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Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students in the English degree program acquire a foundation of analytical and creative skills that can be applied readily 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 future challenges. 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 in 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 complexities of the contemporary world.

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

English Major Portfolio Requirement In the required Humanities Capstone course, which is part of the College’s General Core, English Majors compile their best work from their educational career into a final graduate portfolio. This compilation should serve to demonstrate proficiency in English studies and exemplify the skills mastered during their years at Southern Vermont College. This portfolio should also meet their career needs, whether they are headed to graduate school or directly into the job market.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements (12 courses)

Major Requirements (10 courses)
Required Courses:
En103 Introduction to Literature
En304 Shakespeare
En318 Literary Criticism
En/Cw407 Theories of Writing

Surveys of Literature: (choose two ) 
En203 British Literature
En205 American Literature
En/Cw215 Writers’ Lives and Work
En220 Modern Poets
En221 Fiction
En222 Drama
En223 Poetry
En/Ev250 Environmental Literature

Literature of Diverse Cultures and Peoples (choose one)
En311 World Literature
En320 Literature and Society
En335 Women’s Literature
En435 Topics in Literature of Diverse Cultures and Peoples

Advanced Study: (choose three)
En305 The Novel: An Exploration
En310 Children’s Literature
En315 Major Authors
En420 Topics in Literature
Hu490 Humanities Internship

General Electives (10 courses) 

Recommended Program Sequence
Students in this degree program work closely with their academic advisors to create an individualized program sequence.

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