English

English: Writing and Literature

Great writers do more than craft polished sentences. They are storytellers with the ability to draw readers into the heart of complex characters and conflicts.

Great writers are also ardent readers who are instructed and inspired by where literature has been-and where it is going. As a writing and literature major at Emmanuel College, you will analyze the creative form and historical context of literary works and apply learned techniques to your own writing.

Major Requirements

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in English Writing and Literature

1. Rhetorical Knowledge (one course)
Students study rhetoric as the foundation of English studies and learn how to read and interpret a variety of texts as persuasive messages.

  • ENGL1205 Introduction to Literary Methods

2. British Literature (one course)

  • ENGL2101 English Literature I
  • ENGL2102 English Literature II
  • ENGL2106 Irish Identities: Literature and Culture
  • ENGL2321 Love and Gender in British Literature and Film 
  • ENGL2402 Shakespeare: Tragedies, Comedies, Histories and Romances
  • ENGL2406 The Rise of the British Novel
  • ENGL2408 The Modern British Novel: Empire and After

3. American Literature (one course)

  • ENGL2303 The Modern American Novel
  • ENGL2304 American Voices I: U.S. Literature to 1865
  • ENGL2309 The Haves and the Have- Nots: American Authors on Money, Class and Power
  • ENGL2413 African American Literature: A Tradition of Resistance
  • ENGL2604 American Voices II: U.S. Literature Since 1865
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture

4. 2000-level or above English department literature offering (one course)

5. 2000-level English department core writing course (one course)

  • ENGL2504 Prose Writing

6. 2000-level or above English department writing course (one course)

  • ENGL2501 Journalism
  • ENGL2506 Poetry Writing
  • ENGL2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL2521 Public Relations and Persuasion
  • ENGL3405 Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine
  • ENGL3501 Writing for Electronic Media
  • ENGL3506 Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL3801 Feature Writing

7. 3000-level or above English department literature offering (one course)

  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL3305 Satire
  • ENGL3309 Characters of the Long 18th Century
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture
  • ENGL3701 Media Theory
  • ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy
  • ENGL3991/ENGL3992 Special Topics I or II
  • ENGL4178 Directed Study

8. 3000-level English department writing workshop (one course)

  • ENGL3504 Advanced Prose Writing

9. 3000-level or above English department writing course (one course)

  • ENGL3501 Writing for Electronic Media
  • ENGL3801 Feature Writing
  • ENGL3804 Critical Approaches to Organizational Communication
  • ENGL4994-4995 Internship I or II
  • PERF3122 Playwriting

10. Capstone Experience (one course)

  • ENGL4160 Writing Seminar

Students in the Writing and Literature program are strongly encouraged to consider doing an internship in addition to the 10-course requirement.

Minor Requirements

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Writing

The following courses are required for the writing minor:

  • ENGL1205 Introduction to Literary Methods
  • ENGL2504 Prose Writing

Any two of the following courses:

  • ENGL2501 Journalism
  • ENGL2506 Poetry Writing
  • ENGL2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL2521 Public Relations and Persuasion

One of the following:

  • ENGL3501 Writing for Electronic Media
  • ENGL3504 Advanced Prose Writing
  • ENGL3801 Feature Writing

The writing minor is available to all Emmanuel College students except for literature majors.

Learning Goals + Outcomes

The English Department prepares students to contribute to scholarly and popular discourses through mastery of the following five goals:

  • Expertise in "close reading" of texts. Students will be able to analyze the form, content, and cultural meanings of works of literature and a wide array of other forms of communication and cultural expressions.
  • Ability to analyze texts in context. Students will be able to understand texts in relation to a variety of contexts, including historical moments, as well as literary, cultural, and theoretical traditions.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research on complex subjects.
  • Ability to write clear, polished, and persuasive prose.
  • Ability to present ideas effectively through persuasive oral communication.