Course Requirements

Both the English major and minor are available through our campus and distance education program.

English Major - (39 credit hours)

A baccalaureate 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.

English Major - 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.

English Minor - (18 credit hours)

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

English Minor - 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.