ACADEMICS

  • English 

    The principal objectives of the English program are to help students to communicate clearly, logically and effectively; to use research methods intelligently; to analyze, interpret and enjoy literature; and to develop a perspective on the world that is informed by intensive study of literature and its critical methods. The program also seeks to familiarize students with the classics of world literature, emphasizing the major authors, works and literary movements which distinguish English and American literature. At the same time, the program seeks to introduce students to "alternative voices" in literature, voices that are new to the literary canon or that occupy a literary space outside of it. The intellectual growth of majors is carefully nurtured to ensure that they are prepared for diverse career paths, scholarly research, and success in graduate school. Moreover, reflecting the institution's historical mission, the English program provides guidance and support for future teachers of English.

    Requirements for a Major: 36 credits in English (exclusive of EN 101 and EN 102) which must include the following:

    • EN 210 Survey of American Literature I or
    • EN 211 Survey of American Literature II
    • EN 220 Survey of English Literature I
    • EN 221 Survey of English Literature II
    • EN 255 Methods of Literary Studies
    • EN 360 Shakespeare I

    Electives: 21 credits in English (including a minimum of 12 credits in 300 or 400 level literature courses).

    Students declaring English as a major must demonstrate a competency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.
     
    Once LASC requirements are satisfied, students may select general requirements. Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

    Requirements for a Major in English, Concentration in Writing: 15 credits in writing courses (exclusive of EN 101 and EN 102) in addition to the 15 credits in Shakespeare (EN 360); surveys (EN 210 or EN 211; EN 220 and EN 221), and EN 255 required of all majors. The remaining 6 credits must be literature electives at the 300-level or above.
    The 15 credits in writing will be selected from the following:

    • EN 207 The Writer's Life
    • EN 250 Creative Thinking and Critical Writing
    • EN 251 Advanced Expository Writing
    • EN 252 Technical Writing
    • EN 253 Business Communications
    • EN 256 Creative Writing: Fiction
    • EN 258 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
    • EN 260 Creative Writing: Poetry I
    • EN 262 Creative Writing: Poetry II
    • EN 266 Journalism: Practice and Techniques
    • EN 267 Journalism: Advanced News writing
    • EN 268 Journalism: Feature Writing
    • EN 269 Journalism: Interpretive Reporting
    • EN 270 Journalism: Editing
    • EN 271 Journalism: Workshop
    • EN 272 News Reporting and Writing I
    • EN 275 Sports Writing
    • EN 281 Web Authoring and Publication
    • EN 341 Advanced Practices in Writing
    • EN 351 News Reporting and Writing II
    • EN 352 Practicum in Journalism
    • EN 353 Narrative Journalism
    • EN 354 Opinion Writing
    • EN 411 Theory and Teaching of Writing
    • EN 415 Technology and the Teaching of Writing
    • CM 366 Scriptwriting

    A 3-6 credit internship in writing, whether in English (EN410 or EN 475) or other languages (FR 475 or SP 475)

    Requirements for a Major in English, Concentration in Journalism: In addition to taking the required courses for the English major and two 300- or 400-level literature electives, students choosing the journalism concentration must take five journalism courses comprised of three required courses and two electives.

    The required journalism courses are the following:

    • EN 107 Journalism and Democracy
    • EN 272 News Reporting and Writing I
    • EN 416 Media Law and Ethics

    The elective journalism courses are the following:

    • EN 268 Feature Writing
    • EN 270 Editing
    • EN 275 Sports Writing
    • EN 351 News Reporting and Writing II
    • EN 352 Practicum in Journalism
    • EN 353 Narrative Journalism
    • EN 354 Opinion Writing
    • EN 475 Internship in English (under supervision of faculty member who teaches journalism)

    Prerequisites: EN 102 English Composition II (or equivalent LASC course), EN 107 Journalism and Democracy, and EN 272 News Reporting and Writing I are prerequisites for every journalism course except EN 270 Editing, which has only EN 102 English Composition II (or equivalent LASC course) as a prerequisite.

    Women’s Studies: English majors may elect an interdisciplinary concentration in women’s studies. They must complete the requirements for the standard English major. They must have 15 credits in women’s studies courses, with the English courses among them counting toward the major. For more information, see the Women's Studies section of this catalog.

    Requirements for a Minor: 18 credits in English (exclusive of EN 101 and EN 102) which must include the following:

    • EN 210 Survey of American Literature I or
    • EN 211 Survey of American Literature II
    • EN 220 Survey of English Literature I
    • EN 221 Survey of English Literature II

    English electives: 9 credits

    Requirements for a Minor in Writing: 18 credits of writing beyond EN 101, EN 102, or EN 250. Students must take EN 207 A Writer's Life and at least two 300-level writing courses. The other 9 credits may be selected from any of the writing courses offered by the department, including, but not limited to, EN 251, EN 252, EN 253, EN 256, EN 258, EN 260, EN 262, EN 266, EN 267, EN 268, EN 269, EN 270, EN 271, EN 272, EN 275, EN 281, EN 351, EN 352, EN 353, EN 354. Other writing courses offered in other departments may be counted toward the minor with the permission of the Chair of the English Department. Each student must take at least one course designated a professional writing course.

    The Writing Center
    Worcester State University's Writing Center is located in Sullivan 306. Staffed by graduate assistants and peer tutors, the Writing Center's offerings include individual writing tutorials for undergraduate and graduate students; reference material and workshops to help candidates prepare for the Massachusetts Teacher Test; writing across the curriculum resource material for Worcester State University faculty; and online tutorials for a wide range of technology-based subjects.

    The Writing Center is fully connected to the campus network and the World Wide Web. The Worcester State University OWL (Online Writing Lab), the Writing Center's online community, hosts a varied collection of reference materials useful for both the academic and business writer. In addition, faculty, students, and members of the greater Worcester community submit their work online and receive feedback and support within 72 hours.

    Sessions with Writing Center staff can be arranged on an appointment, drop-in, or online basis, and all services are offered at no charge. For more information, visit the OWL at the following web address: www.worcester.edu/owl.

    English Honor Society
    Lambda Iota Tau, an international honor society in literature, is available to outstanding junior and senior English majors and minors.