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 Center for Teacher 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 chairperson 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 chairperson 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
Of the courses counted toward the 36 required credits, no more than 12 credits shall be (1) in any one period of literature, or (2) in comparative literature and literature in translation (taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures).
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.
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
Of the courses counted toward the 36 required credits, no more than 12 credits shall be (1) in any one period of literature or (2) in comparative literature and literature in translation (taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures). 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.
Core education requirements
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"):
The following European literature courses
(Note: Students proficient in a foreign language may substitute 3 credits of literature in the foreign language.)
One of the following British literature courses
One of the following American literature courses
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.
A. Ozolins, Office of Creative Services, 15. July, 2005