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Department of English

Dr. Mark L. Parker, Head

Location: Keezell Hall, Room 215
Phone: (540) 568-6170
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/english

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Professors
J. Cash, M. Facknitz, A. Federico, J. Frederick, J. Gabbin, R. Hoskins, D. Jeffrey, B. Johnson, L. Kutchins, A. Morey, M. Parker

Associate Professors
D. Bankert, S. Cote, S. Facknitz, M. Favila, L. Henigman, R. Osotsi

Assistant Professors
M. Canivell, K. Castellano, R. Gaughran, D. Goode, R. Majors, D. Mookerjea-Leonard, M. Rebhorn, M. Smith-Bermiss, M. Thompson

Mission Statement
Career Opportunities
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Degree and Major Requirements
Teaching Licensure
Minor Requirements

Mission Statement
The Department of English offers to all students, wherever their professional and vocational interests lie, skills in critical thinking, analysis and writing along with an appreciation of the great literary heritage of Western civilization, with particular emphasis upon British and American literature. The program also promotes global awareness and the appreciation of cultural diversity through numerous opportunities for world or multicultural studies. Our goal is that, through the humanistic study of a variety of literature, students will obtain a better understanding of themselves, their culture and other cultures with which they must invariably come into contact. A senior requirement ensures that each major will have a final capstone experience through courses designed to integrate earlier training and focus it toward postgraduate needs and opportunities.

Goals
To build upon the skills introduced in the General Education program, the Department of English strives to:

Career Opportunities
Careers that involve critical thinking, document analysis or oral and written communication

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Degree and Major Requirements
Students majoring in English earn the B.A. degree unless they are completing an English major with an interdisciplinary focus or an additional major in a degree program other than the B.A. The minimum requirement for a major in English is 36 credit hours of courses in the major.

The department recommends that students choose a variety of courses covering contemporary and early literature, as well as period, genre and linguistics courses. In addition to core courses, English majors must take nine credit hours of English electives on or above the 300 level. Courses taken to fulfill General Education Cluster Two requirements may also fulfill requirements in the English major. Students may complete credit requirements by taking additional electives.

The minimum requirement for a major in English with an interdisciplinary focus is 36 credit hours of course work; 24 of these hours must be in English courses, with 15 hours on the 300 level or above. Twelve hours from another discipline or disciplines must be chosen in conference with the student's adviser and approved by the departmental head. For more information about the interdisciplinary focus, contact a departmental adviser.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education1
41
Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required)2
0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)
3
University electives
26-40
Major requirements (listed below)
36

 
120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' placement test.

Major Requirements
All students must include in their program the following core courses:

Core Courses
Credit Hours
3 courses from among GENG 235-GENG 260, one of which must
9
be either GENG 235 or GENG 247  
ENG 299. Writing About Literature1
3
Choose one course from each of the four categories listed below:  
Genre and Theory
3
     ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and Language  
     (when content is appropriate)  
     ENG 305. Mythology  
     ENG 306. The Bible as Literature  
     ENG 311. Medieval Literature and Culture  
     ENG 312. Special Topics in Medieval Literature  
     ENG 314. 17th-Century British Prose  
     ENG 315. 17th-Century British Poetry  
     ENG 316. Renaissance and 17th-Century British Drama  
     ENG 322. Restoration and 18th-Century British Drama  
     ENG 323. 18th-Century British Novel  
     ENG 325. Romantic Poetry  
     ENG 326. Romantic Era Prose  
     ENG 327. The Gothic: Change and Continuity  
     ENG 330. The 19th-Century English Novel  
     ENG 331. Modern Poetry  
     ENG 332. Contemporary Poetry  
     ENG 333. Modern Drama  
     ENG 334. Contemporary Drama  
     ENG 340. Modern British Novel  
     ENG 341. Contemporary British Novel  
     ENG 352. The American Novel to 1914  
     ENG 356. Modern American Novel  
     ENG 357. Contemporary American Fiction  
     ENG 358. Oral Literature  
     ENG 361. African American Fiction Writers  
     ENG 362. African American Poets  
     ENG 367. Women's Poetry  
     ENG 368. Women's Fiction  
     ENG 370. Exploring Gay and Lesbian Literature  
     ENG 383. Major Film Genres  
     ENG 425. Survey of Literary Criticism to 1950  
     ENG 426. Contemporary Practices in Literary Criticism  
     ENG 467. Feminist Literary Theory  
Author(s)
3
All majors should take in their senior year a 400-level major author course as a capstone course  
     ENG 410. Major Author  
     ENG 451. Chaucer  
     ENG 456. Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances  
     ENG 457. Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories  
     ENG 458. Shakespeare on the Page and Stage in London  
     ENG 461. Milton  
Alternative Canons
3
     GENG 239. Studies in World Literature  
     GENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature  
     ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and Language
     (when content is appropriate)
 
     ENG 358. Oral Literature  
     ENG 361. African American Fiction Writers  
     ENG 362. African American Poets  
     ENG 367. Women's Poetry  
     ENG 368. Women's Fiction  
     ENG 370. Exploring Gay and Lesbian Literature  
     ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar (when content is appropriate)  
     ENG 427. Studies in South Asian Literature  
     ENG 429. Postcolonialism  
     ENG 430. Studies in Comparative Literature  
     ENG 431. Studies in Caribbean Literature  
     ENG 432. Studies in African Literature  
     ENG 433. Studies in Arabic Literature  
     ENG /SPAN 434. Latin American Literature in Translation  
     ENG /FR 435. Studies in French Literature  
     ENG /GER 436. Studies in German Literature  
     ENG /ITAL 437. Studies in Italian Literature  
     ENG /RUS 438. Studies in Russian Literature  
     ENG /SPAN 439. Major Authors of Literature in Spanish in
     Translation
 
     ENG 466. Studies in Women's Literature  
Period
3
     ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and Language
     (when content is appropriate)
 
     ENG 311. Medieval Literature and Culture  
     ENG 312. Special Topics in Medieval Literature  
     ENG 313. Poetry and Prose of the British Renaissance  
     ENG 314. 17th-Century British Prose  
     ENG 315. 17th-Century British Poetry  
     ENG 316. Renaissance and 17th-Century British Drama  
     ENG 321. Restoration and 18th Century British Prose and Poetry  
     ENG 322. Restoration and 18th-Century British Drama  
     ENG 323. 18th-Century British Novel  
     ENG 325. Romantic Poetry  
     ENG 326. Romantic Era Prose  
     ENG 330. The 19th-Century English Novel  
     ENG 331. Modern Poetry  
     ENG 333. Modern Drama  
     ENG 340. Modern British Novel  
     ENG 342. Early American Literature  
     ENG 343. Writers of the American Renaissance  
     ENG 344. American Realism and Naturalism  
     ENG 352. The American Novel to 1914  
     ENG 355. Southern Literature  
     ENG 356. Modern American Novel  
     ENG 361. African American Fiction Writers  
     ENG 362. African American Poets  
     ENG 403. Studies in Old English  
     ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar (when content is appropriate  

1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Although a course may be listed under multiple categories, it may be credited to only one category. In addition to the core courses, students must take at least 12 credit hours of electives, 9 hours of which must be at or above the 300 level.

Minimum English Electives
Credit Hours
Course on or above 200 level
3
Courses on or above 300 level
9

 
12

Recommended Schedule for Majors
Prior to declaring a major in English, students should consult with an assigned English adviser to plan a course of study tailored to their interests and goals. Students should contact the department office (Keezell 215) to request an adviser. The following chart shows a typical four year program.

First Year
Credit Hours
Foreign language courses
6-8
General Education courses
23

 
29-31
   
Second Year
Credit Hours
Two of 3 required courses from among GENG 235-GENG 260
6
ENG 299. Writing About Literature
3
General Education courses
15
Foreign language courses
6

 
30
   
Third Year
Credit Hours
Remaining requirement from General Education
3
English requirements/electives
12-15
Other electives
15

 
30
 
Fourth Year
Credit Hours
English requirements/electives
12-15
Other electives
15-18

 
30

Concentrations
Majors may use their electives to concentrate in British, American, or world literature or creative writing.

British or American Literatures
In consultation with their advisers, students may choose nine credit hours of courses beyond the core offerings that lead to a coherent view of the scope and development of British or American literature.

World Literature
In consultation with their advisers, students may choose nine credit hours of courses beyond the core offerings that acquaint them with the scope of world literature. Students should include any three of the following courses.

Creative Writing
Students with a strong interest in developing various writing skills should include in their program nine credit hours of electives from the following courses:

Teaching Licensure
Students interested in becoming teachers must meet specific curriculum requirements in their major as part of the undergraduate academic degree. English majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must complete READ 254, include among their core courses the surveys of both English and American literature (GENG 235, 236, 247 and 248), and include among their electives the following:

It is recommended that students seeking licensure take GENG 239 to satisfy the Alternative Canons core requirement for the English major.

In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, English majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must be admitted to teacher education, complete the pre-professional program in secondary education at the undergraduate level and complete the graduate level Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

It is critical that students seeking licensure consult regularly with both their education adviser and their major adviser to support their progression through the programs. For a full description of the program in secondary teaching, refer to the Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education, in addition to the College of Education.

Minor Requirements
The minimum requirement for a minor in English is 18 credit hours. At least nine hours must be taken in courses at the 300 level or above. A General Education required course cannot double count as a minor requirement. A minor in English does not meet requirements for the Secondary Teaching License.

American Studies Minor
American Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study that promotes an enhanced understanding of the whole of American civilization, past and present through examination of the diverse aspects of our culture and changing patterns of ideas and values. Courses come from the departments within the College of Arts and Letters and students will take courses from within three groupings: Multicultural Studies, Ideas and the Arts, and History and Politics. For more information on the minor in American Studies, refer to the Interdisciplinary Programs.

Creative Writing Minor
The interdisciplinary minor in creative writing is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their writing talents across a number of literary forms and communication contexts. For more detailed information on the minor in creative writing, refer to the Interdisciplinary Programs.

Film Studies Minor
The interdisciplinary minor in film studies is designed for students who wish to extend their critical understanding of visual communication and narrative form by studying how movies tell stories, convey information and influence audiences. For more detailed information on the minor in film studies, refer to the Interdisciplinary Programs.

 

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