Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

English

Bachelor of Arts

Claire Gleitman, Associate Professor and Chair

The English curriculum provides a broad chronological study of Western literature from ancient to modern, as well as concentrated study in British and American literature. In cooperation with the College's Department of Education, it also provides a program through which prospective secondary school teachers can apply for New York State teaching certification upon graduation.

Since departmental requirements and course offerings often change between catalog printings, students should be aware that the most current information concerning the English major can be obtained from the student's adviser, from the chair of the department, or from the departmental secretary. Each semester the department publishes detailed descriptions of literature courses planned for the following semester in the Humanities and Sciences Supplement.

Requirements for Honors in English

Students with a sufficiently high grade point average in all their courses receive their degree with College honors. Students who fulfill the appropriate departmental requirements also graduate with honors in their major. To qualify to pursue honors in English, a student must have received a grade of A- or above in at least three English courses, two of which must be at level 3 or 4 and/or be required for the major. Detailed requirements for the honors project are available from the departmental secretary. In summary, they are as follows:

1. Successful application to candidacy by fulfillment of prerequisites, support for the project from a faculty mentor, and formal submission of a letter of application to the department chairperson.

2. Successful completion of a course of independent study with the mentor, which will involve completion of an extensive annotated bibliography in the candidate's chosen field, a prospectus of 1,000-1,500 words describing the thesis he or she aims to write, and an oral examination to determine the candidate's preparedness for the next stage.

3. Successful completion of a second course of independent study with the mentor, during which the student will write the thesis - usually a long essay written under supervision of the mentor and read by a committee of three faculty members.

Students who wish to earn departmental honors are advised to inform the chair as early in their college careers as possible so that they can ascertain well in advance appropriate courses, readings, and faculty sponsors for the project.

Requirements for the Major in English - B.A.
Credits in the major

ENGL-11300

Introduction to Poetry

3

ENGL-21900

Shakespeare

3

ENGL-20100

Critical Practice

3

Three courses before 1900, to be selected from the following list: ENGL-23200; ENGL-27100 or ENGL-37300; ENGL-27200, ENGL-28100 or ENGL-37700; ENGL-31900

9

One course in 20th- or 21st-century literature, to be selected from the following list: ENGL-21600, ENGL-21800, ENGL-22500, ENGL-32000, ENGL-36300, ENGL-37800, ENGL-38200, ENGL-31200, ENGL-35000

3

One course in world/multicultural literature to be selected from the following list: ENGL-21100, ENGL-22100, ENGL-22200, ENGL-23100, ENGL-26500, ENGL-37100, ENGL-36900

3

Foreign language through the intermediate level (or demonstrated equivalent proficiency)

0-12

Electives in English (9 credits must be at levels 3 or 4)

12

Electives (the exact number depends upon student's language proficiency)

72-84

Total, B.A. in English

120

All English majors are also required to complete a foreign language through the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their major requirements.

Requirements for the Minor in English

ENGL-11300

Introduction to Poetry

3

ENGL-21900

Shakespeare

3

Level-3 or level-4 courses

9

Literature electives

6

Total, minor in English

21

Of the courses counted toward the 21 required credits, no more than 6 credits shall be in any one period. Students who wish to declare the English minor must do so, at the latest, in the semester previous to the semester in which they graduate.

Requirements for English - B.A. with Teaching Option

Credits in the major

ENGL-11300

Introduction to Poetry

3

ENGL-21900

Shakespeare

3

ENGL-20100

Critical Practice

3

Three courses before 1900, to be selected from the following list: ENGL-23200, ENGL-27100 or ENGL-37300, ENGL-27200, ENGL-28100 or ENGL-37700, ENGL-31900

9

One course in 20th- or 21st-century literature, to be selected from the following list: ENGL-21600; ENGL-21800; ENGL-22500; ENGL-32000; ENGL-36300; ENGL-37800; ENGL-38200; ENGL-31200; ENGL-35000

3

One course in multicultural literature to be selected from the following list: ENGL-22100; ENGL-22200; ENGL-37100; ENGL-36900

3

Foreign language through the intermediate level (or demonstrated equivalent proficiency)

0-12

Electives in English (9 credits must be at level 3 or 4)

12

EDUC-21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

EDUC-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

EDUC-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA-23900

Education Children with Special Needs

2

SLPA-22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

PSYC-21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC-34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC-31110

Pedagogy and Practice for the English Teacher

3

EDUC-41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

3

EDUC-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

EDUC-11100

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

EDUC-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

Electives (the exact number depends upon student's language proficiency)

34-46

Total, B.A. in English with teaching option

120

Additional requirements

1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. All English majors are required to complete a foreign language through the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their major requirements.

2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG-10600 or above.

3. All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the second review is completed.

4. Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC-30810 and EDUC-31110 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

5. EDUC-49810 Professional Semester in Education and the EDUC-41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.

6. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.

7. The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Electives

46

Total, B.A. in English with teaching option

120

Minor in Comparative Literature

There are 21 credits in the minor (of which 9 credits must be level 3 or 4).

General literature - A total of 6 credits selected from the following (only one may be an "Introduction"):

ENGL-10700

Introduction to Literature

ENGL-11000

Introduction to Fiction

ENGL-23100

Ancient Literature

ENGL-23200

Medieval Literature

ENGL-27100

Renaissance Literature

ENGL-36500

Studies in the Novel

ENGL-38200

Modern Literature I

ENGL-38300

Modern Literature II

ENGL-41000

Seminar in Medieval English Literature

ENGL-43000

Seminar in the English Renaissance

ENGL-48000

Studies in Literary Criticism

6

The following European literature courses

FREN-31200

French Literature in Translation

GERM-15200

German Literature in Translation

SPAN-26600

Spanish/Latin American Literature in Translation

9

(Note: Students proficient in a foreign language may substitute 3 credits of literature in the foreign language.)

One of the following British literature courses

ENGL-21600

Contemporary British Fiction

ENGL-21900

Shakespeare

ENGL-27200

The Enlightenment (1660-1770)

Any level-3 or 4 course in British literature (see English department course listing for courses currently offered)

Total, British literature

3

One of the following American literature courses

ENGL-10500

Introduction to American Literature

ENGL-31900

Great American Writers before 1890

ENGL-32000

Great American Writers after 1890

ENGL-37000

American Poetry

ENGL-37200

Studies in American Literature

ENGL-47000

Seminar in American Literature

Total, American literature

3

Students with no prior college-level literature courses are advised to begin this minor with a level-1 introductory course. Courses taken for the comparative literature minor may not be counted toward the English major or minor, or toward the major or minor in modern languages and literatures.

Total, minor in comparative literature

21