Students who major in English will undertake a course of study designed to develop knowledge in literary trends, themes, and genres as well as skills in critical interpretation and written communication. In advanced courses, students will investigate the structure, style, intellectual content, historical significance, and cultural context of the literature produced in Great Britain and the United States as well as Anglophone literature from around the world. This extensive textual study will foster appreciation of diverse cultural values and of the means by which culture is transmitted through language.
The English faculty has designed the curriculum in the firm belief that acquiring
cultural knowledge and strengthening skills in research, analysis, and communication are not only intellectually rewarding but also valuable to students with a variety of goals, such as pursuing graduate degrees in English literature and language; teaching English in secondary schools or in foreign countries; pursuing careers in professions such as law, medicine, technology, or business; working in any field for which cultural awareness and strong analytical, interpretive, research, and writing skills are desired.
Students majoring in other disciplines may choose to minor in English. Although not as extensive as the major curriculum, the minor will also develop cultural knowledge and critical communication skills that complement a student’s work in any of the other academic majors in the University.
During their course of study at Roosevelt University, our English majors:
Major in English Literature leading to a BA degree
The major consists of 13 courses in English literature: seven core courses and six electives. Five of the core courses, ENG 210, 211, 212, 213, and 215/207, have a prerequisite of ENG 101 and thus may be taken by second-semester freshmen. The two required courses in analytical interpretation (ENG 220 & 221) have a prerequisite of ENG 102. Of the electives, five must be at the 300 level, all of which have a pre-requisite of Introduction to Literary Analysis (ENG 220). Texts and Contexts (ENG 221),although not a pre-requisite, is strongly recommended before undertaking 300-level electives. Transfer students must complete at least five 300-level English courses at Roosevelt.
Electives should be chosen in close consultation with an advisor to devise a program that both satisfies the student’s interests and involves sufficient breadth. For students whose expository writing would profit from additional practice, an advisor may also strongly recommend or require English 222.
Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in the major, and must earn grades of C- or higher in all major coursework.
Students interested in this concentration follow a curriculum that complements the study of literature with four workshops that provide exposure to and further practice in a variety of genres in creative writing.
In literature, students concentrating in Creative Writing take two of the four survey courses (Eng 210, 211, 212, 213); ENG 207 or 215; ENG 220; ENG 221; and four 300-level literature electives. The creative writing workshops include a multi-genre introductory course (ENG 153), at least two of three genre courses (ENG 250, 251, 252), and the Creative Writing Capstone course (ENG 303), in which students assemble and revise a portfolio of their best work.
These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:
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