Bachelor in English
The English Department fosters students’ love of literature through rigorous examination of texts, challenging discussion, thoughtful writing and training in different theoretical approaches. Students explore the works of important writers in multiple genres from many countries and time periods, as well as the ideas, cultural values and debates literature presents, supported by a faculty with diverse interdisciplinary interests.
The skills practiced in our curriculum foster a deeper understanding of the English language, independent thought and critical acumen, all of which prepare students for such varied careers as advertising, creative writing, law, journalism, public relations, publishing and teaching.
The required courses are designed to help students acquire a sensitivity to linguistic nuance and power, and an ability to communicate persuasively.
Requirements: Minimum of 11 courses
There are four core courses required for the English major, two taken at the sophomore level, two at the senior:
- ENGL 201 Critical Reading
- ENGL 202 Texts and Contexts
- ENGL 402 Literary Criticism OR ENGL 403 Current Literary Theory
- ENGL 420 Senior Seminar in Literature
In addition to these four courses, majors will choose (in consultation with their advisors) seven courses from department offerings that will broaden and deepen their literary studies. At least one course from these seven should be devoted to literature prior to 1800, and at least four of them must be at the 300 level or above.
This minor is designed for the student who wishes to read, discuss, and enjoy novels, plays, stories, poetry, and literary theory as part of a broad liberal education. The minor in literature consists of a minimum of 24 credits:
- ENGL 201 or ENGL 202, plus one additional 200 level course
- Four courses in literature numbered 300 or above. Please consult with a departmental advisor or the department chair in choosing these classes.
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