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Department of English

Dr. David K. Jeffrey, DepartmentHead

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.Professors


Armistead, Brice-Finch, R. Cohen, Foley, Frederick, J. Gabbin, Geary, Hawthorne, Hoskins, Jeffrey, Nickels, Nostrandt, Ruff

Associate Professors

Cash, J. Eby, M. Facknitz, S. Facknitz, Farrar, Gilliatt, Hager, B. Johnson, McNallie, Morley-Mower, R. Nelson, Wszalek

Assistant Professors

Burdan, Federico, Gaughran, Kutchins, Ma, Owen, Tabakow

The program offered by the Department of English is designed to prepare students to enter graduate study; to prepare them for the teaching profession; and to serve as basic preparation for many professions in which skillful use of language is important, for example, law, publishing, free-lance writing, creative writing, journalism, public relations, broadcasting, government, advertising and business. Moreover, it offers to all students, wherever their professional and vocational interests lie, an appreciation of their literary heritage, with particular emphasis upon British and American literatures, and, through the humanistic study of these masterpieces, a better understanding of themselves and their culture.

Major in English

Students majoring in English earn the B.A. degree, except in the case of the third track listed below.

The English department offers the following tracks for the English major:

Minor in English

The minimum requirement for a minor in English is 18 credit hours beyond ENG 101-102. At least nine hours must be taken in courses at the 300 level or above.

A minor in English will not meet requirements for the Secondary Teaching License.

English Concentrations

The department recommends that students choose a variety of courses covering contemporary and earlier literature, as well as period, genre and linguistics courses. Specifically, all students must include in their program the following:

                                                  Credit
Core Courses                                       Hours
ENG 235. Survey of English Literature:                 3
  From Beowulf to the 18th Century
ENG 236. Survey of English Literature:                 3
  From the 18th Century to the Modern Period
Choose one course from each of the following          12
  categories listed below: [1]
  Genre:
    ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and 
      Language (when content is appropriate)
    ENG 308. Medieval Poetry
    ENG 309. Medieval Drama
    ENG 314. Seventeenth-Century British Prose
    ENG 315. Seventeenth-Century British Poetry
    ENG 316. Renaissance Drama Exclusive of Shakespeare
    ENG 322. British Drama, 1660-1800
    ENG 324. The 18th-Century English Novel
    ENG 325. Romantic Poetry
    ENG 327. The Gothic: Change and Continuity
    ENG 330. The 19th-Century English Novel
    ENG 335. Modern Poetry
    ENG 336. Contemporary Poetry
    ENG 337. Modern Drama
    ENG 338. Contemporary Drama
    ENG 339. Modern British Novel
    ENG 340. Contemporary British Novel
    ENG 352. The American Novel to 1914
    ENG 353. The Modern American Novel
    ENG 354. Contemporary American Fiction
    ENG 360. Major Black Writers: Fiction
    ENG 361. Major Black Writers: Poetry
    ENG 385. Prosody
    ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar 
      (when content is appropriate)
  Author(s):
    ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and
      Language (when content is appropriate)
    ENG 410. Major British or American Authors
    ENG 425. Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature 
      (when content is appropriate)
    ENG 451. Chaucer
    ENG 456. Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragic Histories
    ENG 457. Shakespeare: Tragedies and Comic Histories
    ENG 458. Shakespeare on the Page and Stage in London
    ENG 461. Milton
  Multicultural Studies:
    ENG 238. Survey of World Literature: From the 
      Ancient World Through the Renaissance
    ENG 239. Survey of World Literature: From the 
      Renaissance Through the Modern Age
    ENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature
    ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and 
      Language (when content is appropriate)
    ENG 305. Mythology
    ENG 360. Major Black Writers: Fiction
    ENG 361. Major Black Writers: Poetry
    ENG 365. Introduction to Women's Literature
    ENG 373. Anglo-Irish Literature
    ENG 405. Studies in Comparative Literature
    ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar 
      (when content is appropriate)
    ENG 421. Studies in Caribbean Literature
    ENG 425. Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature
  Period:
    ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and 
      Language (when content is appropriate)
    ENG 308. Medieval Poetry
    ENG 309. Medieval Drama
    ENG 310. Sixteenth-Century British Literature
    ENG 314. Seventeenth-Century British Prose
    ENG 315. Seventeenth-Century British Poetry
    ENG 316. Renaissance Drama Exclusive of Shakespeare
    ENG 321. Neoclassical Poetry and Prose
    ENG 322. British Drama, 1660-1800
    ENG 324. The 18th-Century English Novel
    ENG 325. Romantic Poetry
    ENG 329. Victorian Literature
    ENG 330. The 19th-Century English Novel
    ENG 335. Modern Poetry
    ENG 336. Contemporary Poetry
    ENG 337. Modern Drama
    ENG 338. Contemporary Drama
    ENG 339. Modern British Novel
    ENG 340. Contemporary British Novel
    ENG 341. Early American Literature
    ENG 345. American Romanticism, 1820-1865
    ENG 351. American Realism and Naturalism to 1914
    ENG 352. The American Novel to 1914
    ENG 353. The Modern American Novel
    ENG 354. Contemporary American Fiction
    ENG 355. Southern Literature
    ENG 360. Major Black Writers: Fiction
    ENG 361. Major Black Writers: Poetry
    ENG 403. Studies in Old English
    ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar 
      (when content is appropriate)
English electives (nine credit hours must be          15
  on or above the 300 level)
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Notes:
[1]
Although a course may be listed under multiple categories, it may be credited to only one category.

Literature

In consultation with their advisers, students should choose courses in addition to the core offerings that will lead to a coherent view of the scope and development of British and American literature.

Writing

In addition to taking the core courses, students with a strong interest in developing various writing skills should emphasize in their program appropriate electives from the following courses:

Creative Writing Courses

ENG/THEA 347. Playwriting
ENG 391. Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 392. Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction
ENG 481. Poetics
ENG 482. Narrative Form
ENG 491. Advanced Poetry Writing
ENG 492. Advanced Fiction Writing

Technical Writing Courses

ENG 397. Government Writing
ENG 398. Technical Writing
ENG 430. Advanced Technical Writing
ENG 485. Technical Editing
Choose one of the following:
  ENG 401. Workshop: Cultural and Professional 
    Studies in English and American Language 
    and Literature
  ENG 490. Special Studies in English 
    (where content is appropriate)

Initial Secondary Teaching License

In addition to the liberal studies requirements, English majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must take the core courses listed above, and include among their electives the following:
ENG 396. Advanced Composition
Choose one of the following:
  ENG 419. Traditional Grammar
  ENG 420. Modern English Grammar
Choose one of the following:
  ENG 456. Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragic Histories
  ENG 457. Shakespeare: Tragedies and Comic Histories
  ENG 458. Shakespeare on the Page and Stage in 
    London (if not taken as part of the core courses) 
In addition, English majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must complete the following courses:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
ENG/LSEM 254. Literature for Adolescents               3
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [1] 
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the                   1
  Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 371B. Clinical Techniques, English Methods        3
  (normally in first semester of senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)
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Notes:
[1]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students desiring secondary teacher licensure must so specify when conferring with their English adviser. They are also encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

Typical Program for a Major in English (B.A. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
Foreign language courses [1]                         6-8
Liberal studies courses                               20
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                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
ENG 235. Survey of English Literature:                 3
  From Beowulf to the 18th Century
ENG 236. Survey of English Literature:                 3
  18th Century to the Modern Period
Foreign language courses [1]                           6
Liberal studies courses [2]                           18
Philosophy course [3]                                  3
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                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
English electives                                  12-18
Other electives                                    15-21
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                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
English electives                                      9
Other electives                                       22
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Notes:
[1]
Completion of the intermediate level of a foreign language is required for the B.A. degree (usually six hours if begun at the intermediate level) unless the language requirement is satisfied by an exemption test.
[2]
These should include ENG 247, Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the Civil War; and ENG 248, Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern Period.
[3]
Any course in philosophy satisfies the philosophy requirement for the B.A. degree.
After declaring a major in English, the student should consult with an English adviser to plan a course of study.


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