B.A. in English

B.A. in English

(HEGIS 1501)

Dowling’s School of Arts and Sciences degree programs are constructed upon a well-rounded core curriculum of arts and humanities, natural science, math and social sciences. These are classic building blocks that ensure career versatility in an ever-changing world. The B.A. in English requires study in English and American literature. It calls for comprehensive coverage of the field, including related work in history, philosophy, and the arts. Students have their choice of three different tracks: Literature, Creative Writing, or Secondary English Education. All offer comprehensive coverage of their respective fields, including related work in history, philosophy, and the arts.

Career Outcomes for English Majors

Your Dowling English degree prepares you for diverse careers in media, the arts, and education. Your exceptional writing, communications, and research skills will qualify you for exciting work as a teacher, copywriter, critic, playwright, poet, screenwriter, journalist, librarian, archivist, technical or freelance writer, editor, or other careers.

Students interested in teaching English in the secondary schools should complete the requirements for the B.A. in English and take those education courses necessary for certification.

Students seeking certification to teach English at the secondary level must consult an education advisor.

B.A. in English

College-Wide Requirements 9 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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B.A. in English – Literature Track

Major Requirements 36 credits

ENG 2033 English Literature I 3
ENG 2034 English Literature II 3
ENG 2041 American Literature I 3
ENG 2042 American Literature II 3
ENG 3103 Comedies and Histories of Shakespeare or
ENG 3104 Tragedies of Shakespeare 3

Genre Courses 3 credits
Select one of the following:

ENG 2053A Art of the Novel 3
ENG 2055A Art of Poetry 3
ENG 2057A Art of the Drama 3
ENG 3105A Renaissance English Poetry 3
ENG 3111A Early British Novel 3
ENG 3112A Modern British Novel 3
ENG 3114A The Gothic Novel: History and Heritage 3
ENG 3128A Modern American Poetry 3
ENG 3130A Modern British Poetry 3
or any literature course with novel, drama, or poetry in title 3

Period Courses: 3 credits
Select one of the following:

ENG 3101A Age of Chaucer 3
ENG 3102A Medieval Literature 3
ENG 3105A Renaissance English Poetry 3
ENG 3106A 18th Century English Literature 3
ENG 3109A English Romantic Movement I 3
ENG 3110A English Romantic Movement II 3
ENG 3111A Early British Novel 3
ENG 3112A Modern British Novel 3
ENG 3121A 19th Century American Prose 3
ENG 3122A American Fiction since 1900 3
ENG 3128A Modern American Poetry 3
ENG 3130A Modern British Poetry 3
or any literature course that has a specific time period in the title 3

Three literature courses numbered 3100 or higher: 9 credits

ENG 3113A Topics in Post-Colonial Fiction 3
ENG 3140A-3142A Topics in the Literature of Women 3
ENG 3143A-3145A Topics in African-American Literature 3
ENG 3146A-3148A Topics in the Literatures of Diversity 3
ENG 3159A Literary Criticism 3
ENG 4106A-4108A Periods and Genres in Literature 3
ENG 4164A-4166A Themes in Literature 3
ENG 4180A-4184A Seminars in American Literature 3
ENG 4185A-4189A Seminars in British Literature 3
or any course numbered above 3100 3
Foreign Language (six credits in the same language, not including American Sign Language) 6

Suggested Sequence of Major Requirements for the Literature Track
Semester 1

ENG 1001A Principles of Writing 3
Foreign Language 3

Semester 2

ENG 2030A Literary Analysis or
ENG 2070A History of the English Language* 3
Foreign Language (same as Semester I) 3

Semester 3

ENG 2033A Survey of English Literature I 3
ENG 2041A Survey of American Literature I 3

Semester 4

ENG 2034A Survey of English Literature II 3
ENG 2042A Survey of American Literature II 3

Semester 5

ENG Shakespeare** (ENG 3103A recommended) 3
ENG Genre Course 3

Semester 6

ENG Shakespeare** (ENG 3104A recommended) 3
ENG Literature Period Course 3

Semester 7
Select two literature courses numbered 3100 or higher from the following list:

ENG 3113A Topics in Post-Colonial Fiction
ENG 3140-3142A Topics in the Literature of Women
ENG 3143-3145A Topic in African-American Literature
ENG 3146-3148A Topics in the Literatures of Diversity
ENG 3159A Literary Criticism
ENG 4106-4108A Period and Genres in Literature
ENG 4164-4166A Themes in Literature
ENG 4180-4184A Seminars in American Literature
ENG 4185-4189A Seminars in British Literature

Semester 8
Select one literature course numbered 3100 or higher from those listed under Semester 7.

*Strongly recommended.
**Students must take three credits of Shakespeare in either the Fall or Spring terms.

B.A. in English – Creative Writing Track

Major Requirements 45 credits

ENG 2033A2034A English Literature I, II or
ENG 2041A2042A American Literature I, II 6
ENG 2053A Art of the Novel or
ENG 2055A Art of Poetry or
ENG 2057A Art of Drama 3
ENG 3103A Shakespeare Comedies & Histories or
ENG 3104A Shakespeare Tragedies 3
ENG Two Literature Courses 3100 or above 6
ENG 2030A Literary Argument and Analysis 3
ENG 2071A Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 4090A Project Seminar in Creative Writing 3

Four courses chosen from the following: 12 credits

ENG 2066A Newswriting and Reporting 3
ENG 2072A Writing for Children 3
ENG 2073A Short Story Workshop 3
ENG 2074A Poetry Workshop 3
ENG 2075A Playwriting 3
ENG 2076A Nonfiction Writing Workshop 3
ENG 2077A Film Writing 3
ENG 2078A Writing for Television 3
Foreign Language (six credits in the same language, not including American Sign Language) 6

B.A. in English – Secondary English Education Track

Major Requirements 36 credits

Survey Courses: 9 credits

Select three of the following four courses:
ENG 2033A English Literature I 3
ENG 2034A English Literature II 3
ENG 2041A American Literature I 3
ENG 2042A American Literature II 3

Writing Courses: 9 credits

ENG 2030A Composition and Technology Workshop 3
ENG 2017A Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Select one of the following courses:
ENG 2010A Composition Workshop or
ENG 2071A Introduction to Creative Writing 3

Genre Courses: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:
ENG 2053A Art of the Novel or 3
ENG 2055A Art of Poetry or 3
ENG 2057A Art of the Drama 3

Period Courses: 6 credits

Select two of the following courses:
ENG 3101A Age of Chaucer 3
ENG 3102A Medieval Literature 3
ENG 3105A Renaissance English Poetry 3
ENG 3106A 18th Century English Literature 3
ENG 3109A English Romantic Movement I 3
ENG 3110A English Romantic Movement II 3
ENG 3111A Early British Novel 3
ENG 3112A Modern British Novel 3
ENG 3114A The Gothic Novel – History and Heritage 3
ENG 3121A 19th Century American Prose 3
ENG 3122A American Fiction since 1900 3
ENG 3127A Early American Poetry 3
ENG 3128A Modern American Poetry 3
ENG 3130A Modern British Poetry 3

Shakespeare Courses: 3 credits

Select one from the two following courses:
ENG 3103A Comedies and Histories of Shakespeare 3
ENG 3104A Tragedies of Shakespeare 3

Literatures of Diversity: 6 credits

Select two of the following four courses:
ENG 3113A Topics in Post-Colonial Fiction 3
ENG 3140-3142A Topics in the Literature of Women 3 each
ENG 3143-3145A Topics in African-American Literature 3 each
ENG 3146-3148A Topics in the Literatures of Diversity 3 each

Total: 123-132 credits

Suggested Sequence of Major Requirements for the Secondary English Education Track
Semester 1

ENG 1001A Principles of Writing 3
ENG 2070A History of the English Language 3

Semester 2

ENG 2010A Composition Workshop or
ENG 2071A Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 2030A Literary Argument and Analysis 3

Semester 3

ENG 2033A English Literature I or
ENG 2041A American Literature I 3

Semester 4

ENG 2034A English Literature II 3
ENG 2042A American Literature II 3
or
ENG 2034A English Literature II or
ENG 2042A American Literature II 3
ENG Genre Course 3

Semester 5

ENG Shakespeare* (ENG 3103A recommended) 3

Semester 6

ENG Shakespeare* (ENG 3104A recommended) 3
ENG Literature Period Course 3

Semester 7

ENG Literatures of Diversity Course 3

Semester 8

ENG Literatures of Diversity Course 3

*Students must take three credits of Shakespeare in either the Fall or Spring terms.

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