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English Majors

 
English Major with Literature Emphasis English Major with Writing Emphasis
 
English Major with Literature Emphasis
 
The English major with Literature emphasis at Aquinas College exposes students to a wide variety of literature and approaches to literary studies. Every English major must take EH 221, Introduction to Literary Studies, which is a methods course introducing various critical approaches to the three main genres of literature and to research tools specific to literary studies.
 
The following checklist is used to track the English major at Aquinas College. Students may print out this form to maintain a record of their progress towards the completion of the English major.
 
The core of the program consists of historical surveys of British and American Literature in which the student learns about major authors and trends of English language literature.
 
A total of thirty-six (36) semester hours, exclusive of EH101, 105, 106, 111, 112, 113, 245, 246, and 247. (At least 18 hours must be taken at Aquinas.) Major requirements must be fulfilled according to the following distribution:
  • EH221;
  • 9 hours from the British Literature Core (EH361, 362, 363, 364, 365);
  • 6 hours from the American Literature Core; at least one must be at the 300 level (EH273, 370, 371, 372);
  • 3 hours from each of the following six groups: Composition (EH205, 210, 400*); Genre/Thematic Studies (218, 225, 260, 266, 355, 356); Linguistics and Literary Theory (230*, 231*, 450); Major Authors (401, 410, 451); Diversity Studies (211, 212, 255, 274, 395); Elective (any other English course, except those listed in sentence one of this description). In lieu of an elective, students seeking teacher certification are required to take EH388.
  • Those seeking teacher certification are required to select courses marked with an *.
  • English majors must also assemble a portfolio of their work and submit it to the English Department for approval before graduation. Guidelines available from members of English Department.
Distribution areas assure that Aquinas College English majors can express themselves clearly in writing, have an understanding of literary genres, and have been exposed in depth to major authors like Shakespeare and Chaucer.
 
The final category, Diversity Studies, allows a student to come to know a wider body of literature than that normally covered in the traditional canon of literary studies.
 
The portfolio requirement provides the graduate with a record of his/her progress through the program and can be a useful tool in career planning and placement.
 
English Major with Writing Emphasis
 

The English major with writing emphasis gives students experience in writing in different genres.  The training includes work in the traditional creative genres as well as practical skills useful for business and nonprofit organizations.  The program also includes literature classes so that students will gain an appreciation for interpreting different genres.  Students who choose the English major with writing emphasis must take EH 205, Advanced Composition; EH 210, Creative Writing; EH 220 Creative Writing II; and EH 221, Introduction to Literary Studies. 

 

The English Department provides a checklist of requirements for the English Major with Writing Emphasis.  Students should use the checklist to choose courses to complete the major.

 

A total of thirty-six (36) semester hours, exclusive of EH 101, 105, 111, 112, 113, 115, 245, and 247.  (At least 18 hours must be taken at Aquinas.)  Major requirements must be fulfilled according to the following distribution:

  • EL 205;
  • EH 210;
  • EH 220;
  • EH 221;
  • 3 hours from EH 106, 291, CL 300;
  • 6 hours from EH 348, 349, 350, 352;
  • 9 hours from literature courses.  Three hours must focus on literature before 1800.  No more than 3 hours may be below the 300 level.  Students should choose literature courses appropriate to their writing interest. 
  • 3 hours from EH 230, EH/AT 240, 247, 265, 292, 293, 310 (if the topic is writing), 315, 348, 349, 350, 352, 397, 398/99, 400, 460;
  • 3 hours from EH 401, EH/TE 410, 451.
  • English with Writing Emphasis majors must also assemble a portfolio of their work and submit it to the English Department for approval before graduation.  Guidelines are available from members of the English Department.
  • Please note: the state of Michigan does not consider writing a teachable major.
 

The English department strongly urges students who major in English with Writing Emphasis to earn a second major in another discipline.  Having two majors will make a student more attractive to potential employers.

 
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