Academic Catalog

English, B.A.

Program Description

In our digital world, we read and write every day, bringing with it an urgency to learn how to critically approach written texts and to produce effective writing. A degree in English provides the flexibility, creativity, and cultural literacy demanded by many different fields today.

Students who complete the program earn a Bachelor of Arts in English. The core B.A. curriculum includes courses in United States, British, and World Literature; Creative and Professional Writing; and a generous amount of electives, so the student majoring in English can either minor in another discipline or choose courses from across campus to fashion a program that focuses on their individualized needs.

Students who have a particular interest in the craft of writing can tailor their curriculum to combine their Bachelor of Arts in English with a formal concentration in either Creative Writing or Professional Writing. 

Along with learning the art of writing effectively and thinking critically in a number of different contexts, the Medaille English major also emphasizes research skills in databases and search engines. In some classes, students also use social networks for group work and public outreach, or create an online magazine, or build their own websites. 

English majors have the opportunity to learn publication skills through work on the campus literary magazine, The Prelude. The Write Thing Reading Series, sponsored by the English Program, brings locally, nationally, and internationally known authors to campus, and English majors have opportunities to meet and work with these guest writers.

Many courses within the major also allow for the exploration of the world outside the classroom. This can include

  • direct engagement with the Western New York Community;
  • readings, performances, artworks, print publications, or digital creations made available to the Western New York Community; or
  • virtual outreach to other communities in geographically inaccessible areas outside of Western New York.

In addition, English majors have the opportunity to work as interns with local businesses and non-profit organizations. This field experience allows students to apply the knowledge, skills, and values that they have learned in a professional setting.

Ultimately, the English major provides excellent preparation for careers in teaching, law, business and management, government, publishing, technical writing, journalism, writing for media, public relations, digital writing and publishing, library science, grant writing, and many other areas of professional and creative endeavor.

The English Program also offers Minors in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Literature.

Program Goals

  • To prepare students for careers in teaching, writing, content management, web production, and other fields that require precise communication and intellectual discernment
  • To enrich students’ understanding of the historical development of United States and British literature and of the English language
  • To expose students to both canonical and non-canonical literary texts, as well as to literature in English outside of the United States and British traditions
  • To enhance students’ comprehension of the major genres of literary expression:
    • prose
    • poetry
    • drama, and
    • emerging forms
  • To familiarize students with major critical and- theoretical approaches to analyzing literary texts:
    • as aesthetic objects
    • as historical registers
    • as social documents
    • as occasions for meditation or revolution
  • To increase students’ abilities to read closely and to make informed critical judgments
  • To develop students’ abilities to communicate clearly and persuasively orally, in writing, and online
  • To develop and encourage students’ abilities to write original fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and/or dramatic texts, in both digital and traditional forms.
  • To develop students’ awareness of cultural diversity so that they can communicate with reflection, sensitivity, and intelligence

Degree earned: B.A.
Total number of credits: 120-121

Credit Distribution

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Botany
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 23
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
ENG 205Introduction to Literature3
ENG 210Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENG 215Survey of World Literature3
ENG 305British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century3
ENG 315British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present3
ENG 325Literature of the United States: Colonial to the Civil War3
ENG 335Literature of the United States: Civil War through the 21st Century3
ENG 365Multicultural Literature of the United States3
ENG 435Major Global Literary Figures3
ENG 460Literary Theory and Cultural Studies: English Seminar3
ENG 477English Field Experience3
Major Electives
Select one course of the following:3
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Drama Workshop
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Select two courses of the following:6
Film Art and Appreciation
Major Literary Forms
Themes and Topics in American Literature
Themes and Topics in British Literature
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
FRE 101Elementary French I3
or SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I
FRE 102Elementary French II3
or SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II
HUM 300The Arts in Society3
PHI 170Issues in Philosophy3
or PHI 300 Ethics
PHI 200Logic3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives
Select two 100-200 level courses from the following: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, ECO, ENG, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC, or THE course6
Select two 300-400 level courses from the following: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, ECO, ENG, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC, or THE course 6
Free Electives
Select 18 credits; or, 9 credits with optional concentration:18
Free Electives 3
Total Hours120-121
1

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

2

Or above, as determined by placement test. Students who meet the math competency may substitute a Liberal Arts & Sciences elective

3

As with all elective credits, majors should consult with the Department Chair and/or appropriate Program Director before scheduling any electives.

4

English majors who choose to pursue a formal concentration in either Creative Writing or Professional Writing will use nine (9) of their free elective credits to fulfill the concentration requirements.

Optional Concentrations

Creative Writing

ENG 400Senior Portfolio3
Select two courses of the following:6
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Drama Workshop
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Independent Study in English
Total Hours9

Professional Writing

ENG 260Business and Professional Writing3
ENG 360Advanced Report and Proposal Writing3
COM 200Digital Media Production3
Total Hours9

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
ENG 205 Introduction to Literature 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
ENG 210 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 215 Survey of World Literature 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
ENG 305 British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century 3
PHI 170 Issues in Philosophy 3
LAS Elective (any) 3
Foreign Language I 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
ENG 335 Literature of the United States: Civil War through the 21st Century 3
ENG 365 Multicultural Literature of the United States 3
PHI 200 Logic 3
Foreign Language II 3
Creative Dialogues 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
ENG 300/310/320 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG 325 Literature of the United States: Colonial to the Civil War 3
ENG 435 Major Global Literary Figures 3
HUM 300 The Arts in Society 3
Free Elective (or) Concentration Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
ENG 315 British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present 3
English Elective 1 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective 3
Free Elective (or) Concentration Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
English Elective 2 3
ENG 477 English Field Experience 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
Free Elective (or) Concentration Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
ENG 460 Literary Theory and Cultural Studies: English Seminar 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective (or) Concentration Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
1

ENG 345 Film Art and Appreciation/ENG 405 Themes and Topics in American Literature/ENG 415 Themes and Topics in British Literature/ENG 425 Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture

2

ENG 355 Major Literary Forms

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.