English

Do you have a world inside your mind, ready to come to life in the pages a book? Do you want to write poetry, nonfiction or marketing materials? Maybe you’d like to explore the relationship between literature and culture. An English degree from SMWC will help define the shape of your future.

You will find your niche in a stimulating, creative atmosphere, working with leading scholars, notable experts and inspiring peers who appreciate the art and science of the English language. 

Curriculum

Here you will never be a nameless face in an overwhelming lecture hall, trudging through 400 years of American literature with 400 other students. In our small, intimate classes, you will make connections, discuss ideas, research issues and analyze outcomes through coursework such as:

  • Literature and Myth
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Modern World Literature

Practical Experience as a Student

Do you write poetry or short stories that captivate audiences? You can publish your work in SMWC’s literary magazine, Aurora. Do you enjoy editing news articles? You can join the College’s student newspaper, The Woods. Through our Career Development Center, you can dig deeper into your field, network with experts and test drive different positions. Many of our students get hands-on professional experience in English degree jobs:

  • Writing blogs and brochures for wildlife organizations such as Wolf Park
  • Developing email newsletters for national organizations such as Greenpeace
  • Writing technical descriptions for nature reserves such as Dobbs Park
  • Working behind the scenes at television stations such as WTHI
  • Creating social media strategies for nonprofits such as the Terre Haute Children’s Museum

You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to work in a groundbreaking virtual internship program. You’ll use cutting-edge technology to create a collaborative environment that embraces diverse ideas, uses innovative approaches and makes a positive impact in the community.

As an English major at The Woods, you’ll have many opportunities for intellectual exploration, in-depth interactions with your professors and practical experience outside the classroom. 

English Major - (39 credit hours)

A baccalaureate English degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives, to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College English major you need to complete at least 39 credit hours in English and related courses.

Required Courses

39 Credit hours required: all courses listed. One general studies perspective course in literature or equivalent also required (counts as general study credit).

Study of the principal writers of the English Renaissance with special focus on the works of Shakespeare. As needed.

Introduces techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose. Satisfies English Education, professional writing, and creative writing requirements.

Study of literature from a variety of cultures and in a variety of forms with an emphasis on myths. Students explore the value of creative expression in a society to develop an appreciation of the process of creation and to foster personal principles for judging creative expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies English Education major/elective. As needed.

Study of selected major authors and works of British literature from the beginnings to the present in which students examine authors in their historical context, analyze literary expression, and evaluate works using various critical theories. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Surveys the major periods of American literary history focusing on the works of representative authors. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Explores the rich and diverse contributions of women writers to our American literary heritage. Students critically read and write about American women‘s creative expression in a variety of genres. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies Women‘s Studies minor requirement and English Education major elective.

Study of poetic forms, sounds, images, figures with an emphasis on poems writing for professional writing majors and creative writing minors. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Offers students guided practice in writing essays in a flexible, contemporary genre familiar to readers of memoir and literary journalism. Students draw on personal experience to produce essays that are conversational in tone and non-traditional in structure and may also include factual report or research. As needed.

Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women‘s Studies minor requirements.

Analyzes examples of fiction to illustrate narrative modes and examine creative writing techniques, such as plot, characterization, point of view, description, and style. Students create examples of fiction. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Studies fiction, poetry, and drama from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America of significant writers to evaluate the relationship of place and author, the effect of political and social realities on the themes and styles of authors, to compare and contrast world authors with those from the U.S. As needed.

Study of designated or selected topics designed to serve the special needs and interests of advanced students. As needed.

3 credit hours of an approved English elective. Talk with your academic adviser for details.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

English Minor - (18 credit hours)

The English minor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires 18 credit hours. 

Required Courses

18 Credit hours required: all courses listed

Study of the principal writers of the English Renaissance with special focus on the works of Shakespeare. As needed.

Study of literature from a variety of cultures and in a variety of forms with an emphasis on myths. Students explore the value of creative expression in a society to develop an appreciation of the process of creation and to foster personal principles for judging creative expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies English Education major/elective. As needed.

Study of selected major authors and works of British literature from the beginnings to the present in which students examine authors in their historical context, analyze literary expression, and evaluate works using various critical theories. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Surveys the major periods of American literary history focusing on the works of representative authors. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women‘s Studies minor requirements.

Studies fiction, poetry, and drama from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America of significant writers to evaluate the relationship of place and author, the effect of political and social realities on the themes and styles of authors, to compare and contrast world authors with those from the U.S. As needed.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

English is not just English. English is history, philosophy, law, art, math and so much more. Maybe you want to write political speeches, brochures for nonprofits or edit for a publishing house. As an English major, you will find yourself often asked if you know what to do with an English degree. An English degree from SMWC will allow you to say, “Anything I want.” You can make your mark in English degree jobs such as:

  • Government
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Museums
  • Higher education

The English major degree program at SMWC will also prepare you for a master’s or doctorate in many fields, such as law, journalism or communications. Employers constantly rank communication skills at the top of their must-have list. As an English major at The Woods, you will learn skills that will not only benefit you in class, but in all your lifelong goals.

As an English major or minor work closely with the Career Development Office to make professional contacts, to meet with alumnae working in the professional world, and to arrange for internships, externships or other practical learning experiences.