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English

The English concentration provides a broad understanding of literature and cultivates skills in critical and creative writing. Students may choose one of two options within the English concentration: Literature or Creative Writing.

Concentration Requirements:

Option 1: Literature

The Literature option provides a broad background in British and American literature, some exposure to non-Western and diverse literatures, and training in the critical skill of reading, interpretation, and analysis.

Introduction to Literature3cr
Survey of British Literature 1 or 23cr
Survey of American Literature 1 or 2                                              3cr
Non-Western Literature3cr
Literary Theory3cr
Shakespeare3cr
Literature of Diversity3cr
Literature Electives*15cr
Capstone3cr

 

* Electives may be used for the upper level credits and for an area of emphasis.Up to one 3-credit writing course can be used and an elective.

Option 2: Creative Writing

The Creative Writing option combines the above areas with technical mastery of various writing genres.

Introduction to Literature3cr
Introduction to Creative Writing3cr
Survey of British Literature 1 or 23cr
Survey of American Literature 1 or 2                                               3cr
Non-Western Literature3cr
Literary Theory3cr
Shakespeare3cr
Literature of Diversity3cr
Creative Writing Electives*12cr
Capstone3cr

 

* Electives may be used for the upper level credits and for an area of emphasis.

Prerequisites:

English 101

English 102

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in English with a focus in Literature, will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of literary history and traditions in British and American literature and the literature of other cultures;
  2. explain the foundational elements of literary analysis, such as plot, setting, character, point of view, theme, and cultural expectations;
  3. understand traditional literary genres such as poetry, drama, fiction, and prose essays;
  4. demonstrate and understanding of literary criticism.

Students who graduate with a concentration in English with a focus in Creative Writing, will be able to:

  1. identify and demonstrate knowledge of various techniques of creative writing;
  2. produce creative stores, poems, plays, or essays in the form, style, grammar, length, and writing level appropriate for the literary context.

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