As a Catholic university, St. Thomas seeks to foster in its students a deeper understanding of the totality of life and its purposes and to instill in its graduates an appreciation for the life of the mind and the joy of learning. To encourage this development, St. Thomas requires that all of its undergraduates, regardless of their major, complete coursework in nine curricular areas.
The English Department offers courses that fulfill the core Literature and Writing requirement. It also offers select courses that fulfill the Human Diversity core area requirement. In addition, the English Department administers all theater and film courses that are offered under the THTR designation in the undergraduate course catalog. Several THTR courses fulfill the Fine Arts component of the core curriculum and one course fulfills both the Fine Arts and the Human Diversity core area requirements.
The Literature and Writing requirement is fulfilled with 8 credits of work in English. This sequence of courses develops students' critical awareness of language by helping them to recognize the relationship between their own experience and the interpretive possibilities of literature. Attention is paid to the integration of the individual's composing process and the process of reading and understanding texts. These courses foster attentive reading, careful thinking, and effective writing.
Under this sequence, students enroll in two 4-credit courses:
ENGL 121 Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing (4 credits)
Second Course (choose one of the following courses)
ENGL 201 Texts in Conversation: Perspectives on Genre and Craft (4 credits)
ENGL 202 Texts in Conversation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (4 credits)
ENGL 203 Texts in Conversation: Thematic and Intertextual Perspectives (4 credits)
ENGL 204 Texts in Conversation: Perspectives on Language, Culture, and Literacy (4 credits)
Students with qualifying ACT scores can complete the core requirement in literature and writing by taking the following sequence:
One ENGL 201-204 Texts in Conversation course (4 credits)
One of the following 4-credit literature courses: ENGL 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395, or two 2-credit ENGL 295 courses during J-Term.
Courses fulfilling the 4-credit Human Diversity core area requirement focus on one or more areas of inquiry: racial and ethnic minorities; class; gender; marginalized groups; and non-Western literature. A variety of departments offer courses that fulfill this requirement. The English Department offers the following courses that fulfill this requirement:
ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature
ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History
ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity
ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions
ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (select sections only)
Courses fulfilling the 4-credit Fine Arts core area requirement aim to enhance students' understanding of and appreciation for one or more of the fine arts (art, music, or theater). Students gain an understanding of the role of the fine arts in expressing and maintaining, discovering and questioning a culture's dominant beliefs and ideals. The English Department administers all theater and film courses that are offered under the THTR designation in the undergraduate course catalog. The following courses fulfill the Fine Arts core area requirement:
THTR 111 Introduction to Theater
THTR 221 World Theater, Orgins to 17th Century (History of Theater I)
THTR 222 Modern and Contemporary World Theater (History of Theater II)
THTR 223 American Theater (History of Theater III; this course also fulfills the Human Diversity
THTR 259 Film I: Introduction to the Art of Film
THTR 260 History of Film: The Silent Era
THTR 261 History of Film: Sound Era, 1926 to Present Day
THTR 297 Topics
THTR 359 Film Theory and Criticism
THTR 412 Drama: Theory and Criticism