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English, literature and writing specializations (B.A.)

The major in English is designed to acquaint students with the literary heritage of global culture, to deepen their understanding and appreciation of that heritage, and to enhance their ability to communicate effectively by means of the spoken and written word.

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major or minor in English will:

  • Recognize and use with proficiency and skill the tools and methods of literary scholarship;
  • Analyze, interpret and evaluate various forms of literary expression;
  • Promote and foster the creative expression of themes, ideas and principles inherent in the liberal arts tradition;
  • Apply the training in oral and written communication skills to demonstrate mastery of the English language.

The English major provides excellent preparation for careers in education, law, government, library science and business. Each English major must choose an area of specialization and fulfill the course requirements for that area as listed below.

Satisfactory completion of Introduction to Literature (ENG 120), one British or American Literature Survey (ENG 210, 220, 230 or 240) and Advanced Composition and Research (ENG 270) is recommended for all other courses in the major. A grade of C minus or better is required in every English course that is taken by students with an English major or minor.

Literature Specialization

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in English with a specialization in literature will:

  • recognize and identify major literary periods, figures, works, genres and terminology.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the properties that distinguish literature as a form of creative activity.
  • analyze, interpret and evaluate literature in all genres, utilizing a variety of critical approaches to tests.
  • employ the tools and methods of literary scholarship; locate and utilize print and electronic sources, indexes and bibliographies; and use correct and appropriate forms of documentation.
  • apply the history of the English language and the development of fundamental linguistic principles to current usages of Standard American English.

Major Requirements (40 CH total)

  • ENG 120 Introduction to Literature (3 CH) 
  • ENG 210, 220 British Literature  (6 CH)
  • ENG 230, 240 American Literature  (6 CH) 
  • ENG 270 Advanced Composition and Research  (3 CH)
  • ENG 340 Shakespeare  (3 CH)
  • ENG 440 Literary Criticism  (3 CH)
  • ENG 455 The English Language   (4 CH)
  • ENG 345 Development of the Novel  or  ENG 355  19th-Century Novel  or  ENG 365  20th-Century Novel  (3 CH)
  • ENG 495 Special Topics Seminar  (3 CH)
  • and two other literature courses not taken to fulfill the above requirements  (6 CH)

Writing Specialization

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in English with a specialization in writing will:

  • apply theoretical and technical aspects of the craft of writing fiction, poetry and drama.
  • write creatively through fiction, poetry or drama by working from his or her own invention and by utilizing skills developed through practice and observation.
  • apply various rhetorical strategies (audience awareness, organization, style, methods of argument) to the respective needs or practical writing contexts and tasks.
  • employ methods of integrating research into writing and document and attribute sources according to acceptable standards.
  • conduct research for writing and locate and utilize print and electronic sources,  indexes and bibliographies.
  • apply traditional elements of grammar to current usages of Standard American English.
  • evaluate and apply a variety of revision techniques for improving writing clarity.
  • apply the history of the English language and the development of fundamental linguistic principles to current usages of Standard American English.
  • evaluate various modes of communication and the types of media that society promotes and finds of interest, both historically and currently.

Major Requirements (40 CH total)

  • ENG 120 Introduction to Literature  (3 CH) 
  • ENG 260 Business and Technical Writing  (3 CH)
  • ENG 284 Creative Writing: Fiction or ENG 286 Creative Writing: Drama
  • COMM 220 Journalism  (3 CH)

Elective—choose two of the following: (6 CH)

  • ENG  282 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 284 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 286 Creative Writing: Drama
  • COMM 282 Writing for Mass Media

and two of the following: (6 CH)

  • ENG 210 British Literature to Romanticism
  • ENG 220 British Literature 1798 to Present
  • ENG 230 American Literature to 1865
  • ENG 240 American Literature 1865 to Present