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English

English

(minor required) B.A. Degree

The English program at Ferrum College has two primary purposes: to serve all students by helping them develop and refine their writing and research skills, then by helping them understand how to read and write about literature; and to develop majors who are thoughtful, perceptive, articulate, and open to a wide variety of literary traditions and complexities of language. In addition, English graduates should be able to write effectively in a variety of contexts and should be well prepared for a broad range of careers, but especially those working with texts and language. The program helps students to develop both critical thinking and oral communication skills by familiarizing students with literature from diverse cultures, nationalities, and historical periods and through study of the history, structure, functions, and variations of language. Finally, English graduates should be proficient in using both traditional and modern technologies in the study of literature and language. An English major provides excellent preparation for graduate school in many fields.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

All students majoring in English will be required to complete a relevant experiential component involving supervised work in one of the following areas (or some combination): internship, a college media organization (The Iron Blade, Chrysalis, or Ferrum Radio), volunteer service, student teaching, tutoring, collaboration in a faculty research project, or development of a paper for formal presentation. Students may substitute an alternative with the approval of the appropriate School Dean. If the student's work is not undertaken for credit in an existing course, the student should enroll in a one-credit English practicum under the supervision of a faculty member in the English Department. For English majors also minoring in journalism, the journalism practicum or internship can serve as the experiential component required by the English major.

Liberal Arts Core Requirement:

   ENG 200 Introduction to Literary Studies 3

Degree Specific Requirements:

   Foreign Language through intermediate level

 Required Common Courses (18 hours):        

   ENG 205 or 345 and 206 or 346 American Literature
   Any three courses from ENG 201, 202, 203, 204, 361, or 362 World and      British Literature  9
   ENG 398 Junior Seminar 1
   ENG 498 Senior Seminar 2

Total Hours 18

 

I. Literature Emphasis

Required Courses:

   ENG 401 Literary Criticism 3
   18 hours chosen from any other 300-400 level English courses, of which 6 hours should be pre-19th century literature, 6 hours 19th century and later literature, and 6 hours from any other 300-400 level English courses or foreign language literature. 18

 Total Hours Required in Major 39

(minor required)

 

II. Creative and Professional Writing Emphasis

Required Courses (6 hours)

   ENG 218 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
   ENG 461 Professional Writing 3

 9 hours from the following:

   COM 433 Media Scriptwriting 3
   ENG 319 Advanced Prose Writing 3
   ENG 320 Advanced Poetry Writing 3
   ENG 311 News Writing and Editing 3
   ENG 312 Feature Writing and Production 3
   ENG 336 Linguistics 3
   ENG 338 Rhetoric 3
   ENG 433 Small Group Communication 3
   ENG 131—432 Journalism Practicum 1
   ENG 141—442 Creative Arts Practicum 1

 6 hours from:

   Any 300-400 level ENG course or other approved discipline 6

Total Hours Required in Major 39
(minor required)

 III. Film and Popular Culture Emphasis

Required Courses

   ENG 221 Introduction to Film 3
   ENG 222: Introduction to Popular Culture 3

 9 hours from the following:

   COM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
   COM 271 Online Media 3
   COM 369 Mass Media and Behavior 3
   ENG 213 (E-Term) Literature and Film of the American Frontier 3
   ENG 428 Contemporary Literature and Film 3
   ENG 301 Literature for Children 3
   ENG 350 Appalachian Literature 3
   HON 211 Art, Literature, and Film of the Expressionist Period 3
   HON 213 Media and Violence 3
   HON 216 The Sixties 3
   HUM 302 African American Studies 3
   PSC 277 African Politics, Film, and Literature  3
   PSC 491 Topics in Political Science: International Relations Theory & Film 3
   REL 216 Religion in Film 3
   SCI 145 Bad Science in Movies 2
   SOC 204 Sociology of Sport 3
   SOC 206 Introduction to American Folk Studies 3

 6 hours from:

Any 300-400 level ENG course or other approved discipline 6

Total Hours Required in Major 39
(minor required)

 IV. Teacher Certification Emphasis

Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in English (grades 6-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in Secondary Education. This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor. (See Teacher Education minor).

English majors interested in certification to teach English at the secondary level must minor in education and include the following among their major courses:

  ENG 205 American Literature I OR ENG 345 American Literature, 1815-1865 3
  ENG 206 American Literature II OR ENG 346 American Literature, 1865-1940 3
  ENG 336 Linguistics 3
  ENG 338 Rhetoric 3
  ENG 365 Shakespeare 3
  ENG 401 Literary Criticism 3
  Students lacking proficiency in public speaking may be required to take COM 201 Public Speaking.  

Highly recommended:

  ENG 203 British Literature I OR ENG 361 British Literature, 1660-1798 3
ENG 204 British Literature II OR ENG 362 British Literature, 1798-1890 3

 Total Hours Required in Major 39

(minor required)

 

Journalism Add-on Endorsement

Students certified to teach English at the secondary level may earn an additional endorsement in journalism by taking the following courses in addition to the 36 hours required for the English major:

   COM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
   ENG 311 News Writing and Editing 3
   ART 215 Digital Photography OR 217 Black and White Photography 3
   ENG 312 Feature Writing and Production OR ART 201 Basic Computer            Graphics OR COM 211 Radio Broadcasting Methods 3
   ENG 131 and 132 Journalism Practicum I and II (1 credit each) 2
   ENG 231 Journalism Practicum III or COM 141 Radio Practicum 1
Total hours     15