The baccalaureate degree program in English combines a solid liberal arts background in the Humanities with the specialized skills needed to meet the growing demand for highly competent, high performing, and broadly educated individuals in an increasingly diverse society and workplace. Students are required to take 12 required courses in literature, 12 elective courses in literature, a course in literary theory, a course in applied linguistics, an intermediate composition course and a 12credit concentration of courses in creative writing, professional writing or cross-cultural literature. Students must also complete an internship and write a thesis-based on their concentration.
The distribution of literature courses is as follows. All English BA students must take at least one course in each of the sequences of American Literature I & II, African American Literature I & II, British Literature I & II and Caribbean Literature I & II, for a total of four courses. Literature electives include Literature of the Global City, Popular Fiction, Modernist Literature, Shakespeare and Special Topics in Literature. They may also fulfill this requirement with “core” literature courses.
In addition to the required four 300-level literature courses and literature electives, all English BA students take Applied Literary Theory (ENGL365) usually towards the end of their program. They also take Internship (ENGL 420), which introduces them to professional opportunities for English majors, and the Senior Thesis (ENGL422) which may expand upon a literary topic in which they have developed an interest or provide them with an opportunity to develop a manuscript in creative or professional writing.