English, B.A. (40-43 Credit Major)

The English major consists of 40-43 credits taken in one of three specializations: Literature, Professional Writing, or Creative Writing. The total number of credits depends on what courses students take and whether or not they participate in the English Honors Program. English courses numbered below the 300-level do not qualify toward the major. Students who wish to take 300- or 400-level courses must obtain permission from the Department.

Required courses and credits are distributed as follows:

LITERATURE Specialization (40-43 credits)

Core requirements (22 credits)

Credits
ENG 300Introduction to Literary Study

4

ENG 301English Literature I--Origins through Early Modern

3

ENG 302English Literature I--Restoration through Revolutions

3

ENG 303English Literature II--Romantic through Modern

3

ENG 307The Novel

3

ENG 308American Literature

3

ENG 350Senior Seminar

3

Electives (18-21 credits)

Choose courses from each of the following four groups of electives. Total credits must add up to at least 18 credits in 6 courses for Literature Majors and at least 19 credits in 7 courses for Honors Literature Majors.

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 301Poetry Writing

3

ENW 302Fiction Writing

3

ENW 303Creative Nonfiction Writing

3

ENW 304Nonprofit Grant Writing

3

ENW 305Professional Writing

3

ENW 306Peer Tutoring

3

ENW 308Playwriting

3

Two to four courses (6-12 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 342Film Studies

3

ENG 343Urban Literature

3

ENG 344Women Writers in English

3

ENG 345Topics in Gender and Sexuality

3

ENG 346The Bible as Literature

3

ENG 347Western Traditions--Narrative

3

ENG 348Western Traditions--Drama

3

ENG 349Eastern Traditions

3

ENG 355Special Topics in Literature I

3

ENG 356Special Topics in Literature II

3

ENG 381Individual Tutorial in Literature

3 (maximum 6 credits)

ENG 460Honor Seminar--Spec Topics

3 (maximum 6 credits)

ENG 463Seminar in Literature--Theory & Criticism

3

ENG 481Honors Tutorial in Literature

3

ENG 482Honors Colloquium

1

One 300-400-level literature or writing course in the English Department 3

or the School of Arts and Humanities (with Department permission)

HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

ENG 463 Required for Honors Literature; open to all students

ENG 481 Required for Honors Literature; English honors students only

ENG 482 Required for Honors; English honors students only



PROFESSIONAL WRITING Specialization (40-43 credits)

Core (22 credits)

Credits
ENG 300Introduction to Literary Study

4

ENG 301English Literature I--Origins through Early Modern

3

ENG 302English Literature I--Restoration through Revolutions

3

ENG 303English Literature II--Romantic through Modern

3

ENG 307The Novel

3

ENG 308American Literature

3

ENG 350Senior Seminar

3

Electives (18-21 credits)

Choose courses from each of the following three groups of electives. Total credits must add up to at least 18 credits in 6 courses for Professional Writing Majors and at least 19 credits in 7 courses for Honors Professional Writing Majors.

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

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 301Poetry Writing

3

ENW 302Fiction Writing

3

ENW 306Peer Tutoring

3

ENW 308Playwriting

3

Three or four courses (9-12 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 323Biography and Memoir Writing

3

ENW 324The Literary Essay

3

ENW 325Culture, Criticism, and Publication

3

ENW 333Marketing and PR Writing

3

ENW 334Grant and Proposal Writing

3

ENW 335Technical Writing

3

ENW 365Special Topics in Professional Writing

3 (maximum 6 credits)

ENW 381Individual Tutorial in Writing

3 (maximum 6 credits)

ENW 462Seminar in Professional Writing

3

ENW 481Honors Tutorial in Writing

3

ENG 482Honors Colloquium

1

One 300 400 level professional writing course in the English Department 3

or the School of Arts and Humanities (with Department permission)

HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

ENG 481 Required for Honors Professional Writing; English honors students only

ENG 482 Required for Honors; English honors students only

HUM 470 Required for Honors Professional Writing; open to all students




CREATIVE WRITING Specialization (40-43 credits)

Core requirements (22 credits)

Credits
ENG 300Introduction to Literary Study

4

ENG 301English Literature I--Origins through Early Modern

3

ENG 302English Literature I--Restoration through Revolutions

3

ENG 303English Literature II--Romantic through Modern

3

ENG 307The Novel

3

ENG 308American Literature

3

ENG 350Senior Seminar

3

Electives (18-21 credits)

Choose courses from each of the following four groups of electives. Total credits must add up to at least 18 credits in 6 courses for Creative Writing Majors and at least 19 credits in 7 courses for Honors Creative Writing Majors.

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

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

ENW 306Peer Tutoring

3

Two or three courses (6-9 credits) chosen from:

Credits
ENW 328Advanced Poetry Writing II

3

ENW 329Advanced Fiction Writing II

3

ENW 330Advanced Playwriting Workshop

3

ENW 364Special Topics in Creative Writing

3

ENW 381Individual Tutorial in Writing

3 (maximum 6 credits)

ENW 409Advanced Screenwriting

3

ENW 461Seminar in Creative Writing

3

ENW 481Honors Tutorial in Writing

3

ENG 482Honors Colloquium

1

One 300 400 level creative writing course in the English Department 3

or the School of Arts and Humanities (with Department permission)

HUM 470Humanities Internship

5

ENW 481 Required for Honors Professional Writing; English honors students only

ENG 482 Required for Honors; English honors students only

HUM 470 Required for Honors Professional Writing; open to all students



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, and Professional Writing have access to the Department's honors room, participate in academic and cultural events on and off campus, enjoy honors advisement, work individually with a faculty mentor on a senior honors thesis in the Fall Term prior to graduation, and collaborate in colloquia and mini-conferences. Interested students who have taken two or more 300-level English courses may contact the EHP director about this demanding but rewarding program.

ENGLISH MINORS

The Minor in English consists of four courses totaling 12 credits, planned as one of three options listed below. ENG 111 and ENG 121 do not count toward the Minor in English. The English Minor is open to all majors (except English).

Literature Minor (12 credits)

Students must take one 200-level ENG course (3 credits) and three 300/400-level ENG courses (9 credits). One 300/400-level ENW course in Writing may be substituted for a 300/400-level ENG course in Literature.

Professional Writing Minor (12 credits)

Students must take ENW 217 (Editing and Proofreading, 3 credits) and two of the following ENW courses (3 credits each): ENW 303 (Creative Nonfiction Writing), ENW 304 (Nonprofit Grant Writing), ENW 305 (Professional Writing). The fourth course may be any 300/400-level elective in Professional Writing, Creative Writing, or Literature (3 credits).

Creative Writing Minor (12 credits)

Students must take ENW 210 (Introduction to Creative Writing, 3 credits) and two of the following three ENW courses (3 credits each): ENW 301 (Poetry Writing), ENW 302 (Fiction Writing), ENW 308 (Playwriting). The fourth course may be any 300/400-level elective in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, or Literature (3 credits).

INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR IN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

In addition to the 12-credit English Minors in Literature, Professional Writing, and Creative Writing, students have the option of the 13-credit Interdisciplinary Minor in Professional Communications. The Professional Communications Minor provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in various kinds of multimedia communications. The Minor is open to all majors (including English).

TEACHER OF ENGLISH

English Majors who are also Minors in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (ECCE) or Middle and High School Education (MHSE) must fulfill the requirements of a 40-43-credit English Major in Literature, Professional Writing, or Creative Writing, regardless of whether or not they are pursuing certification.

Education Minors who receive certification as undergraduates may pursue an M.A. in English. Education Minors who do not receive certification as undergraduates may pursue an M.S. in Education. Students interested in becoming teachers should consult  the Office of the Dean of Education for the latest information on New York State requirements for teacher certification.

Undergraduate Courses

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