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B.A. in English

Dr. Kristen Harmon, Major/Minor Coordinator
Hall Memorial Building, Room N207E

The study of language and literature is the heart of a liberal arts education. The major program at Gallaudet provides not only an understanding of our rich literary heritage, but also offers an opportunity to develop the advanced reading and writing abilities necessary for anyone wishing to participate fully in modern society. A major or minor in English prepares students for graduate school, careers in education, professional, and creative writing, and for a variety of professional fields. A minor in Writing provides students with the critical thinking skills and information and digital literacies that are essential to employment in the professional world, as well as the exploration of their creative capacities. Students who major in English may also minor in writing, but courses cannot be double-counted

Honors Requirements

The English Department's Honors Major provides students with unusual academic ability and
interest in English to enhance their learning with in-depth projects within selected major courses and
through a culminating research or creative writing project. The major courses selected for in-depth
work may also count toward the University's Honors Program, but requirements for the culminating
project differ; to learn more see the University Honors Program section in the catalog.

Admission to the Honors major program

To qualify, students must have:

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0
  • A grade of B+ or better in ENG 208.
  • An essay explaining why the student wants an honors degree in English and what the student's interests, strengths, and weaknesses in English are (see the major/minor coordinator for more information). Students should apply for honors in the major at the same time they apply for entrance to the major.

Requirements to graduate with honors in the major:

  • A 3.3 average in English major-level courses.
  • A grade of B or better in ENG 399
  • A grade of B+ or better in ENG 493.
  • Twelve credits (4 courses) of honors level work in the major. One course must be ENG 493, which counts only towards honors in the major. The remaining three courses may also count for the university honors program. An honors contract must be established at the beginning of each course, to be approved by the course instructor, the Major/Minor Coordinator, and the Director of the Honors Program (if the course will also count towards the university honors program). A grade of B or better and satisfactory completion of the contract, as determined by the instructor, is necessary to receive honors credit.

Declaring a Major

Admission to the English major program Requirements:

  • A grade of B or better in ENG 208 or ENG 250 or their equivalents;
  • Recommendations from two English instructors;
  • Two writing samples (one needs to be an essay written for ENG 208 or ENG 250 or equivalent, but the second one can be a creative writing sample or an art/multimedia project with text included);
  • An unofficial transcript; and
  • A statement of interest in the major.

All of these materials are to be given to the major/minor coordinator.   

Transfer students who have taken the equivalent of ENG 208 or ENG 250 should bring their transcript to a meeting with the Major/Minor Coordinator in order to initiate the application process.

Students who have not yet declared a major in the English Department may take up to twelve credits of courses numbered 380 or above with permission of the English major/minor coordinator; thereafter, admission to the major program is required.

 

Summary of Requirements

2014-2015

General Studies

37

Pre-Major Courses

6

Major and Related Courses

39

Free Elective Courses

38

TOTAL

120

Requirements for a Major in English

To continue and graduate in the program, English majors must maintain a GPA of C or better in their major coursework. Students  whose major GPA falls below this will be placed on probation and given one semester to improve to a C average. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major. English majors are also expected to demonstrate academic and personal integrity in major coursework and interactions with faculty and peers, as specified in the university's Academic Integrity Policy and Behavior Codes. Violations of either will result in probation for the remainder of the student's major coursework, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Further violations will result in dismissal from the major, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Students may appeal such decisions to the department chair and/or university Academic Integrity Committee.

Required pre-major courses 6 hours

To be taken in freshman or sophomore years:

CodeTitleCredits
ENG 208Introduction to Literature Studies3
ENG 250Introduction to Public and Professional Writing3

Required English courses 24 hours

CodeTitleCredits
ENG 320Field Experience3
ENG 399Introduction to Methods of Literary Study3
ENG 403British Literary Foundations3
ENG 405American Literary Foundations3
ENG 408Multicultural Literature and Perspectives3
ENG 433Seminar in Pre-1800 Literature [topic to be specified]3
ENG 435Seminar in Post-1800 Literature [Topic to be specified]3
ENG 493Senior Thesis Project [Topic to be specified]3

Elective English courses 15 hours

CodeTitleCredits
ENG 360Writing for Digital Media3
ENG 365Writing for Social Media3
ENG 370Multimedia Composition3
ENG 375Media Literacy3
ENG 380Business and Technical Writing3
ENG 385Fundamentals of Journalism3
ENG 390Theories of Composition and Language Acquisition3
ENG 392Creative Writing [Topic to be specified]3
ENG 410Adolescent Literature3
ENG 433Seminar in Pre-1800 Literature [topic to be specified]3
ENG 435Seminar in Post-1800 Literature [Topic to be specified]3
ENG 441Shakespeare3
ENG 442Major Author [Topic to be specified]3
ENG 460English Grammar for Writers & Future Teachers3
ENG 495Special Topics [Topic to be specified]1-5
ENG 499Independent Study1-3
THE 342Introduction to Playwriting3

Note: Students are free to choose from whatever upper level English electives are offered. Nevertheless, students with specific career goals or concentrations of study, such as education, are strongly encouraged to take courses such as Theories of Composition and Language Acquisition in consultation with both departments. A consortium course (3 credit hours) may substitute for one elective.

 

ENG 208 - Introduction to Literature Studies (3)

Prepares students planning to major or minor in English for literary analysis through the study of representative examples of different genres of literature. Introduces the application of basic literary theories to the analysis of literature. Develops critical thinking, writing and research skills through multiple drafts of essays about literature.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 and permission of the instructor.

ENG 250 - Introduction to Public and Professional Writing (3)

Surveys genres and modalities of professional writing, including social media and writing for the web. Provides an overview of areas such as digital publishing, new media journalism, business and technical writing, and editing. Develops a rhetorical understanding of professional writing as the ability to write in response to elements including audience, purpose, medium, and design.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 and permission of the instructor.

ENG 320 - Field Experience (3)

This course provides a way for students to integrate theory and practice. Students will apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom by interning at a business, government agency, or at another field experience site approved by the Major-Minor Coordinator in the department. Students will fulfill their duties in a learning contract developed by their on-site supervisor and faculty sponsor. Student performance will be assessed via products agreed upon with the faculty sponsor, including, but limited to, weekly journals, reflective papers, and research proposals or projects.

ENG 360 - Writing for Digital Media (3)

Study and intensive practice of writing in digital environments, with a focus on journalistic contexts. Examines technical and rhetorical features of online environments, including interactivity, hyperlinking, spatial orientation, and non-linear storytelling. Focuses on the writing conventions and standards of digital media, as well as editing techniques and competencies.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 365 - Writing for Social Media (3)

Study and intensive practice of writing in social media genres such as blogs and tweets. Examines rhetorical conventions for digital communication and the dissemination of information through social media for professional purposes, including developing a business social media strategy. Integrates editing techniques and competencies. May also cover theoretical issues such as copyright and authorship, visual literacy, and collaborative online environments.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 370 - Multimedia Composition (3)

Study and intensive practices of inventing, shaping, producing, and delivering text, audio, video, and images aesthetically and purposefully. Examines various genres of and technical platforms for multimedia composition. Integrates editing techniques and competencies. May also cover theoretical issues relevant to digital media such as universal access and participatory culture.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 375 - Media Literacy (3)

Study of media literacy, including techniques and strategies used to analyze the use of diverse to inform, entertain, and sell. Examines diverse media messages in advertisements, television, film, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 380 - Business and Technical Writing (3)

Study and intensive practice of professional writing skills and genres, such as resumes, letters of application, emails, memos, proposals, short and long reports, and manuals. Designed for students in English Department programs.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 385 - Fundamentals of Journalism (3)

This course will deal with these features: news, feature, and editorial writing; copy reading; headline writing; and make-up. Also included will be a study of the ethics of journalism and the responsibilities of the press.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 390 - Theories of Composition and Language Acquisition (3)

Surveys theories of composition and language acquisition, with the aim of providing a context for students interested in teaching professions. Examines current cognitive studies of how people learn and use language. Students will write compositions following the different approaches studied.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 392 - Creative Writing [Topic to be specified] (3)

Study and intensive practice of writing fiction, drama, poetry, and other creative forms. Analysis and critique of students' writings in group and individual conferences. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours if topics differ.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 399 - Introduction to Methods of Literary Study (3)

Study of the terminology and techniques of literary study, with an emphasis on in-depth methods pertaining to analytical and critical essay writing. Introduces basic critical and theoretical methodologies required for the serious study of literature. Also covers documentation methods.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 403 - British Literary Foundations (3)

Introduction to genres, periods, and ideas that make up the literature of the United Kingdom, from the medieval era to the present. Examines texts and authors that exemplify major trends in British literary history, as well as representative works from multi-cultural literary traditions.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 405 - American Literary Foundations (3)

Introduction to genres, periods, and ideas that make up the literature of the United States, from its origins to the present. Examines texts and authors that exemplify major trends in American literary history, as well as representative works from multi-cultural literary traditions.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 408 - Multicultural Literature and Perspectives (3)

This course provides students with an overview of multicultural literature in conjunction with the historical and contemporary issues facing each culture. The texts discussed in this course may include Hispanic/Chicano/Chicana literature, African American literature, American Indian literature, Deaf literature, Gay/Lesbian literature, English from the former colonies/postcolonial literature, and others. The course will focus on the techniques and strategies implemented by the authors to undermine and question mainstream attitudes and values through an investigation of questions such as these: What is "minority?" How is identity formulated in the margins?

  • Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: ENG 208

ENG 410 - Adolescent Literature (3)

Introduction to quality adolescent literature and examination of issues relevant to the reading and teaching of the genre. The history and characteristics of adolescent literature will be explored, along with theoretical approaches to reading and interpretation, issues of multiculturalism and diversity, and the relationships between adolescent literature and 'classic' adult literature.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 208 or permission of instructor

ENG 433 - Seminar in Pre-1800 Literature [topic to be specified] (3)

In-depth study of literature in the context of significant theoretical questions. Examines primarily American and British texts exemplary of key moments, movements, and discourses. May also include authors writing in English from other cultures. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 403 and 405, or permission of the instructor

ENG 435 - Seminar in Post-1800 Literature [Topic to be specified] (3)

In-depth study of literature in the context of significant theoretical questions. Examines primarily American and British texts exemplary of key moments, movements, and discourses. May also include authors writing in English from other cultures. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 208.

ENG 441 - Shakespeare (3)

This course is an analysis of the poetic and dramatic structure of some of Shakespeare's major comedies, tragedies, romances, and history plays, with a consideration of the background of the plays.

  • Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENG 208 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 442 - Major Author [Topic to be specified] (3)

This course is a study of the life and works of a major author writing in the English language, such as Chaucer or Milton. The author to be studied in any given semester will be announced at registration.

  • Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 399 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 460 - English Grammar for Writers & Future Teachers (3)

Advanced study of English grammar, structure, and usage. Focuses on applying the principles of grammar in one's own writing and in the teaching of writing. Reinforces students' cognitive knowledge of English grammar. Also covers skills and technical aspects of editing.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 493 - Senior Thesis Project [Topic to be specified] (3)

In-depth study and research of a topic combined with a major writing project (e.g., seminar paper, pedagogical unit, collection of short stories) of at least 15 pages. The project will situate the student's original work in a scholarly context and should have direct ties to the student's intended career path. At the end of the semester, students will present their work before a faculty panel. The course will also include career and graduate school preparation (investigating options, preparing and submitting resumes or applications, etc.). Should be taken in the final year of the students' major coursework.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

ENG 495 - Special Topics [Topic to be specified] (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

  • Prerequisite: permission of the instructor

ENG 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Individual work for juniors and seniors in an area of special interest; designed and carried out by the student in consultation with the instructor.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

THE 342 - Introduction to Playwriting (3)

An introduction to the basic principles of creating plays for the stage. Various ways of making a play will be explored through writing, improvisations, collaboration with other writers and/or actors, videotapes, and adaptations of other literary forms (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) into dramatic forms.

  • Prerequisite: THE101 or permission of the instructor.
 
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