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Bachelor of Arts in English

While the core of the English Literature major explores the British and American canon, the program also special topics courses based on student interest. These include world literatures in translation and literatures that focus on cultures, genres, periods, and themes representative of nonwestern as well as western perspectives. Studies occur in an environment marked by strong faculty commitment to student-centered education. Our students also benefit from interdisciplinary courses in Creative Writing, Theater, and/ or Professional Writing, which may also count toward the English major. As a result, students are actively engaged in achieving individual excellence and are involved also in the larger life of formal and informal program activities in and out of class. Social elements of the program include a student mentoring program, a literature society, and a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honor Society. The faculty keeps office doors open, and advisement is a keystone of the department. Students regularly attend national conferences to present their papers. The academic design of the curriculum fosters progressive intellectual development; depth and breadth of knowledge of literature and its many integrated contexts (especially philosophical, psychological, historical, aesthetic, and cross-cultural); and the assembly of critical thinking, analytical writing, argument and defense, research, presentation, and related skills, all of which advantage students for leadership roles, graduate studies, and professional careers not only in teaching, but in many other fields as well. All majors complete a capstone, year-long, senior thesis of publishable quality and present their findings in Senior Colloquium. The Department also hosts a yearly Career Night with returning majors providing tips for future career and internship opportunities and our web page updates students on a variety of paid and unpaid internship opportunities.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in English must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, majors must complete the following 14 courses as specified and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives taken outside the major toward a minor or second major.
 
Foundation Courses
One English course at the 100 Level
ENG 210 Myth, Fantasy, and the Imagination  
ENG 220 Literary Analysis  
American Literature Requirement
ENG 240 Early American Literature: Pre Columbus Through the Civil War  
ENG 260 American Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism  
Brithsh Literature Requirement
ENG 270 British Literature I: From Beowulf to Gothic Literature  
ENG 290 British Literature II: From Romanticism to Modernism  
ENG 350 Shakespeare  
Global Literature Requirement
ASIA 100 Foundations of Asian Studies  
or
ENG 320 Studies in Global Literature  
English Elective Requirement

Select three (3) additional English Electives, two (2) must be at the 300/400 Level

Students may select a course at the appropriate level from the following interdisciplinary list to satisfy one (1) of the English Elective requirements

ASIA 100 Foundations of Asian Studies  
CW 210 Form in Poetry  
CW 360 Writers Reading Fiction Seminar  
THEAT 334 Contemporary Drama  
WTNG 301 The Rhetoric of Narrative  
WTNG 302 Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay  
WTNG 303 Environmental Rhetoric  
WTNG 305 Writing the City  
WTNG 322 Advancing Public Argument  
Capstone Sequence
ENG 480 Senior Thesis I  
ENG 481 Senior Thesis II  
Secondary Education Requirement
ENG 412 Capstone – Adolescent Multicultural Literature  

 

Elective Requirements

Select two (2) additional English Electives, one (1) must be at the 300/400 Level

Students may select one course at the appropriate level from the following interdisciplinary list to satisfy one (1) of the English Elective requirements

ASIA 100 Foundations of Asian Studies  
CW 210 Form in Poetry  
CW 360 Writers Reading Fiction Seminar  
THEAT 334 Contemporary Drama  
WTNG 301 The Rhetoric of Narrative  
WTNG 302 Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay  
WTNG 303 Environmental Rhetoric  
WTNG 305 Writing the City  
WTNG 322 Advancing Public Argument