An A.B. in English emphasizes critical thinking, articulate self-expression, and a broad knowledge of literature in English. The study of creative as well as critical writing, of language history and usage, and of the shifting cultural contexts within the English-speaking world are also vital elements of the major. The English faculty expects its students to abide by the principles stated in “A Culture of Honesty,” the University’s code of academic integrity. Moreover, courses in the English Department require of all students and instructors a commitment to civility and mutual respect in discussing the many sensitive topics that classes in the humanities traditionally address.
A grade of C or better must be achieved in all major courses.
In any given semester, you will find courses that explore the sweep of American and British literature, as well as more specialized offerings in linguistics, film, and creative writing. The majority of our courses are taught in a discussion format with great attention paid to the nuances of language and style. In 2007 the faculty of the English department voted to recommend that our literature and writing courses should include at least twenty pages of writing, ideally a mixture of high- and low-stakes assignments. Such assignments might include timed examinations, blog or journal postings, one-page response papers, five- to seven-page argumentative essays, annotated bibliographies, research-intensive papers, web-sites, short stories, poems and other forms of writing.
If you want to conentrate your major work we have nine different Areas of Emphasis that you may elect to pursue:
Medieval Literature: focuses on early literatures and languages from the British Isles , including work in Old English and Middle Welsh. Contact: Dr. William Kretzschmar.
Studies in the Novel: examines what makes "the novel" unique within English Studies, studying examples of the novel from the inception of the genre through contemporary explorations of what the medium can do. Contact: Dr. Richard Menke
Creative Writing: intensely focuses on Creative Writing classes and also includes discussion of classic and contemporary examples of creative literature. Contact: Ms. Jordana Rich.
Humanities Computing: examines how English Studies work in new media and the digital age. Contact: Position Vacant.
Multicultural American Literature: combines work in a variety of disciplines and examines the literary and artistic productions of peoples historically under-represented in English curricula. Contact: Dr. Barbara McCaskill.
Rhetoric and Composition: looks at what writing is and means. In this concentration you will examine how the way a thing is stated or formed affects/reflects meaning within the composition itself and the cultural circumstances that produced it as well. Contact: Dr. Michelle Ballif.
English Language Studies: is a sister-concentration to Linguistics. In this track, you will examine how English as a language functions and the interplay between language and literature. Contact: Dr. William Kretzschmar.
Advanced Studies in English: has been dubbed the "Grad School Track" by our majors. This concentration will prepare you for continuing your Studies at the Graduate and Professional levels, whether in Law, Business, Medical school or other programs. The track helps specifically with preparation for the GRE subject test in English, emphasizing literary theory, advanced writing, and historical coverage. Contact: Dr. Sujata Iyengar .
Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies: will bring out your latent English nerd. If you love all things Renaissance -- history or the languages or even the fashions -- this cross-departmental concentration provides the ultimate foundation in Renaissance (or Early Modern) Studies. Contact: Dr. Sujata Iyengar .
American Literature: Extensive study of American literature from its colonial origins to the present, including writers of all races, religions, and nationalities. Contact: Dr. James Nagel
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