year LE requirement
ENGL 402 or ENGL 403
ENGL Advanced Writing
or Literature (take two)
LE requirement
ENGL 404
ENGL Advanced Writing
or Literature

 


English Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
There are no LE requirements included as part of the English major.
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
English majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.
II. Lower Division English Courses 2
ENGL 326* College Publications: Ellipsis (1) [Fall]
ENGL 327* College Publications: Ellipsis (1) [Spring]
At least two consecutive semesters are required.
III. Lower Division English Courses 15
ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing (3) ENGL 110 (LE)
ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660 (4) ENGL 220 (LE)
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660 (4) ENGL 220 (LE)
ENGL 269 Literary Criticism and Research Methods (4) ENGL 241 or ENGL 242
IV. Upper Division English Courses 16
Four hours in courses numbered 330–339
Four hours in courses numbered 344–349
Four hours in courses numbered 351–356
ENGL 405 Thesis – Creative Writing (4) ENGL 269, senior standing or consent of instructor
V. Advanced Writing Courses 9
ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 323 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (3) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1–4) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
ENGL 326* College Publications: Ellipsis (1) [Fall]
ENGL 327* College Publications: Ellipsis (1) [Spring]
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (1–4) ENGL 230 or consent of instructor
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3) ENGL 220 or THTR 250 or consent of instructor
These courses may be repeated for credit with different instructors.
TOTAL HOURS FOR ACADEMIC MAJOR WITH CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS 50

Recommended Plan of Study for English with Creative Writing Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ENGL 110
LE requirement
Language I
ENGL 326 (if desired)


ENGL 220
ENGL 230
LE requirement
Language II
ENGL 327 (if desired)


Sophomore Year LE requirement
ENGL 241
ENGL Advanced Writing Course
(upper division)
ENGL 326 (if desired)


LE requirement
ENGL 242
ENGL 269
ENGL 327 (if desired)


Junior Year LE requirement
1 class from ENGL 330–339
1 class from ENGL 344–349
ENGL 326 (if desired)


LE requirement
1 class from ENGL 351–356
ENGL Advanced Writing Course
(upper division)
ENGL 327 (if desired)


Senior Year LE requirement
ENGL Advanced Writing Course
(upper division)
ENGL 326 (if desired)
LE requirement
ENGL 405
ENGL 327 (if desired)

 


Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 12
ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660 (4) ENGL 220 (LE)
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660 (4) ENGL 220 (LE)
ENGL 269 Literary Criticism and Research Methods (4) ENGL 241 or 242
II. Advanced Writing and Literature Courses 12
Additional English coursework numbered 230 and above (a maximum of four of these hours may be taken as English 200, Special Topics or ENGL 232) (12)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24