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Bachelor of Arts in English

While the core of the English Literature major celebrates the British and American canon, the program also offers opportunities to explore authors and works from other traditions. These include world literatures in translation and literatures that focus on cultures, genres, periods, and themes representative of non-western as well as western perspectives. Studies occur in an environment marked by strong faculty commitment to student-centered education. As a result, students are actively engaged in achieving individual excellence and are involved also in the larger life of formal and informal program activities in and out of class. Social elements of the program include a student mentoring program, a literature society, and a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honor Society. The faculty keeps office doors open, and advisement is a keystone of the department. The academic design of the curriculum fosters progressive intellectual development; depth and breadth of knowledge of literature and its many integrated contexts (especially philosophical, psychological, historical, aesthetic, and cross-cultural); and the assembly of critical thinking, analytical writing, argument and defense, research, presentation, and related skills, all of which advantage students for leadership roles, graduate studies, and professional careers not only in teaching, but in many other fields as well. All majors complete a capstone, year-long, senior thesis of publishable quality and present their findings in Senior Colloquium.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in English must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, majors must complete the following 14 courses as specified and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives taken outside the major toward a minor or second major.
 
ENG 100 Introduction to Literature  
ENG 210 Myth, Fantasy, and the Imagination  
ENG 220 Literary Analysis  
ENG 240 Early American Literature: Pre Columbus Through the Civil War  
ENG 260 American Realism, Naturalism and Modernism  
ENG 270 British Literature I: From Beowulf to Gothic Literature  
ENG 290 British Literature II: From Romanticism to Modernism  
ENG 350 Shakespeare  
ENG 480 Senior Thesis I  
ENG 481 Senior Thesis II  

Elective Requirements:
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a minimum of four English electives, three of which must be at the 300/400 level

The English Literature/Secondary Education Dual Major

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing a dual major in English and secondary education must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, and the College speech requirement, COMM 210, all secondary education requirements, the following 14 courses as specified and sufficient electives to total 120 credits.
 
ENG 100 Introduction to Literature  
ENG 210 Myth, Fantasy, and the Imagination  
ENG 220 Literary Analysis  
ENG 240 Early American Literature: Pre-Columbus Through the Civil War  
ENG 260 American Realism, Naturalism and Modernism  
ENG 270 British Literature I: From Beowulf to Gothic Literature  
ENG 290 British Literature II: From Romanticism to Modernism  
ENG 350 Shakespeare  
ENG 480 Senior Thesis I  
ENG 481 Senior Thesis II  

Elective Requirements:
and
A minimum of four English electives, three of which must be at the 300/400 level.