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.]
Honors Program 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.
Double Major: Students are encouraged to pursue a double major with the English major as one component. Modest adjustments in scheduling can be made.