Core Curriculum Requirements

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 Literature and Writing core requirement as well as select courses that fulfill the Human Diversity core area requirement.

Literature and Writing Core Requirement

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.

2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Under this sequence, students enroll in two 4-credit courses:

First Course
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)  plus 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.


Human Diversity Core Area Requirement  

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)