2005 - 2006 English Program (ENGL)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Teaching Major | Teaching Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Stephen Baar, Justin Bain, Georgiana Donavin, Peter Goldman, Susan Gunter, Elree Harris, Jeffrey McCarthy, Fatima Mujcinovic, Natasha Sajé, David Stanley

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 other cultures and periods: student will learn about the art and thought of different times and different cultures.
  • Research: students will become expert in the practice and benefits of research, as well as informed of the field's accepted research methods.
  • Public speaking and working in groups: student 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 application of theoretical perspectives to literary texts; 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) plus 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. Students must include the required courses listed below in their 42-hour total. Within these 42 hours, students must also complete three or more hours in a course or courses emphasizing cultural diversity and so marked in the annual schedule of classes; such courses may be used to fulfill other program requirements. 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

8

ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660

4
4

III.

Upper Division English Courses

20

ENGL 311 Introduction to Literary Studies
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



4

IV.

Electives

14

Three or more hours in advanced writing, chosen from the following:

ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 300K Intro to Composition & Rhetoric (4)
ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1 - 4)
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (1 - 4)
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) Note: at least three hours of coursework emphasizing cultural diversity are required.

3










11



TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

50

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 311 Introduction to Literary Studies

4
4
4

II.

Electives

12

Additional English course work numbered 232 and above (a maximum of four of these hours may be taken as English 200, Special Topics)

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

8

ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660

4
4

III.

Upper Division English Courses

30

ENGL 311 Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 331 History and Structure of Language
Four hours in courses numbered 344-349
Four hours in courses numbered 351-356
ENGL 382 Methods of Teaching English
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)

4
4
4
4
3
3



4



4

IV.

Electives

6

Three hours in advanced writing, chosen from the following:

ENGL 230 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1 - 4)
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (1 - 4)
ENGL 371 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
COMM 203 Writing for the Mass Media (4)
COMM 310 Professional Writing (4)
COMM 338 Advertising Writing and Campaign Planning (3)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)

Additional ENGL coursework numbered 200 or above:

Note: at least three hours of coursework emphasizing cultural diversity are required; such courses may be used to fulfill other program requirements.

3












3


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR

52

Teaching Minor - Elementary Education

A course emphasizing cultural diversity is recommended for all teaching minors.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

22

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 382 Methods of Teaching English

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

4
4
4
4
3



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

A course emphasizing cultural diversity is recommended for all teaching minors.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

26

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 382 Methods of Teaching English

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)

4
4
4
4
3



3



4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR

26