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English

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

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Program Overview

The program in English is committed to establishing a habit of lifelong learning that emphasizes the relationship of reading, writing and critical thinking. Our students:

  • learn to read and write texts in a variety of modes and genres. They read and write imaginatively, critically, analytically, and interpretively, with close attention to detail, and they situate their reading and writing within established and contested historical, cultural, critical, and literary traditions. They understand that reading and writing are deeply inter-related activities, whether their major emphasizes the production or the reception of texts. 
  • think, read, and write collaboratively, sharing their work with others and drawing on their individual and collective knowledge, experience, wisdom, understanding, and background to advance their learning. They become adept at working creatively and effectively with others, through dialogue, debate, and critique.
  • come to English and writing from a broad range of backgrounds, with a variety of beliefs, motivations, and tastes, to pursue a broad range of personal, professional, and expressive goals. Our faculty are co-learners with our students, taking active part in the challenging and rewarding practices of critical literacy and creative writing.
  • develop into culturally aware users of language, attuned to the way language and the variety of meanings to which it gives rise change and respond to contemporary developments, including the political, social, technological, and aesthetic. They learn to question and reflect on these changes and to adapt their readerly and writerly sensibilities to address them.
  • develop the desire to better understand themselves and their world through language, as exploratory writers and inquisitive readers. They are able to achieve that understanding by using language in critical and imaginative ways to advance their learning throughout their lives.
  • become reflective and informed readers, able to generate and pursue complex questions of language’s meanings and uses. By focusing on textual details in relation to larger questions of form, purpose, and context, our students are able to articulate well-reasoned understandings of the language they encounter.
  • learn to take pleasure in the play of language and other representational, symbolic systems of thought and expression. They value novelty and experimentation, both in their critical and writerly endeavors, and become adept at seeing and pursuing opportunities for playful engagement with language and meaning.
  • contend with ambiguity and respond meaningfully and responsibly to changes in the way language functions, whether in its literary or everyday manifestations.
  • develop the critical and creative wherewithal to recognize that language and representation are complex and important, wherever they manifest themselves. They are able to use the critical and creative approaches for thinking about film, drama, new media, novels, stories, poems, and other literary artifacts to analyze and reflect on symbolic representation of all kinds, from popular music to painting to political discourse and beyond.

Our courses involve students in a range of activities, including discussions (in class and online), collaborative projects, conferences, presentations, independent study, internships, and service learning.

The English Department is committed to supporting interdisciplinary programs and encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary concentrations, second majors and/or minors. A number of the Department's courses are cross-listed with interdisciplinary programs, facilitating such study. In addition,  the English major permits students to include related courses taken outside the department for credit toward their program of study, subject to approval by the student’s English Department adviser.

Our graduates pursue professional careers in such fields as professional writing, editing, advertising, publishing, education, management, computers, public relations and public service, or pursue post-baccalaureate study in English studies, law school or medical school. Students contemplating graduate study should confer with their advisers about special preparation and should be aware that many graduate schools typically expect proof of competence in foreign languages. Students interested in pursuing careers in primary or secondary education can obtain certification by completing the appropriate professional courses in teacher education.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The English major requires 12 courses: at least 5 at the lower division and at least 6 at the upper division. The English major allows for 3 electives, 2 of which must be 100-level courses. An English course may be used only once to fulfill a particular major requirement. Transfer students majoring in English must take at least 6 courses in English at Drake. Students with advanced placement (A.P.) will be credited one lower-level elective toward the major.

Course Credits
Lower Division Core
Gateway
ENG 038 - Literary Study 4
ENG 039 - Writing Seminar 4
History and Traditions
Any ENG course numbered 040-059 3-4
Culture and Identity
Any ENG course numbered 060-079 3-4
Writing: Topics and Genres
Any ENG course numbered 080-099 3-4
Upper Division - Select a track and complete nine hours from within one track.
History and Traditions
ENG 104 - History of English Language 3
ENG 124 - Advanced Topics in History and Tradition 3
ENG 126 - Film/TV History and Criticism 3
ENG 130 - Studies in Literary Genres 3
ENG 131 - Major Historical Figures (Before 1900) 3
ENG 132 - Dickens in London 3
ENG 133 - Major Contemporary Figures (Since 1900) 3
ENG 134 - Transatlantic Landscapes 3
ENG 140 - Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts 3
ENG 142 - Advanced Topics in Early English Texts (to 1500) 3
ENG 143 - Advanced Topics in Early Modern Texts (1500-1780) 3
ENG 146 - 19th Century British Literature 3-5
ENG 150 - Poetry and Society 1720-1920 3
ENG 151 - Colonial American Literature 3
ENG 152 - 19th Century American Literature 3
ENG 166 - Literature of War 3
ENG 169 - Theories of Myth and Archetypes 3
Theory and Criticism
ENG 102 - Structure of Modern American English 3
ENG 104 - History of English Language 3
ENG 109 - Prose Stylistics 3
ENG 111 - Reading/Writing Personal Essay 3
ENG 112 - Autobiography and Memoir 3
ENG 123 - Advanced Topics in Theory and Criticism 3
ENG 126 - Film/TV History and Criticism 3
ENG 130 - Studies in Literary Genres 3
ENG 141 - Advanced Topics in Irish Literature 3
ENG 147 - 20th Century British Literature 3
ENG 149 - Contemporary British Literature 3
ENG 155 - 20th Century American Literature 3
ENG 156 - Contemporary American Literature 3
ENG 158 - South African Literature 3
ENG 163 - Trans-Cultural Literature 3
ENG 164 - Latino/a Literature 3
ENG 165 - Postcolonial Literature 3
ENG 166 - Literature of War 3
ENG 168 - Storytelling as a Social Practice 3
ENG 169 - Theories of Myth and Archetypes 3
ENG 171 - Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice 3
ENG 172 - Teaching Tutorial Writing 3
ENG 173 - Critical Theory 3
ENG 174 - Theories of Language and Discourse 3
ENG 178 - Topics in Multicultural Literature 3
Film, Drama, and New Media
ENG 116 - Creative Writing for New Media 3
ENG 125 - Advanced Topics in Culture and Identity 3
ENG 126 - Film/TV History and Criticism 3
ENG 127 - Advanced Topics in New Media 3
ENG 128 - Advanced Topics in Drama 3
ENG 129 - Advanced Topics in Film 3
ENG 137 - Critical Theory 3
ENG 140 - Shakespeare: Texts/Contexts 3
ENG 173 - Critical Theory 3
Culture and Identity
ENG 125 - Advanced Topics in Culture and Identity 3
ENG 135 - Adolescent Literature 3
ENG 136 - Adolescence and American Fiction 3
ENG 141 - Advanced Topics in Irish Literature 3
ENG 142 - Advanced Topics in Early English Texts (to 1500) 3
ENG 143 - Advanced Topics in Early Modern Texts (1500-1780) 3
ENG 146 - 19th Century British Literature 3-5
ENG 147 - 20th Century British Literature 3
ENG 149 - Contemporary British Literature 3
ENG 152 - 19th Century American Literature 3
ENG 155 - 20th Century American Literature 3
ENG 156 - Contemporary American Literature 3
ENG 158 - South African Literature 3
ENG 163 - Trans-Cultural Literature 3
ENG 164 - Latino/a Literature 3
ENG 165 - Postcolonial Literature 3
ENG 168 - Storytelling as a Social Practice 3
Electives - Courses may be taken outside of the department with advisor approval.  Up to six individual experience hours (internship, independent study, or portfolio) may be counted as electives. Nine upper-division elective hours may be used to fulfill a second track. Consult the course lists above four courses that fulfill requirements for each of the specific tracks.
One ENG course numbered 020-099 3-4
At least six hours of ENG courses numbered 100 or higher 6
Capstone
ENG 195 - Capstone in English and Writing, or 3
ENG 197 - Capstone in English
TOTAL 38-41

 


English Minor

Students who wish to complement their degrees in other areas of study, to pursue personal interests in critical reading and creative writing, and to provide employers or graduate schools with supplementary credentials in writing or English can choose a six-course minor.  Students majoring in writing may not minor in English; students may not double-minor in English and writing.

CourseCredits
ENG 038 - Literary Study 4
ENG 039 - Writing Seminar 4
Lower Division Electives - Select two ENG courses numbered 020-099 6-8
Upper Division Electives - Select two ENG courses numbered 100 or higher 6
TOTAL 20-22

 


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