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Program Advisors: Dr. Rebecca Chalmers (Chair)
The Language and Literature Department strives to develop a true community of learners where a working knowledge of literary history and literary analysis gives students a home in their own culture and makes them careful and compassionate judges of human nature.
Departmental Learning Outcomes
A graduate of the English program at the University of Mary:
Displays mastery of usage and mechanics in edited work
Can analyze a text or image in terms of its formal elements and their implications
Can distinguish major critical theories
Can use major research tools to construct a preliminary bibliography
Can produce an original short work of narrative, dramatic, or poetic art
Can use grammatical terminology to explain the stylistic or dialectal differences between two texts
Can apply several different critical theories to the same literary text and discuss their implications
Can analyze an argument in terms of both its logic and rhetoric
Can produce a well supported argument incorporating research
Major in English Education:
ENG 130, 202, 204, 215, 302, 315, 320, 481; plus four surveys from American, British, and World; two major focus classes plus MAT 103 or above; lab science course; PSY 201; PSY 205 (for Middle School Endorsement, PSY 332 is required); EDU 200 or 202, 295, 301, 310, 320, 365, 367, 371, 401, 411, 421, 423, and 430; ALU 499.
Minor in English:
ENG 130, 202, 215, 302; two of ENG 321, 324, 330, 331, 336, 337; one of ENG 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466.
Minor in Theater:
COM 145, 245, 332, 345, 445; ENG 332, 352, 353, 418, 464 [another relevant focus course in English at the 400 level (i.e. Shakespeare) may be substituted.]
English majors may pursue an honors program by taking the major sequence in English as defined above plus seven additional courses as follows: Two courses from PHI 308, 309, 311; THE 303, 306, 312, 338, or 339. One course from HIS 371, 372, 471, 472; POL 316, 414; or SOC 304. Two years of the same foreign language or four additional courses from the preceding two lists.
Students are encouraged to pursue a double major with the English major as one component. Modest adjustments in scheduling can be made.