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English Program Requirements

A total of 36.5 credits is required for the B.A. degree in English, regardless of the concentration. Students in both concentrations also develop a portfolio of their accomplishments throughout the program.

B.A. in English: Literature Concentration

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all English (ENGL) courses taken in residence that may be applied to the major.

Requirements

Introductory Courses – 6.5 credits

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (0.5)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)

Survey Courses – 9 credits

Choose THREE courses from the following group.

  • ENGL 293 – P1 Early English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 294 – P1 Milton Through the Romantics (3)
  • ENGL 295 – P1 Literary Revolutions (3)
  • ENGL 297 – P1 Readings in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 298 – P1 Modern American Literature (3)

Note: Two of these selections must include ENGL 293, ENGL 294, or ENGL 297.

Additional Courses – 21 credits

  • ONE ethnic American or world literature course chosen from:
    • ENGL 220D – P1 Black Writers in U.S. (3)
    • ENGL 236D – CC The American Dream (3)
    • ENGL 248 – P5 World Literature (3)
    • ENGL 262P – CC Coming to America (3)
    • ENGL 335 – Studies in African American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 336 – Studies in Native American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 337 – Ethnic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 347 – Studies in Postcolonialism (3)
  • ONE additional English courses at or beyond the 200 level
  • FOUR additional English courses at or beyond the 300 level
  • ENGL 420 – Senior Literature Seminar (3)

Total: 36.5 credits

Note: The requirements for the literature concentration are slightly different for English majors who are also inclusive adolescence education majors. Please refer to those specific requirements below.


B.A. in English: Writing Concentration

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all English (ENGL) courses taken in residence that may be applied to the major.

Requirements

Introductory Courses – 12.5 credits

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (0.5)
  • Choose ONE:
    • ENGL 251 – P1 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (3)
    • ENGL 253 – P1 Introductory Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 266 – Writing As Social Practice (3)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)

300-Level Writing Courses – 12 credits

  • ONE Advanced Practices course (see choices below)
  • ONE Theories, Contexts, Communities course (see choices below)
  • TWO additional courses from Advanced Practices and/or Theories Context, Communities

Additional Courses – 12 credits

  • TWO Literature courses, one at or beyond the 200 level and one at or beyond the 300 level (see choices below)
  • ONE additional English course at or beyond the 200 level
  • ENGL 425 – Senior Writing Seminar (3)

Total: 36.5 credits


Portfolio

In the course of their studies, English majors in both concentrations develop a portfolio. The portfolio represents the student’s skills and interests, and should contain those items that best represent the student’s accomplishments in thinking and writing for a broad audience. Some items may be assigned while others may be freely chosen. Students at the 300 and 400 level collect material that demonstrates what they know about writing, what sorts of writing they do for their courses, and what sorts of writing they do on their own. Students may choose work from a variety of genres, including: fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, literary analysis, cultural analysis, rhetorical analysis, and technical/professional/business writing. The portfolio may also contain a personal statement that synthesizes the student’s goals and accomplishments (books read, projects completed, writing-related experiences) and a résumé.


Honors Options in English

The English department offers a degree with Honors in English to qualified students who complete a substantial project in literary or rhetorical criticism or creative writing. Students must have at least a 3.50 GPA in English courses and a 3.50 GPA overall. Candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Enroll in ENGL 498H and/or ENGL 499H and receive an “A” on the honors thesis. The paper should display originality and sophistication of thought, as well as stylistic excellence.
  • Successfully defend the thesis at an open colloquium. Although anyone from the academic community may attend the colloquium, the student meets primarily with a committee of readers who will decide whether to award honors. The committee is composed of the project director, a second reader from the English department, and the chair of the department. The colloquium is usually held during the week of final exams.

Inclusive Adolescence Education/English Dual Major

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive adolescence education (English) may dual major in inclusive adolescence education and English literature, and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition to meeting all of the inclusive adolescence education requirements (40–43 credits: see Inclusive Adolescence Education for details) the English department, in conjunction with the education department, has outlined the following requirement for the English literature major:

  • Complete the full English major with the literature concentration as outlined above, to include:
  • ENGL 203C – History of English Language (3)
  • ENGL 211 – P1 Young Adult Literature (3)
  • ONE ethnic American literature course chosen from:*
    • ENGL 220D – P1 Black Writers in U.S. (3)
    • ENGL 236D – CC The American Dream (3)
    • ENGL 262P – CC Coming to America (3)
    • ENGL 335 – Studies in African American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 336 – Studies in Native American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 337 – Ethnic Literature (3)
  • ONE world literature course chosen from:*
    • ENGL 248 – P5 World Literature (3)
    • ENGL 347 – Studies in Postcolonialism (3)
  • ONE Shakespeare course chosen from:
    • ENGL 212C – P1 Shakespeare and Movies (3)**
    • ENGL 312C – P1 Shakespeare (3)

*These requirements may add additional credits to the content area of the English major. In order to keep the number of English literature major required credits at 36.5, inclusive adolescence education majors need to choose from the 300 level offerings for both of these areas. As early as possible, students should consult with an education advisor to set up a program leading to certification.

**Inclusive adolescence education/English majors may count ENGL 212 as a 300-level ENGL major course.


Inclusive Adolescence Education Major with an English Concentration

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive adolescence education (English) may opt to have a concentration in English literature rather than a major, resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition to meeting all of the inclusive adolescence education requirements (40–43 credits: see Inclusive Adolescence Education for details), the English department in conjunction with the education department, has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirement for English certification:

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (.5)
  • ENGL 203C – History of English Language (3)
  • ENGL 211 – P1 Young Adult Literature (3)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)
  • THREE Survey courses chosen from:
    • ENGL 293 – P1 Early American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 294 – P1 Milton through the Romantics (3)
    • ENGL 295 – P1 Literary Revolutions (3)
    • ENGL 297 – P1 Readings in American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 298 – P1 Modern American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 312C – P1 Shakespeare (3)
  • ONE Ethnic American or World Literature course at the 300 level chosen from:
    • ENGL 335 – Studies in African American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 336 – Studies in Native American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 337 – Ethnic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 347 – Studies in Postcolonialism (3)
  • ONE 300 level English elective (3)

Total: 30.5 credits


Inclusive Childhood Education With a Liberal Arts Major/Concentration in English

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive childhood education must declare either a second major or a concentration in a liberal arts field. Either choice results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Inclusive childhood education majors who wish to pursue a dual major with English take all of the major requirements as listed above (for either literature or writing) in addition to meeting all of the inclusive childhood education requirements (49-52 credits: see Inclusive Childhood Education for details). If an inclusive childhood education major wishes to complete a concentration in English, the English department in conjunction with the education department, has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirement for a liberal arts concentration in this field:

English Literature Concentration Requirements

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (.5)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)
  • THREE survey courses chosen from:
    • ENGL 293 – P1 Early American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 294 – P1 Milton through the Romantics (3)
    • ENGL 295 – P1 Literary Revolutions (3)
    • ENGL 297 – P1 Readings in American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 298 – P1 Modern American Literature (3)
  • ONE Ethnic or American Literature course chosen from:
    • ENGL 220D – P1 Black Writers in U.S. (3)
    • ENGL 236D – CC The American Dream (3)
    • ENGL 248 – P5 World Literature (3)
    • ENGL 262P – CC Coming to America (3)
    • ENGL 335 – Studies in African American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 336 – Studies in Native American Literature (3)
    • ENGL 337 – Ethnic Literature (3)
    • ENGL 347 – Studies in Postcolonialism (3)
  • FOUR courses at or beyond the 300 level (12)

Total: 30.5 credits

English Writing Concentration Requirements

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (.5)
  • Choose ONE of:
    • ENGL 251 – P1 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (3)
    • ENGL 253 – P1 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)
  • ENGL 266 – Writing as Social Practice (3)
  • ONE Advanced Practices course (3)
  • ONE Theories, Context, Communities course (3)
  • ONE ENGL course at or beyond the 200 level (3)
  • ONE literature course at or beyond the 200 level (3)
  • TWO ENGL courses at or beyond the 300 level (6)

Total: 30.5 credits


English Courses

English courses are divided into several categories noted below. The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

Note: 100–level courses in the following lists do not count toward English major requirements.

First Year Writing Courses

  • ENGL 103 – Writing Workshop (1)
  • ENGL 104 – Writing Workshop (1)
  • ENGL 110 – LC Critical Reading and Writing (3)
  • ENGL 153 – LC Writing In/Around Games (3)
  • ENGL 154 – LC Reading the Court (3)
  • ENGL 155 – Writing in the Digital Age (3)
  • ENGL 156 – LC Ecocomposition (3)
  • ENGL 165 – LC Images of Disability (3)
  • ENGL 170 – LC Writing in Context (3)
  • ENGL 199C – RW Research Based Writing (3)

Literature Courses

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 203C – History of English Language (3)
  • ENGL 204 – P1 Nature Writing (3)
  • ENGL 207C – P1 The Bible as Literature (3)
  • ENGL 210 – P1 Literature and Healing (3)
  • ENGL 211 – P1 Young Adult Literature (3)
  • ENGL 212C – P1 Shakespeare at the Movies (3)
  • ENGL 214D – P1 Reading Gender (3)
  • ENGL 215C – P1 Getting the News from Poems (3)
  • ENGL 218C – P1 Theater and Design (3)
  • ENGL 220D – P1 Black Writers in the U.S. (3)
  • ENGL 226C – P1 Arthurian Legend (3)
  • ENGL 230 – P1 Literature of Travel (3)
  • ENGL 231C – P1 Detective and Mystery Narratives (3)
  • ENGL 236D – CC The American Dream (3)
  • ENGL 239D – P1 Haunted House (3)
  • ENGL 247C – P1 War in Literature (3)
  • ENGL 248 – P5 World Literature (3)
  • ENGL 261C – Topics in Sexuality and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 262P – CC Coming to America (3)
  • ENGL 263C – P1 Topics in Literature and the Arts (3)
  • ENGL 264D – P5 Topics in Literature and Politics (3)
  • ENGL 268 – P1 The Fundamentals of Film (3)
  • ENGL 282 - Stories Games Tell (3)

Literature Survey Courses

  • ENGL 293 – P1 Early English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 294 – P1 Milton Through the Romantics (3)
  • ENGL 295 – P1 Literary Revolutions (3)
  • ENGL 297 – P1 Readings in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 298 – P1 Modern American Literature (3)

Advanced Literature Courses

When any of the following upper-division courses are offered, they will have a specific focus within the general rubric of their catalog title. Such courses may be repeated for credit with the permission of the department chair, if the focus is different.

  • ENGL 306 – Law and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 312C – P1 Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 325 – Topics:British Literature (3)
  • ENGL 329 – Film and Television Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 335 – Studies in African American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 336 – Studies in Native American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 337 – Ethnic Literature (3)
  • ENGL 339 – American Literatures (3)
  • ENGL 342 – Topics: Literary Genres (3)
  • ENGL 344 – Topics: Literature and Popular Culture (3)
  • ENGL 346 – Narrative and New Media (3)
  • ENGL 347 – Studies in Postcolonialism (3)
  • ENGL 348 – Women Writers (3)
  • ENGL 349 – Major Authors (3)
  • ENGL 351 – Language of Animals (3)

Seminar for Literature Majors

  • ENGL 420 – Senior Literature Seminar (3)

Writing Courses

  • ENGL 237 – P1 Flash Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 249 – P1 Open Book: Read to Write (3)
  • ENGL 251 – P1 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 253 – P1 Introductory Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)
  • ENGL 266 – Writing as Social Practice (3)
  • ENGL 271 – Legal Writing (3)
  • ENGL/WGST 272 – P2 Digital Feminisms (3)
  • ENGL 284 – P5 Global Business Writing (3)
  • ENGL 290 – Science, Rhetoric, and the Public (3)

Advanced Practices Writing Courses

  • ENGL 355 – Professional Writing: Topics (3)
  • ENGL 356 – Editing and Publishing (3)
  • ENGL 359 – Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 361 – Writing with New Media (3)
  • ENGL 371 – Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 372 – Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 374 – Playwriting (3)
  • ENGL 376 – Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 378 – Special Topics in Advanced Writing (3)

Theories, Contexts, Communities Writing Courses

  • ENGL 352 – Rhetorical Theory (3)
  • ENGL 353 – Rhetorical History and Traditions (3)
  • ENGL 370 – Gender and Writing (3)
  • ENGL 380 – Visual Rhetoric (3)
  • ENGL 381 – The Rhetoric of Hate (3)
  • ENGL 382 – Digital Literacies (3)

Seminar for Writing Majors

  • ENGL 425 – Senior Writing Seminar (3)

General English Electives

  • ENGL 150C – P1 Stories That Matter (3)
  • ENGL 273 – Film History (3)
  • ENGL 282 - Stories Games Tell (3)

Special Courses

  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (0.5)
  • ENGL 209 – Literature Magazine Practicum (1)
  • ENGL 270 – Becoming a Writing Tutor (1)
  • ENGL 307 – Writing Portfolio Seminar (1)
  • ENGL 490 – Internship (3)
  • ENGL 496 – Independent Study (1-3)
  • ENGL 498H – Honors in English (3)
  • ENGL 499H – Honors in English (3)

Minor in English

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all English (ENGL) courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (0.5)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)
  • FOUR ENGL electives, at least two must be at the 200 level or beyond and two must be at the 300 level or beyond (12)

Total: 18.5 credits

Note: Only one course applied to a student’s major may also be used to meet a requirement in the student’s English minor.

The English department also offers a minor in film and television studies and a certificate in public and professional writing.


English Courses

English courses are divided into several categories noted below. The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

Note: 100–level courses in the following lists do not count toward English major requirements.

First Year Writing Courses

  • ENGL 103 – Writing Workshop (1)
  • ENGL 104 – Writing Workshop (1)
  • ENGL 110 – LC Critical Reading and Writing (3)
  • ENGL 153 – LC Writing In/Around Games (3)
  • ENGL 154 – LC Reading the Court (3)
  • ENGL 155 – Writing in the Digital Age (3)
  • ENGL 156 – LC Ecocomposition (3)
  • ENGL 165 – LC Images of Disability (3)
  • ENGL 170 – LC Writing in Context (3)
  • ENGL 199C – RW Research Based Writing (3)

Literature Courses

  • ENGL 200C – Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 203C – History of English Language (3)
  • ENGL 204 – P1 Nature Writing (3)
  • ENGL 207C – P1 The Bible as Literature (3)
  • ENGL 210 – P1 Literature and Healing (3)
  • ENGL 211 – P1 Young Adult Literature (3)
  • ENGL 212C – P1 Shakespeare at the Movies (3)
  • ENGL 214D – P1 Reading Gender (3)
  • ENGL 215C – P1 Getting the News from Poems (3)
  • ENGL 218C – P1 Theater and Design (3)
  • ENGL 220D – P1 Black Writers in the U.S. (3)
  • ENGL 226C – P1 Arthurian Legend (3)
  • ENGL 230 – P1 Literature of Travel (3)
  • ENGL 231C – P1 Detective and Mystery Narratives (3)
  • ENGL 236D – CC The American Dream (3)
  • ENGL 239D – P1 Haunted House (3)
  • ENGL 247C – P1 War in Literature (3)
  • ENGL 248 – P5 World Literature (3)
  • ENGL 261C – Topics in Sexuality and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 262P – CC Coming to America (3)
  • ENGL 263C – P1 Topics in Literature and the Arts (3)
  • ENGL 264D – P5 Topics in Literature and Politics (3)
  • ENGL 268 – P1 The Fundamentals of Film (3)
  • ENGL 282 - Stories Games Tell (3)

Literature Survey Courses

  • ENGL 293 – P1 Early English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 294 – P1 Milton Through the Romantics (3)
  • ENGL 295 – P1 Literary Revolutions (3)
  • ENGL 297 – P1 Readings in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 298 – P1 Modern American Literature (3)

Advanced Literature Courses

When any of the following upper-division courses are offered, they will have a specific focus within the general rubric of their catalog title. Such courses may be repeated for credit with the permission of the department chair, if the focus is different.

  • ENGL 306 – Law and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 312C – P1 Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 325 – Topics:British Literature (3)
  • ENGL 329 – Film and Television Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 335 – Studies in African American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 336 – Studies in Native American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 337 – Ethnic Literature (3)
  • ENGL 339 – American Literatures (3)
  • ENGL 342 – Topics: Literary Genres (3)
  • ENGL 344 – Topics: Literature and Popular Culture (3)
  • ENGL 346 – Narrative and New Media (3)
  • ENGL 347 – Studies in Postcolonialism (3)
  • ENGL 348 – Women Writers (3)
  • ENGL 349 – Major Authors (3)
  • ENGL 351 – Language of Animals (3)

Seminar for Literature Majors

  • ENGL 420 – Senior Literature Seminar (3)

Writing Courses

  • ENGL 237 – P1 Flash Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 249 – P1 Open Book: Read to Write (3)
  • ENGL 251 – P1 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 253 – P1 Introductory Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 259 – Argument and Persuasion (3)
  • ENGL 266 – Writing as Social Practice (3)
  • ENGL 271 – Legal Writing (3)
  • ENGL/WGST 272 – P2 Digital Feminisms (3)
  • ENGL 284 – P5 Global Business Writing (3)
  • ENGL 290 – Science, Rhetoric, and the Public (3)

Advanced Practices Writing Courses

  • ENGL 355 – Professional Writing: Topics (3)
  • ENGL 356 – Editing and Publishing (3)
  • ENGL 359 – Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 361 – Writing with New Media (3)
  • ENGL 371 – Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 372 – Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 374 – Playwriting (3)
  • ENGL 376 – Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 378 – Special Topics in Advanced Writing (3)

Theories, Contexts, Communities Writing Courses

  • ENGL 352 – Rhetorical Theory (3)
  • ENGL 353 – Rhetorical History and Traditions (3)
  • ENGL 370 – Gender and Writing (3)
  • ENGL 380 – Visual Rhetoric (3)
  • ENGL 381 – The Rhetoric of Hate (3)
  • ENGL 382 – Digital Literacies (3)

Seminar for Writing Majors

  • ENGL 425 – Senior Writing Seminar (3)

General English Electives

  • ENGL 150C – P1 Stories That Matter (3)
  • ENGL 273 – Film History (3)
  • ENGL 282 - Stories Games Tell (3)

Special Courses

  • ENGL 201 – Career Seminar (0.5)
  • ENGL 209 – Literature Magazine Practicum (1)
  • ENGL 270 – Becoming a Writing Tutor (1)
  • ENGL 307 – Writing Portfolio Seminar (1)
  • ENGL 490 – Internship (3)
  • ENGL 496 – Independent Study (1-3)
  • ENGL 498H – Honors in English (3)
  • ENGL 499H – Honors in English (3)

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.