Rebecca Entel, Glenn Freeman (chair), Leslie K. Hankins, Michelle Mouton, Shannon Reed , Kirilka Stavreva

Fosters a general understanding of English and American literary history while enabling students to concentrate in one of three areas in the field of English: literature; creative writing; or film studies.

Major requirements

Must complete a minimum of 11 courses at the 200, 300, or 400-level (must complete 10 courses if the course for #2 below simultaneously fulfills another requirement), to include:

Core courses

  • Two of the following foundation courses in the field of English, one of which must be in the area of concentration (recommended to be completed by the end of sophomore year): ENG 201, 202, or 215
  • One of the following courses with emphasis on social and/or global issues (may simultaneously fulfill one additional requirement for the English major if eligible): ENG 240, 311, 327, 347 (when offered at the Wilderness Station), 350, 351, 267/367, 370, any 200- or 300-level literature course offered by the Classical and Modern Languages Department, (except FRE 311, GER 311, SPA 311).
  • One elective in the department

Concentration

One of the concentrations (literature, creative writing, or film studies) described in the next section

Capstone experience

  • ENG 411
  • ENG 412 for the creative writing concentration or 413 for the literature or film studies concentration

Literature concentration

  • Four courses, to be distributed among at least three of the following literary-historical groups; at least one course must be from the Medieval and Renaissance group
    • Medieval and Renaissance Literature: ENG 321-327
    • Restoration and 18th Century: ENG 328, 329, 331
    • 19th-Century Literature: ENG 333, 334, 343, 345; 351 (depending on topic)
    • 20th-21st Century: ENG 335, 336, 347, 350, 351 (depending on topic), 361, 363, 364, 365 (depending on topic), 267/367
  • One course from ENG 311, 319, 371

Creative writing concentration

  • Three courses, to be distributed among three of the following literary-historical groups:
    • Medieval and Renaissance Literature: ENG 321-327
    • Restoration and 18th Century: ENG 328, 329, 331
    • 19th-Century Literature: ENG 333, 334, 343, 345; 351 (depending on topic)
    • 20th-21st Century: ENG 335, 336, 347, 350, 351 (depending on topic), 361, 363, 364, 365 (depending on topic), 267/367
  • Either ENG 317 or 318
  • One additional course from ENG 220, 317, 318, 381-383, THE 321

Film studies concentration

  • Three courses, to be distributed among three of the following literary-historical groups:
    • Medieval and Renaissance Literature: ENG 321-327:
    • Restoration and 18th Century: ENG 328, 329, 331;
    • 19th Century: ENG 333, 334, 343, 345; 351 (depending on topic)
    • 20th-21st Century: ENG 335, 336, 347, 350, 351 (depending on topic), 361, 363, 364, 365 (depending on topic), 267/367;
  • Two additional courses from ENG 327, 365, 370, 371 (depending on topic), 372, HIS 364, CLA 364;

Notes

  • The department recommends that foundation courses be completed by the end of the sophomore year and that majors consider an internship in an area of interest in the junior or senior year.
  • Transfer students must take a minimum of six courses toward the major at Cornell College.

Teaching major requirements

The same as above, to include 311; one course selected from 323, 324, or 327; and one course selected from 343, 345, or 347; In addition, English majors seeking a teaching certification must complete COM 121 (Speech Communication) and EDU 322 (Secondary Arts, Languages, and Adolescent Literature); EDU 322 may satisfy the requirement for an elective in the concentration. One semester of student teaching may satisfy the second course in the senior capstone.  Prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.

Minor requirements

Six courses at 200/300 level

  • ENG 201
  • ENG 202 or 215
  • Three courses selected from at least two of the following groups
    • 321-331
    • 333-351; 361-372
    • 317-318; 381-383
  • One elective