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The English Major
Students who major in English choose either a literature concentration or a writing concentration. Both paths lead the student toward that combination of particular skills and general sensibility that is the hallmark of a liberal arts education.
A student who chooses the literature concentration will work toward:
We know these are lofty goals, but we are committed to helping students achieve them. Our purpose is to graduate students who possess not only specialized literary knowledge and a lifelong love of reading but also a broad perspective on the essential role of narrative in the construction of our lives, our communities, and our histories.
A student who chooses the writing concentration moves through a focused program in writing toward:
Within the writing concentration, students will find two tracks: creative writing and technical/professional writing. Courses in the creative writing track explore fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and memoir. Students in the technical/professional writing track focus on the various kinds of writing in the workplace, including writing in and for electronic media. Students may tailor the tracks to suit their own needs and interests. Upper-level courses in both tracks are taught by faculty with practical experience as professional writers. Both tracks culminate in a capstone course for seniors.
What English Majors Do After Graduation:
English majors will be prepared for careers in a number of fields. English majors from St. John Fisher are currently employed in advertising, public relations, fundraising and grant writing, publishing, law, technical writing, public administration, and teaching. The work an English major does in his/her courses builds many valuable skills that the student can offer prospective employers, such as:
Course and Core Requirements
ENGL 101C (or its equivalent) and a 199C Writing and Research course from any department are prerequisites for most English courses. There are no prerequisites for English courses that satisfy any Perspectives Tier category of the Core Curriculum. First-year students with AP credit in English may take any 200-level English course concurrently with 101C or 199C.
• Introductory course: (3)
• Three Survey courses chosen from: (9)
• Three additional English courses at or above the 200 level (9)
• One ethnic American or world literature course (3)
• Three additional literature courses at the 300 level (9)
• ENGL 420 Senior Seminar (3)
• Introductory courses: (12)
• Four 300-level Writing courses (12)
• Two literature courses , at least one at or beyond the 300-level (6)
• One additional English course at or beyond the 200-level (3)
• One Capstone course: (3)
ENGL 425 Writing Seminar
Additional Requirements for Students Seeking Adolescence Teaching Certification In English
Adolescence Education Major: (37)
The major includes Education courses, field experiences and student teaching. See Education for details.
• ENGL 203C The History of English (3)
• ENGL 270C Peer Consulting in Writing (4)
• One ethnic American literature course chosen from: (3)
• One World literature course chosen from: (3)
• One Shakespeare course: (3)
Note: These requirements may add additional credits to the content area of the English major. As early as possible, students should consult with an Education advisor to set up a program leading to certification.
The Writing minor requires 18 credits as follows:
• Choose one from: (3)
• One course from Advanced Practices (3)
• One course from Theories, Contexts, Communities (3)
• Two additional writing electives, at least one of which must be at the 300 level (6)
The Literature minor requires 18 credits as follows:
• ENGL 200C Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
• Five additional literature courses, at least one of which must focus on British literature and at least two of which must be at the 300 level or beyond. (15)
Note: Only one course applied to a student’s major may also be used to meet a requirement in the student’s Writing or English Literature minor.
A grade point average of 2.00 is required of all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.
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