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The English Department has a dual aim: to teach students how to read literature appreciatively and expertly, and to help them develop a mastery of written and oral expression. To accomplish the first aim, the department offers courses which require students to read widely-primarily in British and American literature-and courses which introduce students to literary theory and history. Together, both types of courses acquaint the student with the rich variety of literary works, their relationship to historical events and intellectual currents, and changing conceptions of literature. The department seeks to produce readers who can recognize literary excellence in ancient poetry or modern novels, and who can discern the humanistic values intrinsic to these works. To accomplish the second aim - skillful writing - the department offers a wide range of courses from basic to advanced composition, journalism, and creative writing. Students are encouraged to develop clear, graceful, and effective prose.

Students majoring in English are required to take English: 106, 233, 234, 236, 237 or 238, 239 or 242, 241, and 475. Of the four remaining electives in English, at least two must be literature courses. Students pursuing teaching certification may take all four remaining electives in non-literature courses within the department as long as the courses pertain directly to a career in teaching, and they must take Introduction to General Linguistics (English 355) and either Public Speaking (English 221) or Oral Interpretation of
Literature (English 222).

As requirements for graduation, English majors must write and defend a senior thesis (done within the Senior Seminar course) and take a written comprehensive examination that tests general literary knowledge.

Course Sequence

Freshman Year
Humanities I Humanities II
Freshman English 103 Freshman English 104
Science Science
Language Language
English 106/Elective English 106/Elective
Sophomore Year
Humanities III Humanities IV
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Language Language
English 236 English 233
Elective Elective
Junior Year
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
English 237 or 238 English 234
English English 241
English/Elective English
Elective Elective
Senior Year
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
English 239 or 242 English
English 475 English
Elective Elective
Elective Elective