English

The English Department’s curriculum is designed to develop students’ understanding of the English language and the literature written in that language while also fostering analytical ability and writing skills. Students who complete the English major will comprehend 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 also be able to speak and write effectively on a wide range of literary issues and to apply analytical reasoning to literary texts.

Students have many opportunities for involvement outside the classroom. They may join the English honor society (Sigma Tau Delta), write for the campus newspaper (The Georgetonian), and contribute to and edit the student literary magazine (Inscape). Qualified students may tutor their peers in the Writing Center and in literature survey classes.

Many of our English majors go on to graduate school in journalism, literary studies, law, ministry, communications, or 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 develop the flexibility of mind that comes from a broadly based liberal education. English majors will demonstrate:

  • core knowledge of the English and American Literary tradition;
  • understanding of the diverse historical and cultural contexts of literature;
  • skill in speaking on a range of literary topics;
  • analytical reading ability;
  • written communication skills.

Additionally, students who are English majors with a creative writing emphasis or who are creative writing minors will demonstrate:

  • improvement in their creative writing in one or more of three genres: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction;
  • an ability to apply editing skills to their own writing by effective revision;
  • an ability to apply editing skills to the writing of others, both by line editing and writing reading responses; and
  • a capacity to apply analytical reasoning to literature to discuss not only its formal elements such as plot and imagery, but also to discuss the techniques that writers have used to achieve these effects.

For more information about the English major leading to a teaching certification please contact the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Program Type

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Contact

Professor Holly Barbaccia

Program Options

Core Courses

(12 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(12 hours required)

Elective Courses

(12 hours required)

  • Select twelve hours in English courses above ENG112.

Allied Courses

(3 hours required; select one course)

The Creative Writing Concentration within the English major requires students to complete the same Core Courses, Required Course Selections, and Allied Courses as the regular English major.

 

Elective Courses

(12 hours required)

Elective Courses

(18 hours required)

  • Select eighteen hours in ENG courses above ENG112.

Required Course Selections

(18 hours required)

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