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There are few undergraduate majors that provide a person with the critical literacy and multicultural awareness essential for success in any field as does English. Since writing and reading literature are forms of self-discovery, as an English major you will learn how to express your own insights, values, and opinions. In addition you also will deepen your appreciation and knowledge of the world.

 

Close reading, analytical writing, and critical/creative thinking are universally important skills that will serve the English major well in a variety of rewarding and competitive careers. The worlds of education, teaching, law, human services, marketing, advertising, publishing, public relations, and management welcome with open arms the literate, critical thinker who can write, read comprehensively, and develop convincing arguments with coherence and sharp focus.

 

As an English major at Clarion University, you will work with professors who are committed to teaching. Our faculty is sensitive to the mosaic of critical and creative writing, literature, and multiculturalism that English studies offers students. As an English major at Clarion, you may choose among many fields of study: Literature (American, British, World, Women's, Multi-Ethnic, Young Adult); Writing (Creative, Critical, Professional); Linguistics; Culture Studies (Film, Folklore, Critical Theory).

 

In addition, the English Department offers four minors, one in English literature and three in English writing. Beyond course work, you can become active in our English Club, Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honor Society), Study-Abroad Program, student magazine (Tobeco ), and the Visiting Writers Program. Your personal and professional growth as a Clarion English major will prepare you to meet the world with confidence, critical literacy, and sophistication.

 

 


Degree Outcomes

English (B.A.) Degree Outcomes

  1. Read wide range of literary texts.
  2. Write in rhetorical/critical modes.
  3. Compare, evaluate, apply rhetorical strategies.
  4. Compare, evaluate, apply interpretive strategies.
  5. Compare, evaluate, apply critical strategies.

 



 

Requirements

ENGLISH, B.A.54 credits
Required: ENG 198; ENG 199; ENG 221 or 222; ENG 225 or 226; ENG 227 or 228 (NOTE: at least one of the surveys must come from the first half of a sequence, and at least one of the surveys must come from the second half of the sequence); ENG 262; 355; one American literature course at 300-/400-level; one English literature course at 300-/400-level; one world literature course at 300-/400-level; ENG 499. An additional, nine hours of 300-/400-level English electives must also be taken.

In addition to these 39 credits, the students must also, in consultation with their advisor, select 15 hours, nine of which must be at the 300-/400-level, that reflect one of the following areas of specialization:

  • General literature:
    Two additional 200-level surveys plus three additional* literature courses at the 300-/400-level.

  • Comprehensive:
    Two additional 200-level surveys, two additional* literature courses at the 300-/400-level, and a linguistics course, preferably ENG 458.

  • Writing:
    Fifteen credits. Choose from the following writing courses: ENG 200, 202, 207, 297, 298, 301, 303, 304, 306, 307, 356, 381, 404, 480, and 482.

  • Multicultural literature:
    ENG 230 and 365 are required (6 credits); one additional multicultural literature course from among the following: ENG 227, 228, 231; two additional multicultural literature courses from among the following offerings: ENG 331, 354, and 454.

  • Cultural studies:
    Three courses (9 credits) from among the following offerings: ENG 150, 242, 250, and 353; two additional courses-any one of the preceding not already used, ENG 350, and 352.

  • Linguistics:
    ENG 262, 353, 457, 458, 459, 462, 463; ENG 380/ANTH 380.

  • Movie studies and drama:
    One movie studies course (ENG 256, 350), one drama course (ENG 140, 342, 343, 344, 345, 455), one Shakespeare course (ENG 412, 413), plus any two additional courses in movie studies, drama, and/or Shakespeare.

*Excluding linguistics, folklore, and movie studies

 

SECONDARY EDUCATION, B.S.ED. ENGLISH
Certification for grades 7-12, English (see Secondary Education English).

In addition, the English Department offers four minors, one in English: Literature and three in English: Writing.

 

ENGLISH: LITERATURE, MINOR – 18 credits
Students pursuing the minor in English: Literature must successfully complete two of the 200-level survey courses listed below (B.).

A. ENG 199: Introduction to English Studies

This course is required of all students pursuing the minor in English: Literature. Ideally, it should be taken as the initial course in the program.

B. ENG 221: English Literature: Beginnings to 1800

ENG 222: English Literature: 1800 to Present
ENG 225: American Literature: Beginnings to 1860
ENG 226: American Literature: 1860 to the Present
ENG 227: World Literature: Backgrounds and Traditions
ENG 228: Modern and Contemporary World Literature
ENG 230: Introduction to African-American Literature

C. Students must also successfully complete any three literature courses to be selected from ENG 311 through ENG 455 (except ENG 353 and ENG 356).

 

ENGLISH: PROFESSIONAL WRITING & RHETORIC, MINOR 18 credits

A. Required Writing Course (3 credits)

ENG 207: Research Methodology and Writing

B. Additional Writing Courses (15 credits; at least nine of which must be at the 300-400 level)

ENG 263: English Grammar and Usage
ENG 297: Writing & Visual Rhetoric
ENG 298: Argument & Persuasion
ENG 301: Writing Non-Fiction Prose
ENG 306: Scientific and Technical Writing
ENG 307: Business Writing
* ENG 356: Rhetorical Theory for Writers
ENG 381: Documentary Writing
* ENG 480: Writing for the Professions
ENG 482: Composition: Theory & Practice

 

ENGLISH: CREATIVE WRITING, MINOR 18 credits

A. Required:

ENG 202: Beginning Creative Writing
ENG 404: Advanced Creative Writing

B. Additional required credits (two of the following):

ENG 301: Writing Non-Fiction Prose
ENG 303: The Craft of Fiction
ENG 304: The Craft of Poetry
THE 356: Playwriting and Script Construction

C. Two of the following (one from each group):

Group 1
ENG 130: Literary Experience
ENG 140: Drama as Literature
ENG 256: Movie Studies

Group 2
ENG 242: Intro to American Folklore
ENG 329: Contemporary American Literature
ENG 339: Short Stories
ENG 341: 20th Century Poetry
ENG 353: American Voices

 

ENGLISH: WRITING, MINOR 18 credits

A. Required (3 credits):

ENG 207: Research Methodology and Writing

B. Additional required credits (15):

ENG 202: Beginning Creative Writing
ENG 263: English Grammars & English Usage
ENG 297: Writing & Visual Rhetoric
ENG 298: Argument & Persuasion
ENG 301: Writing Non-Fiction Prose
ENG 303: The Craft of Fiction
ENG 304: The Craft of Poetry
ENG 306: Scientific & Technical Writing
ENG 307: Business Writing
ENG 356: Rhetorical Theory for Writers
ENG 381: Documentary Writing
ENG 404: Advanced Creative Writing
ENG 480: Writing for the Professions
ENG 482: Composition: Theory & Practice