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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

English (B.A.)

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The English major provides exciting opportunities for the study of language, literature, and culture. Students are introduced to significant literary works from a variety of cultures, with primary emphasis on British and American texts. Students learn to analyze fiction, poetry, and drama, to write critical papers, and will acquire the basics of professional writing. English majors have the opportunity to polish their craft in a variety of forums: the student literary magazine, Mosaic, the school newspaper, The Voice, and a number of essay contests. A senior research/writing project enables students to pursue a literary topic of interest or to produce a portfolio of creative or professional writing.

Career and/or Advanced Study Options

The English major’s foundation of liberal learning fosters reading, writing, and critical reasoning skills—talents much valued in today’s job market - especially in business, law, education, public service, journalism, advertising, and publishing. Graduates who wish to pursue their studies further have the possibility of continuing in graduate school.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Write well-formed, persuasive papers;
  • Communicate orally as well as in writing;
  • Produce creative work;
  • Conduct research;
  • Analyze fiction, poetry, and drama critically;
  • Understand literary voices from more than one culture;
  • Actively participate with others in group discussions.

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (course with the designation of EN) in this major.


I. Required Program-Specific Courses: (60 credits)

Rhetoric/Writing/Linguistics Courses: (12 credits)

 Choose any four (4) of the following:

200-level English Courses - Required: (6 credits)

Choose two (2) of the following (one American and one British):

II. Other Required Courses: (27 credits)

  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
    (Humanities or Fine Arts)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Science Elective 3 credits
    (Scientific Understanding)
  • History Elective 3 credits

III. Open Electives: (33 credits)

Total Credits: (120)


All College Curriculum
Students must take two (2) approved oral communication (“O”) courses as required by the All College Curriculum. They may do so by taking two such courses as either Open Electives or one such course plus EN 105 as a Rhetoric/Writing course.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Description.)

First Year: (30 credits)

  • Science Elective 3 credits
  • History Elective 3 credits 
  • (3) Open Electives 9 credits

Choose one from the following:

Second Year: (30 credits)

  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective  3 credits 
  • Four (4) 200-level English courses 12 credits
  • Three (3) Open Electives 9 credits

Third Year: (30 credits)

  • Two (2) 200-level English courses 6 credits
  • Two (2) 300-level English courses 6 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Four (4) Rhetoric/Writing/Linguistics courses 12 credits 
  • One (1) Open Elective 3 credits 

Fourth Year: (30 credits)

  • Four (4) 300-level English courses 12 credits
  • Four (4) Open Electives  12 credits

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