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The English Department at Marywood University is a dynamic learning community dedicated to exploring the beauty and power of language and literature. We offer a broad spectrum of courses for literary study and teacher training.

Program highlights include a nationally recognized teacher education program, small class sizes, course variety, and  internship opportunities. 


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Goals

Marywood’s programs in English are designed to teach students to:


General Requirements — All Students

All undergraduate students are required to take: ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric* Course lays strong foundations for college-level argumentative and inquiry-based writing by increasing rhetorical awareness, analytical skills, and research profi­ciency. Through guided practice with process-based academic writing, students produce original arguments that employ research to engage in ongoing academic conversations. ENGL 180, Introduction to World Literature Course surveys western and non-western literature of the world. Students will read texts in several genres. Course content will vary by instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 160.


*Approved Advanced Placement courses may be awarded credit.

N.B.: English 160 and English 180 are prerequisites for all literature courses. ENGL 160 is the prerequisite for all Writing courses.

Final approval of English transfer credits rests with the department chair.

Degree Requirements

  Major Core To Graduate
English 39 43/46 126
English/Secondary Educ. 39 43/46 126

Curriculum Requirements — English Majors and Minors

English majors must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in English:

ENGL 160 Writing Skills
3
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
Survey Courses 3 out of 4 of the following:
9
ENGL 357A American Literature I
3
ENGL 357 American Literature II
3
ENGL 360 British Literature I
3
ENGL 364 British Literature II
3
One upper-level writing course
3
One course from: ENGL 310-329, Genre
3
One course from: ENGL 330-349, Theme
3
One course from: ENGL 350-359, American Period
3
One course from: ENGL 360-369, British Period
3
ENGL 370 Shakespeare
3
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar
3
Two courses from: ENGL 310-499
6

English majors, Secondary Education, must complete a minimum of 45 credit
hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
Survey Courses 3 out of 4 of the following:
9
ENGL 357A American Literature I
3
ENGL 357 American Literature II
3
ENGL 360 British Literature I
3
ENGL 364 British Literature II
3
One upper-level writing course
3
One course from: ENGL 310-329, Genre
3
One course from: ENGL 330-349, Theme
3
One course from: ENGL 350-359, American Period
3
One course from: ENGL 360-369, British Period
3
ENGL 370 Shakespeare
3
ENGL 400 Structure of Linguistics
3
ENGL 412A Teaching Writing
3
ENGL 412B Teaching Literature
3

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

English minors, Elementary Education, must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
One course from any four of the seven categories listed below:  
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
3
ENGL 310-329 Genre
3
ENGL 330-349 Theme
3
ENGL 350-359 American Period
3
ENGL 360-369 British Period
3
ENGL 370-399 other Literature courses
3
ENGL 400-499 other English courses
3

Writing Minor


The English Department offers an 18 credit minor in Writing. In addition to English 160, students are required to complete any five of the following courses.

ENGL 450 Writing for the Social Sciences
3
ENGL 460 Creative Writing
3
ENGL 470 Business and Technical Writing
3
ENGL 475 Composition Theory and Practice
3
ENGL 480 Advanced Writing
3
ENGL 484 Political Writing and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 485 Writing and Cultural Studies
3
ENGL 490 Feminist Writing and Rhetoric
3
ENGL XXXW A writing-intensive literature course
3-6
ENGL 451 Internship
3

English 160 Composition and Rhetoric is the prerequisite for the internship and all upper-division writing courses. The upper-division courses may be taken in any sequence.

All majors are required to consult either the chairperson or their advisors prior to registration each semester. The responsibility of fulfilling the department’s requirements, however, rests with the student.

Additionally: Education majors, Secondary and Elementary, must consult with Marywood’s Department of Education in order to fulfill the education sequence and QPA requirements in an orderly and accurate manner.

In order for the English Department to recommend a major for graduation, 50 percent of the student’s English courses must have been taken at Marywood with a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major.

Women’s Studies Minor


A minor in Women’s Studies is available, combining courses offered through several departments. Most Women’s Studies courses meet requirements of the Core Curriculum. To fulfill the minor in Women’s Studies, a student must complete eighteen credits including a three-credit integrating seminar or Feminist Cultural Criticism.

Courses are selected from the following and/or from additional courses as they are developed. The student must select courses from at least two disciplines. These are examples of the kinds of courses the program offers:

ENGL 318 Women Writers
3
ENGL 326 Feminist Cultural Criticism
3
ART/ENGL 342 History of Postmodern Women: Literature and Art
3
ENGL 360A Early Modern British Women Writers
3
ENGL 362A Victorian Women Writers
3
ENGL 378 Plath, Sexton and Company
3
ENGL 490 Feminist Writing and Rhetoric
3
HIST 230 Women in the Developing World
3
HIST 250 Women in the East and West
3
HIST 260 Distinguished Women: a Global Biographical View
3
HIST 320B Womanhood in America
3
HIST 320L American Women of Color
3
PHIL 416 Perspectives on Women
3
PSYC 438 Psychology of Gender
3
RST 434 Women and Religion
3
SSCI 461 Integrating Seminar
3

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