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English

If you choose to pursue a B.A. in English from Georgian Court University, you’ll develop practical skills that translate seamlessly into the business world.

You’ll have the ability to write and speak well, and so much more. Enhance your critical thinking, research, analytical, and interpretation skills—not to mention your communications acumen—in this multifaceted program. Enter a wide range of career fields that can include law, teaching, writing, library, or education administration. This versatile degree, not to mention minors in English and writing or a concentration in writing, also offers you a flexible foundation to pursue graduate work.

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your General Education requirements and the major requirements below.

Major Sequence

Beyond basic degree requirements, 39 semester hours of English are required for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English, including:

Required Courses
EN300Gateways to Literary Study3
Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature
Select one of the following:3
EN312
Heroes, Myths, & Monsters
EN313
Medieval Literature
EN314
Chaucer: Bawds & Churls
Renaissance Literature
Select one of the following:3
EN301
Shakespeare I: Of Kings & Lovers
EN302
Shakespeare II: Deception & Betrayal
EN315
Shakespeare Theater Violence & Obsession
British Literature
Select one of the following:3
EN316
Seventeenth Century Literature
EN317
Eighteenth Century Literature
EN318
Romantic Literature
EN319
Victorian Literature
EN325
Modern British Literature
EN326
Contemporary British Literature
American Literature
Select one of the following:3
EN310
American Drama
EN321
American Renaissance
EN322
American Realism
EN323
Modern American Literature
EN324
Contemporary American Literature
EN327
Make It New: Modern American Poetry
Multi-Ethnic Literature
Select one of the following:3
EN370
AsianAmericanLit
EN375
USMultiEthnicLit
EN376
NativeAmLit&Crit
EN418
African Diaspora
Senior Seminar
EN429Bookends: A Global Literature Seminar3
EN430Senior Seminar II3
English Electives
English elective courses 115
Total Credits39

Majors are required to submit a final portfolio and earn a final grade point average of at least 2.5 in the major in order to successfully graduate with an English major.

English majors seeking New Jersey teacher certification are encouraged to consider the following English electives for the major:

EN250The Power of Grammar3
EN260Exploring Children’s Literature3
EN264Journeys in Young Adult Literature3
EN416HistoryStructureofEnglish (when offered)3
Total Credits12

Writing Concentration

This concentration offers students the opportunity to sharpen their writing skills in a variety of scholarly, creative, and professional genres. Students learn about the practical requirements of writing with different technologies and for different media, while exploring their creativity in collaboration with faculty and peers. Since this track prepares students for jobs in a variety of fields, including advertising, publishing, editing, and marketing, an internship experience (EN299 Student Publications Practicum – Editor or EN405 Internship) is required. The concentration also offers a strong foundation for students planning to pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing. Students who minor in writing cannot choose the writing concentration.

English Major Course Requirements (24); see above

Additional requirements for the Writing Concentration (10–12 credits, which substitute for English elective credits):

Required Internship or Practicum 1-3
EN299
Student Publications Practicum – Editor
EN405
Internship
Required Other Courses
Select three of the following:9
EN210
Writing for the Mass Media
EN213
News Writing & Reporting
EN215
Creative Writing
EN221
Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
EN222
Digital News Editing
EN225
Topics in Writing
EN230
Writing on the Web
EN250
The Power of Grammar
EN341
Public Relations Writing
EN416
HistoryStructureofEnglish
Total Credits10-12
Additional English Electives
English elective courses 13-5
1

Electives may be chosen from any of the EN offerings, EN113 American Literature Before 1865 or higher.



For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Expand your career opportunities by combining your current major with courses that will strengthen your critical reading, thinking, and writing skills.

Minor Sequence

Eighteen credit hours are required, including EN300 Gateways to Literary Study and two other courses at the 300 level or above taken at Georgian Court. Only courses EN113 American Literature Before 1865 and higher will count toward the total number of credits required for the minor.




For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Promote your professional or personal aspirations with a minor in writing from GCU. Explore all types of writing, refine your writing style, and boost your communications expertise.

Minor Sequence

Eighteen semester hours are required in writing courses above EN111 Academic Writing and Research I; EN112 Academic Writing and Research II or the equivalent. Courses taken for the minor may not also count toward the major. At least half the required courses must be taken at Georgian Court.

Required Courses
EN/CM230Writing on the Web3
EN250The Power of Grammar3
Electives
Select four of the following:12
EN/CM210
Writing for the Mass Media
EN/CM213
News Writing & Reporting
EN215
Creative Writing
EN221
Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
EN/CM222
Digital News Editing
EN225
Topics in Writing
EN/CM299
Student Publications Practicum – Editor
EN420
Special Studies (with advisor approval)
EN/CM341
Public Relations Writing
Total Credits18

English majors may not use courses they are counting for their major to fulfill writing minor requirements.




For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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