Adaptability, imagination, and the power to communicate are three qualities essential for success in today’s challenging and rapidly changing society. These three qualities, developed by the English major through the study of language and literature, instill both breadth and flexibility in thinking and attitude. Such study also encourages the development of clear and persuasive communication, analytical skill, cultural and historical insight, and creativity.
Neumann University’s English major provides opportunities for students to apply their coursework through participating in diverse activities including campus publications, theater productions, tutoring programs, service learning, student teaching, and internships. Students are prepared to pursue graduate study in literature, composition studies, or law. Students also learn writing and communication skills that enable them to explore career fields in education, publishing, research, business, government, entertainment, and public relations. Those who are not seeking Secondary Education Certification in English have the option of a minor in Writing, Journalism, or some other field of interest.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of literature from a broad range of historical and cultural contexts, and analyze and interpret texts from a variety of aesthetic/theoretical approaches.
- Compose focused and organized examples of writing, in clear, effective, and correct style.
- Demonstrate both breadth and depth of mature investigative technique across a variety of traditional and electronic bibliographic and research media.
- Comprehend, analyze, and evaluate literary criticism from varied theoretical perspectives, and select material relevant to research purposes.
- Synthesize original interpretations with material from multiple primary and secondary sources, integrating appropriate literary terminology to support a sophisticated thesis.
- Recognize significant linguistic elements and apply major theoretical approaches to literary texts.
- Reflect on the power of literature to enrich human life, individually and socially intergrating Franciscan/Christian prespectives as appropriate.
- Demonstrate English-related skills for the workplace via experiential learning opportunities.
Candidates for the English major are required to:
- Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in ENG 102 Rhetoric and Writing II .
- Achieve a grade of “C” or higher in any English major course or allied requirement taken prior to admission to the major.
- Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher at the time of application to the major, after completing at least one semester at Neumann University.
- If seeking Secondary Teacher Certification, achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 at the time of formal application to the major. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher Certification sections of this catalog for more details.
- Make formal application to the major in the Fall semester of the sophomore year.
Progression Criteria/Degree Requirements
Progression in the English major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires students to:
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00; a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for the Secondary Education Certification program.
- Receive a minimum grade of “C” in every major course requirement and a minimum grade of “B” in every required Education course, if seeking Secondary Education Certification.
- Receive approval from the Dean of the Division of Education and Human Services for the educational component of the certification program.
- Complete a minimum of 122 credits for the English major and 135 credits for Secondary Teacher Certification in English.
Long regarded as an ideal preparation for the study of law, the English major at Neumann University participates in the Widener School of Law 3+3 Early Admission Program. For information about this program, please click here: Pre-Law courses
Career preparation is also provided by Neumann’s combined English/Secondary Education program, which offers both a full major in English and thorough training in Education, all leading to certification for the teaching of English at the secondary school level.