ENGLISH (ENGL)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 333, (651) 962-5600
Scheiber (chair), An, Batt, Bouwman, Callaway, Chowdhury, Craft-Fairchild, Easley, Herrera, Hill, James, Jordan, Larson, Lawrence, Li, MacKenzie, Miller, Muse, Otto, Pawlowski, Scheurer, Warren, Wilkinson

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/english/

The mission of the University of St. Thomas English Department is to foster empathy and imagination, critical insight, power of expression, and appreciation for the variety of human experience. We strive to create a community of readers and writers who value both tradition and innovation, and who understand literary art as a medium of moral reflection as well as aesthetic pleasure.

The Department of English offers three emphases. 

  1. The general major that allows students to take a variety of literature courses and to incorporate writing and cultural studies into their programs.
  2. The writing emphasis that combines a foundation of literary study with a sequence of writing courses focused on poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction.
  3. The Minnesota teacher licensure program in Communication Arts and Literature that prepares students for teaching middle and secondary school. This program requires courses in linguistics, literature, writing, and writing pedagogy. It requires, therefore, early and careful planning. Students completing this program may complete a major in English.

The study of English helps students develop a broad range of practices that are valuable for a variety of career paths and life aspirations. Students graduating with a major in English will be able to write thoughtfully about literature and life, in forms that range from engaged responses, to close readings of primary texts, to critical papers using secondary resources. They will understand and practice writing as a process that involves substantial revision and be able to reflect thoughtfully upon the writing process that works best for them. They will be able to read sophisticated literary works with imagination and intelligence and will be able to respond critically to their empathic, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions.

The Major in English, the Major in English with Writing Emphasis, and the Major in English with a Teacher Education emphasis (5-12) consist of 44-credits each, including fulfillment of the core curriculum in literature and writing courses. The department offers courses for non-majors to fulfill the Literature and Writing component of the core curriculum and the Human Diversity requirement.

English majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad. Specific courses taken abroad may substitute for St. Thomas requirements. See the chair of the department, a study abroad advisor in the International Education Center, or Academic Information & Programs in the front section of this catalog for program options.

English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, formed a chapter at St. Thomas in 1988. The honor society brings together students and faculty with a love of literature, language and writing; it sponsors a variety of scholarships, holds regional and national conventions, and provides a forum for both creative and critical writing. Students who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in English courses, rank at least in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship, and have completed at least three semesters of college are eligible to apply for membership.

Major in English

English - Major Field Guide

  • ENGL 121: Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing

Plus one of:

  • ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Note: Students with qualifying ACT test scores may in enroll in one of ENGL 201 through 204 plus one of the following 4-credit literature courses in English:

  • 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395 or two 2-credit ENGL 295 courses during J-Term.

In addition to the above core curriculum courses, students must also select courses that fulfill the following course level and area distribution requirements:

Course-Level Requirements

  • At least 12 credits numbered ENGL 211-299
  • At least 16 credits numbered ENGL 300-399

Note: 4 of these credits must be from ENGL 380 Issues in English Studies (4 credits)

  • At least 4 credits numbered ENGL 400-499

Note: ENGL 481 Seminar in English (4 credits) is strongly recommended for all majors, especially those preparing for graduate or professional school

Plus:

  • Four additional credits in English numbered 211 or above

Distribution Requirements

Four credits in Early Literature

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature: The Age of Satire and the Novel (4 credits)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early-American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits) (section 11 only)

Four credits in American Literature 

  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits) (section 21 only)
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits) (section 21 only)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits) (section 21 only)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits) (section 21 only)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits) (section 21 only)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early-American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 372 Modern American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 373 Contemporary American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures (4 credits) (section 21 only)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits) (section 21 only) 

Four credits in British Literature

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits) (section 31 only)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits) (section 31 only)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits) (section 31 only)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature: The Age of Satire and the Novel (4 credits)
  • ENGL 365 The Romantic Age in Britain (4 credits)
  • ENGL 366 The Victorian Age in Britain (4 credits)
  • ENGL 367 Twentieth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures (4 credits) (section 31 only)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits) (section 31 only) 

Four credits in Diversity Literature

  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits)
  • ENGL 297 Topics (4 credits) (section 61 only)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits) (section 61 only)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures (4 credits) (section 61 only)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits) (section 61 only)

Four credits in Writing

  • ENGL 251 Writing in the Academy (4 credits)
  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Writing Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits)
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 323 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 405 Advanced Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction Writing (4 credits)

Four credits in Issues in English Studies

  • ENGL 380 Issues in English Studies (4 credits)

All English majors should complete 44 credits in English and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in English. A minimum of 16 credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at St. Thomas.

Major in English with Writing Emphasis

English with Writing Emphasis - Major Field Guide

  • ENGL 121

Plus one of:

  • ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Note: Students with qualifying ACT test scores may in enroll in one of ENGL 201 through 204 plus one of the following 4-credit literature courses in English:

  • 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395 or two 2-credit ENGL 295 courses during J-Term.

In addition to the above core curriculum courses, students must also select courses that fulfill the following course level and area distribution requirements:

Course-Level Requirements 

  • At least 12 credits numbered ENGL 211-299
  • At least 16 credits numbered ENGL 300-399

Note: 4 of these credits must be from ENGL 380 Issues in English Studies

  • At least 4 credits numbered ENGL 400-499

Plus:

  • Four additional credits numbered ENGL 211 or above

Distribution Requirements

Sixteen credits from the following writing courses: 

  • ENGL 251 Writing in the Academy (4 credits)
  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Writing Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits)
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 323 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 405 Advanced Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 421 Literary Magazine Practicum, Part I (2 credits)
  • ENGL 422 Literary Magazine Practicum, Part II (2 credits)

Note: The creative writing sequence normally includes: 

  • first – ENGL 255
  • then – ENGL 321 and/or ENGL 322 and/or 323
  • then – ENGL 405

Plus:

Twelve credits in literature to include:

Four credits in Early Literature

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature: The Age of Satire and the Novel (4 credits)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early-American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures (4 credits) (section 11 only)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits) (section 11 only)

Four credits in Diversity Literature 

  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits)
  • ENGL 297 Topics (4 credits) (section 61 only)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits) (section 61 only)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures (4 credits) (section 61 only)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits) (section 61 only)

Four additional English credits in literature numbered 211 or above (includes ENGL 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395).

ENGL 380 Issues in English Studies (4 credits) 

Four credits in another English course numbered 211 or above

All English with writing emphasis majors should complete 44 credits in English and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in English. A minimum of 16 credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at St. Thomas. 

Major in English with a Teacher Education Emphasis (5-12)

  • ENGL 121

Plus one of:

  • ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Note: Students with qualifying ACT test scores may in enroll in one of ENGL 201 through 204 plus one of the following 4-credit literature courses in English:

  • 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395 or two 2-credit ENGL 295 courses during J-Term.
  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits) or ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits) or ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits) or ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits) or ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition(4 credits)
  • ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 305 Linguistics: English Language (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 380 Issues in English Studies (4 credits)

Four additional credits EITHER in English at the 300 or 400 level, or COJO 326 Modern American Rhetoric or COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender


Students seeking licensure in Communication Arts and Literature (5-12) must also complete the following courses in Communication Studies: COJO 100, COJO 211, COJO 212, COJO 260, and the EDUC courses listed under Teacher Education for Communication Arts and Literature (5-12)*. See Education.

*COJO 111, 326, and 328 are not required for licensure, but a student completing COJO 111 and either COJO 326 or 328 together with the COJO courses required for licensure will have also completed a minor in Communication and Journalism upon approval by the COJO department chair. To register for any of these courses without the prerequisite of COJO 111, please contact the instructor for permission to register.  

LITERARY STUDIES

See Literary Studies

Minor in English

The minor in English consists of twenty-four credits:

  • ENGL 121

Plus one of:

  • ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Note: Students with qualifying ACT test scores may in enroll in one of ENGL 201 through 204 plus one of the following 4-credit literature courses in English:

  • 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395 or two 2-credit ENGL 295 courses during J-Term.

Eight credits numbered ENGL 211-299

Eight credits numbered ENGL 300-399

A minimum of eight credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at the University of St. Thomas.

Course Number Title Credits
ENGL  110 Intensive Writing 4
ENGL  121 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing 4
ENGL  201 Perspectives on Genre & Craft 4
ENGL  202 Interdisciplinary Perspectives 4
ENGL  203 Thematic/Intertextual Perspect 4
ENGL  204 Perspect on Language/Cult/Lit 4
ENGL  211 British Authors I 4
ENGL  212 British Authors II 4
ENGL  214 American Authors I 4
ENGL  215 American Authors II 4
ENGL  217 Multicultural Literature 4
ENGL  218 Lit by Women:Critical Hist 4
ENGL  220 The Classical Tradition 4
ENGL  221 The Modern Tradition 4
ENGL  222 Cath Lit Trad/Medieval-Mdrn 4
ENGL  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENGL  251 Writing in the Academy 4
ENGL  255 Intro to Imaginative Writing 4
ENGL  269 Research 2 OR 4
ENGL  280 Intro to English Studies 4
ENGL  295 Topics 2
ENGL  297 Topics 4
ENGL  298 Topics 4
ENGL  300 Theory& Practice of Writing 4
ENGL  304 Analytical/Persuasive Writing 4
ENGL  305 Linguistics: English Lang 4
ENGL  311 Literary Criticism 4
ENGL  321 Writing Poetry 4
ENGL  322 Writing Fiction 4
ENGL  323 Writing Creative Nonfiction 4
ENGL  324 Genre Studies 4
ENGL  325 Spec Study:Genre,Reg,Theme 4
ENGL  326 Topics in Creative Writing 4
ENGL  334 Lit from Christian Perspective 4
ENGL  337 The Lit. of Human Diversity 4
ENGL  341 Lit by Women:Crit Questions 4
ENGL  360 Chaucer & Medieval Period 4
ENGL  361 Shakespeare & Early Modern 4
ENGL  362 Milton & 17th Cent Brit Lit 4
ENGL  364 18th Century British Lit 4
ENGL  365 Romantic Age in Britain 4
ENGL  366 Victorian Age in Britain 4
ENGL  367 20th Century British Lit 4
ENGL  370 Colonial/Early Amer Lit 4
ENGL  371 19th Century American Lit 4
ENGL  372 Modern American Literature 4
ENGL  373 Contemporary American Lit 4
ENGL  380 Issues in English Studies 4
ENGL  389 Research 2 OR 4
ENGL  390 Major Literary Figures 4
ENGL  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENGL  395 Issues in Literature/Culture 4
ENGL  405 Advanced Creative Writing 4
ENGL  411 Criticism of Literature 4
ENGL  421 Literary Magazine Practicum I 2
ENGL  422 Literary Magazine Practicum II 2
ENGL  450 Advanced Literary Studies 4
ENGL  476 Experiential Learning 2
ENGL  478 Experiential Learning 4
ENGL  481 Capstone Seminar: Lit Stu Emph 4
ENGL  482 Capstone Sem: Pre-Prof Emph 4
ENGL  490 Topics 4
ENGL  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
Course Number Title Credits
THTR  111 Introduction to Theater 4
THTR  214 Beginning Acting 4
THTR  221 Hist of Theater I: World 4
THTR  222 Hist of Theater II:Mod/Contemp 4
THTR  223 Hist of Theater III-American 4
THTR  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
THTR  269 Research 2 OR 4
THTR  297 Topics 4
THTR  298 Topics 4
THTR  389 Research 2 OR 4
THTR  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
THTR  412 Drama:Theory & Criticism 4
THTR  478 Experiential Learning 4
THTR  489 Topics 4
THTR  490 Topics 4
THTR  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
THTR  497 Individual Study 4
THTR  498 Individual Study 4