Nov 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of English

Telephone: (302) 831-2361
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The English Department has a very flexible and varied undergraduate program. Students choose one course from three possible areas of study (a total of nine credits): Literary History, Textual Analysis and Production, and Cultural Diversity. The next eight courses (24 credits) are all chosen in consultation with an individual mentor/advisor from the wide range of courses the Department offers. Finally, each student completes a capstone experience in the senior year. The options for the capstone include an internship, a portfolio, a symposium, an independent (three credits) study or thesis, and student teaching (for English Education majors).

A grade of C- is required in all major courses. No more than 51 credits with the ENGL prefix (including cross-listed courses) may be counted toward the total required for the degree. ENGL 110  is not counted in that 51-credit maximum.

To be eligible to student teach in the English Education program, students must maintain a minimum overall grade point index of 2.75 and 3.0 in the major. The major in English education prepares students to teach English in the secondary schools (grades 7-12). Graduates of this program receive the BA in English and are eligible for teacher certification.

The English Department offers courses in a wide range of topics including:

  • Literature, Literary History, Literary Theory 
  • English Education
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism and New Media
  • Professional and Technical Writing/Editing
  • Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Identity
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion
  • Drama and Film
  • Print and Popular Culture 
  • Material Culture

The Department offers two minors-one in English (18 credits) and one in Writing (15 credits). A wide range of courses can be taken to satisfy either minor. The aim of the Minor in Writing is to help students become flexible and effective writers in a wide range of media and genres. The Department participates in a number of interdisciplinary minors including journalism, interactive media, material culture, and environmental humanities. 

The English Department also offers three 4+1 programs, all of which let students do graduate work as part of their undergraduate program. The TESL 4+1 allows students to earn a BA in English and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language in five years. The English/Public Administration 4+1 allows students to earn a BA in English, a Minor in Public Policy, and an MPA in five years. Finally, the English/Urban Affairs and Public Policy 4+1 BA allows student to earn a BA in English, a Minor in Public Policy, and an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy in five years.

The Department maintains an advisement center for its majors. Each student works with a faculty mentor to develop a specialized program of study. Special advisors also work with students seeking an internship or graduate studies in areas such as law, English studies, business, and professional programs. The Department sponsors many readings and lectures throughout the academic year; publishes Caesura, a literary magazine; and has an active chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society.

Environmental Humanities Program:

Though the sciences provide basic insight into environmental issues, a growing number of scholars, policymakers, and environmental professionals have recognized that many of the most basic environmental questions are humanistic. Why do we have environmental problems? What shapes our ideas about the human place in nature? How has our relationship to the non-human world changed over time? The work in environmental history, environmental literature, and environmental ethics now is especially rich. This minor will give students the chance to think more rigorously and imaginatively about environmental issues by integrating the insights of many disciplines.

The field of Environmental Humanities is (by its very definition) a synthesis of the humanities, and complements the sciences and public policy. It is designed to be attractive to two distinct groups of students: those in the sciences hoping to deepen their understanding of environmental issues and to learn more effective means of communicating their own work; and those in the humanities wishing to study complex environmental issues without having to major in the sciences. Both groups of students would be very well served by the minor as they pursue graduate or professional work in this important and growing field.

The 18-credit Environmental Humanities minor requires that students take three core courses and three electives. Interested students should contact Prof. McKay Jenkins for more information.

Journalism Program:

Do you like to write? More importantly, are you curious about the way things are - and what’s possible? Do you like to ask questions, and do you like to share what you’ve learned? How about exploring new ways, new technologies to help people understand what they need to know, whether it’s about how they live their lives - or making the world a better place?

If you said “yes” to any of those questions, consider a minor in journalism. The journalism minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to helping students take an active role in their communities of interest. While our core coursework is designed to prepare students for internships and careers in digital, print, and streaming media, we also offer courses open to all students to engage in the cultural, historical, economic, political, environmental and political impact of journalism in our society.

The minor is open to all students, regardless of their major, from across all colleges. Coursework requires 18 credits - 9 hours of required courses and 9 hours of electives - and must include at least two courses outside a student’s major field.


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