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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)

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): ENG 312

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

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

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

or one 300-400-level literature course in the School of Arts and Humanities (with Department permission).

Professional Writing Specialization (40 credits)

Core (22 credits)

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:

ENW 303, ENW 304, or ENW 305

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

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

  • ENW 333, ENW 334, or ENW 335

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

Creative Writing Specialization (40 credits)

Core requirements (22 credits)

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:

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

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

Core requirements (16 credits)

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:

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

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)

ENG 463 is required (not optional)

ENG 481 (3) is required and replaces a regular Literature elective (3)

ENG / ENW 482 (1) is required at the same time as ENG 481

Total elective credits add up to 19 (not 18)

Professional writing (41 credits)

HUM 470 is required (not optional)

ENW 481 (3) is required and replaces a regular Professional Writing elective (3)

ENG / ENW 482 (1) is required at the same time as ENW 481

Total elective credits add up to 19 (not 18)

Creative Writing (41 credits)

HUM 470 is required (not optional)

ENW 481 (3) is required and replaces a regular Creative Writing elective (3)

ENG / ENW 482 (1) 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)

ENW 481 (3) is required and replaces a regular E.C.C.E. / English elective (3)

ENG / ENW 482 (1) is required at the same time as ENW 481

Total elective credits add up to 16 (not 15)

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 one 200-level ENG course and 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 ENW 217 (Editing and Proofreading), plus two of the following ENW courses: ENW 303, ENW 304, ENW 305. The fourth course may be any 300- or 400-level elective in Professional Writing, Creative Writing, or Literature.

Creative Writing Minor (12 credits)

Students must take ENW 210 (Introduction to Creative Writing), plus two of the following ENW courses: ENW 301, ENW 302, ENW(THE)308. The fourth course may be any 300- or 400-level elective in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, or 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.

Basic and Intermediate Courses in English Language and Literature

ENG 110: Principles of Effective Writing I.

ENG 111: English Composition I.

ENG 120: Principles of Effective Writing II.

ENG 121: English Composition II.

ENG 135: The Experience of Literature.

ENG 222: Literary Genres.

ENG 223: English Literature.

ENG 226: Shakespeare.

ENG 227: American Literature.

ENG 229: Contemporary Urban Writers.

ENG (WST) 234: Women in Literature.

ENG 260: Multicultural American Literatures.

ENG 264-265: Special Topics in Literature.

Advanced Courses in English Language and Literature

ENG 300: Introduction to Literary Study.

ENG 301: English Literature I—Origins through Early Modern.

ENG 302: English Literature II—Restoration through Revolutions.

ENG 303: English Literature III—Romantic through Modern.

ENG 304: The Structure of Modern English.

ENG 305: History of the English Language.

ENG 307: The Novel.

ENG 308: American Literature.

ENG 311: Chaucer.

ENG 312: Shakespeare.

ENG 314: Milton.

ENG 319: The Romantic Era.

ENG 321: Early American Literature.

ENG 322: Modernism.

ENG 328: Poetry.

ENG 330: Fiction.

ENG 334: Drama.

ENG 335: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature.

ENG 336: Critical Approaches to Adolescent Literature.

ENG 337: Irish Literature.

ENG 338: Postcolonial Literatures.

ENG 339: Latino/Latina Literatures in English.

ENG 340: African and African-American Literature.

ENG 341: Asian and Asian-American Literature.

ENG 342: Film Studies.

ENG 343: Urban Literature.

ENG (WST) 344: Women Writers in English.

ENG (WST) 345: Topics in Gender and Sexuality.

ENG 346: The Bible as Literature.

ENG 347: Western Traditions—Narrative.

ENG 348: Western Traditions—Drama.

ENG 349: Eastern Traditions.

ENG 355: Special Topics in Literature I.

ENG 356: Special Topics.

Seminars, Tutorials, and Colloquia in English Language and Literature

ENG 350: Senior Seminar.

ENG 381: Individual Tutorial in Literature.

ENG 460: Honors Seminar—Special Topics.

ENG 463: Seminar in Literature—Theory and Criticism.

ENG (ENW) 481: Honors Tutorial in Literature.

ENG (ENW) 482: Honors Colloquium.

Intermediate Courses in Creative and Professional Writing

ENW 201: Advanced Expository Writing.

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

ENW 217: Editing and Proofreading.

Advanced Courses in Creative and Professional Writing

ENW 300: Business Writing.

ENW 301: Poetry Writing.

ENW 302: Fiction Writing.

ENW 303: Creative Nonfiction Writing.

ENW 304: Writing for the Humanities Workplace.

ENW 305: Professional Writing.

ENW 306: Peer Tutoring.

ENW (THE) 308: Playwriting.

ENW (THE) (MMS) 309: Screenwriting.

ENW 311: Advanced Poetry Writing I.

ENW 312: Advanced Fiction Writing I.

ENW 323: Biography and Memoir Writing.

ENW 324: The Literary Essay.

ENW 325: Culture, Criticism, and Publication.

ENW 328: Advanced Poetry Writing II.

ENW 329: Advanced Fiction Writing II.

ENW 330 (THE) 408: Advanced Playwriting Workshop.

ENW (MMS) 333: Public Relations and Marketing.

ENW 334: Grant and Proposal Writing.

ENW 335: Technical Writing.

ENW 364: Special Topics in Creative Writing.

ENW 365: Special Topics in Professional Writing.

ENW (THE) (MMS) 409: Advanced Screenwriting.

Seminars, Tutorials, and Colloquia in Creative and Professional Writing

ENW 381: Individual Tutorial in Writing.

ENW 461: Seminar in Creative Writing.

ENW 462: Seminar in Professional Writing.

ENW 481: Honors Tutorial in Writing.

ENW (ENG) 482: Honors Colloquium.

Last modified: 3/11/2014