Professors Caplan, Carpenter, DeMarco, Hipsky, Olmstead
Associate Professors Allison, Comorau, Long, Poremski, Ryan
Assistant Professor Butcher
Part-time Professors Burns, Richards
Part-time Associate Professor Stephens
Senior Lecturer Stull
English majors develop both reading and writing skills. They gain a wide knowledge of authors, of texts originally written in English, of the English language, and of interpretive approaches to literature. They read literary works and watch films selected to illustrate the linguistic connections among texts, historical perspectives, cultural contexts, the development of English as a language, and the canon, its critics, and its alternatives. The major and minor foster curiosity about language, and the conviction that literature and film enrich human experience.
In English courses, students develop close reading skills—heightening their awareness of the conventions of literary and cinematic form, structure, language, genre, and rhetoric—and are introduced to current critical methods. Throughout the major, students test and revise their notions of what makes literature literature. They cultivate sensitivity to language as a medium of thought and communication, and they learn to ask penetrating questions about texts and language.
English majors and minors become thoroughly acquainted with the writing process, sensitive to the rhetorical situation, and alert to the demands for correctness and precision. Creative Writing majors develop a sense of voice, style, and tone, and practice adapting the conventions of various literary genres.
The English department expects that its students will explore the relationship of language and literature to social and cultural issues. It hopes they will become habitual, morally engaged readers, appreciating literature’s function in developing an imaginative sensitivity to and disciplined regard for the relation between words and the world, the writer and the work, the representing self and the represented other.
The English major and minor also provide practical preparation for the world of work. They equip students to communicate clearly, to write effectively, and to read critically and accurately. These skills are fundamental for success in numerous professions and occupations, especially in the age of the Internet.
Many English courses do not carry prerequisites. In general, however, courses at the 100 and 200 levels are most appropriate for first-year students and sophomores, or for those students who have not previously taken a college literature course. Upper-level students and those who have previously taken a college literature course may take courses at all levels.
Requirements for the Adolescent-To-Young Adult (7-12) License in Language Arts are NOT identical to requirements for the English major. Students seeking licensure should ensure that they fulfill English major requirements and professional education requirements AS WELL AS licensure requirements. The minimal requirements for teaching secondary English (according to state nomenclature, “Integrated Language Arts, Adolescence to Young Adult”) include the following content-area courses:
Composition; English Languange and Linguistics
three courses: ENG 105 (exempted students must substitute another writing course);
Linguistics or History of English
one course (select from ENG 391 or ENG 395 );
two courses (select from ENG 224 , ENG 226 , ENG 268 , ENG 273 , ENG 278 , ENG 360 , ENG 362 , ENG 369 , ENG 372 , ENG 374 , ENG 486 ; ENG 150 may count as either American OR British, but not both; also possible, depending on the topic: ENG 176 , ENG 415 );
two courses (select from ENG 228 , ENG 330 , ENG 334 , ENG 336 , ENG 338 , ENG 340 , ENG 342 , ENG 344 , ENG 346 , ENG 348 , ENG 350 , ENG 352 , ENG 354 , ENG 484 ; ENG 150 may count as either American OR British, but not both; also possible, depending on the topic: ENG 176 , ENG 415 );
one course (select from ENG 342 [may not also be used as a British literature course]);
one course (select from ENG 254 or ENG 310 [may also count as upper-level writing]);
Ethnic or Women Writers
one course; courses used to fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other requirements (select from ENG 224 , ENG 266 , ENG 268 , ENG 273 , ENG 278 , ENG 350 , ENG 352 , ENG 354 , ENG 362 , ENG 369 , ENG 372 , ENG 374 ; other courses in English or humanities/classics might be used to fulfill the requirement as well, depending on their content—check with your instructor or education advisor).