English

The Curriculum of the English Department is designed to develop the students’ understanding of the English language and the literature written in that language, while also developing analytical ability and writing skills. The students’ who complete an English major will understand the historical and cultural context of literature, and will see literature as a reflection of diverse cultures. They will learn how to use the written word to communicate clearly, effectively, accurately, logically, and gracefully. They will be able to speak and write effectively on a wide range of literary issues, and will be able to apply analytical reasoning to literary texts. Students’ may work for the weekly student newspaper, The Georgetonian. The campus student literary magazine, Inscape, which is sponsored by the English honorary, Sigma Tau Delta, is edited by students’. Qualified students’ may work as peer tutors in the Writing Center. Many of our English majors go on to graduate school in journalism, in literary studies, in law, in ministry, in communications, or in creative writing. Upon graduation, others enter a variety of fields, such as personnel management, public relations, writing, business, or teaching. A student majoring in English will demonstrate the flexibility of mind that comes from a broadly-based liberal education.

Major

(B.A. degree) Thirty-three semester hours above ENG 112 including the following: ENG 211-213; 335; three hours each in American literature (ENG 318, 320, 410, 430, 470), English literature before 1700 (ENG 305, 325, 405, 435, 475) English literature between 1700-1900 (ENG 309, 339, 389, 419, 479) and comparative literature (ENG 294, 314, 324, 334, 384). In addition six hours of allied courses (three hours each) must be selected from any two of the following six departments: AMS 450; CLA 314, 316, 370; HIS 335, 337; PHI 201, 203, 315, 355, 412; REL 325, 327, 371, 373, 411; THE 220, 327. Total hours required: 39

With the consent of the English Department Chair, substitutions may be made in allied courses. Courses applied toward General Education Curriculum Requirements shall not be applied toward allied course requirements.

Candidates are also expected to pass oral examinations.

Minor

Eighteen semester hours above ENG 112.

Course Offerings

111. English Composition I. (3 hours) Develops satisfactory college-level proficiency in basic skills of composition and reading comprehension. Students must demonstrate their ability to produce a portfolio of literate, reasonably logical and perceptive short themes. Grades given are A, B, C, or X (conditional incomplete—to be satisfied by repeating the course). Fall and Spring

112. English Composition II. (3 hours) Introduces research techniques and instruction in the principles of documentation and scholarship as well as continues a concern with rhetoric, style, clear thinking, reading comprehension and successful communication. Orients the student to computer literacy and the use of the library. Prerequisite: English 111. Fall and Spring

211. English Literature Survey I. (3 hours) A chronological study of English literature from Beowulf through Milton, with special emphasis on the masters. Prerequisite: ENG 112. Fall

213. English Literature Survey II. (3 hours) Chronological survey of English literature from the Restoration through James Joyce, with special emphasis on the masters. Prerequisite: ENG 112. Spring

294. Comparative Literature Survey. (3 hours) A study of non-English literature in translation, exclusive of the epic, which has influenced or been influenced by English literature. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. As needed

302. Media Journalism. (3 hours) Principles and problems of news and feature writing for print media. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.Spring

305. Milton. (3 hours) Critical study of Milton’s major and minor works to estimate his present day literary and political significance. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Odd Spring

09. Neo-Classical Literature. (3 hours) Drama, prose, and poetry of representative figures of England’s Age of Enlightenment. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Even Springs

14. Epic Poetry. (3 hours) The world’s major epics, from classical to contemporary sources. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Odd Falls

16. Linguistics. (3 hours) English language and grammar based on structural and transformational principles to facilitate understanding of language arts; may include psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and neurolinguistics. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Fall

18. American Literature to 1870. (3 hours) History and interpretation of American literature from John Smith to Walt Whitman. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Fall

20. American Literature from 1870. (3 hours) History and interpretation of American literature from Emily Dickinson through the twentieth century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Spring

22. Advanced Writing. (3 hours) Instruction and experience in writing non-fiction, fiction, and/or poetry to be announced at advanced registration. May include discursive as well as creative writing. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Fall and Spring

24. Twentieth Century Fiction. (3 hours) A study of the development of the genre of fiction, the short story, the short novel, and the novel, during the twentieth century. Odd Falls

25. Seventeenth Century Literature. (3 hours) Literature of the seventeenth century in England excluding the works of Milton. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. As needed

34. Twentieth Century Poetry. (3 hours) A study of the genre of poetry from 1900 to the present. Even Springs

335. Shakespeare. (3 hours) Shakespeare’s art and craft through study of important plays: comedies, tragedies and histories. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Fall

339. Romantic Literature. (3 hours) A survey of English poetry and prose composed between 1789-1832,  with emphasis on the six major Romantic poets. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Odd Falls

378. Tutorial Topics. (3 hours) Special topics in literature; use of one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213 and permission of instructor. Fall and Spring

384. Twentieth Century Drama. (3 hours) A study of the development of modern drama from Henrik Ibsen to the present. Even Falls

389. Victorian Literature. (3 hours) A survey of British poetry, drama and fiction written between 1832 and 1900. Prerequisite: English 211 or 213. Even Falls

405. Chaucer. (3 hours) A study of the works of Chaucer, particularly the Canterbury Tales, with emphasis on Chaucer’s contribution to the development of the English language. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Even Springs

410. American Novel. (3 hours) The novel in America, from the beginnings to the late 20th century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Even Falls

419. English Novel. (3 hours) The novel as a prose form, from its introduction to the beginning of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Odd Springs

428. Topics in Women and Literature. (3 hours) Selected studies in literature by and about women, on a topic announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Odd Springs

430. Southern Novel. (3 hours) The novel as representative of the culture of the American South, from the beginnings to the late 20th century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Odd Falls

435. Medieval Literature. (3 hours) Studies in the original language of English poetry, prose, and drama, excluding Chaucer. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. As Needed

448. Modern British Literature. (3 hours) A survey of British poetry, drama and fiction written during the first half of the Twentieth Century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Even Springs

458. Irish Literature. (3 hours) Readings in Anglo-Irish literature, with emphasis on Yeats and Joyce. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Even Springs

470. Topics in American Literature. (3 hours) Extensive study of selected genre, announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Fall

475. Topics in Renaissance Literature. (3 hours) Selected studies in literature of the Renaissance to the death of Elizabeth I. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. As Needed

476. Topics in the English Language. (3 hours) Investigation of problems and developments in the study of the English language. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. As Needed

478. Special Topics in Literature. (3 hours) The study of a body of literature, organized around a single theme, announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. As Needed

479. Topics in Nineteenth Century Literature. (3 hours) Selected topics in Romantic and/or Victorian literature, announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213. Fall

440. Independent Study. (1, 2, or 3 hours) With the approval and permission of a member of the English faculty and the chair of the English Department, students may undertake independent reading and research on a topic of their own choosing. Fall and Spring



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