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  • English Major Curriculum

    Students majoring in English must take a common curriculum consisting of courses designed specifically for English majors, along with four courses in their concentration and four electives. In addition, English majors must complete four term project, two of which must be researched literary essays. 

    Four Common Courses

    English majors must take the following 4 courses: 

    EL 202 - Intermediate Writing (taken after the freshman year)

    EL 325- Literary Criticism I (offered only in the fall)

    EL 326- Literary Criticism II (offered only in the spring) 

    Taken after the freshman year, these two Literary Criticism classes are not sequential. 

    EL 400- Senior Project 

    Taken during the fall semester of the senior year, this course engages you in the completion of your capstone project. Capstone projects may range from twenty-five page literary analyses to collections of poetry. These projects should spring from your concentrations and may be extensions or elaborations of a paper that you completed in another English course.

    Four Courses in an English Concentration

    By the end of your freshman year, you should choose one of the following concentrations. Advisors will work with you to create term projects and a senior project that spring from your concentration. If you seek any exceptions for the courses required for the concentration, please see the department chair. 

    The concentrations that we currently offer are as follows: 

     American Studies: Take four of the following:  EL 113 - Women and Literature, EL 131 - American Literature: Exploration to Civil War, EL 132 - American Literature: Civil War to the Present, EL 137 - American Short Story, EL 138 - Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, EL 139 - African American Literature, EL 143 - The Beat Generation, EL 242- American Renaissance, EL 256 - Sentimenal Fictions, EL 258 - American Modernism, EL 274 - Representations of Childhood in Film. 

    Children’s Literature: Take these four courses: EL 128 - Children's Literature: Fables to 1900, EL 130 - Children's Literature: 1900 to Present, EL 273 - Representations of Childhood in Literature, EL 274 - Representations of Childhood in Film 

    Classicism and Romanticism: Take these four classes: EL 115 - British Literature: Neoclassicism to Modernism, EL 131 - American Literature: Exploration to Civil War, EL 210 - Classical Greek Poetry & Drama, EL 224 - The Romantic Age, EL 242 - American Renaissance 

    Creative Writing: Take four of the following: EL 110 - Introduction to Creative Writing, EL 142 - Creative Writing: Magazine Production, EL 203 - Poetry Workshop, EL 204 - Fiction Workshop, EL 244 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop, EL 252 - Creative Writing: Literary Translation 

    Drama and Performance: Take four of the following: EL 114 - British Literature: Middle Ages to Restoration, EL 126 - Rock 'n' Roll Criticism, EL 127 - Shakespeare on Film, EL 210 - Classical Greek Poetry & Drama, EL 213 - Shakespeare's Histories, EL 214 - Shakespeare's Comedies/Tragedies, EL 236 - Modern European Literature  

    Interdisciplinary Studies: Take four of the following: EL 121 - Faces of Battle, EL 127 - Shakespeare on Film, EL 138 - Multi-Ethnic Literature in the US, EL 147 - Arthurian Literature, EL 149 - J.R.R. Tolkien, EL 211 - Medieval Studies, EL 224 - The Romantic Age, EL 274 - Representations of Childhood in Film 

    Literary Translation: Take these three courses: EL 110 - Introduction to Creative Writing, EL 236 - Modern European Literature, EL 252 - Creative Writing: Literary Translation; Take one of the following: EL 203 - Poetry Workshop, EL 204 - Fiction Workshop, EL 244 - Creative Writing Workshop 

    Literature and Politics: Take four of the following: EL 111 - Green Writing: Literature and the Environment, EL 113 - Women and Literature, EL 121 - Faces of Battle, EL 138 - Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, EL 139 - African American Literature, EL 143 - The Beat Generation, EL 179 - Literature of Social Protest, EL 256 - Sentimental Fiction 

    Literature and Spirituality: Take four of the following: EL 124 - Literature and the Bible, EL 143 - The Beat Generation, EL 148 - Modern Catholic Literature, EL 211 - Medieval Studies, EL 216 - British Renaissance Literature 

    Literature and the Family: Take four of the following: EL113 - Women and Literature, EL 138 - Multi-Ethnic Literature in the US,EL 273 - Representations of Childhood in Literature, EL 216 - British Renaissance Literature, EL 244 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop  

    Literature of Dissent: Take four of the following: EL 110 - Introduction to Creative Writing, EL 139 - African American Literature,EL 143 - The Beat Generation, EL 179 - Literature of Social Protest, EL 126 - Rock 'n' Roll Criticism, EL 224 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop 

    Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Take four of the following: EL 114 - British Literature: Middle Ages to Restoration, EL 127 - Shakespeare on Film, EL 147 - Arthurian Literature, EL 211 - Medieval Studies, EL 212 - Chaucer, EL 213 - Shakespeare's Histories, EL 214 - Shakespeare's Comedies/Tragedies, EL 216 - British Renaissance Literature  

    Modernism and Postmodernism: Take four of the following: EL 126 - Rock 'n' Roll Criticism, EL 138 - Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, EL 143 - The Beat Generation, EL 236 - Modern European Literature, EL 258 - American Modernism; one of the following may substituted: EL 203 - Poetry Workshop, EL 204 - Fiction Workshop , EL 244 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop, EL 252 - Creative Writing: Literary Translation  

    Narrative: Take these two courses: EL 110 - Introduction to Creative Writing, EL 204 - Fiction Workshop; Take two of the following: EL 137 - American Short Story, EL 236 - Modern European Literature, EL 256 - Sentimental Fiction, EL 258 - American Modernism 

    Poetry:  Take these two courses: EL 110 - Introduction to Creative Writing, EL 203 - Poetry Workshop; Take two of the following: EL 114 - British Literature: Middle Ages to Restoration, EL 115 - British Literature: Neoclassicism to Modernism, EL 143 - The Beat Generation, EL 210 - Classical Greek Poetry & Drama, EL 212 - Chaucer, EL 216 - British Renaissance Literature  

    Pop Culture Studies: Take three of the following: EL 125 - History and Development of Science Fiction, EL 126 - Rock 'n' Roll Criticism, EL 127 - Shakespeare on Film, EL 149 - J.R.R. Tolkien, EL 256 - Sentimental Fiction; Take one of the following: EL 129 - Young Adult Fiction, EL 130 - Children's Literature: 1900 to Present  

    Shakespeare: Take four of the following: EL 114 - British Literature: Middle Ages to Restoration, EL 127 - Shakespeare on Film, EL 213 - Shakespeare's Histories, EL 214 - Shakespeare's Comedies/Tragedies, EL 216 - British Renaissance Literature  

    Women’s Literature: Take four of the following: EL113 - Women and Literature, EL 138 - Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, EL 148 - Modern Catholic Literature, EL 244 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop, EL 256 - Sentimental Fiction

    World Literature: Take four of the following: EL 110 - Introduction to Creative Writing , EL 111 - Green Writing: Literature and the Environment, EL 122 - African Studies, EL 138 - Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, EL 210 - Classical Greek Poetry & Drama, EL 236 - Modern European Literature, EL 252 - Creative Writing: Literary Translation 

    Writing: Take these three courses: EL 110 - Introduction to Creative Writing, EL 107 - News Writing , EL 108 - Technical Writing; Take one of the following: EL 142 - Creative Writing: Magazine Production, EL 203 - Poetry Workshop, EL 204 - Fiction Workshop, EL 244 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop, EL 252 - Creative Writing: Literary Translation  

      

    Four English Electives

    Choose any four course offered by the department, but keep the term project requirement in mind. 

    Four English Term Projects

    Term projects are heavily weighted requirements of certain courses listed below. The nature of these projects may vary, but two of your term projects must be researched literary analyses. You must file evidence of completed Term Projects in your electronic portfolio in the English Majors Blackboard site. 

    Inform your instructor that you would like your project to count toward the course project or literary research essay requirement, and upload that project to your online portfolio on the Blackboard site. Papers completed in the Common Courses, including your senior capstone project, DO NOT satisfy the term project requirement. 

    The following courses require Term Projects: 

    • EL 121 - Faces of Battle: War and Peace in History, Literature, and the Arts  
    • EL 122 - African Studies 
    • EL 124 - Literature and the Bible 
    • EL 125 - Science Fiction 
    • EL 126 - Rock 'n' Roll Criticism 
    • EL 128 - Children's Literature: Fables to 1900
    • EL 129 - Young Adult Fiction 
    • EL 130 - Children's Literature and Media 
    • EL 143 - The Beat Generation 
    • EL 147 - Arthurian Literature 
    • EL 148 - Modern Catholic Literature 
    • EL 149 - J.R.R. Tolkien 
    • EL 203 - Poetry Workshop
    • EL 204 - Fiction Workshop 
    • EL 224 - The Romantic Age 
    The following courses require Researched Literary Analyses: 
     
    • EL 210 - Classical Greek Poetry & Drama
    • EL 211 - Medieval Studies 
    • EL 212 - Chaucer 
    • EL 213 - Shakespeare's Histories 
    • EL 214 - Shakespeare's Comedies/Tragedies 
    • EL 216 - British Renaissance Literature 
    • EL 242 - American Renaissance 
    • EL 256 - Sentimental Fictions: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century
    • EL 258 - American Modernism 
    • EL 259 - Critical Approaches to Children's Literature 
    • EL 273 - Representations of Childhood in Literature 
    • EL 274 - Representations of Childhood in Film
     
     

     

            

    Electronic Portfolio

    The Electronic Portfolio, located in the English Majors Blackboard site, is a virtual folder in which you will upload electronic copies of your four Term Projects, your senior Capstone Project, and brief surveys regarding your composition of these projects. During your final semester, to fulfill requirements for your Exit Interview grade, you will upload a Senior Reflection paper that assesses your work as an English major throughout your college career. 

    Secondary Education Certification

    If you are pursuing Secondary Education Certification, you must take the following courses, which may serve as elective or concentration credits: 

    EL 119 -  History of the English Language (offered only in the fall); 

    EL 129 - Young Adult Fiction or EL 273 - Representations of Children in Literature for Young Adults; 

    EL 127 Shakespeare on Film (offered only in the summer), EL 213 - Shakespeare’s Histories (spring semesters only), or EL 214 - Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragedies (spring semesters only); 

    One of the following American literature courses: EL 131 - American Literature: Exploration to Civil War or EL 132 - American Literature: Civil War to Present 

  • The English Department at Saint Vincent College provides an atmosphere and a setting for students to continue the 2,500 year-old conversation about text, language, creativity and imagination. With literature at the center of the conversation, students pursue focused intra-textual reading and apply wider insights that cross national, historical, critical and disciplinary boundaries.

    Students in the Saint Vincent College English department think, research and write more fluently about the canon as well as popular culture. Ultimately, the person graduating with a degree in English will comprehend language both as an instrument and an art, having explored the felicitous tension between creative impulse and traditional form.