English, B.A. (31-41 Credit Major)

The English major consists of 31-41 credits taken in one of four specializations: Literature, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, or the Early Childhood and Childhood Education/English certification sequence (see "Teacher of English" below). The total number of credits depends on students' specializations and on whether or not they participate in the English Honors Program. English courses numbered below the 300-level do not qualify toward the major. Except for students in the ECCE/English sequence, students who wish to take 300- or 400-level courses must have completed the Literature distribution requirement (Area III) or obtained permission from the Department.

Required courses and credits are distributed as follows:

Literature Specialization (40 credits)

Core requirements (22 credits)

Credits
ENG 300Introduction to Literary Study

4

ENG 301English Literature I—Origins through Early Modern

3

ENG 302English Literature II—Restoration through Revolutions

3

ENG 303English Literature III—Romantic through Modern

3

ENG 307The Novel

3

ENG 308American Literature

3

ENG 350Senior Seminar

3

Electives (18 credits)

Choose courses from each of the following four groups of electives; total credits must add up to 18.

One course (3 credits):
Credits
ENG 312Shakespeare

3

One or two courses (3-6 credits) chosen from:
Credits
ENG 338Postcolonial Literatures

3

ENG 339Latino Literature

3

ENG 340African and African-American Literature

3

ENG 341Asian and Asian-American Literature

3

One or two courses (3-6 credits) chosen from:
Credits
ENG 304The Structure of Modern English

3

ENG 305History of the English Language

3

ENW 306Peer Tutoring

3

ENW 301Poetry Writing

3

ENW 302Fiction Writing

3

ENW 308Playwriting

3

ENW 303Creative Nonfiction Writing

3

ENW 304Nonprofit Grant Writing

3

ENW 305Professional Writing

3

Two or three courses (6-9 credits) chosen from:
Credits
ENG 328Poetry

3

ENG 330Fiction

3

ENG 334Drama

3

ENG 335Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

3

ENG 336Critical Approaches to Adolescent Literature

3

ENG 337Irish Literature

3

ENG 346The Bible as Literature

3

ENG 347Western Traditions--Narrative

3

ENG 348Western Traditions--Drama

3

ENG 349Eastern Traditions

3

ENG 342Film Studies

3

ENG 343Urban Literature

3

ENG 344Women Writers in English

3

ENG 345Topics in Gender and Sexuality

3

ENG 355Special Topics in Literature I

3

ENG 356Special Topics in Literature II

3

ENG 381Individual Tutorial in Literature

3

ENG 460Honor Seminar--Spec Topics

3

ENG 463Seminar in Literature—Theory & Criticism

3

HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

Or

One 300-400-level literature course

One 300-400 level literature course: In the School of Arts and Humanities (with Department permission).

Professional Writing Specialization (40 credits)

Core (22 credits)

Credits
ENG 300Introduction to Literary Study

4

ENG 301English Literature I—Origins through Early Modern

3

ENG 302English Literature II—Restoration through Revolutions

3

ENG 303English Literature III—Romantic through Modern

3

ENG 307The Novel

3

ENG 308American Literature

3

ENG 350Senior Seminar

3

Electives (18 credits)

Choose courses from each of the following four groups of electives; total credits must add up to 18.

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 303Creative Nonfiction Writing

3

ENW 304Nonprofit Grant Writing

3

ENW 305Professional Writing

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENG 304The Structure of Modern English

3

ENG 305History of the English Language

3

ENW 306Peer Tutoring

3

ENW 301Poetry Writing

3

ENW 302Fiction Writing

3

ENW 308Playwriting

3

ENG 312Shakespeare

3

ENG 338Postcolonial Literatures

3

ENG 339Latino Literature

3

ENG 340African and African-American Literature

3

ENG 341Asian and Asian-American Literature

3

One or two courses (3-6 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 333Marketing and PR Writing

3

ENW 334Grant and Proposal Writing

3

ENW 335Technical Writing

3

One or two courses (3-6 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 323Biography and Memoir Writing

3

ENW 324The Literary Essay

3

ENW 325Culture, Criticism, and Publication

3

ENW 365Special Topics in Professional Writing

3

ENW 381Individual Tutorial in Writing

3

ENW 462Seminar in Professional Writing

3

HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

Creative Writing Specialization (40 credits)

Core requirements (22 credits)

Credits
ENG 300Introduction to Literary Study

4

ENG 301English Literature I—Origins through Early Modern

3

ENG 302English Literature II—Restoration through Revolutions

3

ENG 303English Literature III—Romantic through Modern

3

ENG 307The Novel

3

ENG 308American Literature

3

ENG 350Senior Seminar

3

Electives (18 credits)

Choose courses from each of the following five groups of electives; total credits must add up to 18.

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 301Poetry Writing

3

ENW 302Fiction Writing

3

ENW 308Playwriting

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 309Screenwriting

3

ENW 311Advanced Poetry Writing I

3

ENW 312Advanced Fiction Writing I

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENG 304The Structure of Modern English

3

ENG 305History of the English Language

3

ENW 306Peer Tutoring

3

ENG 312Shakespeare

3

ENG 338Postcolonial Literatures

3

ENG 339Latino Literature

3

ENG 340African and African-American Literature

3

ENG 341Asian and Asian-American Literature

3

ENW 303Creative Nonfiction Writing

3

ENW 304Nonprofit Grant Writing

3

ENW 305Professional Writing

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 328Advanced Poetry Writing II

3

ENW 329Advanced Fiction Writing II

3

ENW 330Advanced Playwriting Workshop

3

ENW 409Advanced Screenwriting

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 364Special Topics in Creative Writing

3

ENW 381Individual Tutorial in Writing

3

ENW 461Seminar in Creative Writing

3

HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

Early Childhood and Childhood Education Specialization/English Certification Sequence (31 credits)

Core requirements (16 credits)

Credits
ENG 300Introduction to Literary Study

4

ENG 303English Literature III—Romantic through Modern

3

ENG 308American Literature

3

ENG 312Shakespeare

3

ENG 350Senior Seminar

3

ENG 300: Fulfills the Area III Distribution Requirement for this sequence.

Electives (15 credits)

Choose courses from each of the following four groups of electives; total credits must add up to 15.

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENG 328Poetry

3

ENG 330Fiction

3

ENG 334Drama

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENG 304The Structure of Modern English

3

ENG 305History of the English Language

3

ENW 306Peer Tutoring

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENG 335Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

3

ENG 336Critical Approaches to Adolescent Literature

3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENG 346The Bible as Literature

3

ENG 347Western Traditions--Narrative

3

ENG 348Western Traditions--Drama

3

ENG 349Eastern Traditions

3

ENG 338Postcolonial Literatures

3

ENG 339Latino Literature

3

ENG 340African and African-American Literature

3

ENG 341Asian and Asian-American Literature

3

ENG 355Special Topics in Literature I

3

ENG 356Special Topics in Literature II

3

Or any other 300-level literature course in the School of Arts and Humanities (with English Department permission).

English Honors Program (EHP)

The English Honors Program offers capable students an opportunity to push their critical and creative boundaries. EHP students in literature, creative writing, professional writing, and education have access to the Department's Honors Room, participate in academic and cultural events on and off campus, enjoy English Honors advisement, work individually with a faculty mentor on an independent English Honors project in the fall term prior to graduation, and collaborate in colloquia and mini-conferences. Interested students who maintain a 3.2 College GPA and a 3.5 English GPA in at least two 300-level English courses may contact the EHP director for admission.

The requirements for English Honors specializations are the same as for regular English specializations, with the following exceptions:

Literature (41 credits)

Credits
ENG 463Seminar in Literature—Theory & Criticism

3

ENG 481Honors Tutorial in Literature

3

ENG 482Honors Colloquium

1

ENG 463: Is required (not optional).

ENG 481: Is required and replaces a regular Literature elective.

ENG 482: Is required at the same time as ENG 481.

Total elective credits add up to 19 (not 18).

Professional writing (41 credits)

Credits
HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

ENW 481Honors Tutorial in Writing

3

ENG 482Honors Colloquium

1

HUM 470: Is required (not optional).

ENW 481: Is required and replaces a regular Professional Writing elective.

ENG 482: Is required at the same time as ENW 481.

Total elective credits add up to 19 (not 18).

Creative Writing (41 credits)

Credits
HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

ENW 481Honors Tutorial in Writing

3

ENG 482Honors Colloquium

1

HUM 470: Is required (not optional).

ENW 481: Is required and replaces a regular Creative Writing elective.

ENG 482: Is required at the same time as ENW 481.

Total elective credits add up to 19 (not 18)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education / English (32 credits)

Credits
ENW 481Honors Tutorial in Writing

3

ENG 482Honors Colloquium

1

ENW 481: Is required and replaces a regular E.C.C.E. / English elective.

ENG 482: Is required at the same time as ENW 481.

Total elective credits add up to 16 (not 15)

English Minors

The Minor in English consists of four courses totaling 12 credits, planned as one of three options listed below. ENG 110 and ENG 120 do not count toward the Minor in English in any capacity.

Literature Minor (12 credits)

Students must take four literature courses, comprised of:

Credits
ENG One 200-level ENG course

And

ENG Three 300- or 400-level ENG courses

One 300- or 400-level ENW course in Writing may be substituted for a 300- or 400-level ENG course in Literature.

Professional Writing Minor (12 credits)

Students must take:

Credits
ENW 217Editing and Proofreading

3

Plus two of the following ENW courses:

Credits
ENW 303Creative Nonfiction Writing

3

ENW 304Nonprofit Grant Writing

3

ENW 305Professional Writing

3

The fourth course may be any 300- or 400-level elective in:

Credits
Professional Writing

Creative Writing

Literature

Creative Writing Minor (12 credits)

Students must take:

Credits
ENW 210Introduction to Creative Writing—Fiction, Poetry, and Playwriting

3

Plus two of the following ENW courses:

Credits
ENW 301Poetry Writing

3

ENW 302Fiction Writing

3

ENW 308Playwriting

3

The fourth course may be any 300- or 400-level elective in:

Credits
Creative Writing

Professional Writing

Literature

Teacher of English

English is an approved major for students wishing to become elementary school teachers or middle / high school English teachers.

Middle and High School Education minors must fulfill the requirements of a 40/41-credit English major in Literature, Professional Writing, or Creative Writing, regardless of whether or not they are pursuing certification.

Early Child and Childhood Education minors not pursuing certification must fulfill the requirements of a 40/41-credit English major in Literature, Professional Writing, or Creative Writing.

Early Child and Childhood Education minors pursuing certification must fulfill the requirements of the 31/32-credit E.C.C.E. / English certification sequence. Students must complete the Education Department's certification requirements to graduate as a 31/32-credit English major.

Education students who receive certification as undergraduates may pursue an M.A. in English. Education students who do not receive certification as undergraduates may pursue an M.A. in Education. Students interested in becoming teachers should meet with English Department advisors to plan their program early in their academic careers, especially if they are seeking certification. They should also consult with the Office of the Dean of Education (Carman Hall, Rm. B33 or 718-960-4972) for the latest information on New York State requirements for teacher certification.

Undergraduate Courses

ENG and ENW Courses

English (ENG) Courses

English Writing (ENW) Courses