Degrees and Requirements

English Studies: Literature

The English Studies: Literature curriculum is designed to develop language skills and to teach analytical skills and research methods necessary in approaching English studies as a discipline. The program encourages an appreciation of cultural heritage through literary works and stimulates the imagination. This major prepares students for graduate school in English or library science, and for positions in government services and public relations.

To complete the Engish Studies: Literature major successfully, the following course work is required:

  • 48 credits of Major Requirements
  • 9 credits of Professional Writing Component
  • 15-21 credits in a Minor
  • 34-37 credits of CORE Curriculum courses
  • 5-14 credits of General Electives

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche University.

Summary of Requirements

Major Requirements: 48 credits

  • ENGL2010
    INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY |

    ENGL2010
    INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This seminar introduces students majoring in each of the three English programs to the study of literature as an academic discipline. Key literary terms and concepts (genre, style, figurative language, poetics, etc.), central tenets of literary-critical analysis (multiple interpretive strategies, schools of theory, etc.), and basic methodologies of literary study (research techniques, MLA-style documentation, etc.) will be covered. The course will thus prepare English majors at an early point in their careers to enter into the habits of thought and practice characteristic of their chosen field.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011(H)

  • ENGL2014
    READING LIST PREPARATION |

    ENGL2014
    READING LIST PREPARATION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course prepares English Studies: Literature majors for the three components of the departmental reading list assessment (exam, critical papers, and annotated bibliographies). The course emphasizes critical reading habits, test study and preparation, and the conventions of academic writing.|

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  • ENGL2021
    WORLD LITERATURE I(SLLT1002) |

    ENGL2021
    WORLD LITERATURE I(SLLT1002) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course emphasizes the careful reading of works of world literature from the Ancient period to the Early Modern era (c. 1600). Issues to be covered include the oral-performative origins of ancient literature; the cultural values and social roles embodied in the literature; and the nature of literary language, genres, and traditions. The course serves as an introduction to the study of literature for all majors, as well as an opportunity for English majors to expand their knowledge of important works of world literature. Cross-listed with SLLT1002|

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  • ENGL2022
    WORLD LITERATURE II(SLLT1010) |

    ENGL2022
    WORLD LITERATURE II(SLLT1010) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course emphasizes the careful reading of works of world literature from the Early Modern era (c. 1600) to the present. Issues to be covered include the relationship of global imperialism to World literary traditions; the rise of literatures of resistance; and the major schools of contemporary literary theory. The course serves as an introduction to the study of literature for all majors, as well as an opportunity for English majors to expand their knowledge of important works of world literature. Cross-listed with SLLT1010 |

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  • ENGL2036
    ISSUES IN AMERICAN LIT I (SLLT1013) |

    ENGL2036
    ISSUES IN AMERICAN LIT I (SLLT1013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course emphasizes the careful reading of works of American literature from the close of the Civil War to the present. Issues to be covered include the diversity of voices represented in the American literary tradition; the cultural, political, economic, ethnic, and regional contexts within which these literatures were forged; and the transformation of American literary traditions after the Civil War, as represented by such major developments as Realism, Modernism, the New Negro Renaissance, and the growth of ethnic literatures. The course serves as an introduction to the study of literature for all majors, as well as an opportunity for English majors to expand their knowledge of important works of American literature. Cross-listed with SLLT1013|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2039
    ISSUES IN AMERICAN LIT II (SLLT1011) |

    ENGL2039
    ISSUES IN AMERICAN LIT II (SLLT1011) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course emphasizes the careful reading of works of American literature from the close of the Civil War to the present. Issues to be covered include the diversity of voices represented in the American literary tradition; the cultural, political, economic, ethnic, and regional contexts within which these literatures were forged; and the transformation of American literary traditions after the Civil War, as represented by such major developments as Realism, Modernism, the New Negro Renaissance, and the growth of ethnic literatures. The course serves as an introduction to the study of literature for all majors, as well as an opportunity for English majors to expand their knowledge of important works of American literature. Cross-listed with SLLT1011 |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL3014
    WORLD MYTHOLOGY |

    ENGL3014
    WORLD MYTHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of myths and mythic patterns in literature from a variety of cultures. Because of the vast quantity of literature involving mythology, the course emphasizes certain themes or patterns, for example, the journey of the hero or heroine, patterns of transformation and mythic motifs.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3023
    SHAKESPEARE |

    ENGL3023
    SHAKESPEARE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The reading and analysis of Shakespearean drama. Plays studied may include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, Measure for Measure, Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Winter’s Tale.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3029
    LITERARY THEORY & CRITICISM |

    ENGL3029
    LITERARY THEORY & CRITICISM |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will introduce advanced students to literary theory and contemporary methods of literary criticism and research.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H) & JR/SR Status

  • ENGL3033
    AMERICAN ENG:ITS HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT |

    ENGL3033
    AMERICAN ENG:ITS HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the linguistic evolution of the American English language from the older stages of English to current usage in the United States.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL4051

    ENGL4051

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • ENGL4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR |

    ENGL4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A review of methods of research, documentation and critical practice employed in literary scholarship, appropriate selected readings, oral and written presentation of a seminar paper and class evaluation of each paper presented. Students should have completed 18 English credits beyond ENGL1012 to be eligible. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • ENGLXXXX

    ENGLXXXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

Professional Writing Component: Choose Three Courses (9 credits)

  • CMET3002
    NEW MEDIA & DIGITAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY |

    CMET3002
    NEW MEDIA & DIGITAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course deals with the evolution of technology and the use of communications technology for business, entertainment and information. Through readings, discussion, group work and hands-on experience the class examines the social, cultural and economic aspects of communication technology.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS |

    ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach students best practices in both written and oral business communication. Types of communications include: business letters, emails, reports, executive summaries, cover letters, resumes, PowerPoint presentations, and the job interview.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING |

    ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Designed to apply the basic principles of communication to technical information so that the student can learn to present complex technical messages in the clearest possible way.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL2040
    CREATIVE WRITING |

    ENGL2040
    CREATIVE WRITING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A course designed to stimulate writing in prose and poetry, with emphasis on readings and exercises in craft.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I |

    ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is an introductory course in journalistic style and a variety of media formats. Students learn editing, interviewing and reporting skills. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3035
    WRITING FOR BROADCAST & SOCIAL MEDIA |

    ENGL3035
    WRITING FOR BROADCAST & SOCIAL MEDIA |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A course designed to give students practice in the writing of copy for the broadcast media. Included is the writing of news and sports reports, commercials, features and documentaries, interview techniques, and mini-dramas.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012