The English major prepares a student to think with imagination and precision, and to express herself, in writing and in speech, with clarity and grace. Fulfilling the major requirements will produce a familiarity with methods of literary criticism and research, knowledge of the canons of English and American literature and alternatives to these canons, and identification of themes, genres and texts that reflect individual interest.
Senior English majors who have a cumulative index of 3.5 in English courses will be awarded departmental honors upon graduation. The English Prize will be awarded annually to the senior judged to have written the best English Thesis.
Professional Studies in Education: English
English majors often pursue New York State teacher certification to teach on the high school or middle school levels. Additional programs available to students in this department include childhood education (Grades 1-6), early childhood education, and education of students with disabilities. Specific course work for each of these programs is outlined in the Education section of this catalog. Students working in the Education program should consult closely with their advisers in English and Education.
English majors pursuing secondary level teacher education must complete ENG 171 - Masterpieces of World Literature , ENG 111 - Survey of American Literature I and ENG 112 - Survey of American Literature II and ENG 118 - Survey of Adolescent Literature .