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Chair

Jessica Berman

Professors

Raphael Falco
Lucille McCarthy

Professor of the Practice

Christopher Corbett

Assistant Professors

Helen Burgess
Jennifer Maher
Jody Shipka
Orianne Smith
Carole Lynn Stewart

Senior Lecturers

Michael Fallon
Robin Farabaugh
Carol Fitzpatrick
Gail Orgelfinger
Sally Shivnan

Lecturers

Ryan Bloom
Nicole Pekarske

Editor

Mary Hickernell

Professors Emeriti

J. Leeds Barroll
Joan Korenman

Associate Professors Emeriti

Kenneth Baldwin
William Edinger
Lawrence Lasher

Associate Professor

Jean Fernandez
Piotr Gwiazda
Kathryn McKinley
Michele Osherow

Instructor

Linda Benson
Linda R. Harris
Mitzi Mabe
Anthony McGurrin

Director

Sally Shivnan

Courses in this program are listed under ENGL and SPCH.

The program for English majors is designed to provide students with advanced skills in written and oral communication and in the interpretation of texts, as well as with a deepened critical appreciation of literature and other forms of writing. Students in the literature track cultivate the skills of close reading, effective writing and critical analysis. They study British and American literature in their historical development and choose from a wide assortment of seminars and elective courses on topics of special interest. Students in the communication and technology track will examine the literature of technology and communication, hone expository writing skills, and develop a critical awareness of print and electronic texts. Both tracks prepare students for an exceptionally wide range of careers as well as for the demands of graduate study.

English Major Requirements



The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English consists of a minimum of 39 credits as distributed below. The major offers two tracks: (1) literature and (2) communication and technology. These tracks share a common core of four courses and the same elective requirements.

Additional requirements are listed under the separate tracks.

All courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Common Core Courses (12 credits)


ENGL 301 Analysis of Literary Language. This is the gateway course for
the English major. Students should take this course as soon as they
declare their major or minor in English.

  • ENGL 250 Introduction to Shakespeare
    OR
  • ENGL 351 Studies in Shakespeare

  • ENGL 391 Advanced Exposition and Argumentation
    OR
  • ENGL 393 Technical Writing
  • OR
  • ENGL 379 Principles and Practices in Technical Communication
  • ENGL 4xx Senior Seminar

(Students will normally take the senior seminar in their track)

Common Elective Requirements (12 credits)

These electives must be English courses at the 300- or 400-level, although students may, with their advisor’s permission, include one 200-level course as part of this requirement. Students must take one literature course, one expository writing course and two other electives. Creative writing courses may be used to satisfy the literature elective. The expository writing elective should be selected from the following courses: ENGL 226, 291, 300, 303, 324, 326, 380, 382,379, 383, 391, 392, 393, 394 or 395. Any English course at the prescribed level fulfills the unrestricted electives.




LITERATURE TRACK (15 CREDITS)



English majors in the Literature Track will develop skills of close reading, critical thinking, and analysis of literary texts. Students will also develop an extensive historical knowledge of British and American literature in its cultural and social contexts. Students will be prepared for careers in such fields as education, business, law, journalism, publishing, and public relations.


Survey Courses (12 credits)


Choose four of the following five survey courses. Whenever possible,
survey courses should be taken in chronological order. They may be
taken concurrently with any other major courses.

  • ENGL 304 British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance
  • ENGL 305 British Literature: Restoration to Romantic
  • ENGL 306 British Literature: Victorian and Modern
  • ENGL 307 American Literature: From New World Contact to the Civil War
  • ENGL 308 American Literature: The Civil War to 1945

Methods Course (3 credits)

  • ENGL 401 Methods of Interpretation
Note: ENGL 401 should be taken in the senior year.



COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRACK (15 CREDITS)



English majors in the Communication and Technology track will examine the literature of technology and communication, hone expository writing skills, and develop a critical awareness of print and electronic texts.
With these analytical skills, students within the Communication and Technology track prepare for careers in communication, law, publishing, business, and education; as well, this emphasis may enhance the career
opportunities available to students majoring in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, and the natural sciences.


Required Courses (12 credits)

  • ENGL 291 Introduction to Writing

  • Creative Essays
    OR
  • ENGL 303 The Art of the Essay

  • ENGL 226 Grammar and Usage of Standard English
    OR
  • ENGL 326 The Structure of English

  • ENGL 324 Theories of Communication and Technology
  • ENGL 392 Tutorial in Writing Methods Course (3 credits)

Methods Course (3 CREDITS)

  • ENGL 407 Language in Society
Note: ENGL 407 should be taken in the senior year.


Minor Programs

Students completing one minor may not apply the same elective courses to satisfy requirements for another minor. However, required courses in one minor may be listed as electives in another minor program. This provision allows students to complete more than one minor program without having to take 36 total hours of classes. Students should

consult with their English department advisors to identify the minor program(s) best suited to their interests and needs. With the advisor’s permission, up to six credits from the any English minor may be counted as part of the English major.

COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY MINOR (COMM) (18 CREDITS


The English department offers a minor in communication and technology for students who wish to explore the theory and practice of communication and new media studies. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. No course at the 100 level may be counted for minor credit.


Core courses (9 credits):

Students may elect any three of these four core courses:
  • ENGL 300 Communication and Technology: Analysis of Texts andContexts
  • ENGL 330 Researching Communicative Practices
  • ENGL 385 New Media and Digital Literacies
  • ENGL 387 Web Design and Multimedia Authoring

Elective Courses (9 credits):


Students must select at least one course from List A and at least one course from List B. The third elective may be chosen from either list. In addition, the core course that the student did not select may be taken as an elective.


List A :

  • ENGL 320 Topics in Communication and Technology
  • ENGL 324 Theories of Communication and Technology
  • ENGL 342 Principles and Practices of Visual Literacy
  • ENGL 343 Introduction to Genre Analysis
  • ENGL 353 Rhetorical Theory
  • ENGL 355 Communicative Practices and Play Theory
  • ENGL 383 Science Writing
  • ENGL 386 Adult Literacy Tutoring: Issues and Methods
  • ENGL 407 Language in Society
  • ENGL 442 Seminar in Visual Literacy
  • ENGL 447 Online Voice and Community
  • ENGL 449 Seminar in Genre Analysis
  • ENGL 483 Seminar in Writing in the Sciences
  • ENGL 486 Seminar in Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 493 Seminar in Communication and Technology

List B:

  • SPCH 210 Interpersonal Communication
  • ENGL 291 Introduction to Writing Creative Essays
  • ENGL 303 Art of the Essay
  • ENGL 379 Principles and Practices in Technical Communication
  • ENGL 380 Introduction to News Writing
  • ENGL 382 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 391 Advanced Exposition and Argumentation
  • ENGL 392 Tutorial in Writing
  • ENGL 394 Technical Editing
  • ENGL 403 Advanced Art of the Essay


LITERATURE MINOR (LITR) (18 CREDITS)



The English Department offers a minor program in literature, requiring 18 credit hours for completion. The literature minor is intended for students who wish to augment their knowledge of English and American
literature while also refining their skills in close reading and critical interpretation of literary texts. The literature minor
requirements are listed below. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. No course at the 100 level may be counted for minor credit.

Required Core Courses: Six credits of ENGL 250: Introduction to Shakespeare and ENGL 301: Analysis of Literary Language.

Elective Requirement: Twelve additional credits of English courses must be taken, with six of those credits at the 300 or 400 level. At least three of these elective courses must be in literature. With the approval of the minor advisor, one literature course from a department other than English may be counted for minor credit.


MINOR PROGRAM IN WRITING (WRTG)(18 credits - basic minor, 24 credits - extended minor


The minor in writing at UMBC is open to, and appropriate for, studentsmajoring in any field. The credential earned by completing the minor will document the student’s pursuit of writing skills for admissionscommittees and prospective employers. Both the basic minor and the extended minor share a common four-course core:

  • ENGL 100 Composition
  • ENGL 291 Introduction to Writing Creative Essays
  • ENGL 391 Advanced Exposition and Argumentation
  • ENGL 392 Tutorial in Writing

To complete the basic minor, students must elect any two courses (6 credits) from the writing courses listed below. To complete the extended writing minor, students must elect four courses (12 credits) from within one area below or from approved electives, including ENGL 400: Special Projects. All courses must be completed with a grade of C
or better.

Note: No more than two writing minor courses may be taken per semester. Ideally, these courses should be taken in order and at the rate of one per semester. A C average is necessary in all courses applied to the writing minor. Students may begin the minor at any time. With the advisor’s permission, up to six credits from the writing minor may be counted as part of the English major.

A. Journalism

  • ENGL 380 Introduction to News Writing
  • ENGL 382 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 383 Science Writing
  • ENGL 398 Journalism Internship
  • ENGL 480 Seminar in Advanced Journalism
  • ENGL 495* Internship (Journalism)

B. Rhetoric and Communication

  • ENGL 226 English Grammar and Usage
  • ENGL 324 Theories of Communication and Technology
  • ENGL 326 The Structure of English
  • ENGL 386 Adult Literacy Tutoring: Issues and Methods
  • ENGL 395 Writing Internship (Tutoring)
  • ENGL 407 Language in Society
  • ENGL 485 The Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL 488 Seminar in Computer-assisted Writing Instruction
  • ENGL 490 Topics in the English Language
  • ENGL 491 Seminar in Topics in the English Language
  • ENGL 493 Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 495* Internship (Rhetoric and Communication Theory)

C. Creative Writing

Courses in creative writing must be taken in the proper sequence unless
permission of the instructor is given.

  • ENGL 271Introduction to Creative Writing - Fiction
  • ENGL 272 Introduction to Creative Writing - Script Writing
  • ENGL 273 Introduction to Creative Writing - Poetry
  • ENGL 371 Creative Writing - Fiction
  • THTR 371 Writing for the Theatre
  • ENGL 373 Creative Writing - Poetry
  • ENGL 375 Masterworks for Creative Writers
  • ENGL 397 Tutorial in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 403 Advanced Creative Writing - Non-Fiction
  • ENGL 471 Advanced Creative Writing - Fiction
  • ENGL 473 Advanced Creative Writing - Poetry
  • ENGL 475 Special Studies in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 495* Internship (Creative Writing)

D. Professional Writing

  • ENGL 226 English Grammar and Usage
  • ENGL 326 The Structure of English
  • ENGL 379 Principles and Practices in Technical Communication
  • ENGL 387 Web Content Development
  • ENGL 393 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 393H Technical Writing with Honors
  • ENGL 394 Technical Editing
  • ENGL 400 Special Projects in English
  • ENGL 407 Language in Society
  • ENGL 490 Advanced Topics in the English Language
  • ENGL 495* Internship (Professional Writing)
* ENGL 495 can only be taken once for the basic minor and twice for the extended minor.