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Majors and Minors
Faculty and professional interests
Monica Berlin, chair
Creative writing, poetry, creative nonfiction, contemporary and 21st century literature
Robin Metz, Director, Program in Creative Writing
Creative writing, modern and contemporary literature, Hemingway, Woolf, Beckett, multidisciplinary arts, environmental literature and arts
Enlightenment literature, Romantic literature, Victorian prose, literary theory, film studies
U.S. literature, U.S. ethnic literature, Modernism, literature and medicine
Renaissance literature, Shakespeare
Creative writing, British Romantic poetry and prose, Victorian literature, modern and contemporary American poetry, Chicana/Chicano writing, translation
Creative writing, modern and contemporary poetry, creative non-fiction, prosody
Shakespeare, Renaissance literature and culture, early modern literature and gender studies, Chaucer, literary theory, fairy tale
Creative writing, modern and contemporary literature
Modern and contemporary literature, Woolf, postcolonial literature, Jewish literature, poetry, creative writing
Creative writing, modern and contemporary fiction
American literature, literary theory, film studies
Creative writing, fiction, creative non-fiction, children's and young adult literature
Robert R. Hellenga
Distinguished Affiliated Scholar
Cooperating faculty from other programs
Neil Blackadder, Theatre
John Haslem, Center for Teaching and Learning
Frederick Hord, Africana Studies
Paul Marasa, TRIO Achievement Program
Elizabeth Carlin Metz, Theatre
Magali Roy-Féquière, Gender and Women's Studies
The study of literature and writing is essential to a liberal arts education. Introductory courses in the English department, with their emphasis on analytical skills, close reading, and literary theory, prepare students to become active interpreters of the world rather than passive consumers of the interpretations of others. Period courses offer students an opportunity to look at the world through other eyes, to imagine their way into modes of thought and understanding very different from those of our own age. Courses in modern and contemporary literature help students articulate and clarify their own responses to the world in which they live. Creative writing courses and workshops challenge students to investigate and explore their place in literary traditions. Skills that are emphasized in all these courses— interpretation, analysis, the ability to look at the world from different perspectives, the ability to articulate feelings and ideas clearly and forcefully—are becoming increasingly rare, and therefore increasingly valuable.
The departmental courses are supported by (a) multiple venues for recognizing outstanding student work, including Catch, a national award-winning literary and art journal devoted to student work, edited by students and published twice a year; the "Milk Route," senior majors' reading series; literature majors' "senior symposium," and the Caxton Club, which provides a similar forum for visiting scholars and writers and for faculty in English; (b) strong library holdings, including the Hughes Collection of works by Ernest Hemingway and the Lost Generation; and (c) a long tradition (strengthened by the creation of the John and Elaine Fellowes Fund for English Literature and Writing) of bringing to campus scholars and writers of the first rank, including several U.S. poet laureates.
Students may major or minor in either literature or creative writing.
The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:
Departmental Learning Goals
Students completing a major in English Literature will be able to:
Students completing a major in Creative Writing will be able to explore and to demonstrate an understanding of the creative process through:
Requirements for the Creative Writing major
12 credits as follows
Requirements for the Literature major
12 credits as follows:
No individual course may satisfy more than one major requirement.
Students may combine a major in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing as long as no more than two courses are used simultaneously for the two programs.
Students intending to pursue graduate work in English should consult with their advisor regarding suggested courses for graduate school preparation.
Requirements for the Creative Writing minor
6 credits as follows:
Requirements for the English Literature minor
6 credits as follows:
*Courses currently approved in the category of underrepresented or non-English literature: AFST: 206, 220, 227, 233, 234, 235, 240, 335, 383; AMST: 227, 243 ASIA: 220, 221, 225, 263, 363, 370; CLAS: 203, 273; ENG: 205, 242, 245 (and cross-listed offerings in other departments) FILM: 225, 227, 240, 309, 337 FREN: 214, 215, 220, 240, 304, 305, 309, 311, 313, 316, 318, 319, 330; GERM: 202, 302, 317, 326, 328, 331/331E, 332, 334, 337; GRK: 212,213,215-218, 270, 370; GWST: 206, 221, 222, 235, 238, 325, 332, 383; JAPN: 263, 302E, 363; LAST 235, 238, 240, 305, 306, 335; LAT 212,213,215-218, 270, 370; SPAN: 235, 301, 302, 305-309, 322, 330, 335; THTR: 351, 352, 353, 383
Students can petition the Chair of the English Department for possible substitutions when special, one-time offerings that focus on non-English Literature or Under-represented Literature are available. Inquiries should be made before the course begins.
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