English

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

B.A. in English


Through the study of English, students learn to evaluate sensibilities both past and present, acquiring a profound knowledge of their own humanity and of the human condition in general. The study of English helps develop fluency of expression, skill in logical analysis, and facility in planning, organizing, and revising.

Undergraduate and graduate programs in English with a concentration in literature offers you an opportunity to explore the world around you and enduring issues of identity, morality, spirituality, and material success through the great minds of Western civilization.

The writing concentration explores various forms of creative expression through course work in literature, creative writing and non-fiction writing. Students pursuing this concentration have the opportunity to take courses in “Academic Writing” (expository, argumentative, creative writing), “Performance Writing” (screenplays, teleplays), “Writing for the Marketplace” (business, public relations), and “Rhetorical Theory” (ancient and modern).

With deep study of great literature, development of effective writing and communication skills, and courses in logic and political science, English is an excellent, traditional pre-law major, and with appropriate introductory sequences in the sciences, English is also an excellent pre-medical or pre-dental major. With a minor in Business or Computer Science, a student who majors in English will prepare especially well for many executive positions in business and government.

English Faculty


Program Curriculum

Required English Foundation Course
ENG 10   Introduction to Literature  3
ENG 85  Disciplinary Literature in English  3
Required English Literature Courses (15 credits)

ENG 11

British Literature: Survey Medieval, Renaissance, Neo-Classical

3

ENG 12

British Literature: Survey Romantic, Victorian, Modern

3

One of the following:

ENG 100

Seminar in English

3

ENG 389

Honors Thesis 3
ENG 390

Honors Thesis

3

Major Figure (one of the following)
ENG 20 Chaucer

3

ENG 21

Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, Non-Dramatic Poetry

3

ENG 22

Shakespeare: Tragedies, Romance

3

ENG 25  Major Figure 
Historical Period (one of the following)
ENG 7                   Western Literature: Classical, Medieval, Renaissance 3
ENG 8  Western Literature: Enlightenment to Modern 
ENG 13  The Short Story 
ENG 16  The Modern Novel 
ENG 21  Shakespeare: Comedies, History, Non-Dramatic Poetry 
ENG 22  Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romance 
ENG 58  The Victorian Period 
ENG 68  Mythology 
ENG 102  Literatures of Africa 
ENG 109  American Slave Narratives 
ENG 141 The Literature of the Working Class 3
ENG 168  The Jazz Age: 1920s American Literature and Culture 
ENG 251  American Writers since the Civil War 
Genre (one of the following)
ENG 13                 The Short Story 3                
ENG 16  The Modern Novel 
ENG 21  Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, Non-Dramatic Poetry 
ENG 22  Shakespeare: Tragedies, Romances 
ENG 35  Childhood and Literature 
ENG 36  Adolescent Literature 
ENG 63  The Literature of Memory 
ENG 64  Crime, Guilt, and Atonement 
ENG 68 Mythology 
ENG 69 From Fiction Into Film 
ENG 102  African Postcolonial Literature 
ENG 108  African-American Literature 
ENG 109  American Slave Narratives 
ENG 138  Gender, Sexuality, and Literature 
ENG 141  Literature of the Working Class 
ENG 142  Leadership and Literature 3
ENG 144  Empathy and the Human Imagination  3
ENG 152  Conformity and Rebellion in Literature 
ENG 158  Freak Shows and the Modern American Imagination 
ENG 165 Creativity and Nature 3
ENG 166  Rebels, Riots, and Resistance in America 
Required Upper-Level English Literature Courses (6 credits) 
Two (2) courses (6 credits) from any 100-200 level ENG courses or ENG 389 OR 390 
Elective English Courses (6 credits)
Two (2) courses (6 credits) from any ENG courses numbered six (6) or above
Course # Course Name Credits
Required Creative Writing Courses (6 credits) 
ENG 183 Creative Non-Fiction 
One of the following
ENG 182  Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 282  Fiction Writing 
ENG 283  Poetry Writing 
ENG 284  Drama Writing 
Required Advanced Writing Courses (12 credits) 
ENG 181  The Art of Expository Writing 
ENG 184  Writing and Healing 
ENG 185  Theories of Writing and Composing 
ENG 186  Writing in Digital Age: Multimodal Composing in Theory and Practice 
ENG 187  Editing and Professional Writing 
ENG 188  Writing in the Workplace: Rhetoric of Professional Communication 
ENG 189  Experimental Fiction Writing 
ENG 192  Technical Writing 
ENG 193  Writing Young Adult Fiction 
ENG 389  Honors Thesis 
ENG 390  Honors Thesis 
Required Rhetoric/The English Language Courses (6 credits)
Two (2) courses (6 credits) from the following
ENG 201  The English Language 
ENG 3  Grammar and the Structure of English 
ENG 202  Varieties of English 
ENG 203  The Logic of Conversation 
ENG 204  Theories of Persuasion: Ancient and Modern 
ENG 389  Honors Thesis 
ENG 390  Honors Thesis 
Required English Literature Courses (6 credits) 
Two (2) courses (6 credits) from the following
ENG 8  Western Literature: Enlightenment to Modern 
ENG 12  Survey of English Literature: Romantic Period to Twentieth Century 
ENG 22  Shakespeare: Tragedies, Romances 
ENG 251  American Writers since the Civil War 

Course # Course Name Credits
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1* Writing 1 3
ENG 2* Writing 2 3
MTH Quantitative Reasoning: fulfilled with any MTH course
(MTH 7 required for major)
3-4
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
(BIO 103 required for major)
4
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (BIO 104 required for major) 3-4

* In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.

ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 15
Elective Major Credits 45
Total Core Requirement Credits 32
Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 28
Total Degree Credits 120

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