The department of English at the College of Continuing Professional Studies offers a bachelors of science in English. The English major trains students in a canon of methods: close-reading, theory, and history. Students begin developing a systematic understanding of literature by learning techniques for literary analysis in “Literature Matters.” They then study a wide range of British and American literary texts, building a foundation for further study. “Theory and Practice” provides the gateway to the upper-division courses, asking students to study and apply a wide range of literary and cultural theories (deconstruction; reader-response; cultural criticism; postcolonialism; etc.).
With this knowledge of diverse approaches to literary texts, majors immerse themselves in advanced study of literature and culture at the 300 level. The program culminates with a senior seminar that asks students to reflect upon their progress to date; to demonstrate command of research skills; and to link the work within the major with the wider world. The student majoring in English should emerge from the program with the confidence to interpret texts, to place them in diverse historical and theoretical contexts, and to see, clearly, why literature matters.
In addition to the general education requirements, the English major requires 33 hours of coursework in the following distribution:
British and American Literature (6 hours) choose two of the following:
ENGL 201: British Literature 1: Medieval through Eighteenth Century
ENGL 202: British Literature 2: Nineteenth Century through the Present
ENGL 203: American Literature 1: 1620-1865
ENGL 204: American Literature 2: 1865-1980
Advanced Literature Courses (6 hours)
Choose any two 300- or 400-level literature courses listed in the catalog, one of which must be Pre-1800 (Courses that fulfill Pre-1800 requirement include ENGL 305 Studies in Ancient through Medieval Literature; ENGL 306 Studies in 16th through 18th Century Literature; ENGL 337 Shakespeare; and some instances of ENGL 303 Single Author.).
Writing or Linguistics (3 hours) choose one of the following:
ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction
ENGL 267: Creative Writing I - Poetry
ENGL 268: Creative Writing I - Nonfiction
ENGL 353: Nature of the English Language
ENGL 366: Creative Writing II - Fiction
ENGL 367: Creative Writing II - Poetry
ENGL 368: Creative Writing II - Nonfiction
In addition, choose one English Elective (3 hours).
Students must take the following course as part of general education requirements:
PLSC 101 Government and Politics in the U.S.