2010 - 2011 English Program (ENGL)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Creative Writing Emphasis | Academic Minor | Teaching Major | Teaching Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Sean Desilets, Georgiana Donavin, Katherine Evans, Peter Goldman, Elree Harris, Christopher LeCluyse, Jeffrey McCarthy, Fatima Mujcinovic, Lance Newman, Jennifer Ritter, Natasha Saje

Program Goals

  • Critical thinking: students will balance, examine, and make informed choices among competing ideas.
  • Writing: students will be asked to perform various formal and informal writing tasks, culminating in a large research and writing project.
  • Knowledge of the field: students will be exposed to the width and breadth of English literature and show the ability to make informed connections across the field.
  • Awareness of cultural diversity: students will study works of underrepresented authors and take courses that provide in-depth critical examinations of diversity issues relating to race, class, gender, and sexuality.
  • Research: students will become expert in the practice and benefits of research as well as informed of the fields accepted research methods.
  • Public speaking and working in groups: students will be asked to present ideas orally and to work with peers to solve problems and introduce concepts.

Objectives

The English Program offers an academic major and a secondary teaching major, both leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an academic minor, a secondary teaching minor, and an elementary teaching 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; for secondary, intermediate, and primary school teaching in cooperation with the Education Program; for communication professions (see Communication Program); for careers in business, government, law, and nonprofit organizations; and for lifelong learning. The English program publishes a national literary magazine, Ellipsis, each April. Editors and staff are students enrolled in ENGL 326 (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.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

To fulfill the requirements for the academic major in English, students must complete a minimum of 42 hours in English courses numbered 230 and above, except that a maximum of four of those hours may be taken as English 200, Special Topics or ENGL 232. Students must include the required courses listed below in their 42-hour total. At least two semesters of one foreign language are also required.

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
There are no LE requirements included as part of the English major.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  English majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
II. Lower Division English Courses 12
  ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660
ENGL 269 Literary Criticism and Research Methods
(formerly ENGL 311)
4
4
4
III. 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 402 Thesis (4)
or
ENGL 403 Senior Seminar (4)
4
4
4



4
IV. Electives 14
  Three or more hours in advanced writing, chosen from the following:

ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing, LE (3)
ENGL 310 Theory and Teaching of Writing (34)
ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (14)
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (14)
ENGL 371 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)

Additional English coursework numbered 300 and above:
(except that a maximum of four of these hours may be taken as English 200 Special Topics or ENGL 232)
3










11
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 50

Recommended Plan of Study for English

  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 330339
1 class from ENGL 344349
LE requirement
ENGL elective
1 class from ENGL 351356
Senior Year LE requirement
ENGL electives (take two)
LE requirement
ENGL elective
ENGL 402 or ENGL 403

Academic Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
There are no LE requirements included as part of the English major.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  English majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
II. Lower Division English Courses 15
  ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660
ENGL 269 Literary Criticism and Research Methods
(formerly ENGL 311)
3
4
4
4
III. 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 402 Thesis
4
4
4
4
IV. Electives 11
  ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1-4)
ENGL 326 College Publications: Ellipsis (1) [Fall]
ENGL 327 College Publications: Ellipsis (1) [Spring]
(at least two consecutive semesters, up to eight semesters total)
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (1-4)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR WITH CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS 50

Recommended Plan of Study for English with a 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 elective (upper division)
ENGL 326 (if desired)
LE requirement
ENGL 242
ENGL 269
ENGL 327 (if desired)
Junior Year LE requirement
1 class from ENGL 330339
1 class from ENGL 344349
ENGL 326 (if desired)
LE requirement
1 class from ENGL 351356
ENGL elective (upper division)
ENGL 327 (if desired)
Senior Year LE requirement
ENGL elective (upper division)
ENGL 326 (if desired)
LE requirement
ENGL 402 (Creative Thesis)
ENGL 327 (if desired)

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 12
  ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660
ENGL 269 Literary Criticism and Research Methods
(formerly ENGL 311)
4
4
4
II. Electives 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

Teaching Major

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
There are no LE requirements included as part of the English Teaching major.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  English Teaching majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
II. Lower Division English Courses 12
  ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660
ENGL 269 Literary Criticism and Research Methods
(formerly ENGL 311)
4
4
4
III. Upper Division English Courses 26
  EDUC 385 Methods of Teaching Secondary School English
ENGL 331 History and Structure of Language
Four hours in courses numbered 344-349
Four hours in courses numbered 351-356
ENGL 384 Literature for Young Adults

ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
or
ENGL 346 Advanced Shakespeare Studies (4)

ENGL 402 Thesis (4)
or
ENGL 403 Senior Seminar (4)
3
4
4
4
3



4



4
IV. Electives 6
  Three hours in advanced writing, chosen from the following:

ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing, LE (3)
ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (14)
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (14)
ENGL 371 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)

Additional ENGL coursework numbered 200 or above, excluding ENGL 220:
3









3
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR 52

Teaching Minor - Elementary Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 22
  EDUC 385 Methods of Teaching Secondary School English
ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660
ENGL 331 History and Structure of Language

ENGL 383 Children's Literature (3)
or
ENGL 384 Literature for Young Adults (3)
3
4
4
4
4



3
II. Electives 2-4
  Electives numbered 200 or above (see note above) 2-4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 24-26

Teaching Minor - Secondary Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 26
  EDUC 385 Methods of Teaching Secondary School English
ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660
ENGL 331 History and Structure of Language

ENGL 383 Children's Literature (3)
or
ENGL 384 Literature for Young Adults (3)

ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
or
ENGL 346 Advanced Shakespeare Studies (4)
3
4
4
4
4



3



4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 26