School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of English

Bachelor of Arts

Claire Gleitman, 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 after graduation.

English, B.A.
English, B.A. with Teaching Option
Minor in English
Minor in Comparative Literature

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 administrative assistant. Each semester the department publishes detailed descriptions of literature courses planned for the following semester; these listings can be found 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 completed eight of the twelve English courses that the curriculum requires, and must receive a grade of A- or higher in four of these courses.

A student who pursues departmental honors will undertake an extensive research project beginning in the fall semester of the senior year. In the spring semester, the project will conclude with the presentation and defense of a lengthy thesis paper. This paper should offer an original analytical argument and should reflect a sustained engagement with contemporary critical discourse. Over the course of the academic year the student will work closely on his or her project with a faculty adviser, who will offer guidance in gathering primary and secondary literature for the project and provide feedback during the various stages of its development. When the thesis is complete and, in the judgment of the faculty adviser, ready to defend, the student will submit it to the thesis committee. The distinction of honors will be conferred by the committee following a successful oral defense of the thesis.

Detailed requirements for the honors project are available from the department administrative assistant. 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.

Introductory courses

ENGL 11300

Introduction to Poetry

3

ENGL 20100

Approaches to Literary Study

3

ENGL 21900

Shakespeare

3

 

Total, introductory courses

9

Periods of literature before 1900

Select three courses from the following:

ENGL 23200 Medieval Literature    
ENGL 27100 Renaissance Literature or  
ENGL 37300 Renaissance Drama  
ENGL 27200 The Enlightenment (1660-1770)  
ENGL 28100 Romantic-Victorian Literature or  
ENGL 37700 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel  
ENGL 31900 Great American Writers before 1900  
  Total, pre-1900 literature courses 9

 Literature of the 20th and 21st centuries

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 21600 Contemporary British Fiction  
ENGL 21800 20th-Century American Drama  
ENGL 31200 Dramatic Literature II  
ENGL 32000 Great American Writers after 1900  
ENGL 35000 Imagining Herself: Women's Autobiography  
ENGL 36300 Irish Literature  
ENGL 37800 The 20th-Century British Novel  
ENGL 38200 - ENGL 38300 Studies in Modern Literature  
ENGL 38400 Modern British  
  Total, 20th- and 21st-century literature courses 3

World and multicultural literature

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 21100 Jewish American Writers  
ENGL 22000 Black Women Writers  
ENGL 22100 Survey of African American Literature  
ENGL 23100 Ancient Literature  
ENGL 36900 Studies in Multicultural American Literature  
ENGL 37100 Studies in African American Literature  
ENGL 38000 Studies in World Literature  
ENGL 38600-ENGL 38603 Studies in Indian Literature  
  Total, world/multicultural literature courses 3

English electives

Any ENGL course 3
Any ENGL course numbered 30000-49900 6
Any ENGL course numbered 40000-49900 3
Total, English electives* 12

*ENGL 49500 and ENGL 49900 may be taken only once for credit toward the English major; ENGL 49802 may not be counted toward the major.

Foreign-language proficiency requirement

Foreign language through the intermediate level (or demonstrated equivalent proficiency) 0-12

Summary

Total, required English courses 36
Total, foreign language proficiency 0-12
Electives 72-84
Total, B.A. in English 120

Requirements for English -- B.A. with Teaching Option

Introductory courses

ENGL 11300

Introduction to Poetry

3

ENGL 20100

Approaches to Literary Study

3

ENGL 21900

Shakespeare

3

 

Total, introductory courses

9

Periods of literature before 1900

Select three from the following

ENGL 23200 Medieval Literature  
ENGL 27100 Renaissance Literature or  
ENGL 37300 Renaissance Drama  
ENGL 27200
The Enlightenment (1660-1770)
 
ENGL 28100 Romantic-Victorian Literature or  
ENGL 37700 The 19th-Century British Novel  
ENGL 31900 Great American Writers before 1900  
  Total, pre-1900 literature courses 9

Literature of the 20th and 21st centuries

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 21600 Contemporary British Fiction  
ENGL 21800 20th-Century American Drama  
ENGL 31200 Dramatic Literature II  
ENGL 32000 Great American Writers after 1900  
ENGL 35000 Imagining Herself: Women's Autobiography  
ENGL 36300 Irish Literature  
ENGL 37800 The 20th-Century British Novel  
ENGL 38200 - ENGL 38300 Studies in Modern Literature  
ENGL 38400 Modern British Women Writers  
  Total, 20th- and 21st-century literature courses 3

World and multicultural literature

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 22000 Black Women Writers  
ENGL 22100 Survey of African American Literature  
ENGL 36900 Studies in Multicultural American Literature  
ENGL 37100 Studies in African American Literature  
ENGL 38000 Studies in World Literature  
ENGL 38600-ENGL 38603 Studies in Indian Literature  
  Total, world and multicultural literature courses 3

English electives

Any ENGL course 3
Any ENGL course numbered 30000-49900 9
Total, English electives* 12

*ENGL 49500 and ENGL 49900 may be taken only once for credit toward the English major; ENGL 49802 may not be counted toward the major.

Foreign-language proficiency requirement

Foreign language through the intermediate level
(or demonstrated equivalent proficiency
0-12

Core education courses

EDUC 22900 Second-Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators 2
EDUC 23900 Educating Children with Special Needs 2
PSYC 21010 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 10100 Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher 2
EDUC 20100 Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher 2
EDUC 21910 Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice 3
EDUC 34000 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 40810 Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines 3
EDUC 41110 Pedagogy and Practice for the English Teacher 3
EDUC 41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice 3
EDUC 49810 Professional Semester in Education 12
EDUC 11000 Child Abuse: Identification and Prevention 0
EDUC 11100 Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention 0
  Total, education courses 38

Additional requirements

  • 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.
  • All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG 10600 or above.
  • All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 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.
  • Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 40810 and EDUC 41110 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  • EDUC 49810 Professional Semester in Education and EDUC 41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.
  • 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.
  • The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Summary

Total, English requirements 36
Total, foreign language proficiency 0-12
Total, education requirements 38

Electives

34-46

Total, B.A. in English with teaching option

120

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 area. Students who wish to declare the English minor must do so, at the latest, in the semester before the semester in which they graduate.

Minor in Comparative Literature

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

General literature

Select two courses from the following (only one may be an "Introduction" course):

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

 

  Total, general literature 6

European literature

All of the following courses:

FREN 31200

French Literature in Translation

 

GERM 15200

German Literature in Translation

 

SPAN 26600

Spanish/Latin American Literature in Translation

 

  Total, European literature 9

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

British literature

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 21600

Contemporary British Fiction

 

ENGL 21900

Shakespeare

 

ENGL 27200

The Enlightenment (1660-1770)

 
 

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

 
 

Total, British literature

3

American literature

Select one course from the following:

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, nor toward the major or minor in modern languages and literatures.

Total, minor in comparative literature

21