Bachelor of Arts in English

The mission of the Department of English is consonant with the mission of the College, which is to provide solid academic grounding and an education that will enable students after their college years to lead productive and enriched lives. The Department of English works with every student to improve basic written and oral communication and to instill a knowledge of and critical appreciation for literature in English. The Department strives to foster a spirit of inquiry and a habit of reasoning directed toward the discovery of a system of values. More particularly, the Department assumes a key role in directing the English major to both personal enrichment and a rewarding career.

Through successful completion of the English program, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of major works of British and American literature
  • demonstrate the means by which meaning is created in literary works
  • demonstrate an aesthetic appreciation of the creative work of others
  • produce consistently lucid, coherent, thoroughly researched papers, convincingly and creatively presented
  • possess the writing and research skills, and the literary knowledge, necessary to flourish in the liberal professions and relevant graduate programs
English majors find that training in their academic discipline enables them to excel in many fields such as: law, publishing, education, civil service, library science, business, and journalism. Moreover, the Department offers students interested in going on to graduate programs in English a baccalaureate curriculum that is balanced, historically comprehensive, and rigorous.

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.