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English Discipline

Welcome to the discipline of English. As scholars and professors the goal of the faculty is to prepare students for graduate level work and other opportunities that support a higher level of communication and expression in an ever changing world. The discipline strengthens and supports academic excellence while facilitating student’s scholarly development through other key areas of the university. English faculty are responsible for the Women and Gender Studies, the English Honors Society, Mentorship in the UNCF Mays Mellon Undergraduate Program for interested Ph.D. students, the University Writing Center, The Fisk Forum, and the English Club.

The program in English has three main goals. For the student who chooses to major in English, the Department seeks to offer the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing graduate studies, and for careers in teaching and in the many other professions that depend on writing and literary ability. For both majors and non-majors, the Department seeks to provide opportunities for the intellectual and imaginative development afforded by the study of language and literature. The department also seeks to preserve and promote the study of the literary heritage of African Americans

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the English major, the student will be able to:

  1. Write effectively
  2. Identify and recognize major writers and literary works in the history of the English and American literature
  3. Identify and recognize major writers and literary works in the history of African American literature
  4. Demonstrate the skills and strategies for interpreting and critiquing literature.
  5. Recognize rhetorical structure, style, and philosophy including the use of the Modern Language Association  (MLA) Style.   

 Students who complete the program in English will be able to:

  1. Identify major writers in the history of English and American literature;
  2. Recognize the African American literary tradition;
  3. Understand the skills and strategies for interpreting literature;
  4. Write effectively;
  5. Understand the relationship of literature with other humanities disciplines; and      
  6. Demonstrate awareness of the role of literature in society and of the opportunities for graduate studies and careers in literature, writing, and other areas in which a literary and writing background is advantageous.
  1. Major
  2. Joint Major

Requirements for the major, in addition to the University degree requirements outlined within this Bulletin, are at least 36 credits as follows:

Required major courses (24 cr.)

ENG 220 Survey of American Literature
ENG 330 Survey of British Literature
ENG 265 Shakespeare

Plus one of the following three courses:

ENG 222 American Literature--Figure
ENG 224American Literature--Period
ENG 226 American Literature--Genre

Plus one of the following three courses:

ENG 332 British Literature--Figure
ENG 334 British Literature--Period
ENG 336British Literature--Genre

Plus one of the following two courses:

ENG 275 African American Literature
ENG 276The Harlem Renaissance

Electives in English (12 cr.)

12 additional credits selected from any English Department courses not taken to meet the above requirements.

If students take Writer’s Workshop twice for a total of eight credit hours, they must also take another English elective, for four credits, to fulfill the requirement of twelve credit hours in English electives.

or

Students may choose to substitute for English electives with any of the following courses offered through the School of Humanities and Social Sciences:  Mass Media and Society, Introduction in Journalism, Topics in Journalism, and Newspaper Production.

When used as substitutes for English electives, these courses may be counted toward the twelve required English elective credits. They need not accumulate, however, toward the 36 credits in English that are required as part of the major.

 

Majors may also take up to twelve additional hours of English course, for a total of no more that 48 hours, although they are not required to do so. Joint majors combining English and another discipline must take at least 24 hours in English, consisting of the required major courses. Joint majors may also take up to eight additional hours of English courses, for a total of not more that 32 hours, although they are not required to do so.

Joint majors combining English and another discipline must take at least 24 hours in English, consisting of the required major courses. Joint majors may also take up to eight additional hours of English courses, for a total of not more that 32 hours, although they are not required to do so.