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English

Major / Minor Requirements

The English Department offers a program with several kinds of students in mind:

  • students who are satisfying general education requirements,
  • students who want additional courses in composition, literature and creative writing as electives,
  • students who wish to complete a teaching major or minor in English, and 
  • students who wish to major in English.

The English major prepares students for graduate or professional school, or for a career in such fields as publishing, advertising, law, civil service, journalism, public relations and the ministry. Students who major in English at Carthage will develop the ability to think critically and creatively, to write articulately, and to consider problems from a broad range of perspectives. These skills will contribute to their professional and personal lives as informed and effective communicators.

English majors are expected to take advantage of the many opportunities to attend literary programs and performances of plays, including those of the Carthage Theatre Department. As a minimum, majors are encouraged to participate in at least one of the annual fall trips to the Stratford Theatre Festival in Ontario.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

English Major
English Minor
English Major with Creative Writing Emphasis
Creative Writing Minor
English Major with Secondary Education Minor
Elementary Education Major with English Minor
Honors in the Major

English Major

The English Major consists of 40 credits, including the following: 

ENG 1160 Introduction to Literary Studies (4 cr.)
ENG 2010 American Literary Traditions (4 cr.)
ENG 2020 British Literary Traditions I (prior to 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 2030 British Literary Traditions II (after 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 4100 Senior Seminar (4 cr.)

Of the following courses, one must be taken from each category: 

Category I:

ENG 3010 Literature in Its Time I (prior to 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 3110 Shakespeare (4 cr.)
ENG 3150 Special Studies in a Major Author Prior to 1800 (4 cr.)
(English 2020 is a prerequisite to 3010 and 3150).

Category II:

ENG 3020 Literature in Its Time II (after 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 3030 Major Texts in Critical Theory (4 cr.)
ENG 3070 Film and Literature (4 cr.)
ENG 3090 Literature of Diversity (4 cr.)
ENG 3100 Literature and Gender (4 cr.)
ENG 3160 Special Studies in a Major Author After 1800 (4 cr.)

The balance of the 40 credits may be completed by choosing among the department course offerings.

English Minor

The English Minor consists of 24 credits in English, including the following:

ENG 2010 American Literary Traditions (4 cr.)

Choose one:

ENG 1060 Interpreting Literature (4 cr.)
ENG 1160 Introduction to Literary Studies (4 cr.)

Choose one:

ENG 2020 British Literary Traditions I (prior to 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 2030 British Literary Traditions II (after 1800) (4 cr.)

Choose one:

ENG 3110 Shakespeare (4 cr.)
ENG 3150 Special Studies in a Major Author Prior to 1800 (4 cr.)
ENG 3160 Special Studies in a Major Author After 1800 (4 cr.)

The balance of the 24 credits may be completed by choosing among the department course offerings. 

Teaching Licensure

English Major with Secondary Education Minor

Students majoring in English and seeking teaching licensure at the secondary level must include the following among the 40 credits taken within the department:

ENG 2040 The Classical Tradition in Literature (4 cr.)
ENG 2050 Creative Writing OR ENG 2060 Expository Composition (4 cr.)
ENG 3750 History and Structure of the English Language (4 cr.)

In addition, students are required to take EDU 2130 and ENG 4200.

Elementary Education Major with English Minor

Students majoring in elementary education and minoring in English/language arts must include the following among the 24 credits taken within the department:

ENG 1060 Interpreting Literature OR ENG 1160 Introduction to Literary Studies (4 cr.)
ENG 2010 American Literary Traditions (4 cr.)
ENG 2050 Creative Writing OR ENG 2060 Expository Composition (4 cr.)
ENG 2020 British Literary Traditions I (prior to 1800) OR ENG 3110 Shakespeare (4 cr.)
ENG 2030 British Literary Traditions II (after 1800) OR ENG 2040 The Classical Tradition of Literature OR ENG 3750 History and Structure of the English Language (4 cr.)

ENG One English Elective

In addition, students are required to take EDU 2130 Multicultural Children’s and Early Adolescent’s Literature (4 cr.)

Students interested in teaching licenses should contact the Education Department.

The Emphasis in Creative Writing for English Majors

Students majoring in English may also select an emphasis in creative writing. The emphasis is designed for students who wish to combine their literary study with study in the practice of creative writing. Students majoring in English who elect the emphasis in creative writing take 44 credits in the department, including the following required courses:

Core courses:

ENG 1160 Introduction to Literary Studies (4 cr.)
ENG 2010 American Literary Traditions (4 cr.)
ENG 2020 British Literary Traditions I (prior to 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 2030 British Literary Traditions II (after 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 2050 Creative Writing (4 cr.)
ENG 3040 Advanced Writing (4 cr.)
ENG 3140 Literary Genres (4 cr.)
ENG 4100 Senior Seminar (4 cr.)
ENG 4300 Seminar in Creative Writing (4 cr.)

Choose one:

ENG 3010 Literature in Its Time I (prior to 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 3110 Shakespeare (4 cr.)
ENG 3150 Special Studies in a Major Author Prior to 1800 (4 cr.)

Choose one:

ENG 3020 Literature in Its Time II (after 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 3030 Major Texts in Critical Theory (4 cr.)
ENG 3070 Film and Literature (4 cr.)
ENG 3090 Literature and Diversity (4 cr.)
ENG 3100 Literature and Gender (4 cr.)
ENG 3160 Special Studies in a Major Author After 1800 (4 cr.)

Creative Writing Minor for Non-English Majors

Students seeking to minor in creative writing must first pass COR 1100 and 1110 or the equivalent. The minor in creative writing for non-English majors consists of the following 24-credit course of study:

ENG 2010 American Literary Traditions (4 cr.)
ENG 2050 Creative Writing (4 cr.)
ENG 3040 Advanced Writing (4 cr.)
ENG 3140 Literary Genres (4 cr.)
ENG 4300 Seminar in Creative Writing (4 cr.)

Choose one:

ENG 2020 British Literary Traditions I (prior to 1800) (4 cr.)
ENG 2030 British Literary Traditions II (after 1800) (4 cr.)

Honors in the Major

Students interested in pursuing honors in English should consult the department chair for details. Forms for departmental honors are available from the English Department chairperson. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the catalog.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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