English (ENG)

ENGLISH (ENG)

The English program at Western State Colorado University provides its majors an opportunity to study language, literature, writing, and secondary teaching. Upon graduation, English majors can:

•employ multiple perspectives in producing and analyzing texts;

•employ a critical, historical, and cultural sense of the traditions of English, American, and world literatures;

•generate and develop an effective writing project in at least one genre. Those in the Comprehensive Program with the writing emphasis can also:

•generate and develop effective writing projects in a variety of genres for a variety of writing occasions;

•locate  appropriate  venues  for  their  writing  and  submit  compatible  work  for publication.

Those in the Comprehensive Program with secondary education licensure can also be licensed to teach literature and writing in secondary schools in Colorado.

FACULTY

Professors T. Christine Jespersen, Alina M. Luna, and Mark D. Todd;

Assistant Professor Elizabyth Hiscox;

Senior Lecturers Michiko Jo Arai and Courtney P. Fullmer; Lecturer Shelley E. Read.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

English majors and minors must complete the required course ENG 250 Critical Approaches to Literature with a minimum grade of “C” before registering for upper-division courses in English.

English Major: Standard Program

A minimum of 39 credits is required, including a three-credit, upper-division literature elective, and the following:

ENG 205  Introduction to Creative Writing

3 cr

ENG 250  Critical Approaches to Literature

3 cr

ENG 358  Global Literatures

3 cr

ENG 371  Literary Theory and Criticism

3 cr

ENG 394  Junior Seminar

3 cr

ENG 494  Senior Seminar

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ENG 230  Environmental Literature

3 cr

ENG 232  Borderlands: Race, Class, and Gender

3 cr

ENG 237  Women and Literature

3 cr

ENG 238  Literary Culture of the American West

3 cr

ENG 255  Ancient World Literature

3 cr

ENG 331  Literature and Ethnicity

3 cr

ENG 337  Women Writers

3 cr

ENG 370  Myth and Culture

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ENG 300  Creative Writing: Fiction

3 cr

ENG 301  Creative Writing: Poetry

3 cr

ENG 303  Environmental Writing

3 cr

ENG 305  Creative Writing:  Non-fiction

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ENG 372  British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts

3 cr

ENG 373  British Literature: Milton Through the Romantics

3 cr

ENG 374  British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day

3 cr

ENG 463  Major British Authors

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ENG 384  American Literature—Early to Civil War

3 cr

ENG 385  American Literature—Civil War to Present

3 cr

ENG 464  Major American Authors

3 cr

 
English Major: Comprehensive Program

CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS

A minimum of 54 credits is required, including three credits of an upper-division literature elective, and the following:

COM 241  Media Writing

3 cr

ENG 205  Introduction to Creative Writing

3 cr

ENG 220  Grammar

3 cr

ENG 250  Critical Approaches to Literature

3 cr

ENG 358  Global Literatures

3 cr

ENG 371  Literary Theory and Criticism

3 cr

ENG 394  Junior Seminar

3 cr

ENG 405  Advanced Writing

3 cr

ENG 445  Literary Magazine Submission and Production

3 cr

ENG 494  Senior Seminar

3 cr

Three of the following, at least two of which must have an ENG prefix:

 

COM 306  Scriptwriting

3 cr

COM 310  Intro to Performance Studies

3 cr

ENG 300  Creative Writing: Fiction

3 cr

ENG 301  Creative Writing: Poetry

3 cr

ENG 303  Environmental Writing

3 cr

ENG 305  Creative Writing: Non-fiction

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ENG 372  British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts

3 cr

ENG 373  British Literature: Milton Through the Romantics

3 cr

ENG 374  British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day

3 cr

ENG 463  Major British Authors

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ENG 384  American Literature—Early to Civil War

3 cr

ENG 385  American Literature—Civil War to Present

3 cr

ENG 464  Major American Authors

3 cr

 

SECONDARY LICENSURE EMPHASIS

The Secondary Licensure Emphasis requires 51 credits, including three credits of upper-division English electives. English 352 Children’s Literature and English 499 Internship in English may not be used as electives in English. In addition, students must fulfill the requirements of the Secondary Licensure Option (see description under Education). The following courses are required:

COM 216  Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis

3 cr

COM 241  Media Writing

3 cr

ENG 205  Introduction to Creative Writing

3 cr

ENG 220  Grammar and the English Language

3 cr

ENG 250  Critical Approaches to Literature

3 cr

ENG 358  Global Literatures

3 cr

ENG 370  Myth and Culture

3 cr

ENG 371  Literary Theory and Criticism

3 cr

ENG 384  American Literature—Early to Civil War

3 cr

ENG 394  Junior Seminar

3 cr

One of the following:

 

COM 306  Scriptwriting

3 cr

ENG 300  Creative Writing: Fiction

3 cr

ENG 301  Creative Writing: Poetry

3 cr

ENG 303  Environmental Writing

3 cr

ENG 305  Creative Writing:  Non-fiction

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ENG 230  Environmental Literature

3 cr

ENG 232  Borderlands: Race, Class, and Gender

3 cr

ENG 237  Women and Literature

3 cr

ENG 238  Literary Culture of the American West

3 cr

ENG 248  Film Arts: Film as Literature/Literature as Film

3 cr

ENG 255  Ancient World Literature

3 cr

ENG 331  Literature and Ethnicity

3 cr

ENG 337  Women Writers

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ENG 372  British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts

3 cr

ENG 373  British Literature: Milton through the Romantics

3 cr

ENG 374  British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day

3 cr

ENG 463  Major British Authors

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ENG 384  American Literature – Early to Civil War

3 cr

ENG 385  American Literature—Civil War to Present

3 cr

ENG 464  Major American Authors

3 cr

 
English Minor

A minimum of 18 credits is required for a Minor in English including:

ENG 205  Introduction to Creative Writing

3 cr

ENG 250  Critical Approaches to Literature

3 cr

English electives at the 150 level or above (excluding ENG 499)

12 cr

 

Capstone Course Requirement. The following course in the English Major fulfills the capstone course requirement: ENG 494 Senior Seminar. Students completing the Secondary Licensure Emphasis may use student teaching to fulfill this requirement. English majors must pass three credits of course work in ENG 494 with a minimum grade of “C.”

 

English Assessment Program. All English majors and minors are required to participate in and successfully pass skills/knowledge assessment testing in English. Assessment tests are conducted thus: 1) as a component of the required course ENG 250 Critical Approaches to Literature; 2) as a designated semester project in the Junior Seminar, or a designated project in ENG 405 Advanced Writing (writing emphasis); and 3) a final graduation requirement incorporated into ENG 494 Senior Seminar.