Offered by the Department of English and Modern Languages
Professors Doerksen, Harris, Murphy (Chairperson), Pifer, Rashidi, Sornberger, Sullivan-Blum, and Ulrich
Associate Professors Barton, Guignard, Sanner and Washington
Assistant Professors Blume
Modern Languages faculty:
Associate Professors Blanco, Keeth
The English major provides students with a strong grounding in the field of literary studies, with an emphasis on developing excellent analytical, critical thinking, writing, and research skills. Students pursuing the English curriculum receive training in literary analysis and gain a broad understanding of literature from a diverse set of cultures and written in a variety of genres. In addition, students learn to situate works in their literary historical and cultural contexts, and to employ various critical methods when interpreting texts. English majors will also acquire intermediate proficiency in a second language.
Students may pursue either a B.A. (Liberal Arts) or B.S.Ed. (Secondary English Education) degree. The programs afford students an extensive exposure to the various forms of literary expression and the methods of literary interpretation. Such a background in the analysis and interpretation of literature, coupled with strong research and writing skills, provides the B.A. major with a strong basis for further graduate study in literature, as well as for careers in writing, editing, the law, public relations, communications, politics and government, industry, and library science. Students in the B.S.Ed. program receive a thorough grounding in literary analysis, English grammar, the theory and practice of composition, and the historical development of the English language, and are thus provided with a strong content-area basis in preparation for teaching English at the secondary level (see The Teacher Education Certification Section in the University Policies section of this catalog for further details regarding admission to teacher certification candidacy and Pennsylvania certification requirements.) The B.S.Ed. is recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), 111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801, 217-328-3870, http://www.ncte.org/.
The English Program of the Department of English and Modern Languages provides students with the opportunity to study and develop life-long interest in the appreciation of literary works from a variety of cultures and with the opportunity to develop their skills as writers in a variety of genres. Acquisition of skills in writing coupled with the knowledge of literary critical methods and our literary heritage gives students a keener insight into human life and society, a principle goal of a liberal arts education. Understanding the form of expression in literature is essential to a full realization of our hopes, values, and convictions. As liberally educated persons, we seek not only to perfect our powers for intellectual thought, but also to refine our powers of perception, to encourage creativity, and to foster an appreciation of the aesthetic dimensions of life and culture so that we come to recognize the significant imaginative expressions of the human spirit.
- English graduates will demonstrate that they understand and can employ the techniques of textual analysis and interpretation.
- English graduates will demonstrate that they understand and can employ humanities-based research methods.
- English graduates will demonstrate that they can write clearly and effectively.
Students who successfully complete an English major will demonstrate their:
- Ability to interpret texts critically, evincing an increasing level of competence from the introductory to the senior level.
- Ability to situate literature and language in various contexts, including literary, cultural, and historical.
- Ability to conduct library research with effective use of print and electronic sources.
- Ability to understand writing as a process, to assess rhetorical contexts, and to revise written work effectively.
- Ability to conform to the prescriptive rules of standard written English.
- Understanding of and their ability to use the structure of the English language.
Policies and Procedures
The Department of English and Modern Languages also offers minor programs in African-American Studies, Creative Writing, English Literature, French, German, Spanish, and Women’s Studies. Students may wish to complete a minor in order to add additional content emphasis to their course of study.
In planning a course of study, English majors must consult with their English faculty advisor on a regular basis. English B.A. and B.S.Ed. students will compile a portfolio of their written work to serve as evidence of their progress through the English curriculum and for the purpose of program assessment. The portfolios consist of the following:
- The final essay from ENG 1130: Introduction to Literary Studies
- The final essay from ENG 3352: Shakespeare
- The original version and a substantial revision of an essay written in an upper-division English course (excluding the final essays from ENG 3352 and ENG 4401) to be completed as required in ENG 3333: Advanced Writing for English Majors
- The final research essay from ENG 4401: Seminar in Literary Studies
- The writing lesson plan assignment from ENG 3324: Composition Theory and Practice (BSE only)
- A record of performance on the final exams in ENG 2225: English Grammar and ENG 2226: History of the English Language (B.S.Ed. only)
- A brief self-assessment essay (about 500 words)
Students will submit their portfolio essays electronically to the department chair. The English Program Assessment Committee reviews completed portfolios annually to assess the effectiveness of the English degree program.
For more information on the English program, go to http://www.mansfield.edu/~english