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Literature Concentration

 

Literature Concentration


Students choosing the literature concentration fulfill the following 120 credits of course requirements if they are not also earning NYS teacher certification. The major is listed on the student’s transcript as “English (Literature concentration).”

See below for requirements of the five different literature concentration with teacher certification programs (Dual Childhood/Special Education; Middle Childhood Education; Adolescent Education; Dual Adolescent/Special Education; and TESOL).

 

 Core Requirements

Hours

Major Requirements

 42

Introductory Sequence of English Major Courses*

ENG 218 (See above under Core Requirements)

 

ENG 250 Introduction to Poetry

3

ENG 318 Shakespeare

3

English and American Literature Survey Courses

ENG 305-306 Survey of British Literature

6

ENG 350 or 351 Survey of American Literature

3

English Department Electives

Four ENG courses in four of five historical periods (ancient/medieval; Renaissance; long 18th century; 19th century; 20th/21st century), plus one additional ENG course that qualifies for any one of the five historical periods (remaining three courses may be in ENG, CRW and/or CMM)

 

24

Major Support

 

Foreign Language **

9

Free Electives

30

 

* Only ENG 218 is a prerequisite for subsequent literature courses, but it is strongly recommended that students complete ENG 250 and ENG 318 as early as possible in the major program.

 ** The nine hours must be in one language. If, however, after a minimum of six hours of language at the College level a student has completed or advanced beyond the mid-intermediate level (103), he or she may substitute an English elective for the remaining hours.

Requirements for English Major and Education Tracks

Students earning teacher certification fulfill the core requirements as described above but follow one of the programs of study detailed below. Note that all five tracks require one advanced writing course and one media literacy elective. Any upper-division course in writing satisfies the requirement for the advanced writing course, but students are encouraged to make their selection according to their teaching interests—e.g., Creative Writing Workshop (CRW 385) for those who wish to prepare themselves to teach creative writing; Fundamentals of Journalism (CMM/ENG 374) for those who anticipate teaching journalism classes or advising their school newspaper. The media literacy elective is fulfilled by CMM 250 or one of the film studies courses offered by the English department.

Literature Concentration and Dual Childhood/Special Education

(123 credit hours)

 

Hours

Core Requirements (Includes EDU 105; see below under Education)

42

Major Requirements

 

ENG 250 Introduction to Poetry

3

ENG 318 Shakespeare

3

ENG 311 Overview of British Literature

3

ENG 350 or 351 American Literature

3

ENG 301 Advanced Grammar and Usage

3

ENG 352 Introduction to Children’s Literature

3

Advanced Writing Course

3

Media Literacy Elective

3

Department Electives: three ENG literature courses in three of the five historical periods (ancient/medieval; Renaissance; long 18th century; 19th century; 20th/21st  century)

9

 

Major Support

 

Foreign Language** (see above)

9

Education and Education Support Courses
(see details under Education program requirements; this total includes a course in mathematics required for teacher certification, but it does not include EDU 105, which satisfies the College core social  science requirement)

39

 

 

 

Literature Concentration and Middle Childhood Education

(124 credit hours)

 

Hours

Core Requirements (Includes EDU 105; see below under Education)

42

Major Requirements

 

ENG 250 Introduction to Poetry

3

ENG 318 Shakespeare

3

ENG 305 and 306 English Literature

6

ENG 350 and 351 American Literature

6

ENG 301 Advanced Grammar and Usage

3

Advanced Writing Course

3

Media Literacy Elective

3

Department Electives: three ENG literature courses in three of the five historical periods (ancient/medieval; Renaissance;  long 18th century; 19th century; 20th/21st century)

9

 

Major Support

 

Foreign Language** (see above)

9

Education and Education Support Courses
(see details under education program requirements; this total includes a course in Mathematics required for teacher certification, but it does not include EDU 105, which satisfies the College core social science requirement)

37

 

 

Literature Concentration and Adolescent Education

(127 credit hours)

 

Hours

Core Requirements (Includes EDU 105; see below under Education)

42

Major Requirements

 

ENG 250 Introduction to Poetry

3

ENG 318 Shakespeare

3

ENG 305 and 306 English Literature

6

ENG 350 or 351 American Literature

3

World/multicultural literature elective (one of the following: ENG 323: Contemporary World Literature; ENG 337: Readings in Globalization; ENG 340: Post-Colonial Literature and Theory; ENG 382: African American Literature; ENG 383: American Ethnic Literature)

3

 

ENG 301 Advanced Grammar and Usage

3

Advanced Writing Course

3

Media Literacy Elective

3

Department Electives: four ENG literature courses in four of the five historical periods (ancient/medieval; Renaissance; long 18th century; 19th century; 20th/21st century)

12

 

Major Support

 

Foreign Language** (see above)

9

Education and Education Support Courses
(see details under Education program requirements; this total includes a course in mathematics required for teacher certification, but it does not include EDU 105, which satisfies the College core social science requirement)

34

 

  

Literature Concentration and Dual Adolescent/Special Education

(133 credit hours)

The core and major requirements for this concentration are identical to those for English and adolescent education (see above). An additional six credit hours of coursework are required in education (see details under education program requirements).

Literature Concentration in English and TESOL. Education

(127 credit hours)

 

Hours

Core Requirements (Includes EDU 105; see below under Education)

42

Major Requirements

 

ENG 250 Introduction to Poetry

3

ENG 318 Shakespeare

3

ENG 311 Overview of British Literature

3

ENG 350 or 351 American Literature

6

ENG 301 Advanced Grammar and Usage

3

Advanced Writing Course

3

Media Literacy Elective

3

Department Electives: three ENG literature courses in three of the five historical periods (ancient/medieval; Renaissance; long 18th century; 19th century; 20th/21st  century)

9

 

Major Support

 

Foreign Language  (Of the 12 hours required, nine must be in one language. The remaining three credits may be in the same or in a second foreign language)

12

 

Education and Education Support Courses
(see details under education program requirements; this total includes a course in mathematics required for teacher certification, but it does not include EDU 105, which satisfies the College core social science requirement)

40

 

 

Adding the Creative Writing Concentration to the Literature and Education tracks (6 additional credit hours)

Students in any of the education tracks may add the creative writing concentration as an addition to the literature concentration by taking the following:

1. three CRW genre-specific workshop courses (one of which fulfills the advance writing course requirement);

2.   one of the following advanced workshop courses (each of which includes extensive study of contemporary texts) to fulfill the 20th/21st century historical period requirement*: ENG/CRW 387 (Scriptwriting), ENG/CRW 389 (Writing the One Act Play), ENG/CRW 391 (Advanced Poetry), ENG/CRW 392 (Advanced Fiction), or ENG/CRW 395 (Nonfiction Writing Workshop).

*  A student is allowed to take a 20th/21st century historical period elective other than ENG/CRW 395, but in this case a fourth CRW workshop is required.

Literature Minor

Students desiring a minor in literature should consult with the literature program director. The usual requirements for a literature minor are 12 hours of core English courses plus nine hours of literature courses taken at the upper-division level. However, requirements for the minor will be determined on an individual basis.

See also: Irish Literature Minor & Minor in Film