(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Students in the English degree program will acquire a foundation of analytical and creative skills that can be readily applied in any field. English majors are well read and articulate, write and speak effectively, approach problems thoughtfully and imaginatively, and are well prepared to meet the challenges of graduate school. Whether students utilize this path to go directly into the job market or to move onto a graduate program, English majors are taught the skills prized by employers and graduate schools.

In addition to the general core requirements for a bachelor's degree, students develop strong writing skills and a broad knowledge of the humanities through the completion of course work, literature, drama, and the fine arts. The works explored include both the traditional canon and works and writers of the diverse world in which we live. Students are exposed to a wide variety of ideas and concepts and are taught to develop their own views of the world as a result. Through the study of literature, English majors explore expressions of the human spirit spanning centuries and develop their skills in critical analysis, creative problem solving, research, writing, and speaking. Majoring in English is an ideal preparation for understanding the complex challenges of the contemporary world.

English Major Portfolio Requirement

All students majoring in English are required to construct an English Major Portfolio. These portfolios will differ according to the individual student's career and educational goals. The selections of work included will be made by the students and do not have to be limited to English papers. The papers, and other work as appropriate, should demonstrate clearly the skills mastered through the student's academic endeavors at Southern Vermont College. English faculty will advise and guide students through the process of portfolio construction with an eye on the student's educational and career goals.

English program objectives

Graduates in English will be able to:

1.    Discuss literature in a scholarly and professional manner
2.    Demonstrate research abilities
3.    Recognize various forms of written texts
4.    Recognize how literature and culture are connected
5.    Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio 

Program of Study Requirements Credits
General Core Requirements 48
Program Requirements English Studies Core:
  • En103 Introduction to Literature
  • En210 Introduction to Literary Theory and History
  • En304 Shakespeare
  • En318 Literary Criticism
  • Choose one from the following (Survey of Literature Course)
En203 British Literature I
En204 British Literature II
En205 American Literature I
En206 American Literature II
En220 Modern Poets
En221 Fiction
En222 Drama
En223 Poetry
En250 Environmental Literature
En260 Crime Stories
  • Choose one from the following (Literature and Diverse Cultures and Peoples):
En311 World Literature
En320 Literature and Society
En335 Women's Literature
En435 Topics in Literature of Diverse Cultures and Peoples
  • Choose three from the following (Advanced Study Course):
En305 The Novel: An Exploration
En310 Children's Literature
En311 World Literature
En315 Major Authors: Early Period
En316 Major Authors: Later Period
En317 Major Authors: Modern Period
En320 Literature and Society
En330 Topics in Literature: Early Period
En331 Topics in Literature: Later Period
En332 Topics in Literature: Modern Period
En334 Topics in Literature: Shakespeare Studies
En335 Women's Literature
En491 Level II Professional Internship
En492 English Practicum
General Electives (choose 11) 44
Total Credits 128