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The English program is also supported by a dedicated team of Instructional Specialists.

Description

The English Program provides all students with the opportunity to become familiar with English as an effective tool in speaking and writing, to explore the range of literature in English from the earliest periods to the present, and to develop facility in original writing in various genres. Embracing the interdisciplinarity of Trinity's curriculum and its focus on gender, race, and ethnicity, the courses offered by the English Program invite students to study the rich traditions of and the current challenges to the standard canon of literary works. Thus, the Program encourages students to focus on: texts, whether printed, filmed, electronically published, or performed; gender issues in literature; and literary treatments of social concerns. The Program proposes to students the study of literary traditions, of literature by and about women, and of literature written in English by members of diverse cultures in the United States and internationally.

Requirements for the major are carefully selected to ensure that each student is able to construct a dynamic program of study built on a core of courses that provide an understanding of literary genres, of themes and movements, and of major figures. Consistent with the mission of Trinity, the English Program stresses the development of the ability to analyze, criticize, and synthesize the structures and ideas encountered in texts; the viewing of literature as the reflection of diverse cultures; and the understanding of literature as a sociological and political event and as a commentary on human values, particularly values related to justice, gender, and race.

Through research projects and participation in seminars and class discussions, students develop the ability to reason, write, and speak persuasively. In their capstone experience in the senior year, the Program's faculty members encourage English majors to view themselves as independent researchers. The English Program supports both a major and a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the B.A. in English, students must complete 39 hours of required coursework in the following areas:

Writing about Literature 3 credits
Major British or U.S. Authors Requirement 6 credits
Major Figures Requirement 6 credits
Major Genres and Movements Study 3 credits
Global Literature in English Study 3 credits
Literary and Critical Theory 3 credits
English Electives 12 credits
Senior Colloquium 3 credits

Writing about Literature (3 credits)

ENGL 150 Writing about Literature

Major British or U.S. Authors Requirement (6 credits)

TWO of the following courses, which examine the work of writers whose ideas and achievements have shaped and are shaping literature in English. The program recommends that students pursue one of the two sequences, either ENGL 211/212 or ENGL 214/215:

ENGL 211 Major British Writers I
ENGL 212 Major British Writers II
ENGL 214 Major United States Writers I
ENGL 215 Major United States Writers II

Major Figures Study (6 credits)

TWO courses at the 300-level or above specifically devoted to the work of one author or a limited set of authors. Please note that ENGL 389 is a pre-requisite for course at the 300-level and above.  Sample courses include:

ENGL 325 Works of Shakespeare
ENGL 374 The Films of Spike Lee
ENGL 434 Novels of Jane Austen
ENGL 435 The Bronte Sisters
ENGL 451 Writers of the American South
ENGL 470 Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin
ENGL 476 Seminar on Toni Morrison

Major Genres and Movements Study (3 credits)

ONE course that uses genre or literary period as a category of analysis. Please note that ENGL 389 is a pre-requisite for courses at the 300-level and above.   Sample courses include:

ENGL 273 African American Poetry
ENGL 275 21st Century Texts
ENGL 283 Stories and Their Writers
ENGL 285 Plays and Playwrights
ENGL 287 Tales of Terror: Gothic Fiction and Film
ENGL 363 American Short Fiction
ENGL 365 Contemporary United States Fiction

Global Literature in English Study (3 credits)

ONE course that addresses literature written in English by writers of diverse cultures in the US and globally. Please note that ENGL 389 is a pre-requisite for courses at the 300-level and above. Sample courses include:

ENGL 220 African American Literature
ENGL 267 Multicultural United States Literature
ENGL 271 Literature of the African Diaspora
ENGL 370 Ethics and Social Change in Global Literature

Literary and Critical Theory (3 credits)

ENGL 389 Literary and Critical Theory

Students must take this course before progressing to 300- and 400-level courses in English.

English Electives (12 credits)

FOUR additional English courses at the 200-level or higher, two of which must be at the 300-level or higher.

Senior Colloquium (3 credits)

ENGL 499 Senior Colloquium

In the Senior Colloquium, English majors write the senior comprehensive paper.  Pre-requisite:  senior status.

Minor Requirements

Writing about Literature (3 credits)

ENGL 150 Writing about Literature

Major British or U.S. Authors Requirement (6 credits)

TWO of the following courses that examine the work of writers whose ideas and achievements have shaped and are shaping literature in English.  The program recommends that students pursue one of the two sequences, either ENGL 211/212 or ENGL 214/215.

ENGL 211 Major British Writers I
ENGL 212 Major British Writers II
ENGL 214 Major United States Writers I
ENGL 215 Major United States Writers II

Major Figures Requirement (3 credits)

ONE course at the 300-level or above specifically devoted to the work of one author or a limited set of authors (see above).

Electives (6 credits)

TWO additional courses in the English Program at the 200-level or above.

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
The English Program accepts AP credit for major and minor requirements and in lieu of certain English courses.

CLEP Policy:
Students interested in receiving credit for CLEP examinations should contact the Program Chair.

Grades in Major and Minor Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major or minor in English.

Pass/No Pass:
The pass/no pass grading option is not accepted in courses to be applied for the major or minor in English.

Senior Assessment:
All majors are required to take ENGL 499 for which students write an independent supervised comprehensive and scholarly research paper.

Study Abroad:
Students are encouraged to plan their studies to allow for the possibility of study abroad.

TELL Policy:
Students with substantial experiential learning are encouraged to apply for TELL credit in English.

Transfer Credits:
Students may apply transfer credit in English toward the major and minor in English if the transferred courses parallel courses required for the major or minor. Transfer students who elect an English major must complete a minimum of 12 credits in English major courses at Trinity, of which three must be in ENGL 499. Similarly, transfer students who elect an English minor must complete a minimum of 6 credits in English courses at Trinity.

Course Descriptions

ENGL 105S Intro College Writing with Supplemental Instruction
ENGL 105 Introduction to College Writing
ENGL 107 College Composition
ENGL 150 Writing about Literature
ENGL 170 The Actor's Workshop
ENGL 198 Independent Study in Writing
ENGL 200 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 201 Instruction in Writing and Peer Tutoring
ENGL 208 Writing the Literary Analysis
ENGL 209 Business Writing
ENGL 211 Major British Writers I
ENGL 212 Major British Writers II
ENGL 214 Major United States Writers I
ENGL 215 Major United States Writers II
ENGL 217 Early African-American Literature
ENGL 218 Introduction to African American Literature I
ENGL 219 Introduction to African American Literature II
ENGL 220 African American Literature
ENGL 250 Women in Popular Culture
ENGL 267 Multicultural United States Literature
ENGL 270 The Actor's Workshop II: Scene Study
ENGL 271 Literature of the African Diaspora
ENGL 273 African American Poetry
ENGL 275 21st Century Texts
ENGL 277 Women Warriors in Film and Fiction
ENGL 283 Stories and Their Writers
ENGL 285 Plays and Playwrights
ENGL 287 Tales of Terror: Gothic Fiction and Film
ENGL 299 First-Year Honors Seminar
ENGL 301 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 302 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 304 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 321 Arthurian Literature
ENGL 322 Early Modern English Drama
ENGL 325 Works of Shakespeare
ENGL 332 Romanticism
ENGL 348 Modernisms
ENGL 363 American Short Fiction
ENGL 365 Contemporary United States Fiction
ENGL 366 Framing Culture in Contemporary Film
ENGL 368 American Family on Film
ENGL 370 Ethics and Social Change in Global Literature
ENGL 371 Women in Fiction
ENGL 372 19th Century African-American Narrative
ENGL 373 African American Women Writers
ENGL 374 The Films of Spike Lee
ENGL 377 Women in Contemporary American Film
ENGL 378 African American Women in Film
ENGL 379 Images of Men in Contemporary Film
ENGL 380 History of the Novel
ENGL 381 Literary Representations of Nursing
ENGL 385 Modern Drama
ENGL 389 Literary and Critical Theory
ENGL 399 Honors Seminar: Trading Spaces: Migration, Narrative & Econ
ENGL 421 Chaucer
ENGL 428 Milton: Literature and Politics in the Seventeenth Century
ENGL 434 Novels of Jane Austen
ENGL 435 The Bronte Sisters
ENGL 447 Samuel Beckett on the Absurd
ENGL 451 Writers of the American South
ENGL 470 Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin
ENGL 475 Seminar of Edwidge Danticat
ENGL 476 Seminar on Toni Morrison
ENGL 477 Seminar on Alice Walker
ENGL 491 Internship
ENGL 492 Independent Study
ENGL 498 Independent Study
ENGL 499 Senior Colloquium

Trinity reserves the right to change, without prior notice, any policy or procedure, tuition or fee, curricular requirements, or any other information found on this web site or in its printed materials.

Questions may be directed to Virginia Broaddus, Ph.D., Provost at BroaddusV@trinitydc.edu.

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