Overview 

Are you curious about how literature shapes your world? Do you want to acquire skills to last a lifetime? An English degree from SMWC will help define the shape of your future.

As an English major, you will learn how to communicate effectively and creatively to prepare yourselves for graduate study or a meaningful career in a variety of fields. You will explore literature as a creative art and its impact on cultures in the U.S., United Kingdom and around the world. A special attention is given to the contributions of women to literature.

Studying in London at Regent’s College for one semester or for a summer is an option. One-half of the total credit hours required in the English major or minor must be taken at SMWC. In addition, students must receive a final grade of “C” or better in all required courses within the English major or minor.

Major

A baccalaureate English degree at SMWC requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives, an English major would need to complete at least 43 credit hours in English and related courses.

Required Courses

43 credit hours required: all courses listed. One general studies perspective course in literature or equivalent also required (counts as general study credit).

EN 122 Pop Fiction
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course studies popular literary modes in England and America, such as detective, western, fantasy; history and theories of “mass” or “popular” culture; uses of literacy. Literary analysis of particular mass media forms, including television drama.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 212 Creative Writing
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose. Satisfies English Education, professional writing, and creative writing requirements.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 222 Literature and Myth
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of literature from a variety of cultures and in a variety of forms with an emphasis on myths. Students explore the value of creative expression in a society to develop an appreciation of the process of creation and to foster personal principles for judging creative expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies English Education major/ elective.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 229 British Literature I
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course will take a survey approach to British Literature from the beginnings to roughly 1660 with a focus on placing texts in their historical and cultural context. Texts will be chosen to represent a variety of authorial viewpoints in a variety of genres and forms: poetry, drama, short and long fiction (the novel), and essays. Students will analyze literary expression and evaluate works using various critical theories. Satisfies English Education requirement.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 230 British Literature II
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course will take a survey approach to British Literature from roughly 1660 to the present with a focus on placing texts in their historical and cultural context. Texts will be chosen to represent a variety of authorial viewpoints in a variety of genres and forms: poetry, drama, short and long fiction (the novel), and essays.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 232 American Literature
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the major periods of American literary history focusing on the works of representative authors. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 320 Advanced Studies in Poetry
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course offers further study of major poets and their historical and cultural connection to literature with emphasis on research. Spring, even years. Prerequisite: EN 211.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 321 Nonfiction Literature
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students will read and discuss nonfiction literature covering a range of contemporary topics. In addition to study of technique and narrative style, students participating in the course will have the opportunity to write about and present their observations on how selected writers and journalists have expressed themselves along with the cultural impact of their writing. Spring, even years.

Campus 3 Credits
TA/EN 341 Age of Shakespeare
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of the principal writers of the English Renaissance with special focus on the works of Shakespeare. Spring, odd years.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 353 Women Writers
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women’s Studies minor requirements.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 398 Senior Thesis/Project Preparation
Campus | 1 Credit
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Students participating in the Professional Writing and English majors will have the opportunity to complete coursework formally identifying and developing their individual Senior Thesis/Capstone Project. Students will select and work closely with a faculty advisor as they perform research and develop supporting material for the Senior Thesis/Capstone
Project. Text/materials will be specific to the individual student’s project.

Campus 1 Credit
EN 420 Advanced Studies in Fiction
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course offers further study of major fiction writers and their historical and cultural connection to literature with emphasis on research. Fall, odd years. Prerequisite: EN 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 450 Modern World Literature
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies fiction, poetry, and drama from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America of significant writers to evaluate the relationship of place and author, the effect of political and social realities on the themes and styles of authors, to compare and contrast world authors with those from the United States.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 498 Senior Thesis/Capstone Project
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students participating in the Professional Writing and English majors will produce a Senior Thesis/Capstone Project of their own design. Having prepared for the project during the fall semester (EN 398), students will continue to work with their faculty advisor as they complete an extensive academic work that demonstrates professional command of subject matter as well as the academic writing process as a whole. Prerequisite: EN 398

Campus 3 Credits

Topics Courses

Choose one Topics Course or an approved elective.

EN 280 Topics in English
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of designated or selected topics designed to serve special needs and interests not included in the regularly scheduled introductory courses.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 480 Topics in English
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of designated or selected topics designed to serve the special needs and interests of advanced students.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

The English minor at SMWC requires 24 credit hours.

Required Courses

Choose from EN 229 or EN 230.

EN 222 Literature and Myth
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of literature from a variety of cultures and in a variety of forms with an emphasis on myths. Students explore the value of creative expression in a society to develop an appreciation of the process of creation and to foster personal principles for judging creative expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies English Education major/ elective.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 229 British Literature I
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

This course will take a survey approach to British Literature from the beginnings to roughly 1660 with a focus on placing texts in their historical and cultural context. Texts will be chosen to represent a variety of authorial viewpoints in a variety of genres and forms: poetry, drama, short and long fiction (the novel), and essays. Students will analyze literary expression and evaluate works using various critical theories. Satisfies English Education requirement.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 230 British Literature II
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course will take a survey approach to British Literature from roughly 1660 to the present with a focus on placing texts in their historical and cultural context. Texts will be chosen to represent a variety of authorial viewpoints in a variety of genres and forms: poetry, drama, short and long fiction (the novel), and essays.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 232 American Literature
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the major periods of American literary history focusing on the works of representative authors. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement.

Campus 3 Credits
EN/TA 341 Age of Shakespeare
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of the principal writers of the English Renaissance with special focus on the works of Shakespeare.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 321 Nonfiction Literature
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Students will read and discuss nonfiction literature covering a range of contemporary topics. In addition to study of technique and narrative style, students participating in the course will have the opportunity to write about and present their observations on how selected writers and journalists have expressed themselves along with the cultural impact of their writing. Spring, even years.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 421 Nonfiction Writing
Campus | 3 Credits
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Offers students guided practice in writing essays in a flexible, contemporary genre familiar to readers of memoir and literary journalism. Students draw on personal experience to produce essays that are conversational in tone and non- traditional in structure and may also include factual report or research. Spring, odd years.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 353 Women Writers
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women’s Studies minor requirements.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 450 Modern World Literature
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies fiction, poetry, and drama from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America of significant writers to evaluate the relationship of place and author, the effect of political and social realities on the themes and styles of authors, to compare and contrast world authors with those from the United States.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Practical Experience as a Student

Do you write poetry or short stories that captivate audiences? You can publish your work in SMWC’s literary magazine, Aurora. Through our Career Development Center, you can dig deeper into your field, network with experts and test drive different positions. Many of our students get hands-on professional experience in English degree jobs:

  • Writing blogs, brochures, and newsletters for organizations
  • Writing technical descriptions for nature reserves
  • Working behind the scenes at television stations
  • Creating social media strategies for nonprofits

As an English major at The Woods, you’ll have many opportunities for intellectual exploration, in-depth interactions with your professors and practical experience outside the classroom. 

Career Paths

English is not just English. English is history, philosophy, law, art, math and so much more. Maybe you want to write political speeches, brochures for nonprofits or edit for a publishing house. As an English major, you will find yourself often asked if you know what to do with an English degree. An English degree from SMWC will allow you to say, “Anything I want.” You can make your mark in English degree jobs such as:

  • Government
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Museums
  • Higher education

The English major degree program at SMWC will also prepare you for a master’s or doctorate in many fields, such as law, journalism or communications. Employers constantly rank communication skills at the top of their must-have list. As an English major at The Woods, you will learn skills that will not only benefit you in class, but in all your lifelong goals.