Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Ms. Snyder, an English major, tells the story of why she chose to attend Saint Vincent College.
Don’t try to mold yourself into what you think a college student is “supposed to be.” Keep your mind open to new ideas.
Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., DeanSchool of Humanities and Fine ArtsPhone: 724-805-2343Fax: 724-805-2812
For a full description of courses offered, see the College Bulletin.
Students majoring in English must take a common curriculum consisting of courses designed specifically for English majors, along with two historical literature surveys. In addition, English majors, guided by their concentration choice (see below), choose two introductory courses and three advanced courses.
English Major | Concentration RequirementsEnglish Minors
The English Major: 36 credits
majors must take each of the following courses:
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric*
- 3 creditsEL 202 Intermediate Writing -
3 credits EL 325 Literary Criticism I:
Ancient to Modern - 3 credits EL 326 Literary Criticism II:
Contemporary Theories - 3 credits EL 400 Senior Project - 3
* This course does not count toward the major, but it does count
English majors also must take two (2) of the following surveys;
at least one must be a British survey, and at least one must be an American
survey: EL 114 British Literature:
Middle Ages to Restoration - 3 credits EL 115 British Literature:
Neoclassicism to Modernism - 3 credits EL 131 American Literature:
Exploration to Civil War - 3 credits EL 132 American Literature:
Civil War to Present - 3 credits
In addition to the course requirements, all students must develop a portfolio in
which they file a sample of their written work in their concentration-related
courses and a self-assessment of their learning each semester. Department
faculty will evaluate student work after the Senior Project.
English majors must take two (2) of the following courses, the
successful completion of which will also satisfy concentration requirements.
Please note that certain concentrations will, to some degree, dictate your
English majors must take four (4) of the following courses, the
successful completion of which will also satisfy concentration requirements. At
least two of these required Advanced Electives must be a 200-level literature
course. One Literature Advanced Elective must be chosen from the following
group of courses: EL 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 216, 218, 261, and 272. The
second Literature Advanced Elective must be chosen from the following courses:
EL 224, 225, 226, 236, 242, 256, 257, 258, 259, 263, 272, 273, and 274. Please
note that certain concentrations will, to some degree, dictate students’
The Children’s Literature Concentration is designed to explore the various forms of literature written for children. Students investigate literary shifts involving the ways adults imagine and shape children’s virtues and capabilities as well as how children live out or resist those fantasies. Analyzing texts written for children and about childhood, this concentration provides the opportunity for both breadth and depth of study.
The following courses fulfill the Introductory Elective requirement of the English major; choose two of the three:
EL 128 Children's Literature: Fables to 1900 (3 credits)EL 129 Young Adult Fiction (3 credits)EL 130 Children’s Literature: 1900 to Present (3 credits)As one of the required Advanced Electives, Children's Literature concentrators complete one of the following:
EL 259 Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature (3 credits)EL 272 Advanced Studies in Children’s Literature (3 credits)EL 273 Representations of Childhood in Literature (3 credits)EL 274 Representations of Childhood in Film (3 credits)
The Creative Writing concentration offers courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and literary translation, as well as seminar courses in reading and writing about literature. Following this track, students develop their craft in a genre of choice, in preparation for the senior project manuscript. All creative writing courses extend from the English major’s foundation in literature and aim to introduce students to contemporary literature as well as the current conversations informing literary art.
The following courses fulfill the Introductory Elective requirement for the English major:EL 110 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits) EL 146 Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking (3 credits) orEL 142 Creative Writing: The Literary Magazine - (3 credits)
Creative Writing concentrators must complete one of the following advanced electives, in the genre of the senior project:
EL 203 Poetry Workshop (3 credits)EL 204 Fiction Workshop (3 credits)EL 244 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3 credits)EL 252 Literary Translation Workshop (3 credits)
(Note: Literary Translation concentrators must take an additional advanced workshop in the genre of the translation project.)
The Literature Concentration has a traditional base, with an emphasis on the connections of literature to history and philosophy, and with intensive study of literary elements such as irony, symbolism, satire, comedy and tragedy. However, ample opportunity is provided to investigate the relation of literature and critical applications to special topics and themes, to interdisciplinary affiliations, and to contemporary events and ideas.
The Professional Writing Concentration prepares English majors for careers in technical writing, grant writing, editing, documentation manual writing and corporate communications. This concentration consists of stipulated major requirements and electives that will give students a background in professional written discourse, design, electronic media and publishing.
EL 142 Creative Writing: The Literary Magazine
The English Certification Concentration is carefully designed through close collaboration between the English andEducation Departments at SVC, and is aligned with the requirements set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The course sequence emphasizes skill in reading and writing, along with abilities in research and interpretation demanded in the literature classes. Secondary Education students must take the following Introductory Electives:
EL 119 History of the English LanguageEL 129 Young Adult Fiction
English Certification students must also take one of the following Shakespeare courses:EL 127 Shakespeare On FilmEL 213 Shakespeare’s HistoriesEL 214 Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragedies
The two remaining Advanced Electives must be advanced electives in Literature.Along with English courses, English majors seeking English certification must take the following courses, amounting to an additional 36 credits: Psychology courses: PY 115, PY 214, PY 290. Education courses: ED 100, ED 101, ED 205, ED 208, ED 220, ED 301, ED 309, ED 322, ED 400, ED 410, and ED 411.Mathematics course: MA 102 (does not fulfill core)