With major concentrations in Literature or Writing and a minor in Literature, English offers students the means both to connect with their world and to transcend it. Trained to think inventively and write expressively, English majors of both concentrations are prepared for work in various professional spheres, including graduate study in the field, education, communications, publishing, law and business. Some have established reputations as important scholars, journalists and authors.
Literature classes enable students to study literature as an art form. Through courses covering a spectrum of historical, cultural and ethnic perspectives, literature also invites students to explore their own lives and times as well as think beyond their own experience. Classes typically combine lecture and discussion, introducing students to representative works of English, American, and Anglophone writing and encouraging them to develop methods of critical interpretation.
The study of writing directly engages students' imaginations and knowledge and helps them develop their potential as writers through courses in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting and journalism. Small workshop classes provide intensive experience in the crafting and revising of students own work and in the productive critique of others.
Students wishing to count courses taken off-campus toward a major in English must have prior approval from their academic advisors and the department chair.
Courses in English
ENG 110 Writing Seminar for Non-Native Speakers of English I. (1 course)
This course develops and strengthens the level of English language fluency of incoming international students who begin to write, speak, and read proficiently and rigorously at an academic college level. May not be counted toward a major in English. See Writing Program for details
ENG 115 Writing Seminar for Non-Native Speakers of English II. (1 course)
This course is aimed at challenging incoming international students more than ENG 110. This course focuses more on academic writing proficiency and critical thinking in preparation for the advanced level of challenge offered by ENG 130. English 115 may not be counted toward a major in English. See Writing Program for details.
ENG 120 College Writing I. (1 course)
This course reviews good writing strategies to prepare students for the level of reading, writing and critical thinking done in College Writing II. By means of short essay assignments, students build fluency and confidence in writing. May not be counted toward a major in English. See Writing Program for details.
ENG 149 Introduction to Creative Writing. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
ENG 151 Reading and Literature: Poetry, Fiction and Drama. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
This course explores literature as means of transforming language into art, looking closely at ways that writers explore the relationship between form, content and meaning. It focuses particularly on three primary literary genres, though it may also include a secondary emphasis on others, such as essay and film. The course might also consider adaptation and the way genres evolve over time.
ENG 161 Reading and Literature: Visual and Digital Narratives. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
This course explores the way changes in media have influenced literature, focusing on narrative forms that combine verbal, visual, and digital representation, including film, television, interactive fiction, and social media. It will consider the possibilities that new technologies of representation have brought to the art of storytelling and could also explore critical questions of new media literacy, such as production, dissemination, and reception.
ENG 167 Introduction to Film. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
Designed to develop students' ability to understand and appreciate film as art and to acquaint them with a representative group of significant works and the characteristics of film as a type of literature.
ENG 171 Reading and Literature: Intercultural Perspectives. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
This course explores literature as a means of understanding difference across boundaries of race, nation, class, gender, or religion. It will feature literary works that foreground a variety of intercultural perspectives, including literature in translation and literature that thematizes difference.
ENG 181 Reading and Literature: Ethics and Society. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
This course explores literature as a form of social engagement, with the potential to influence our thinking about aesthetic, ethical, or political questions. It considers imaginative writing as a motive force in history through studies of specific works intervening in specific contexts or, more generally, through an analysis of the strategies that writers use to articulate, clarify, and sometimes resolve social or ethical problems.
ENG 191 Reading and Literature: Science and Technology. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
This course explores literature as a response to scientific and technological change. It considers the ways that new scientific discoveries inspire new visions in literature and the ways, in turn, that imaginative writing inspires new approaches in science. It features literary works that contextualize past scientific and technological advances, interpret and critique changes happening in the present, and imagine the changes that might occur in the future.
ENG 250 World Literature. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
A study of literature from both Western and non-Western traditions. Readings may focus on a theme that runs across cultures, a specific historical period or an event that affects a number of cultures.
ENG 255G Topics: 19th Century Russian Literature. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
ENG 281 British Writers I . (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
This course surveys works of representative British authors from Anglo-Saxon times through the Augustan period. It is designed for students wishing to acquaint themselves with this broad area of British letters.
ENG 263 African American Literature. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
ENG 281 British Writers I. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)
ENG 283 American Writers. (1 course, Arts and Humanities)