English courses emphasize the close reading of texts, the study of particular authors and genres, questions of critical theory and method, and the relationship of literary works to their historical periods and other disciplines. The department seeks not only to foster analytical reading and lucid writing but also to stimulate thought about the nature of human experience. In order to be servant leaders, students must be articulate, they must be able to think critically and analytically, and they must have a grounding in humane thought and letters in order to understand the historical and philosophical contexts of today’s world.
Apart from such global rewards of studying literature, a degree in English-language literature offers intensive training in skills essential to the contemporary job market. Graduates of Seton Hall University’s English program have gone on to graduate programs and to successful careers in writing and editing, publishing, teaching, law, business and media.
In addition to the literature major, the creative writing major, and the writing major, the department also offers a literature minor, a writing minor, and a creative writing minor, each 18 credits and available to students of any major. At the graduate level, the Department of English offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) designed for present or prospective teachers of English on the secondary or college level, for students contemplating the Ph.D., for those interested in creative writing, and for those already involved in careers in publishing, business, writing or media. English majors who qualify for the Dual Degree B.A./M.A. program in English can complete the M.A. degree in one year beyond their B.A. See description below.
To declare an English major, students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA in ENGL 1201 Core English I and ENGL 1202 Core English II, or gain permission of the Chair of the Department of English. Core English I and II are prerequisites for all advanced English courses.
Note:ENGL 2103 American Literature IandENGL 2104 American Literature IIcan be used toward the Humanities requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum as well as the requirements of the English major.
Note: English Education double majors should take the following courses for 9 of the 15 credits in upper-level electives:
for British pre-1800: ENGL 3312 Shakespeare Shakespeare
for Thematic/Comparative: ENGL 3115 Literature of Adolescence or ENGL 3116 Children's Literature
for Writing:ENGL 3620 History of the English Lang.
English Education majors are also advised to take 3 more credits in advanced writing as a general elective.
Successful completion of a Department of English version of CORE 3XXX: Engaging the World will count as a literature elective as well as toward the University Core. A list of these courses can be found in the English Majors Blackboard course.
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