English Major

College of Arts and Humanities - Department of English

 

The English Department offers a wide-range program of poetry, prose, drama, film, linguistics, writing, and journalism for majors and non-majors alike. This program is designed to help students develop increased skills in reading, writing, and analytical thinking; greater appreciation of literature; and deeper understanding of the relationship between literature and race, gender, culture, history, and our shared humanity.

 

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain I-B (Humanities) is satisfied through the completion of the English major.

 

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.

 

Placement Testing

Each incoming student must take placement examinations in writing, mathematics, and reading, which are administered prior to orientation for new students. Information regarding Placement Testing dates and times may be found at http://www.framingham.edu/studentaffairs/placement.htm. Contact the Office of First Year Programs located in the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) for reservations.

Writing Code Interpretation:

Code    Explanation

1      May not take a college level writing course at Framingham State University.

2      Must complete ENGL 100 Introduction to College Writing before enrolling in ENGL 110 Expository Writing.

3      May register for ENGL 110 Expository Writing, which meets the University’s general education writing requirement. A Reading Code of 2 is also required to register for ENGL 110.

4      Completed ENGL 100 Introduction to College Writing.

5      Transfer coursework accepted.

NOTE: During the Course Add/Drop period, First-Year First-Time students cannot drop ENGL 100 Introduction to College Writing or ENGL 110 Expository Writing unless a completed Course Override form is presented to the Office of the Registrar. The form must include instructor signatures and permission to enroll in a different section of the same course.

 

Reading Code Interpretation:

Code    Explanation

1      Indicates student must retest and is not eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing.

2      Indicates student may enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing if Writing Placement score is equal to 3 or higher.

3      Indicates student has completed remedial coursework and may enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing.

4      Indicates two or more credit bearing courses have been accepted in transfer and student may enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing.

 

Departmental Requirements for English Major (UENG)

Principal courses, twelve (12) required, as follows:

Major Core:

  • ENGL 204 Literary Study        

(Students permitted by the Department Chair to waive this requirement must take ENGL 333 Critical Writing.)

One (1) of the following writing or journalism courses:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 283 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 287 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 288 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 410 Seminar in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 411 Seminar in Prose Writing

Literature Group A (Early British): One (1) course from the following:

  • ENGL 220 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 251 British Literature I: Old English to 1680
  • ENGL 313 Medieval and Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 314 English Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 317 Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENGL 407 Chaucer

Literature Group B (Modern British): One (1) course from the following:

  • ENGL 255 British Literature II: 1680 to 1890
  • ENGL 232 Irish Literature
  • ENGL 318 British Romanticism
  • ENGL 321 Rise and Establishment of the English Novel
  • ENGL 322 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • ENGL 330 Victorian Period
  • ENGL 374 Modern British and American Poetry (may be used for Group B or C but not both)
  • ENGL 381 Contemporary Irish Literature

Literature Group C (American): Two (2) courses in American literature:

  • ENGL 243 American Short Story
  • ENGL 260 American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 261 American Writers I
  • ENGL 262 American Writers II
  • ENGL 264 African American Literature
  • ENGL 353 Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost
  • ENGL 365 American Romanticism
  • ENGL 368 American Realism and Naturalism
  • ENGL 370 Studies in American Literature
  • ENGL 373 Modern American Fiction
  • ENGL 374 Modern British and American Poetry (may be used for Group B or C but not both)
  • ENGL 383 Contemporary American Literature

Literature Group D: One (1) course from Non-United States and Non-British Literature to 1900:

  • ENGL 202 Comparative Mythology
  • ENGL 265 Western Literature: Origins to the Renaissance
  • ENGL 266 Western Literature: Renaissance to the Present
  • ENGL 271 Development of the Drama
  • ENGL 319 The Nineteenth-Century European Novel              
  • ENGL 345 Studies in the Bible as Literature

Literature Group E: One (1) course from Non-United States and Non-British Literature after 1900:

  • ENGL 203 Contemporary Global Literature
  • ENGL 277 Gender in Contemporary Global Literature
  • ENGL 342 Modern Drama
  • ENGL 361 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 362 Russian Literature in Translation
  • ENGL 376 The Twentieth-Century Novel
  • ENGL 382 Contemporary European Literature

 Capstone course:

  • ENGL 422 Seminar in Literature

 Other Courses (to total twelve) from above or from the following areas:

  • ENGL 201 Mythology and Folklore
  • ENGL 206 Film and Literature
  • ENGL 207 The Language of Film
  • ENGL 208 Film Genres
  • ENGL 209 Film History: 1895 to 1960
  • ENGL 229 Film History: 1960 to Present
  • ENGL 234 Global Cinema
  • ENGL 250 Literature and Gender
  • ENGL 297 English Grammar: A Structural Analysis
  • ENGL 325 Studies in Film
  • ENGL 375 Studies in British Literature
  • ENGL 390 Studies in Genre
  • ENGL 401 The English Language
  • ENGL 490 Independent Study in English

One Children’s Literature course chosen from the following (only one course in this area may be counted toward the 12 courses required for the major):

  • ENGL 212 Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 217 The History of Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 219 Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 399 Current Trends in Children’s Literature

All English majors must take four (4) literature courses at the 300- or 400-level in addition to ENGL 422 Seminar in Literature. One of the four (4) courses may be a 300-level film course. Children’s literature courses do not satisfy this requirement. Students should focus on 300- and 400-level courses in the junior and senior years.

 

Foreign Language Requirement:

Minimum of elementary knowledge of one foreign language required (0-2 courses). The Elementary Level may be met in one of several ways: 1) completion of a college-level Elementary II or above language course; 2) placement test score of 65 or higher; 3) waiver from the Chair of the Modern Language Department if high school academic language is other than English (usually applies to international students); achievement of Level 4 in a single language in high school.

 

CONCENTRATIONS

 

Concentration in Children's & Young Adult Literature (UENL)

Minimum of 15 courses, as follows:

Twelve (12) required courses for the major, plus four (4) of the following:

  • ENGL 212 Children's Literature
  • ENGL 217 The History of Children's Literature
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 329 Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 399 Current Trends in Children's Literature

Note: No more than one of these courses may be used to fulfill both the requirement of twelve courses in English and four courses for this concentration.

Concentration in Creative Writing (UENC)

Minimum of 15 courses, as follows:

Twelve (12) required courses for the major, plus four (4) of the following:

  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 283 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 288 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 410 Seminar in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 411 Seminar in Prose Writing

Note: No more than one of these courses may be used to fulfill both the requirement of twelve courses in English and four courses for this concentration.

 

Concentration in Journalism (UENJ)

Minimum of 15 courses as follows:

Twelve (12) required courses for the major, plus the following four (4):

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 331 News Writing

One (1) of the following:

  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 481 Editorial Workshop in Journalism or
    • ENGL 496 Internship in Journalism

Capstone (whichever one was not taken above):

  • ENGL 481 Editorial Workshop in Journalism or
    • ENGL 496 Internship in Journalism

Note: One of the above courses, except for the internships, may be used to fulfill the requirements of both the twelve courses in English and the four courses for this concentration.

 

Concentration in Film Studies (UENF)

Minimum of 15 courses, as follows:

Twelve (12) required courses for the major, plus four (4) of the following:

  • ENGL 206 Film and Literature
  • ENGL 207 The Language of Film
  • ENGL 208 Film Genres
  • ENGL 209 Film History: 1895 to 1960
  • ENGL 229 Film History: 1960 to Present
  • ENGL 234 Global Cinema
  • ENGL 325 Studies in Film       

Note: No more than one of these courses may be used to fulfill both the requirement of twelve courses in English and four courses for this concentration.

 

Concentration in Professional Writing (UENP)

Minimum of 15 courses as follows:

Twelve (12) required courses for the major, plus four (4) professional writing courses:

  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing or
    • ENGL 372 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 495 Internship in English

One additional writing course from the following:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 287 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 372 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 495 Internship in English

Note: No more than one of these courses may be used to fulfill both the requirement of twelve courses in English and three courses for this concentration. Eligible students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 495 Internship in English as one of their professional writing courses.

 

Concentration in Writing (UENW)

Minimum of 15 courses, as follows:

Twelve (12) required courses for the major, plus four (4) of the following:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 283 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 288 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 372 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 410 Seminar in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 411 Seminar in Prose Writing
  • ENGL 481 Editorial Workshop in Journalism
  • ENGL 495 Internship in English
  • ENGL 496 Internship in Journalism

Note: No more than one of these courses may be used to fulfill both the requirement of twelve courses in English and four courses for this concentration.


Concentration in Teaching with Required Minor in Secondary Education (UENT) (Initial Licensure)

English major requirements (12 courses) as follows:

  • ENGL 204 Literary Study
  • ENGL 251 British Literature I: Old English to 1680 (Group A)
  • ENGL 255 British Literature II: 1680 to 1890 (Group B)
  • Two courses from Group C
  • One course from Group D
  • One course from Group E
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 401 The English Language
  • ENGL 422 Seminar in Literature
  • Two (2) English electives

Required for Teaching High School or Middle School Level*:

  • COMM 107 Effective Speaking or
    • COMM 115 Introduction to Speech Communication
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

*Note: These courses may be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

Education Minor Requirements:

High School:

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDUC 300 Professional Preparation II: Special Needs and Educational Technology
  • EDUC 315 Professional Preparation and Field Study II - General and Discipline-Specific Methods for High School
  • EDUC 410 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I - High School (Two Course-Credits)
  • EDUC 411 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar II - High School (Two Course-Credits)

Middle School:

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDUC 300 Professional Preparation II: Special Needs and Educational Technology
  • EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II - General and Discipline-Specific Methods for Middle School (2 Course-credits)
  • EDUC 414 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I - Middle School (2 Course-credits)
  • EDUC 415 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar II - Middle School (2 Course-credits)

See Education Department section on the catalog for further information on teacher education.

 

 

Coordinate Education Major with Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies: Specialization in Language Arts (UIDE)

(Home Department-English)

The English Department sponsors the Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies in Language Arts for students seeking licensure at the early childhood or elementary level. For more specific information, refer to the Education section of the catalog.