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

0.0                 Writing placement test required.

1.0                 Student is not eligible for ENGL 100 Introduction to College Writing. Student must submit a portfolio or successfully complete a remedial writing at another institution.

2.1                 Student must enroll in and successfully complete ENWR 100 Introduction to College Writing with co-requisite writing studio (ENWR 10S) before being eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing.

 

2.3 (or 2.0)    Student must enroll in and successfully complete ENGL 100 Introduction to College Writing before being eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing.

3.0                 Student is eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing.

4.0                 Student is eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing. Student has successfully completed non-credit preparatory coursework at another institution.

5.0                 Student is eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 Expository Writing. Student has been awarded transfer credit equivalent to ENGL 100 Introduction to College Writing.

9.0                 Equivalent of ENGL 110 Expository Writing has been accepted in transfer.


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.

 

 

Departmental Requirements for English Major (UENG)

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

Major Core (8 courses):

  • ENGL 204 Literary Study        

(Students permitted by the Department Chair to waive this requirement must take ENGL 333 Critical 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 375 Studies in British Literature through 1680
  • ENGL 407 Chaucer

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

  • ENGL 232 Irish Literature
  • ENGL 255 British Literature II: 1680 to 1890
  • 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 355 British Fiction since 1945
  • ENGL 381 Contemporary Irish Literature
  • ENGL 386 Studies in British Literature after 1680
  • ENGL 389 Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

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

  • ENGL 243 American Short Story
  • ENGL 248 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL 260 American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 261 American Writers I
  • ENGL 262 American Writers II
  • ENGL 263 African American Women Writers
  • ENGL 264 African American Literature
  • ENGL 275 Contemporary Latinx Literature
  • ENGL 347 Modern American Poetry
  • ENGL 353 Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost
  • ENGL 365 American Romanticism
  • ENGL 366 Contemporary African American Poetry
  • ENGL 368 American Realism and Naturalism
  • ENGL 370 Studies in American Literature
  • ENGL 373 Modern American Fiction
  • ENGL 383 Contemporary American Literature
  • ENGL 384 Contemporary American Poetry
  • ENGL 397 Studies in African 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
  • ENGL 378 Studies in World Literature through 1900

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 326 The Novel and the World
  • 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
  • ENGL 398 Studies in World Literature after 1900

 Capstone course:

  • ENGL 422 Seminar in Literature

NOTE: 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, as may ENGL 320 Young Adult Literature. Other children’s literature courses do not satisfy this requirement. Students should focus on 300- and 400-level courses in the junior/senior years.

World Language Requirement:

Minimum of elementary knowledge of one world 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) language placement test score of 65 or higher; 3) waiver from the Chair of the World Languages 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.

Completion of English Major Requirements

For the major in English, in addition to the eight (8) major core courses, students must complete either the following four (4) course requirements (UENG) or may alternatively choose a specific Concentration to complete.

Required Writing or Journalism Elective:

Choose one (1) of the following writing or journalism courses:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 338 Grant Writing
  • ENGL 349 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 363 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 387 Life Writing
  • ENGL 411 Creative Writing Seminar in Prose
  • ENGL 413 Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry

Required English Electives:

       Choose three (3) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

CONCENTRATIONS

Concentration in African American Literature (UENA)

Students must complete the eight (8) major core courses and the following six (6) required courses:

Concentration Courses:

Concentration core course:

  • ENGL 264 African American Literature

Choose three (3) from the following courses:

  • ENGL 246 African American Film
  • ENGL 248 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL 263 African American Women Writers
  • ENGL 366 Contemporary African American Poetry
  • ENGL 397 Studies in African American Literature  

Required Writing or Journalism Elective (1):

Choose one (1) of the following writing or journalism courses:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 338 Grant Writing
  • ENGL 349 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 363 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 387 Life Writing
  • ENGL 411 Creative Writing Seminar in Prose
  • ENGL 413 Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry

 

Required English Electives:

Choose three (3) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 

 

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

Students must complete the eight (8) major core courses and the following six (6) required courses:

Concentration Courses:

Choose four (4) from the following courses:

  • ENGL 212 Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 217 The History of Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 320 Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 399 Current Trends in Children’s Literature

Required Writing or Journalism Elective (1):

Choose one (1) of the following writing or journalism courses:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 338 Grant Writing
  • ENGL 349 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 363 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 387 Life Writing
  • ENGL 411 Creative Writing Seminar in Prose
  • ENGL 413 Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry

Required English Electives:

Choose three (3) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 

 

Concentration in Creative Writing (UENC)

Students must complete the eight (8) major core courses and the following six (6) required courses:

Concentration Courses:

Choose One (1) from the following:

  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Choose Two (2) from the following:

  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 349 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 363 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 387 Life Writing

Choose One (1) of the following:

  • ENGL 411 Creative Writing Seminar in Prose *
  • ENGL 413 Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry **

Required English Electives:

Choose three (3) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 

 

 

Concentration in Film Studies (UENF)

Students must complete the eight (8) major core courses and the following six (6) required courses:

Concentration Courses:

Choose four (4) from the following courses:

  • 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    

Required Writing or Journalism Elective:

Choose one (1) of the following writing or journalism courses:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 338 Grant Writing
  • ENGL 349 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 363 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 387 Life Writing
  • ENGL 411 Creative Writing Seminar in Prose
  • ENGL 413 Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry

Required English Electives:

Choose three (3) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 

 

Concentration in Journalism (UENJ)

Students must complete the eight (8) major core courses and the following six (6) required courses:

Concentration Courses:

Concentration core courses:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 331 News Writing

Choose one (1) course from 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 (not taken above):

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

Required English Electives:

Choose two (2) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 

 

Concentration in Professional Writing (UENP)

Students must complete the eight (8) major core courses and the following six (6) required courses:

Concentration Courses:

Concentration core courses:

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

Choose one (1) additional writing course from the following:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 338 Grant Writing
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 372 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 495 Internship in English

Required English Electives:

Choose two (2) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 

 

Concentration in Writing (UENW)

Students must complete the eight (8) major core courses and the following six (6) required courses:

Concentration Courses:

Choose four (4) from the following courses:

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 300 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 338 Grant Writing
  • ENGL 349 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 363 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 372 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media
  • ENGL 387 Life Writing
  • ENGL 411 Creative Writing Seminar in Prose 
  • ENGL 413 Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry
  • ENGL 481 Editorial Workshop in Journalism
  • ENGL 495 Internship in English
  • ENGL 496 Internship in Journalism

 Required English Electives:

Choose two (2) additional English electives, two (2) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 

 

Concentration in Teaching and Minor in Secondary Education (UENT)
(Initial Licensure)

Specified Major Core courses (8 courses):

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

Concentration core courses (5 courses):

  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing
  • ENGL 401 The English Language

Choose two (2) additional English electives, one (1) of which must be at the 200-level or above, from the department:

  • Students may use a 100-level ENGL Literature course for this requirement only if the course was taken prior to the student’s junior year.

 Required course for Secondary Education Licensure:

  • COMM 107 Effective Speaking or
  • COMM 115 Human Communication

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

Completion of second semester intermediate foreign language or equivalent

Secondary Education Minor Requirements for Teacher of English 5-12:

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDIL 302 Secondary Methods with Field Study II: Special Needs and Educational Technology
  • EDIL 321 Secondary Methods with Field Study II: English 5-12
  • EDPS 421A Secondary Professional Practicum A: English 5-12 (2 course-credits)
  • EDPS 421B Secondary Professional Practicum B: English 5-12 (2 course-credits)
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

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

 

Coordinate Major in Early Childhood or Elementary Education with English

The Department of English sponsors two programs for students pursuing licensure in early childhood or elementary education. One is the Interdisciplinary Studies program in Language Arts, as described in the Education section of this catalog. A second option is a major in English, combined with the Coordinate Major in Education, as outlined below.

Students must satisfy the general education requirements, the English major requirement of twelve (12) courses plus the world language requirement, and the early childhood or elementary education requirement of six (6) courses plus the professional semester. With careful planning, students may complete this program within 32 course-credits.

Choose A or B

  1. Early Childhood Education (UECC) (Pre-K - Grade 2 Licensure)
  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDUC 320 The Young Child: Emergent Literacy with Field Study II
  • EDUC 374 Early Childhood Curriculum: Mathematics and Science
    with Field Study III
  • EDUC 376 Early Childhood Curriculum: Reading, Social Studies,
    and Special Needs
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

The Professional Semester (four course-credits):

  • EDUC 431 Early Childhood Professional Practicum A (2 course-credits)
  • EDUC 432 Early Childhood Professional Practicum B (2 course-credits)
  1. Elementary Education (UELC) (Grades 1 - 6 Licensure)
  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy with Field Study II
  • EDUC 341 Elementary Curriculum: Mathematics with Field Study III
  • EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum: Science, Social Studies, and Special Needs
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

The Professional Semester (four course-credits):

  • EDUC 437 Elementary Professional Practicum A (2 course-credits)
  • EDUC 438 Elementary Professional Practicum B (2 course-credits)

 

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.

 

Effective as of the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog