Program and Degree Options
The English Studies Major trains students to analyze, interpret and write in a wide variety of literary and nonliterary genres. Literature and writing students follow a different program than the professionally oriented Print Journalism emphasis. Secondary Education teacher certification is easily combined with the major.
General English Studies Major
46 credit hours minimum includes:
- ENG 196 Reading Literature
- ENG 203 English Literature to 1660
- ENG 205 18th Century Literature
- ENG 207 19th & 20th Century American Literature
- ENG 209 19th & 20th Century British Literature
- ENG 265 Style
Choice of 1 additional 200-level writing course:
- ENG 200 Writing Across Media
- ENG 270 Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
- ENG 275 Introduction to Creative Writing, or
- ENG 285 Writing Theories & Practices
- ENG 350 In Theory
- ENG 370 Language & Linguistics
- ENG 480 Senior Portfolio (1 credit hour)
- Upper Level Electives: 6 300- or 400-level courses, of which at least 2 courses must be at the 400-level.
Students may elect to specialize in either Writing or Literature at the upper level, earning a concentration designation in either of these areas. The requirements for the concentrations are as follows:
Of the 6 upper level electives, at least 4 courses must be in Writing and at least 2 courses must be 400-level. You may also gain practicum credit and experience working on either our humor journal, The Kindling, or our national undergraduate creative writing journal, The NCC Review.
Of the 6 upper level electives, at least 4 must be in Literature and include ENG 407 Seminar in Selected Authors and a choice of a 400-level Seminar in either Drama, Fiction, or Poetry.
In addition to traditional English Studies in literature, language, linguistics, and creative writing, we offer a Print Journalism Emphasis which requires a minimum of 43 credit hours. Students in Print Journalism begin with a literature core and then concentrate their writing in the area of news media. Many of our students intending to work professionally in a variety of media supplement their Print Journalism Emphasis with a major or minor in Interactive Media Studies.
- 4 200-level courses in Literature
- 6 courses in Journalism electives
- ENG 365 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing
- 1 of the following courses: ENG 265, ENG 360, ENG 465
- Typically three terms working on The NCC Chronicle
Minors are available in English Studies, English-Writing, and English-Print Journalism. See catalog for more information.