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New English Program


Approved by the Faculty of the College of Arts and Science for Fall 2014.
 For a more descriptive explanation of the new major, please click here. 

The Department of English offers three distinct programs that allow students to individualize their studies, while acquiring the breadth of knowledge and skills of the traditional English Major. The curriculum provides courses in the history of British and American literature, in Anglophone literature of other countries, in literary theory, and in expository as well as creative writing. These diverse courses reflect the interests of students and faculty and the expanding area of English literary study. Students use the concentration in English as a foundation for a variety of careers where analytic, reading, and writing skills gained are especially valued, and are preparation for post-graduate work in literature. The Department of English also regards its goals as helping students become readers of literature and culture throughout their lives.
 
While you will be able to sign up for the new major in the Fall of 2014, you may certainly design your schedule now with these courses in mind and your adviser will be happy to help you. To see which courses will count toward which area, please see the Departmental Course Descriptions Page 
 
Program I Literary Studies  (30 credit hours)
Students pursue a broad range of interests through a flexible approach to the study of literature. 30 total credit hours including:
  1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study [3 credit hours]
  2. 6 credit hours in History (Literature Before 1800)
  3. 6 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
  4. 3 credit hours in Approach
  5. 9 additional credit hours of electives in English - chosen from the courses that count toward the Major
  6. English 4960 - Senior Capstone Seminar (or English 4998 - Honors Colloquium) - 3 credit hours
Courses that fulfill the requirement in numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 above are described below under "General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All Programs".
 
Program II Creative Writing  (30 credit hours)
Students develop their creative writing while acquiring an overview of English literature. 30 total credit hours including:
  1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study [3 credit hours]
  2. 12 credit hours of 3000-level Creative Writing Workshops in at least 2 different genres [from among: Nonfiction 3210 / 3220; Fiction 3230 / 3240; or Poetry 3250 / 3260]. Admission to these courses is by consent of the instructor.
  3. 3 credit hours in History (Literature Before 1800)
  4. 3 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
  5. 9 credit hours from courses above 2000-level (except English 2200) courses that count toward the English Major, which may include one additional Creative Writing Workshop (beyond the 4 required in number 2 above) or one course in another discipline (with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Courses that fulfill the requirement in numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 above are described below under "General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All Programs".
 
Program III   Specialized Critical Studies  (36 credit hours)
Students design their own specialized course of study with a descriptive name and develop a contract of courses for it. 36 total credit hours including:
  1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study [3 credit hours]
  2. 12 credit hours of course work concentrated in a particular period [e.g., Nineteenth-Century American], genre, or movement [e.g., the novel], an aspect of intellectual history [e.g., law and literature, literary theory], or other area of special interest. Up to 9 credit hours may be taken in courses from other departments relevant to the concentration. In consultation with a Major Adviser, each student selects specific courses, which are listed in a contract that  is filed after the student has formally declared the Major.
  3. 6 credit hours in History (Literature Before 1800)
  4. 6 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
  5. 3 credit hours in Approach
  6. English 4960 - Senior Capstone Seminar or English 4998 - Honors Colloquium [3 credit hours]
  7. 3 credit hours of any English course above 2000, except 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study
Courses that fulfill the requirement in numbers 3, 4, and 5 above are described below under "General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All Programs".
 
General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All Programs
Students must take English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study for the English Major, ideally during their Freshman or Sophmore year, or as soon as possible after declaring the Major. All courses above 2000 [except English 4999 - Honors Thesis] count toward the English Major.
English 3890, 3890W, 3892, 3892W, 3894, 3894W, and 3898 may be repeated for credit when the topics are different. 
The survey courses [English 2310, 2311, 2316, and 2316W] are recommended for Sophmores to provide a background for advanced courses. 
Students considering Program II - Creative Writing may wish to take English 1280 or 1290 as preparation during their Freshman or Sophmore year, although these courses WILL NOT count toward the Major.

Note: A course cannot be used to satisfy more than 1 requirement in the Major..

 


Courses that fulfill the History (Literature Before 1800) requirement are as follows:  

English 2310, 2318W, 3310, 3314, 3316, 3330, 3332, 3336, 3337, 3340W, 3346, 3348, 3360, 3361, 3364, 3370, 3670, and 3670W

 

Courses that fulfill the Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature) requirement are as follows:   

English 3650, 3650W, 3654, 3654W, 3658, 3662, 3662W, 3670, 3670W, 3674, as well as appropriate courses from other departments, as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

 

Courses that fulfill the Approach requirement are as follows:

English 3270, 3270W, 3710, 3711, 3726, 3730, 3734, 3734W, 3740, 3742, 3744, 3746, and 3748

 

Courses that fulfill the Program II - Creative Writing Workshop requirement are as follows:

English 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3250, and 3260. In addition, suitable sections of English 3746, 3890, 3890W, 3892, 3892W, 3894, 3894W, 3898, 3898W, 4998, and 4999 [as appropriate] and other courses may fulfill the categories listed. Detailed course descriptions appear on the Department of English website for the upcoming semester and are available in the Department. Majors are required to consult with their Advisers during registration to identify what specific requirements the courses offered in that semester might fulfill.

 
One course from another department, appropriate to the student's course of study, may be counted toward the requirements of any program with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For Program II - Creative Writing, this course may be in addition to 9 credit hours already allowed from other departments.
 
Honors Program

To graduate with Honors in English, students must:

  1. Complete all of the requirements of the English Major, with at least 6 credit hours in Honors Sections [an appropriate graduate seminar / seminar in a study-abroad program may be substituted for 1 Honors seminar].
  2. 3 credit hours of English 4998 - Honors Colloquium
  3. Maintain at least a 3.4 grade point average overall and a 3.6 in the Major
  4. Be admitted to the Honors Program in the spring of the Junior year
  5. Write a thesis [English 4999 - Honors Thesis] and pass an oral examination about its subject in the spring of the Senior year.
For secondary education double majors, EDUC 3007 may be substituted for ENGL 4999 with the consent of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

To comply with all requirements, every Honors student must complete 33 credit hours. 

Exceptional achievement on the thesis will earn highest honors. 

Majors who wish to apply to the Honors Program must be within 6 credit hours of completing all AXLE requirements, they must have made reasonable progress toward the Major, and they must have at least a 3.4 grade point average overall and a 3.6 in the Major. 

Applications are accepted in April of the Junior year.

Additional information is available from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Students need not be enrolled in the Honors Program to take Honors Sections. Honors Sections are seminars open to any student beyond the Freshman year who has completed the Sophomore writing requirement of AXLE and has earned at least a 3.4 grade point average. Students are encouraged to enroll in Honors Sections prior to applying to the program.

 
Minor in English

At least 18 credit hours of course work in English is required. These courses must include:

  1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study
  2. 3 credit hours in History (Literature Before 1800)
  3. 3 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
 
Licensure for Teaching
Candidates for teacher licensure in English at the secondary level should refer to the chapter of Licensure for Teaching in the Peabody College section of the Catalog.