Sep 19, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

English


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Professor Darryl Dickson-Carr, Department Chair
Senior Lecturer Stephanie Amsel, Writing and Reasoning Program Director

Professors: Darryl Dickson-Carr, Thomas DiPiero, Dennis Foster, Ezra Greenspan, Jasper Neel, Timothy Rosendale, Rajani Sudan, Steven Weisenburger
Associate Professors: Richard Bozorth, Greg Brownderville, Timothy Cassedy, Michael Holahan, Daniel Moss, Beth Newman, Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue, Bonnie Wheeler
Assistant Professors: Katherine Condon, Paul Edwards, Samantha Pergadia, Jacob Rubin, Martha Satz, Emma Wilson
Professor of Practice: Carol Dickson-Carr
Assistant Professor of Practice: Sanderia Smith
Senior Lecturers: Stephanie Amsel, Vanessa Hopper, Marta Krogh, Bruce Levy, Pauline Newton, Ona Seaney, Lori Ann Stephens
Lecturers: Joan Arbery, Richard Hermes, Meghan Johnson, Misty Lawrenson, Samantha Mabry, Russ McConnell, Mary Catherine Mueller, Susan Norman, Kristen Polster, Emily Sharma, Sam Ross Sloan, Richard Treat, Angela Wood

General Information

The B.A. in English offers a rich intellectual experience through the study of American, British and other literature written in English. The course of study engages with contemporary modes of literary inquiry in order to arrive at an understanding of how language, culture and society work. At the same time, it emphasizes the aesthetic, emotional and intellectual pleasures of imaginative writing. The degree is appropriate for students who wish to obtain a broad liberal education as a foundation for careers or further study, and is especially recommended as preprofessional training for fields such as law, administration, and business that require high proficiency in written and oral communication and in analytical thinking.

Departmental Distinction

This program is open to seniors by invitation. To enter the program, a student ordinarily must earn an overall GPA of at least 3.000 by the middle of the junior year, and a 3.500 average or better in courses fulfilling requirements for the major. Candidates for distinction must take ENGL 5310  in the fall of the senior year. Candidates completing ENGL 5310  with a grade of B+ or better will then choose from the following options: ENGL 5381  (culminating in a senior thesis); or a graduate pro-seminar in English numbered 6320–6380 (requires permission of instructor); or (for creative writing specialists only) ENGL 4390 . Candidates must earn a B+ or better in the option selected, and attain a 3.500 GPA in all courses counting toward the major and distinction. ENGL 4390 , ENGL 5381  and ENGL 5310  may not be used to satisfy the 12 hours required in 4000-level courses. A minimum of 36 hours is required to graduate with departmental distinction.

Programs

    Major(s)Minor(s)

    Courses

      English

      The courses are numbered by the final two digits as follows.

      Writing and Reasoning DISC 1311, DISC 1312, DISC 1313, ENGL 1300, WRTR 1311, WRTR 1312, WRTR 1313, WRTR 2303, WRTR 2304, WRTR 2305, WRTR 2306
      Expository Writing (00–09) ENGL 3301, ENGL 3305, ENGL 3308
      Genre, Method, Criticism (10–19) ENGL 2310, ENGL 2311, ENGL 2312, ENGL 2313, ENGL 2314, ENGL 2315, ENGL 2318, ENGL 3310, ENGL 3318, ENGL 4310, ENGL 5310
      Medieval, c. pre-1500 (20–29) ENGL 1320, ENGL 3320, ENGL 3329, ENGL 4320, ENGL 4321, ENGL 4323
      Early Modern, c. 1500–1775 (30–39) ENGL 1330, ENGL 3330, ENGL 3331, ENGL 3332, ENGL 3335, ENGL 4330, ENGL 4331, ENGL 4332, ENGL 4333, ENGL 4336, ENGL 4339
      Age of Revolutions, c. 1775–1900 (40–49)

      ENGL 3340, ENGL 3341, ENGL 3344, ENGL 3345, ENGL 3346, ENGL 3347, ENGL 3348, ENGL 4340, ENGL 4341, ENGL 4343, ENGL 4345, ENGL 4346, ENGL 4349

      Modern to Contemporary, c. 1990–present (50–69) ENGL 1360, ENGL 1362, ENGL 1363, ENGL 1365, ENGL  2361, ENGL 3350, ENGL 3354, ENGL 3355, ENGL 3359, ENGL 3360, ENGL 3362, ENGL 3363, ENGL 3364, ENGL 3365, ENGL 3366, ENGL 3367, ENGL 3368, ENGL 3369, ENGL 4350, ENGL 4351, ENGL 4356, ENGL 4360, ENGL 4369
      Other Literature/Language Courses (70–89) ENGL 1370, ENGL 1380, ENGL 1385, ENGL 3189, ENGL 3370, ENGL 3371, ENGL 3373, ENGL 3374, ENGL 3375, ENGL 3376, ENGL 3377, ENGL 3378, ENGL 3379, ENGL 3381, ENGL 3382, ENGL 3383, ENGL 3384, ENGL 3385, ENGL 3389, ENGL 4370, ENGL 5381
      Creative Writing (90–99) ENGL 2390, ENGL 3390, ENGL 4390

      Writing and Reasoning

      English

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