Overview & Mission

The English Program provides its majors with a strong foundation in literary and writing studies, while offering non-English majors the opportunity to improve their writing skills and deepen their understanding of the enjoyment afforded to the informed reader. The work of the major is ideal for growth toward a profession, while also offering opportunities for pleasure and personal growth.

The Bachelor of Arts in English is offered with three concentrations:

All of the options within the major prepare students to continue their work in graduate and professional schools. Minors in Literary Studies, Writing Studies, Journalism, and English Studies are also available.

Mission

Firmly rooted in the Catholic liberal arts tradition, the English Program aspires to be a community of learning which fosters among its members a love of scholarship, a desire for lifelong learning, a posture of service, and a desire for ethical relationships. With support and guidance from the faculty of the Program, students working towards a degree in English grow to become independent, engaged scholars who accept responsibility for their own learning. As sensitive and informed readers who grow in their understanding of the essence of human experience, they develop habits of critical thinking, and they communicate with others clearly, effectively, and compassionately.



Student Outcomes

Graduates earning the English major will develop the arts of careful reading, critical inquiry, rational discourse, imagination, and clear communication that will enable lifelong learning and success in a variety of careers, to include the ability to:

  • Closely read literary works and other cultural artifacts, paying attention to word choice, style, metaphor, image, and other formal elements.
  • Write effectively in a variety of genres, to include expository, journalistic, and belletristic.
  • Think critically about the critical cultural activities of reading and writing.
  • Place literary works into conversation with each other.
  • Understand literary works in the larger contexts of literary tradition, the trajectory of an author's development, and surrounding cultural influences.
  • Demonstrate theoretical awareness with respect to literary and writing studies.
  • Write clear, concise, coherent prose employing the conventions of Standard American English.
  • Communicate effectively orally; engage effectively in conversations about literary and writing studies.
  • Demonstrate intellectual and/or artistic independence.
  • Demonstrate the information literacy appropriate to literary and writing studies.

Graduates

Because our graduates have learned to read closely, analyze critically, and express themselves cogently, they are prepared to enter a career as well as to enroll in graduate or professional schools. The English major is an unparalleled preparation for law school, and several of our graduates are practicing attorneys. Others teach in elementary, middle, and high schools, and some teach on college faculties.

Recent graduates work at major publishers. Several others fulfill editorial responsibilities at magazines and newspapers. Many of our graduates work in corporate communication and advertising, and some work in financial services companies.

Students are encouraged to continue their education by enrolling in graduate programs, and in recent years, such schools as Montclair State University, Rutgers University, University of Rochester, New York University, Drew University, Marquette University, Fordham University, West Virginia University College of Law, and Columbia University have welcomed our graduates to their classrooms.

English Program


Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English

English Studies Concentration

  • 200 American English Grammar (4)
  • 201 The Craft of Writing (4)
  • 220 The English Symposium (2) (.5 credit course, taken four times)
  • 2-- Writing, Literature, Film or Communication (3 or 4) or
  • 265 Studies in American Literature
  • 270 Guided Reading or
  • 273 Guided Writing (2)
  • 327 Independent Reading or
  • 345 Independent Writing (2)
  • 3-- Writing, Literature, or Communication (3 or 4)
  • 411 Capstone Seminar (2)
  • 495 Professional Internship (2)

Total: 28-30 credits

Related Requirement

  • COMM223 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Total: 31-33 credits

Literary Studies Concentration

  • 201 the Craft of Writing (2)
  • 220 The English Symposium (2) (.5 credit course, taken four times)
  • 247 Critical Reading (4)
  • 270 Guided Reading (2)
  • 327 Independent Reading (2)
  • 300 Seminar in Major Literary Figures (4)
  • 310 Seminar in Literary Tradition (4)
  • 315 Seminar in Literature and Cultural Context (4)
  • 400 Seminar in Literary Theory or
  • 405 Seminar in Rhetorical Theory (4)
  • 411 Capstone Seminar (2)
  • 495 Professional Internship* (2)

Total: 34 credits

*Student teachers may substitute ED 467: Student Teaching for this requirement.

Writing Studies Concentration

  • 201 The Craft of Writing (4)
  • 220 The English Symposium (2) (.5 credit course, taken four times)
  • 247 Critical Reading (4)

Two courses from the following three:

  • 203 Creating Writing (4)
  • 204 Writing for the Workplace (4)
  • 205 Journalistic Writing (4)
  • 270 Guided Reading (2)
  • 273 Guided Writing (2)
  • 345 Independent Writing (2)
  • 320 Advanced Seminar in Writing (2)
  • 400 Seminar in Literary Theory or
  • 405 Seminar in Rhetorical Theory (4)
  • 411 Capstone Seminar (2)
  • 495 Professional Internship* (2)

Total: 34 credits

*Student teachers may substitute ED 467: Student Teaching for this requirement.

English majors with a concentration in writing studies who are seeking a minor in secondary education are strongly urged to take Eng 327 and to use that course, Eng 230, and elective credits to provide themselves with a solid foundation in the literature they will be expected to teach after graduation.

Requirements for a Minor in English

Minor in English Studies

  • ENG201 The Craft of Writing (4)
  • ENG2-- Writing Elective (4)
  • ENG239 Women's Literature: A Difference Voice or
  • ENG247 Critical Reading (4) or
  • ENG265 Studies in American Literature
  • ENG270 Guided Reading or
  • ENG273 Guided Writing (2)
  • ENG3-- Literature Elective (4) or
  • ENG320 Advanced Seminar in Writing (2) and
  • ENG345 Independent Writing (2)

Total: 18 credits

Minor in Journalism

Students will complete a minimum of 18 credits chosen with advisement. At least three credits of the 18 must be some form of practicum, which must be approved by the journalism advisor.

  • ENG205 Journalistic Writing (4)
  • COMM219 Mass Media (3)
  • ENG208 Reporting Practicum (3)
    (may be taken up to 8 credits) (0 - 4)

Choose at least three of the following:

  • ART119 Intro to Photography (3)
  • ART121 Intro to Advertising and Graphic Design (3)
  • ART131 Intro to Computer Graphic Design (3)
  • COMM/CIS231 Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphics (3)
  • COMM261 Television Production (3)
  • COMM361 Public Relations (3)
  • COMM367 Publishing on the Web
  • ENG495 Professional Internship (3)

Total: 18 credits

Minor in Literary Studies

  • ENG201 The Craft of Writing (4)
  • ENG2-- Film (4)
  • ENG247 Critical Reading (4)
  • ENG270 Guided Reading (2)
  • ENG3-- Literature Elective (4)

Total: 18 credits

Minor in Writing Studies

  • ENG201 The Craft of Writing (4)
  • ENG2-- Writing Elective (4)
  • ENG247 Critical Reading (4)
  • ENG273 Guided Writing (2)
  • ENG320 Advanced Seminar in Writing (2)
  • ENG345 Independent Writing (2)

Total: 18 credits