Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

English

Students who have been recommended for Writing as their entry-level course in English should take ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing. ENGL 110 fulfills the Writing Level I (W1) requirement.

Students who have been recommended for an Introduction to Literary Studies course may take any course in the English department listed as “W1” in the Course Schedule, typically an LS/W1 course.

Students must meet this requirement during the first or second year. English 110 should be taken in the first year. English 200-level literature courses can be taken in the first or second year. These courses are not open to Juniors and Seniors.

The W1 Exam is intended only for transfer students. It should not be used by entering students, or those who failed to take a W1 course in the first two years, to test out of the W1 requirement.

Successful completion of a 200-level English course (or permission of the instructor) is required to take a 300-level course; successful completion of a 300-level course (or permission of the instructor) is required to take a 400-level course.

Major

Students majoring in English choose one of three emphases: Literary Studies (ENGL), Film Studies (ENGF), or Creative Writing (ENGC). The department does not support a major in Film Studies or Creative Writing. Students interested in a Film Studies minor should refer to the Film Studies section of the Catalog. Students may not double major using two of these emphases.

Literary Studies

  • 11 courses distributed as follows:
    •  ENGL 297 Literary Analysis
    •  ENGL 497 Senior Thesis Seminar
    • Three ENGL courses focused on pre-1900 literature, at least one of which must be pre-1700
    • Three ENGL courses focused on post-1900 literature
    • One course in literary theory
    • Two other ENGL/F/C courses

Of these courses:

  •  The Literary Studies emphasis must have one 200-level ENGL course in addition to ENGL 280, and  nine 300-400 level courses, including ENGL 497 Senior ThesisSeminar and at least one other 400-level ENGL seminar
  •  Only one ENGC and one ENGF count toward the Literary Studies emphasis.
  •  The Literary Studies emphasis does not prevent a student from a Film Studies minor.

Film Studies

  • 11 courses distributed as follows:
    •  Any 200-level ENGF course or ENGL 223 Literary and Cinematic Adaptations
    •  ENGL 297 Literary Analysis
    •  ENGL 497 Senior Thesis Seminar
    •  Two ENGL courses focused on pre-1900 literature, at least one of which must be pre-1700
    •  Two ENGL courses focused on post-1900 literature
    •  One course in literary theory or film theory
    •  Three 300-400 level ENGF courses, one of which can be a film course from another department

Of these courses:

  • In addition to the two specified 200-level courses, the Film Studies emphasis must have nine 300-400 level courses, including ENGL 497 Senior Thesis Seminar and at least one other 400-level ENGL/F seminar
  •  Only one film course can come from another department
  •  A student with a Film Studies emphasis cannot minor in film studies

Creative Writing

  • 11 courses distributed as follows:
    • ENGL 297 Literary Analysis
    • ENGC 497 Creative Writing Senior Thesis Seminar
    • Two ENGL courses focused on pre-1900 literature, at least one of which must be pre-1700
    • Two ENGL courses focused on post-1900 literature
    • Any other ENGL or ENGF course
    • Four 300-400 level ENGC courses (in addition to ENGC 497), only one of which can be a creative writing course from another department or institution.

Of these courses:

  • The Creative Writing emphasis must have one 200-level course in addition to ENGL 280, and nine 300-400 level courses, including ENGC 497 Senior Thesis Seminar and at least one other 400-level ENGC seminar.
  • Only one creative writing course can come from another department.

Minor

ENGLISH - LITERARY STUDIES MINOR

  • 6 courses distributed as follows
    • Two 200-level courses including ENGL 297
    • Four 300-400 level courses

Of these courses:

  •  One of the courses must emphasize literature before 1700
  •  One Film Studies (ENGF) course or one Creative Writing (ENGC) course can count toward a minor in English


ENGLISH - FILM STUDIES MINOR

Six courses, distributed as follows:

  • ENGF 269 Introduction to Film Studies
  • ENGL 297 Literary Analysis
  • Any 300-400 level ENGF course

Along with three courses selected from the following:

  • ENGF courses (any level)
  • ENGL 223 (Literary and Cinematic Adaptations)
  • Any 300-400 level ENGL course
  • Film-related course from outside the department (at most, two can count towards the minor) selected from the following list:
    • ANTH 250 Visual Anthropology
    • FILM 210 Screenwriting
    • FILM 399 Independent Study
    • HIST 190 History and Film
    • MUSI 180 Film Music
    • SOCI 255 Gender in Film and Television

Courses by requirements

Pre-1700: ENGL 238, 239, 305, 312, 313, 314, 317, 318, 414

Pre-1900: ENGL 240, 256, 263, 319, 320, 322, 325, 327, 328, 329, 343, 416, 418, 420, 432, 435, 441, 463, 467

Post-1900: ENGL 205, 223, 235, 245, 248, 249, 250, 258, 265, 271, 275, 321, 330,

335, 336, 348, 350, 353, 363, 366, 397, 450, 454, 455, 460, 464, 465

Literary Theory: ENGL 358, 362, 390; ENGF 381

COURSE PLANNING:

First Year

1. ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing (only if recommended)

2. One 200-level “Introduction to Literary Studies” English course

3. Two courses in foreign language

4. Other courses to fulfill requirements in the Collegiate Center and the Learning Domains

Second Year

1. ENGL 297 Literary Analysis

2. If not taken in the first year, one 200-level “Introduction to Literary Studies” English course. Film Studies students should take a 200-level ENGF course or ENGL 223 Literary and Cinematic Adaptation

3. Consult with your advisor about taking a 300-level English course in the spring semester.

4. Other courses to fulfill collegiate requirements

Third year

1. Three to four 300-level English courses from various distribution fields

2. One 400-level English seminar in the spring if there is a topic of interest (note that senior seminars are not repeated annually)

3. A course in literary theory for those with the Literary Studies or Film Studies emphasis and any student considering graduate school

4. Study abroad

5. Literature courses in a foreign language (recommended)

6. Other collegiate requirements and electives

7. In the spring and summer, begin talking with the faculty, thinking about, and perhaps researching your senior thesis.

Senior Year

1. Two 300-400 level English courses to complete distribution requirement

2. One 400-level English seminar in the fall (optional if taken in Third Year)

3. ENGL 497 Senior Thesis Seminar in the spring term:

Find a faculty member from the Department to advise your thesis (mid-September), and turn in two short pieces of writing (October & December)

4. Other collegiate requirements and electives

Note: Students who intend to study abroad should consult their advisors or the Chair of the English Department to ensure that their progress toward graduation is uninterrupted. Students should not assume that courses taken abroad will automatically count towards the major or minor; such courses must be approved by the Chair.

SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE:

The Senior Capstone Experience for the English major consists of a substantial independent writing project produced for ENGL or ENGC 497. The grade for the Thesis (written work + oral exam) is the grade for the senior capstone experience.