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NEW English Program, Effective Fall 2018

Open to all current Majors/Minors, required for new Majors/Minors

 

Are you currently an English major (declared before Fall 2018) and want to switch to the new requirements (in effect Fall 2018)? Just print this form or pick one up on the 3rd floor of Benson Hall.  The form allows you to re-declare your new major. Fill it out and turn it in to the administrative staff in Benson 314.

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Already declared and want to stay with your original program? No need to do anything. Previous program requirements here

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The Department of English offers three distinct concentrations that allow students to individualize their studies while acquiring the breadth of knowledge and skills of the traditional English major.

Designed to work as either a single or double major, the curriculum provides courses in British and American literature, in Anglophone literature from across the world, in literary theory, and in expository as well as creative writing. These diverse courses reflect the interests of students and faculty as well as the expanding areas of English literary study.

Students use the English major as a foundation for a variety of careers where their analytic, reading, and writing skills are valued, and as preparation for post-graduate work in literature, law, and other professions. The Department of English also regards its goal as helping students engage with literature and culture throughout their lives.

The Department of English offers these three concentrations:
- Program I Literary Studies (30 credit hours)
 
- Program II Creative Writing (30 credit hours) 

- Program III Specialized Critical Studies (36 credit hours)
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Program I Literary Studies

Students pursue a broad range of interests through a flexible approach to the study of literature. This program requires 30 total credit hours including:

1. 6 credit hours in History (literature before 1800)
2. 6 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)

3. 18 additional credit hours of English electives - chosen from the courses that count toward the major.

Courses that fulfill these requirements are described under General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs.
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Program II Creative Writing

Students develop their creative writing while acquiring an overview of English literature. This program requires 30 total credit hours including:

1. 12 credit hours of 3000-level creative writing workshops in at least two different genres (nonfiction: 3210, 3220; fiction: 3230, 3240; poetry: 3250, 3260; admission to these courses is by consent of the instructor)
2. 3 credit hours in History (literature before 1800)
3. 3 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature) 
4. 12 credit hours from courses that count toward the English major. This may include one additional creative writing workshop (beyond the 4 required) and appropriate courses from other disciplines.

Courses that fulfill these requirements are described under General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs.
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Program III Specialized Critical Studies
Students develop their own specialized course of study with a descriptive name and develop a contract of courses for it. This program requires 36 total credit hours including:
 
1. 12 credit hours of course work concentrated in a particular period (e.g. nineteenth-century American literature), genre, or movement (e.g. the novel), an aspect of intellectual history (e.g. law and literature), 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.
2. 6 credit hours in History (literature before 1800)

3. 6 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
4. 6 credit hours from any of the courses that count towards the English major

Courses that fulfill these requirements are described under General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs.

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Minor in English 

Minor in Literary Studies

At least 18 credit hours of course work in English is required for an English minor. These courses must include 3 credit hours in History (literature before 1800) and 3 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives  (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature). 

Minor in Creative Writing

At least 18 credit hours of course work in English are required.  These courses must include at least three creative writing workshops (9 credits hours) in any genre (3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3250, or 3260).

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General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs

All courses numbered 2050 and above (except English 4999) 
count toward the English major. (2200 may count as an elective in any program. Please consult your adviser). Additionally, students may elect to count one of the following 1000-level courses toward their major: 1111, 1210W, 1220W, 1230W, 1240, 1250W, 1260W, 1270W, 1280, 1290.  English 3890, 3890W, 3892, 3892W, 3894, 3894W, and 3898 may be repeated for credit when the topics are different.

The survey courses (2310, 2311, 2316, 2316W) are recommended for sophomores to provide background for more advanced courses.  
 
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Courses that fulfill the History (literature before 1800) requirement include the following : 2310, 2318, 2318W, 3310, 3314, 3316, 3318, 3330, 3332, 3335, 3335W, 3336, 3337, 3340, 3340W, 3346, 3348, 3360, 3361, 3364, and 3370

Courses that fulfill the Diverse Perspectives (ethnic American or Anglophone literature) requirement include the following : 3650, 3650W, 3654, 3654W, 3658, 3662, 3662W, 3664, 3670, 3670W, 3674, 3678, and appropriate courses from other departments as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Courses that fulfill the Program II Creative Writing requirement include these workshops : 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3250, and 3260.

In addition, suitable sections of 3746, 3890, 3890W, 3892, 3892W, 3894, 3894W, 3898, 3898W, 4998, 4999, and other courses may fulfill the categories listed above; please consult your adviser as well as the detailed departmental course descriptions available each semester. Click here for Fall 2018.

English majors consult their advisers before registration to select courses for each semester. Students may add one course from another department, appropriate to the student's course of study, with the approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 
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Honors Program   

To graduate with Honors in English, students must:

1. Complete all the requirements of the English major.

2. Take at least 6 credit hours in Honors sections (an appropriate graduate seminar or seminar from a study-abroad program may be substituted for one Honors seminar).

3. Maintain at least a 3.4 GPA overall and 3.6 in the Major.

4. Be admitted to the Honors Program in spring of junior year and take 4998 in fall of senior year.

5. Write a thesis (4999) and pass an oral examination about its subject in the spring of senior year. For secondary education double majors, EDUC 9770 can be substituted for 4999 with the consent of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

 

To comply with all requirements, every Honors student will complete 33 hours of English.  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 and must have made reasonable progress toward the major.  Applications are accepted in April of the junior year.

Additional information may be obtained from Mark Schoenfield , the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or your adviser.

The Honors sections are seminars open to all students who have completed their sophomore AXLE requirements and have earned at least a 3.4 GPA overall. Students are encouraged to enroll in honors sections prior to applying to the Honors Program.

The honors seminars being offered are as follows:

Fall 2018

- ENGL 3720 Literature, Science, and Technology: The History of Digital versus Indexical - TR 9:30 - 10:50

Spring 2019 (to be announced soon)

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Licensure for Teaching

Students interested in teaching licensure in English at the secondary level should refer to the chapter of Licensure for Teaching in the Peabody College section of the Catalog.