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Ms. Snyder, an English major, tells the story of why she chose to attend Saint Vincent College.
I love it when students raise challenging questions in class and present 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
English Major Common Curriculum: 18 creditsEnglish 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 credits * This course does not count toward the major, but it does count toward graduation.
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.
Introductory Electives: 6 credits 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 choices. EL 108 Technical Writing - 3 credits EL 109 Business Communications - 3 credits EL 110 Introduction to Creative Writing - 3 credits EL 111 Green Writing: Literature and the Environment - 3 credits EL 113 Women's Literature - 3 credits EL 114 British Literature: Middle Ages to Restoration - 3 credits EL 115 British Literature: Neoclassicism to Modernism - 3 credits EL 119 History of The English Language - 3 credits EL 121 Faces of Battle: War and Peace in History, Literature and the Arts - 3 credits EL 122 African Studies - 3 credits EL 124 Literature and The Bible - 3 credits EL 125 The History and Development of Science Fiction - 3 credits EL 126 Rock 'n’ Roll Criticism - 3 creditsEL 127 Shakespeare on Film - 3 credits EL 128 Children’s Literature: Fables to 1900 - 3 creditsEL 129 Young Adult Fiction - 3 credits EL 130 Children's Literature: 1900 to Present - 3 credits EL 131 American Literature: Exploration to Civil War - 3 creditsEL 132 American Literature: Civil War to the Present - 3 credits EL 137 American Short Story - 3 credits EL 138 Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States - 3 creditsEL 139 African American Literature - 3 creditsEL 140 Myth - 3 creditsEL 142 Creative Writing: The Literary Magazine - 3 credits EL 143 The Beat Generation - 3 credits EL 144 Reading as Writers: The Literary Essay - 3 credits EL 145 Reading as Writers: Poetry - 3 credits EL 146 Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking - 3 credits EL 147 Arthurian Literature - 3 creditsEL 148 Modern Catholic Literature - 3 creditsEL 149 J.R.R. Tolkien - 3 creditsEL 151 American Indian Literature - 3 credits EL 152 The Epic - 3 creditsEL 153 Satire - 3 creditsEL 154 Special Topics in Literature - 3 credits EL 155 Special Topics in Creative Writing - 3 creditsEL 156 Special Topics in Professional Writing - 3 credits EL 157 Special Topics in Children’s Literature - 3 creditsAdvanced Electives: 12 credits 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’ choices. EL 203 Poetry Workshop - 3 credits EL 204 Fiction Workshop - 3 credits EL 210 Classical Greek Poetry and Drama - 3 credits EL 211 Medieval Studies - 3 creditsEL 212 Chaucer - 3 credits EL 213 Shakespeare's Histories - 3 credits EL 214 Shakespeare's Comedies and Tragedies - 3 credits EL 216 British Renaissance Literature - 3 credits EL 218 Eighteenth Century Literature - 3 credits EL 224 The Romantic Age - 3 credits EL 225 The Victorians - 3 credits EL 226 British Modernism - 3 credits EL 236 Modern European Literature - 3 credits EL 242 American Renaissance - 3 creditsEL 244 Creative Nonfiction Workshop - 3 creditsEL 252 Literary Translation Workshop - 3 credits EL 256 Sentimental Politics: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century - 3 credits EL 257 American Realism and Naturalism - 3 creditsEL 258 American Modernism - 3 credits EL 259 Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature - 3 credits EL 261 Advanced Studies in Early Literature - 3 creditsEL 263 Advanced Studies in Modern Literature - 3 creditsEL 264 Advanced Studies in Creative Writing - 3 creditsEL 266 Advanced Studies in Professional Writing - 3 credits EL 272 Advanced Studies in Children’s Literature - 3 credits EL 273 Representations of Childhood in Literature - 3 creditsEL 274 Representations of Childhood in Film - 3 credits
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 and Education 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)