Bachelor of Arts in English

Love reading? Want to become a more effective writer? The English program at Albertus offers both a major and minor in English, with the further option to concentrate in Creative Writing or Dramatic Studies. English majors at Albertus can also pursue teacher certification concurrently through our Education Program. For creative writers, the department offers a five-year MFA in Writing. The English department also offers courses toward a minor in Drama.

Majors in English all take core classes in British and American literature, Shakespeare, and Literary Theory and Criticism. English majors find that training in their academic discipline enables them to excel in many fields such as: education, publishing, law, library science, civil service, business, and journalism. Through completing the English program, students will possess the writing and research skills, and the literary knowledge, necessary to flourish in the liberal professions and relevant graduate programs.

The English Department serves the wider college community through its foundational writing classes for all first-year students and its upper division literature classes in General Education. Throughout our programs, the Department emphasizes clear and well-organized writing, persuasive argument, and the attentive reading of literary texts.

"The professors in the English program at Albertus are dedicated to their students and to their field. I went to Albertus so that I could become an English teacher; I have never once regretted that decision. The English program has prepared me with the knowledge of a wide variety of texts. One thing that I highly value is the opportunity that professors give students to be able to debate their ideas. The passion that professors have for the selected reading material they teach transfers over to the students. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the English program. The courses that I was required to take pushed me into a process of self-reflection that has shaped me into the person that I am today." - Esther Hartzell, class of 2017

"A college education isn't about an end goal, but rather gaining the skills you'll need for your professional development. For me, a major in English created who I am today. I gained skills in critical thinking, literature analysis, storytelling, communication, teaching, and even public speaking, all of which I use every day at work. I'm able to defend an argument, work under tight deadlines, explain and present ideas clearly, and create effective solutions within a professional environment. Now, I work in the scientific publishing industry." - Annemarie Tompsen, class of 2013

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Publishing

Advertising

Public Relations

Law

Teacher

Writer

Program Of Study - Endlgish Major (36 Credits)

English Major (36 credits)

EN 225 Masterpieces of American Literature I

EN 226 Masterpieces of American Literature II

EN 227 Masterworks of British Literature I

EN 228 Masterworks of British Literature II

EN 317 Literary Theory and Criticism

EN 391 Senior Seminar in British and American Literature

One course from the following:

EN 283 Shakespeare I

EN 284 Shakespeare II

EN 383 Shakespeare Seminar

15 credits of English electives

Creative Writing Concentration (36 credits)

Requirements:

EN 143 Introduction to Creative Writing (may be waived with permission of Department Chair or Director of Creative Writing Concentration).

EN 225 Masterpieces of American Literature I

EN 226 Masterpieces of American Literature II

EN 227 Masterworks of British Literature I

EN 228 Masterworks of British Literature II

EN 244a/b Creative Writing: Poetry, Short Fiction, Short Theater Pieces

EN 317 Literary Theory and Criticism

EN 391 Senior Seminar in British and American Literature

One course from the following:

EN 283 Shakespeare I

EN 284 Shakespeare II

EN 383 Shakespeare Seminar

Three of the following courses (9 credits):

EN 245a/b The Composing Process

EN 343a/b Seminar in Poetry Writing

EN 344a/b Seminar in Fiction Writing

EN 345a/b Seminar in Composing Autobiography

EN 346a/b Seminar in Playwriting

EN 392 Writing Seminar

(NOTE: Students may take a second session of any creative writing course above the introductory level (EN 143). The letters “a/b” following the course numbers indicate the first (“a”) and the second (“b”) semester for which a student enrolls in a course so designated.)

Dramatic Studies Concentration (36 credits)

Requirements:

EN 225 Masterpieces of American Literature I

EN 226 Masterpieces of American Literature II

EN 227 Masterworks of British Literature I

EN 228 Masterworks of British Literature II

EN 317 Literary Theory and Criticism

EN 391 Senior Seminar in British and American Literature

Requirements Six additional courses must be chosen from the following. (One of these six courses must be either EN 283, EN 284, or EN 383).

EN 283 Shakespeare I

EN 284 Shakespeare II

EN 383 Shakespeare Seminar

EN 230 Tragedy

EN 231 Comedy

EN 232 Modern Drama

EN 244a/b Creative Writing: Poetry, Short Fiction, Short Theater Pieces

EN 280 Practicum

EN 346a/b Seminar in Playwriting

EN 380 Internship

EN 390 Independent Study

EN 393 Seminar in Dramatic Literature

English Minor

Any student who wishes to minor in English may do so by taking 18 credits in English courses, excluding EN 106 and EN 107. Students seeking to complete a minor select English courses in consultation with, and guidance from, a faculty member in the Department of English.