Majors and Minors

English majors follow one of three tracks: literature, creative writing, or secondary education for future teachers. Double majors between English and Modern & Classical Languages can choose the Literary Studies option. Within each you’ll find freedom to pursue your passions and develop new ones.

The English minor gives you the flexibility to select four courses of your choice beyond the core requirement, whether in literature, creative writing, linguistics, rhetoric, literary theory, or a combination.

 

B.A. in English

The Major in English provides you with broad exposure to literature in historical contexts, within national traditions and theoretical frameworks, and in relation to other intellectural and artistic disciplines, along with writing for scholarly and professional purposes in both traditional and digital forms.

Core Literature and Writing Requirement

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 literature courses in English: ENGL 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 255, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395.


Required Courses

ENGL 280: Introduction to English Studies (4 credits)

ENGL 481 or ENGL 482: Senior Capstone (4 credits)

In addition to the above core curriculum and required courses, students must also select courses that fulfill the following Approaches and Methods and Area Literature requirements:

Approaches and Methods

Four credits of Historical Perspectives

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 218 Women in Literature: Critical History (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 222 The Catholic Tradition in Literature (4 credits)

Four credits of Contexts and Convergences

  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 334 Literature from a Christian Perspective (4 credits)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (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 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 [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Genre Study

  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing (4 credits, fall/spring)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 323 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Theory and Practice

  • ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 305 Linguistics: The English Language (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 311 Criticism of Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 315 Topics in Professional Writing (4 credits) [Starts in 2017-18]

Area Literature Requirements

Four credits in Early American Literature

  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early-American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Early British Literature

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 365 The Romantic Age in Britain (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Diversity Literature

  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)

All English majors should complete 44 credits in English and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in English. Students should take 16 credits in literature, chosen from among the following: 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 298, 324, 325, 334, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, 395. A minimum of 16 credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at St. Thomas.

 

B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis

The Major in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis gives you a foundation of study in literary history and genre with a sequence of writing courses focused on poetry, fiction, and creative fiction for both traditional and digital forms.

Core Literature and Writing Requirement

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 in English: ENGL 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 255, 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.


Required Course

ENGL 280 Introduction to English Studies (4 credits, fall/spring)

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

Area Distribution Requirements

Four credits from the following writing courses:

  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Writing Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction (4 credits, fall/spring)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits, fall)
  • 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, spring)
  • ENGL 421 Literary Magazine Practicum, Part I (2 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 422 Literary Magazine Practicum, Part II (2 credits, spring)

Note: The creative writing sequence normally includes:

         first--ENGL 255

         then--ENGL 321 and/or ENGL 322 and/or ENGL 323 and/or ENGL 326

         then--ENGL 405 

Twelve credits in literature to include: 

Four credits from Historical Perspectives

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits, Fall)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 222 The Catholic Tradition in Literature (4 credits)

Four credits from Genre Studies

  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme* (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures* (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture* (4 credits)

* Select sections/topics only

Four additional 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

Four credits in another English course numbered 211 or above

Course-Level Requirements

  • At least 12 credits numbered ENGL 211-299
  • At least 16 credits numbered ENGL 300-399
  • At least 4 credits numbered ENGL 400-499

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

B.A. in English with a Professional Writing Emphasis [PENDING]

NOTE: Final approval of this major track is currently pending

Core Literature and Writing Requirement

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 literature courses in English: ENGL 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 255, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395.


Required Courses

ENGL 256 Introduction to Professional Writing (4 credits)
ENGL 280 Introduction to English Studies (4 credits)
ENGL 482 Capstone Seminar: Pre-Professional Emphasis (4 credits)

In addition to the above core curriculum courses and required courses for this major, students must also select courses that fulfill the following distribution and course-level requirements:

Distribution Requirements

Eight Credits from the Following Professional Writing Courses

ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits)
ENGL 315 Topics in Professional Writing (4 credits)*
ENGL 316 Professional Editing (4 credits)
*Credit may be earned more than once under this number for different emphases

Four Credits in Diversity Literature

ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical Histoyr (4 credits)
ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)
ENGL 390 Major Literature Figures in Context (4 credits; designated section 61 only)
ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits; designated section 61 only)

Four Credits in Creative Writing

ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Writing Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction (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)*
*Prerequisite: ENGL 255 or permission of instructor

Four Elective Credits from any of the Following or an Appropriate Course of the Student's Choice Approved by the Department Chair

ENGL 211 or above (4 credits)
COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism (4 credits)
COJO 232 Visual Communication (4 credits)
COJO 320 Organizational Communication (4 credits)
COJO 370 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
ENTR 340 Social Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
JPST 250 Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies (4 credits)
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)
SOCI 350 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (4 credits)

Four Credits in another English Literature Course Numbered 211 or Above

ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits)
ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits)
ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits)
ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits)
ENGL 222 The Catholic Literary Tradition (4 credits)
ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Writing Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits)
ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits)
ENGL 334 Literature from a Christian Perspective (4 credits)
ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)
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 (4 credits)
ENGL 365 Romantic Literature (4 credits)
ENGL 366 Victorian Literature (4 credits)
ENGL 367 Twentieth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
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)
ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits)

Course-Level Requirements

  • At least 12 credits numbered ENGL 211-299 (Note: 8 of these credits must be from ENGL 280 and ENGL 256)
  • At least 16 credits numbered ENGL 300-399
  • At least 4 credits numbered ENGL 400-499

All English with Professional 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.

B.A. in English with a Secondary Education Emphasis (5-12)

The Major in English with a Secondary Education Emphasis (5-12) prepares you for teaching middle and secondary school through coursework in literature, linguistics, writing, and writing pedagogy. This particular major also requires additional coursework from the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Communication and Journalism. Successful completion of these requirements will lead to eligibility for a 5-12 Communication Arts and Literature license in the state of Minnesota. 

Plan A

English Coursework
(44 credits/11 courses at 4-credits each)

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 in English: 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

In addition to the above core curriculum courses, you must also select courses that fulfill each of the following four area distribution requirements:

ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits, usually offered in fall semester)
or
ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits, usually offered in spring semester)

ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits, usually offered in spring semester)
or
ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits, usually offered in fall semester)

ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits, usually offered in fall semester)
or
ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits, usually offered in spring semester)

ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits, usually offered in fall semester)
or
ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits, usually offered in spring semester)

All of the following courses are required:

ENGL 280 Introduction to English Studies (4 credits, usually offered in fall and spring semester)
ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits, usually offered in spring semester)
ENGL 305 Linguistics: English Language (4 credits, usually offered in fall semester)
ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits, usually offered in spring semester)

You must also complete one of the following:

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 & Gender

Completion of the above courses completes the requirements for the B.A. in English with a Teacher Education Emphasis (5-12). Students seeking Minnesota teacher licensure in Communication Arts and Literature (5-12) must also complete coursework in Communication and Journalism and in Education. The requirements for these two areas is listed below.

Communication and Journalism Coursework
(16 credits/ 4 courses at 4-credits each)

COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits)*
COJO 211 Communication Theories and Methods (4 credits)*
COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism (4 credits)*
COJO 240 Digital Imagery and Sound (4 credits)* OR Another approved COJO course

*To register for COJO courses without the prerequisite of COJO 111 Communication and Citizenship, please contact the faculty member teaching the course in advance of registration. COJO 111 is not required for licensure, but a student completing COJO 111, the COJO courses required for licensure, and a 300- or 400-level COJO course will have completed a minor in Communication and Journalism. 

Education Coursework
(34 credits/Courses vary in credits)

It is recommended that students take Education courses in the following sequence:

EDUC 210 Education's Place in Society (4 credits)
EDUC 211 Field Experience I (0 credits)
      NOTE: This 50 hour field experience must be taken concurrently with EDUC 210

Basic Skills Test (MTLE) or other Minnesota BOT approved exams required for MN licensure must be completed in order to register for the remaining education courses.

EDUC 329 Diverse Learners and Families (4 credits)
EDUC 330 Psychology for Teaching and Learning (4 credits)
     PREREQUISITE: EDUC 210
EDUC 332 Field Experience II: Learning and Teaching (0 credits)
     NOTE: This field experience must be taken concurrently with EDUC 330
EDUC 355 Reading for the 5-12 Teacher (4 credits)
     Usually offered in late afternoon/evening; also offered in summer

EDUC 316 Curriculum and Methods for Communication Arts and Literature (5-12) (4 credits)
     PREREQUISITE: EDUC 330 & Education program admittance; NOTE: Offered per week in late afternoon; only offered in fall semester
EDUC 336 Field Experience III: Communication Arts and Literature (0 credits)
     NOTE: This field experience must be taken concurrently with EDUC 316
EDUC 345 Adolescent Literature (2 credits)
     PREREQUISITE: EDUC 210; Usually offered in late afternoon/evening

Pedagogy and Content Tests (MTLE) or other Minnesota BOT approved exams required for licensure.  

In order to student teach and complete the Education program, the English major and EDUC 316 and EDUC 336 must already be completed.

EDUC 431 Use of Technology for Instruction (2 credits)
     NOTE: This is completed online
EDUC 460 Clinical Practice: Student Teaching and Seminar (10 credits)

Plus demonstrated competence on all state required standards

Important Note Regarding Plan A Credit Hours

Because of the number of courses required under Plan A, it is difficult for students to graduate in four years unless they take twenty credits worth of coursework instead of the standard sixteen credits during the regular semester and/or do coursework in J-Term or Summer Session I and/or II.

Under Plan A, students earn more than the minimum 132 credits required for a baccalaureate degree at St. Thomas; in most cases, students will earn anywhere from 142 credits (34 in Education, 44 in English, 20 in Communication and Journalism, and 44 in general education) to 154 credits for those that have not already fulfilled their Foreign Language requirement (an additional 12 credits). Those who prefer to begin their teacher licensure at the undergraduate level and complete it at the post-baccalaureate level should consider Plan B.

Have additional questions?

Please contact Dr. Andrew Scheiber in the English Department.

B.A. in Literary Studies

The Literary Studies Major allows you to study comparative literatures: those in English with those in another language. It is a joint program coordinated between the Departments of English and of Modern & Classical Languages.

The Curriculum:

The curriculum requires students to take at least sixteen credits in courses examining the literature of a non-English language. Note that upper division courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages have prerequisites; students must meet these prerequisites in order to take the curriculum required of Literary Studies Majors.

Option I (administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages):

Twenty credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in the literature of a non-English language, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Plus: Sixteen credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in English literature, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of English

Option II (administered by the Department of English):

Twenty credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in English literature, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of English

Plus:
Sixteen credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in the literature of a non-English language, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Plus:
(required under both options)
Four credits in European history

Recommended: An additional four credits in European history, four credits in aesthetics, and courses in a third language, preferably a classical language if the second language is modern.

Courses such as phonetics, conversation, composition, and civilization (if not based on literature) will not count as courses in literature.

Minor in English (UPDATED FALL 2017!]

Complement your major, increase your powers of expression, expand your career options, and enrich your imagination with a Minor in English! In addition to completing two core literature and writing courses, students choose any four English courses beyond  ENGL 206. Create your own minor with courses in literature, creative writing, professional writing, editing, folklore, and linguistics.

The minor in English consists of twenty-four credits:

Core Courses from 2014-2016 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 in English: 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.

Plus:

16 additional credits (4 courses) in any English course above ENGL 206.