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English

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

Reading and writing are at the heart of Marywood’s programs in English. Words and narratives can shape thinking, evoke emotion, and inspire action. Those who are most engaged with words can harness this power to make a positive difference—in their own lives and in the lives of others. With this belief, the English Department offers majors in English: Literature, English: Writing, and English-Secondary Education. Minors are offered in English: Literature and in English: Writing. Through such coursework, students think critically, make connections to historical and cultural contexts, and improve their written communication with attention to both civic and professional goals.


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. A minimum grade of “C” is required in order to fulfill the University’s requirement of writing competency, and the course can be retaken only once at Marywood.

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

Credits required for English: Literature & English: Writing

Major: 39
Core: 43/46
Total to Graduate: 126

Credits required for English/Secondary Education

Major: 39
Core: 43/46
Total to Graduate: 126

Curriculum Requirements — English Majors and Minors

English majors 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 495 Senior Seminar
3
Two courses from: ENGL 310-499
6

English: Writing majors must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
ENGL 420 Grammar and Editing
3
ENGL 425 Rhetoric and Persuasion 3
One course from: ENGL 310-349, Genre or Theme 3
One Workplace Writing course 3
One Activist Writing course 3
One Creative Writing course 3
One Writing Theory course 3
ENGL 451 Internship
3
Two courses from: ENGL 400-499 or W course 6
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar
3

English Secondary Education majors 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: Literature minors 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

English: Writing minors must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in writing.

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
Any five of the following courses:
ENGL 420 Editing and Style
3
ENGL 425 Rhetoric and Persuasion
3
ENGL 450 Writing for the Social Sciences
3
ENGL 460 Creative Writing
3
ENGL 461 Writing Creative Nonfiction
3
ENGL 464 Writing Poetry
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. Similarly, 50 percent of courses used to fulfill minor requirements must have been taken at Marywood University with a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the minor.


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