The College of St. Scholastica
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Fast Facts: English Major and Minor
Major: 40 credits
Minor: 20 credits
While internships are not required for the English major, a number of students have completed internships at local publications such as New Moon Magazine, The Senior Reporter, Woman Today and the English Department’s own Freshwater Review.
The Freshwater Review is The College of St. Scholastica’s student-run annual journal of literature and art. The Freshwater Review boasts one of the nation’s only fee-free literary contests (The Rose Warner Prizes) and an acceptance rate of less than 3%.
Employers place considerable value on the ability to communicate effectively and to solve problems. Perhaps the most valuable benefit from a degree in English is the versatility it provides for future career paths. Graduates can find employment in such exciting career fields as business, law, public relations, advertising, journalism, education, writing and publishing. Graduates of our program have developed rewarding careers in business, education, law, public relations, advertising, journalism, library-information services, government service, writing and publishing, philanthropy, and even medicine and medical research. CSS English majors have also gone on to pursue graduate study in a variety of disciplines at distinguished institutions across the country and in the United Kingdom.
Become an English teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Learn more.
Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
ENG 2000 - Introduction to English Studies
This seminar offers prospective or recently declared English majors and minors a singular opportunity for discussion with like-minded students. In this required, foundational course, you will be introduced to the skills that characterize literary studies: rigorous close reading of texts in different genres, a critical vocabulary for further work in the field, and familiarity with the major theoretical approaches to literature (New Historicist, feminist, and deconstructivist, for example) as well as the development of their practical applications. You will also learn and employ basic literary research tools. The English Department recommends that you enroll in this required gateway course as a freshman or sophomore. (Please note that this course does not fulfill any of the General Education Pathways.)
ENG 2250 - Introduction to Poetry
Explores the study of theory, forms and techniques of poetry with greatest emphasis on close study of selected poems. The course focuses on the major forms of poetry and the relationship of metaphor, symbol, tone and metrics to meaning.
ENG 2251 - Introduction to Fiction
Surveys celebrated prose fiction in a variety of cultural settings and idioms. Special attention is given to the forms and conventions of the novel and to the critical apparatus by which a reader may effectively analyze works of fiction. A typical reading list might include works by Austen, the Bronte sisters, Twain, Lawrence, Hurston, Orwell, Morrison, and Diaz.
ENG 2252 - Introduction to Drama
Studies theory, forms and dramatic conventions of plays taken from Greek, medieval, Renaissance, neoclassical, modern and contemporary periods.
ENG 3300 - Creative Writ: Fict & Nonfict
Explores the reading of appropriate fiction and writing of short weekly pieces and a final short story. The class includes presentations on technique. Students need not be English majors. Work from this class is often published in the St. Scholastica literary journal, Out of Words.
ENG 3301 - Creative Writing: Poetry
Explores the reading and discussion of poetry to learn technique from published poets. A final portfolio of poetry required which will include students' choice of their best work. Students need not be English majors. Work from class is often published in the St. Scholastica literary journal, Out of Words.
ENG 3310 - American Literature I:Beg-1900
Surveys American literature (poetry, essays, short stories and novels) beginning with Anne Bradstreet in the 17th century and including such authors as Irving, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Twain, et al. The course focuses on writers' responses to the political, social and literary concerns of the period, as well as to more general human concerns. Some attention to issues of form.
ENG 3311 - American Literature II: 1900 -
Survey of works by American poets and prose writers from the late 1800s through the 1990s. Poets include Dickinson, Frost, Williams, Stevens, Eliot, H.D., Marianne Moore, Plath, Wilbur and Rich. Novelists include Cather, Faulkner, Hemingway, Malamud, Walker, Morrison, Updike, Nabakov, O'Brien and Erdrich; American dramatists include Miller, O'Neill, Shepard, Albee and Williams. Short story writers include Anderson, Chopin, Cheever, O'Connor, Mason, Beattie and Oates.
ENG 3320 - British Literature I
Survey of English literature from the beginning until the late 18th century, including important and representative texts from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the neo classic era. The course offers a view of literature within its historical and cultural context.
ENG 3321 - British Literature II
Survey of British literature from the end of the 18th century to the present day, including poetry, drama and prose from the Romantic period, the Victorian period and Modernist canon. The course offers a historical context so that students may understand the writers in relation to one another and to the world they inhabited.
ENG 3362 - Advanced Writing
Explores some of the ways in which language can be used to achieve particular aims. Students will do a considerable amount of writing as well as some reading in rhetorical theory. Emphasis is on adapting discourse for various audiences and different occasions. Occasionally, designated sections of the course will focus on writing for electronic media and the rhetorical demands such writing entails. Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or competency.
The English department at CSS is better than any other program I have looked at in the area. The professors are so passionate. Their classes are fun, welcoming and have improved my writing and reading comprehension. I will never forget my time here."
– Andrew Schreyer, ‘14