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English Department

The English program fuses liberal arts and professional preparation to serve the needs of students and nurture a community of learners. We offer lively courses and a flexible program that helps students to discover talents and to develop valuable skills. The English faculty provides English majors with a critical understanding of literature, of the development of the English language, and of writing in professional and scholarly situations. Majors learn how to read a text critically and how to respond strategically in writing. In addition, majors learn that writing and reading are essential ways to explore history, culture, and the human condition.

Businesses, governmental organizations, and not-for-profit agencies expect employees to have strong analytical and communication skills. Accordingly, an English major helps a person to develop abilities that are integral to achieving a fulfilling professional and personal life. In addition to business, education, the arts, public relations, and governmental work, St. Scholastica English majors enter law school, a variety of graduate programs, and even medical school. They teach elementary, middle, and high school students. And, most importantly, they read and write.

Chair: Ryan Vine, MFA

English major

The English major (without teaching licensure) requires a minimum of 40 credits in English; 24 of those credits must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. Majors should have successfully completed or been exempted from ENG 1110; this course does not count among the 40 English credits required for this major. Specific requirements include six courses as follows: Introduction to English Studies (ENG 2000), one course from the genre sequence (ENG 2250, 2251, 2252), three courses from the period surveys (ENG 3310, 3311, 3320, 3321), and one course from the advanced writing offerings (ENG 3300, 3301, 3360, 3362, 3364).

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, law, journalism or library science) may wish to seek advice from English faculty members, the College's Pre-Law advisor, and others.

English major with Middle and Secondary School Education

The English major with teaching licensure requires a minimum of 40 credits in English; 24 of those credits must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. 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 English 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 1110 does not count among the 40 English credits required for this major. Also, the following courses - ENG 4440, ENG 4445, EDM 3220 and the CTA courses - are required for licensure but do not count toward the 40-credit total required for the English major. These requirements are subject to change.

Composition: *ENG 3300 or 3301. Students must complete ENG 1110 and CTA 1102 before admission to the major. Students must have knowledge of traditional grammar terminology and its application before registering for student teaching.

Genre: *ENG 2000 (required) and any two courses from the Genre sequence: *ENG 2250, *2251, *2252.

Children/Young Adult Literature: *EDM 3220

American and British Literature: *Any two courses from the period surveys: ENG 3310, 3311, 3320, 3321.

Language Study: *ENG 4430

Teaching Methods: *ENG 4440 and ENG 4445.

Oral Communications: *CTA 1102.

Communications: *CTA 1114, and one of the following: CTA 1107, 2150, 2214, 2205, 3041, 4150, 4420.

English minor

A minor in English requires a minimum of 20 credits in ENG; 8 of those credits must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. Minors must take Introduction to English Studies (ENG 2000) and at least one course from the genre sequence (ENG 2250, 2251, 2252). ENG 1110 does not count toward the English minor.

English departmental policies:

*Admission and application to major: Students intending to major (with or without licensure) should take at least three or four ENG courses before applying. Interested students should begin by taking the genre courses (ENG 2250, 2251, 2252); any of the British Literature or American Literature survey courses (ENG 3310, 3311, 3320, 3321) also would 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. At the time of application, students will write an application to major essay and undertake a departmental interview with English faculty.

*Departmental assessment: In conjunction with their advisor, majors will assist the department in its ongoing assessment by developing a portfolio of their writing from courses. They will submit this portfolio anonymously for departmental review in their senior year and participate in an exit interview with English faculty. This process is for departmental assessment alone and in no way affects an individual's standing in the department or graduation from the College with a major in English.

Departmental outcomes

Students will:

  1. Analyze, evaluate and place in context literary work
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of genres
  3. Demonstrate ability to understand texts from a variety of perspectives
  4. Demonstrate ability in writing to show due regard for audience
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of grammar and mechanics and the conventions of standard English
  6. Articulate understanding of the impact literary study has on his/her personal and professional life