Students intending to major should take at least four ENG courses before the end of the sophomore year. The genre courses (ENG 2250, 2251, 2252), are highly recommended at this stage; any of the British Literature or American Literature survey courses (ENG 3310, 3311, 3320, 3321) would also serve. Students should apply for admission to the major in the spring semester of the sophomore year. A minimum College of St. Scholastica cumulative grade point average of 2.7 is required for acceptance.
Although the English major (without teaching licensure) allows considerable freedom in choosing courses, students should consult carefully with their advisors. Advisors can help students shape their programs to fit career goals-for example, to develop a deep literary background in preparation for graduate study in English, to develop writing, reading and analytical thinking skills in preparation for law school, or to develop communication skills in conjunction with courses in communication or management in preparation for a career in business or government.
Students planning to use the English major as preparation for professional graduate programs (for example, in law, journalism or library science) may wish to seek advice from English faculty members and others. The College's pre-law advisor is James Crane, a member of the English Department.
The student must plan to take courses in the areas listed below. Courses marked with an * are required by the English Department in order to meet ENG standards and the licensure requirements of the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Interested students should also see the Secondary Education licensure program requirements published by the Education Department.
ENG 1105, 1110 and ICE 1110-1111 do not count among the 40 ENG credits required for this major. Also, the following courses--ENG 4440, EDM and the CTA courses are required for licensure but do not count toward the 10 course (40 credit) total required for the English major. These requirements are subject to change.
Composition: *ENG 3300 or 3301. Students must complete ENG 1110, CTA 1102 or ICE 1110-1111 (transfer students, ENG 1105) prior to admission to the major. Students must have knowledge of traditional grammar terminology and its application prior to registering for student teaching.