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Degree earned

Total number of credits

B.A.

120

 

Program Goals

  • To enrich students’ understanding of the historical development of American and British literature and of the English language
  • To expose students to both canonical and non-canonical literary texts, as well as to literature in English outside of the American and British traditions
  • To enhance students’ comprehension of the major genres of literary expression: prose, poetry, and drama
  • To familiarize students with major critical-theoretical approaches to analyzing literary texts: as aesthetic objects, as historical registers, as social documents, as occasions for meditation or revolution
  • To increase students’ abilities to read closely and to make informed critical judgments
  • To develop students’ abilities to communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing
  • To develop students’ awareness of cultural diversity so that they can communicate with reflection, sensitivity, and intelligence
  • To prepare students for careers in teaching, writing, and other fields that require precise communication and intellectual discernment

 

Program Description

The study of English provides students with the opportunity to explore the centrality of written expression in understanding and giving meaning to human experience. Through dynamic and multifaceted investigations of the immense creative possibilities of language, students who major in English develop clarity of thought, precise writing and speaking skills, informed critical judgment, and a keen awareness of the power of language to shape personal and social relations. The development of these competencies provides excellent preparation for careers in teaching, law, business and management, government, publishing, technical writing, journalism, writing for media, public relations, library science, and many other areas of professional and creative endeavor. Additionally, the English major is ideal preparation for law or graduate school.

Students majoring in English develop a strong foundation in (1) the historical development of American and British literature; (2) the major genres of literary expression—prose, poetry, and drama; (3) the principal critical-theoretical approaches to reading and writing; and (4) the practice of writing in a variety of contexts. Students also are exposed to literature outside of the American and British traditions, as well as to other forms of expression—for example, art, philosophy, theater, music—that make up the Humanities. In addition, English majors have the opportunity to work as interns with local businesses and non-profit organizations. This field experience allows students to apply the knowledge, skills, and values that they have learned in a professional setting.

Students who complete the program earn a Bachelor of Arts in English. Students who have a particular interest in the craft of writing can tailor their curriculum to combine their Bachelor of Arts in English with a formal concentration in either Creative Writing or Professional Writing. While all English majors gain a broad grounding as mature writers in a variety of genres and contexts, students who choose one of these formal concentrations extend their learning to develop a thorough understanding of writing as a complex, rigorous discipline of study in its own right. All English majors, but especially those who choose a concentration in Creative or Professional Writing, benefit from one-on-one interactions with faculty who are themselves published writers of literary criticism, poetry, fiction, or multimedia. They also benefit from a number of extracurricular opportunities, such as The Write Thing Reading Series, which allows students to interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed writers in an intimate setting.

 

Credit Distribution

General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective]

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3) [Or above, as determined by placement test. Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective]

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (30 credits)

ENG 205 Introduction to Literature (3)

ENG 210 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)

ENG 215 Introduction to World Literature (3)

ENG 305 British Literature: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century (3)

ENG 315 British Literature: Late Eighteenth Century through the Twentieth Century (3)

ENG 325 American Literature: Colonial to the Civil War (3)

ENG 335 American Literature: Civil War through the Twentieth Century (3)

ENG 365 Ethnic Literature in America (3)

ENG 435 Major Literary Figures (3)

ENG 460 Literary Theory & Criticism: English Seminar (3)

Major Electives (9 credits)

Choose one (1) of the following:

ENG 300 Fiction Workshop (3)

ENG 310 Poetry Workshop (3)

ENG 320 Drama Workshop (3)

ENG 477 English Field Experience (3)

Choose two (2) of the following:

ENG 345 Film Art and Appreciation (3)

ENG 355 Major Literary Forms (3)

ENG 405 Themes and Topics in American Literature (3)

ENG 415 Themes and Topics in British Literature (3)

ENG 425 Themes and Topics in World Literature (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (15 credits)

FRE 101 Elementary French I or SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I (3)

FRE 102 Elementary French II or SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II (3)

HUM 300 The Arts in Society (3)

PHI 170 Issues in Philosophy (3)

PHI 200 Logic (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (15 credits)

Choose three (3) 100-200 level courses from the following: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, ECO, ENG, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC, or THE course

Choose two (2) 300-400 level courses from the following: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, ECO, ENG, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC, or THE course

Free Electives (18 credits; or, 6 credits with optional concentration)

May include any college course. Electives must be chosen in consultation with the division head and/or appropriate Program Director. English majors who choose to pursue a formal concentration in either Creative Writing or Professional Writing will use twelve (12) of their free elective credits to fulfill the concentration requirements. As with all elective credits, majors must consult with the division head and/or appropriate Program Director before scheduling any electives.

Optional Concentrations: Creative Writing or Professional Writing

English majors who choose to pursue a formal concentration in either Creative Writing or Professional Writing will use twelve (12) of their free elective credits to fulfill the concentration requirements.

Creative Writing

  • ENG 477 English Field Experience (3)
  • ENG 400 Senior Portfolio (3)

Choose two (2) of the following (6 credits):

  • ENG 300 Fiction Workshop (3),
  • ENG 310 Poetry Workshop(3)
  • ENG 320 Drama Workshop (3)
  • ENG 498 Independent Study in Writing (3)

Professional Writing

  • ENG 260 Business and Professional Writing (3)
  • ENG 360 Advanced Report and Proposal Writing (3)
  • ENG 477 English Field Experience (3)
  • COM 200 Digital Media Production (3)

Total credit hours 120