department of English

Cigdem Üsekes , Chair
usekesc@wcsu.edu
Berkshire Hall 210E, Midtown campus
(203) 837-9329
(203) 837- 8912 (fax)

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

Faculty

C. Üsekes, Chair    
M. Chappell D. Gagnon H. Levy
M. Maguire M. Murray I. Pruss
S. Qi M. Sullivan  

 

Overview

The Department of English offers the Bachelor of Arts in English; the Bachelor of Arts in American Studies; the Bachelor of Science in English (Literature): Secondary Certification and Elementary Certification; the Bachelor of Science in English (Teaching of Writing Option): Secondary Certification and Elementary Certification; the Bachelor of Science in American Studies: Elementary Certification; and the minor in Literature.  These programs prepare 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 English department at Western Connecticut State University seeks to promote the university's mission by providing students with a high-quality education in English language and literature. We are committed to developing students' powers of critical thinking, analysis, and writing as well as knowledge of important texts, contexts, traditions, and modern developments. We believe students who complete any of the department's programs will be prepared to compete vigorously in the global marketplace and to pursue a variety of career paths and/or to seek further education.

As a department, our goals are to:

  • develop and maintain a solid curriculum in language and literature that stimulates student curiosity, rewards critical engagement, and is central to a valuable liberal arts education;
  • emphasize critical reading and writing as an integral component of success in our program, our university, and beyond;
  • build a community of scholars, professionals, and life-long learners and help initiate students in the profession(s) through regular events, faculty-student collaborative projects, and opportunities to tutor and to assist in the teaching of language and literature courses in the department;
  • encourage and support research, scholarship, and professional achievement that advance the field of study and enhance the programs and visibility of the university at large;
  • encourage interdisciplinary and interdepartmental initiatives to augment the intellectual vitality of the department and of the university and to help students develop an integrated approach to learning; and
  • serve the community through event programming and collaborative projects and to serve as a resource to local schools and other public institutions.

Alpha Lamda Epsilon

The department sponsors a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed at least three semesters of college work and a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English.  They must also have a minimum of 3.0 grade point average in English and rank at least in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship. Students may contact the department chair for more information.

DEGREE PROGRAMS IN ENGLISH

Bachelor of Arts

English
American Studies

Bachelor of Science

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

Minor Program

Literature

Students may major in the department as follows:

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH (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 two writing intensive courses (W), foreign language and physical education.  Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 or better in courses used to satisfy the major requirements. Applicants to the literature program with 45 of more credits must have 2.0 cumulative GPA and 2.67 in major courses. Seniors with 2.0 overall GPA and 2.67 GPA in the major can take graduate courses for 400-level credit.

Required Courses:

ENG 130W English Seminar
ENG 209 American Literature to 1865
ENG 210 American Literature from 1865
ENG 211 English Literature to 1798
ENG 212 English Literature from 1798
ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

ENG 315 Critical Theory

ENG 470 Senior Seminar

One 200-level literature course

Three 300-level literature courses

Three 400-level literature courses

Note: ENG 200W Literature III, ENG 429 Children's Literature, and ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents may not be used toward the English major.

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. Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 or better in courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

Required Courses:

ENG 209 American Literature to 1865
ENG 210 American Literature from 1865
ENG 348 Early American Literature or ENG 349 American Literature of Identity 1820-1920
AS/HIS 217 The American Dream
HIS 148 American History to 1877
HIS 149 American History since 1877
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 B.A. in American Studies. In addition to the course requirements for the academic major listed above, students must complete thirty-eight (38) hours in professional education coursework. See School of Professional Studies for further information on education courses.  Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 or better in courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE - ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATION WITH MAJOR IN ENGLISH (LITERATURE) (B.S.)

Requirements:

The department's programs in the literature major may be combined with elementary certification. Students must complete all general education requirements, thirty-eight (38) hours in professional education coursework, the courses and credits listed below, and additional free electives to total a minimum of 125 semester hours, including physical education and foreign language. Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 or better in English courses used to satisfy the major requirements. Applicants to the literature program with 45 or more credits must have 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and 2.67 in major courses. Seniors with 2.0 overall G.P.A. and 2.67 G.P.A. in the major can take graduate courses for 400-level credit.

Required Courses:

ENG 209 American Literature to 1865 & ENG 210 American Literature from 1865

OR
ENG 211 English Literature to 1798 & ENG 212 English Literature from 1798
ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature

ENG 276 English Language Skills

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

WRT 337W Teaching Writing in the Schools - Elementary and Middle School

ENG 429 Children's Literature

ENG 470 Senior Seminar

One 200-level literature course

Three 300-level literature courses

One 400-level literature courses

Note: ENG 200W Literature III may not be used toward the English major.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE - ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATION WITH MAJOR IN ENGLISH (TEACHING OF WRITING OPTION) (B.S.)

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, thirty-eight (38) hours in professional education coursework, the courses and credits listed below, and additional free electives to total a minimum of 125 semester hours, including physical education and foreign language. Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 or better in English courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

Required Courses:

English (15 semester hours)

ENG 209 American Literature to 1865 & ENG 210 American Literature from 1865

OR
ENG 211 English Literature to 1798 & ENG 212 English Literature from 1798

ENG 276 English Language Skills

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

ENG 429 Children's Literature

Teaching of Writing Option (24 semester hours)

WRT 242W Poetry Workshop I

WRT/THR 244W Playwriting Workshop I

WRT 270W News Writing

WRT 271W Human Interest Writing

WRT 335W Fact-Based Opinion Writing

WRT 337W Teaching Writing in the Schools-Elementary

One additional Writing Course

WRT 465W Thesis Project

Writing Portfolio Requirement

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SECONDARY EDUCATION - WITH MAJOR IN ENGLISH (LITERATURE) (B.S.)

Requirements:

The department's programs in the literature major may be combined with secondary certification. Students must complete all general education requirements, thirty-five (35) hours in professional education coursework, the courses and credits listed below, and additional free electives to total a minimum of 125 semester hours, including physical education and foreign language. Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 or better in English courses used to satisfy the major requirements. Applicants to the literature program with 45 or more credits must have 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and 2.67 in major courses. Seniors with 2.0 overall G.P.A. and 2.67 G.P.A. in the major can take graduate courses for 400-level credit.

Required Courses:

ENG 209 American Literature to 1865
ENG 210 American Literature from 1865
ENG 211 English Literature to 1798
ENG 212 English Literature from 1798
ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature

ENG 276 English Language Skills

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

ENG 315 Critical Theory

WRT 347W Teaching Writing in the Schools - High School

ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents

ENG 470 Senior Seminar

One 300-level literature courses

One 400-level literature courses

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SECONDARY EDUCATION - WITH MAJOR IN ENGLISH (TEACHING OF WRITING OPTION) (B.S.)

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, thirty-five (35) hours in professional education coursework, the courses and credits listed below, and additional free electives to total a minimum of 125 semester hours, including physical education and foreign language. Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 or better in English courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

Required Courses:

English (21 semester hours)

ENG 209 American Literature to 1865 & ENG 210 American Literature from 1865

OR
ENG 211 English Literature to 1798 & ENG 212 English Literature from 1798

ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature

ENG 276 English Language Skills

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

ENG 315 Critical Theory

ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents

Teaching of Writing Option (18 semester hours)

WRT 243W Fiction Workshop I

WRT 335W Fact-Based Opinion Writing

WRT 339W The Creative Essay

WRT 347W Teaching Writing in the Schools - High School

One additional Writing Course

WRT 465W Thesis Project

Writing Portfolio Requirement

MINOR IN LITERATURE (18 Semester Hours)

Required Courses:

ENG 130W English Seminar
ENG 209 American Literature to 1865 & ENG 210 American Literature from 1865

OR
ENG 211 English Literature to 1798 & ENG 212 English Literature from 1798
ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

One 300- or 400-level literature course

 


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