English Language, Comparative Literature, and Writing

Peter Lyons, Chair
lyonsp@wcsu.edu
Berkshire Hall 215, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9040
(203) 837- 8912 (fax)

Sharon Foster, Department Secretary
fosters@wcsu.edu
Berkshire Hall 215, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9041
(203) 837- 8912 (fax)

Faculty

P. Lyons, Chair    
J. Briggs M. Chappell M. Chappell
R. Conley O. De Los Santos A. Govardhan
E. Hagan K. Jambeck M. Murray
S. Neuwirth  I. Pruss S. Qi
J. Scrimgeour M. Sullivan C. Usekes
A. Zink    

Adjunct Faculty

B. Antokoletz  N. Barese L. Bascom
M. Maquire 0. Miller M. Misercola
K. Nord  L. Orfanella L. Paris-Purtle
K. Simonitsch P. Wood  

Overview

The bachelor of arts in English provides students with a variety of programs in literature and writing. The English B.A. prepares students to enter fields where knowledge of texts, historical contexts, written and oral communication, and the powers of analysis and critical thinking are vital.

Mission

The Department of English Language, Comparative Literature, and Writing is committed to preparing students to enter a variety of fields in the literary arts. Students who complete one of the department's programs are ready to enter fields where knowledge of texts, historical contexts, written and oral communication, and the powers of analysis and critical thinking are vital.

The English department is committed to the following objectives:

  • To develop an awareness of the growing diversity of authors and cultures that together contribute significantly to the literary arts.
  • To move beyond the traditional canon of British and American literature to bring a greater awareness of the contributions of a wide variety of ethnicities to the canon.
  • To encourage an ongoing development of innovative approaches to reading and writing. These approaches will challenge both students and instructors to move beyond traditional chronological study and make connections among various authors, periods, and texts.
  • To educate and train future teachers of English, including instruction in the rapidly growing field of TESOL (Teaching of English as a Second Language).
  • To emphasize writing as an integral component of success in our program, in our university community, and in our society.

General Education Writing Requirement

The general education writing requirement is satisfied by passing a writing intensive course. Students with exceptionally high test scores are eligible to "test out of" this writing requirement by passing the CLEP qualifying examination and the CLEP test. The English department composition coordinator supervises placement of all entering students.

Students are placed in one of three levels:

  1. A WRITING INTENSIVE course labeled W.
  2. ENG 101 The Habit of Writing (followed by a W course).
  3. ENG 098 Basic Writing Skills (followed by ENG 101 and a W course).

Note: All writing intensive courses (W) offered by the English department or any other department have ENG 101 The Habit of Writing, ENG 145 or appropriate placement as their prerequisite.

W courses currently offered by the English Department which fulfill the general education requirement:

ENG 102 Introduction to the Creative Process
ENG 105 Introduction to Poetry (W sections only)
ENG 106 Introduction to Fiction (W sections only)
ENG 107 Introduction to Drama (W sections only)
ENG 200 Literature III
ENG 242 Poetry Writing Workshop
ENG 243 Fiction Writing Workshop
ENG 245 Technical Writing
ENG 255 Advertising, Copy Writing and Promotion
ENG 270 Basic News Writing
ENG 271 Human Interest Writing
ENG 273 Editing and Copyediting
With Permission of the Instructor and Writing Sample:
ENG 335 Fact-Based Opinion Writing
ENG 339 The Creative Essay

Degree Programs in English

Bachelor of Arts

Major in English, American and Comparative Literatures
Major in Professional Writing
American Studies

Bachelor of Science

English (Literature): Secondary Certification
English (Literature): Elementary Certification
English (Writing Option): Secondary Certification
English (Writing Option): Elementary Certification
American Studies: Elementary Certification

Minor Programs

Literature
Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Professional Writing

English Department Core (18 SH)

All English majors are required to take the following core courses:

ENG 160 Literature I
ENG 161 Literature II
ENG 200 Literature III
ENG 207 The Poem
ENG 307 Shakespeare I or ENG 308 Shakespeare II
ENG 317 Introduction to Linguistics and Semantics

Students may major in the department as follows:

Bachelor of Arts in English, American and Comparative Literatures (B.A.)
(Also available evenings)

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including a writing intensive course (W), foreign language and physical education.

Required Courses:

The English Department Core (18 S.H.)
ENG 227 Ethnicity and Identity
ENG 470 Senior Seminar
Three Literature Courses--200 level
Three Literature Courses--300 level
Two Literature Courses--400 level
Note: ENG 429 Children's Literature and ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents may not be used toward the Literature major.

Bachelor of Arts In English: Professional Writing (B.A.)
(Also available evenings)

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including a writing intensive course (W), foreign language and physical education.

Requirements:

The English Department Core (18 S.H.) plus the requirements for one of five options chosen by the student.

  1. General Writing- -Requires ENG 270 Basic News Writing; ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production., ENG 333 The Editorial Environment; six other writing courses; ENG 465 Thesis Project.
  2. Creative Writing- -Requires ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production; ENG 465 Thesis Project and 8 writing courses selected from among six creative writing workshops , from ENG 462 The Book; ENG 339 The Creative Essay; ENG 271 Human Interest Writing, and ENG 315 Critical Methods.
  3. Professional Writing- -Business- -Requires ENG 270 Basic New Writing; ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production; ENG 333 The Editorial Environment; ENG 245 Technical Writing; ENG 335 Fact-Based Opinion Writing; ENG 338 Writing About Specialized Subjects or ENG/JLA 321 Legal Writing; ENG 340 Public Relations Writing or ENG 255 Advertising, Copywriting; two other writing courses; ENG 465 Thesis Project.
  4. Professional Writing- -Public Relations- -Requires ENG 270 Basic News Writing; ENG 442 Text. Image. Desktop Production; ENG 333 The Editorial Environment; ENG 271 Human Interest Writing; ENG 339 The Creative Essay or ENG 245 Technical Writing; ENG 340 Public Relations Writing; ENG 255 Advertising. Copywriting; ENG 273 Editing & Copyediting; one other writing course; ENG 465 Thesis Project.
  5. Professional Writing-Journalism & Freelance-requires ENG 270 Basic News Writing; ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production; ENG 333 The Editorial Environment; ENG 271 Human Interest Writing; ENG 338 Writing About Specialized Subjects; ENG 335 Fact-Based Opinion Writing; ENG 273 Editing & Copyediting; two other writing courses; ENG 465 Thesis Project.

Degree Programs in American Studies

Bachelor of Arts: American Studies
Bachelor of Science:American Studies-Elementary Certification

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies (B.A.)

This degree provides students with knowledge of the diverse ethnic societies which together comprise the United States of America. Students will graduate with a strong knowledge of America's history, its people and its diverse cultures.

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including physical education and foreign language.

AS/ENG 221 The American Dream in Literature
AS/ENG 227 Ethnicity and Identity in Literature
AS/ENG 378 American Literature
AS/HIS 217 The American Dream
AS/HIS 148 American History to 1877
AS/HIS 149 American History since 1877
AS/ANT/SOC 350 Modern and Postmodern Societies
AS 400 American Studies Seminar
3 Expansion Courses (9 credits from approved list of Expansion Courses)
1 Connection Course (an American-oriented course selected in consultation with the student's AS advisor)

Bachelor of Science in American Studies -Elementary Certification (B. S.) Requirements:

The major requirements are the same as those for BA in American Studies. In addition to the course requirements for the academic major listed above, students must complete thirty-seven (37) hours in professional education coursework. See School of Professional Studies for further information on Education courses.

Bachelor of Science--Elementary Certification with Major in English (Literature), English (Teaching of Writing Option), or American Studies (B.S.)

Requirements:

The department's programs in the literature major, professional writing major and American studies may be combined with elementary certification. The requirements are basically the same as those described above for each major with the exception that the total number of credits required in the English for Literature and Writing is 39 and ENG 337 Teaching of Writing in the Schools--Elementary and Middle as well as ENG 429 Children's Literature are required for all elementary English majors. Consult program sheets for specific English course requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education-English

Requirements:

See Page 104 for requirements.

Bachelor of Science--Elementary Certification with Major in English (Literature), English-Writing Option, or American Studies (B.S.)

Requirements:

The department's programs in English literature, English writing option and American studies may be combined with elementary certification. The English requirements are identical with those described above for each major with the exception of ENG 337, Teaching Writing in the Schools--Elementary or ENG 447 Teaching Writing in the Schools--High School, which is required for all elementary and secondary English majors. The education requirements begin on page 101.

Minor in Literature
Eighteen (18 SH)

Chose from among:

ENG 160 Literature I
ENG 161 Literature II
ENG 200 Literature III
ENG 207 The Poem
ENG 307 Shakespeare I or ENG 308 Shakespeare II
ENG 317 Introduction to Linguistics and Semantics

Minor in Journalism (18 SH)

Eighteen semester hours including the following:

ENG 270 Basic News Writing
ENG 271 Human Interest Writing
ENG 333 The Editorial Environment
ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production
Two other courses from among the following:
ENG 272 Campus Writers' Workshop
ENG 340 Public Relations Writing
ENG 335 Fact-Based Opinion Writing
ENG 338 Writing About Specialized Subjects
ENG 490 Internship/Practicum in Writing
ENG 446 Topics in Professional Writing
ENG 462 The Book: From Writing to Publishing

Minor in Broadcast Journalism (18 SH)

Semester hours include the following:

ENG 270 Basic News Writing
ENG 333 The Editorial Environment
One 300-level or 400-Level writing course from among the following:
ENG 340 Public Relations Writing
ENG 335 Fact-Based Opinion Writing
ENG 338 Writing About Specialized Subjects
ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production
ENG 490 Internship/Practicum in Writing
COM 270 Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting
THR/COM 252 Acting for the Camera
COM 243. Broadcast Writing

Minor in Professional Writing (18 SH)

Semester hours include the following:

ENG 270 Basic News Writing
Any five other writing courses listed below:
ENG/JLA 321 Legal Writing, Research and Analysis
ENG 245 Technical Writing
ENG 255 Advertising, Copywriting and Promotion
ENG 272 Campus Writers' Workshop
ENG 273 Editing and Copyediting
ENG 271 Human Interest Writing
ENG 340 Public Relations Writing
ENG 335 Fact-Based Opinion Writing
ENG 338 Writing About Specialized Subjects
ENG 339 The Creative Essay
ENG 336 The Editorial Environment
ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production
ENG 490 Internship/Practicum in Writing
ENG 446 Topics in Professional Writing
ENG 462 The Book: From Writing to Publishing


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