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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

English, B.A.

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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.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and will be able to:

  •  Analyze and interpret a variety of literary texts from a broad range of cultural, historical and aesthetic contexts.
  •  Demonstrate both breadth and depth of mature investigative techniques 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, integrating Franciscan perspectives as appropriate, and reflecting on the power of literature to enrich human life.

Admission Criteria

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.

Special Programs

Long regarded as an ideal preparation for the study of law, the English major may be combined at Neumann with a specially designed Pre-Law curriculum to create an unusually strong foundation for success in law school. For information on this option, please see the suggested Pre-Law courses  in the Special Programs section of this catalog. Additionally, the English major allows for a strong foundation in journalism and writing.

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.

Course Requirements

Major Requirements: 51 Credits

ENG Early Period Requirement: 3 Credits

(Choose one of the following courses)

ENG Middle Period Requirement: 3 Credits

(Choose one of the following courses)

ENG Modern/Multicultural Period Requirement: 6 Credits

(Choose two of the following courses)

English Electives

Which can be applied to the English Major 

Advanced Writing Courses

The following writing courses may be taken at an Advanced Level (300 level) by students who have successfully completed the course at the 200 level and have the permission of the instructor. The Advanced course may be taken concurrently with the 200 level course or as an independent study. These credits may count towards a Minor in writing.

Suggested Four-Year Curriculum: 122 Credits

Freshman Year: Fall Semester (16 Credits)

Freshman Year: Spring Semester (16 Credits)

Sophomore Year: Fall Semester (15 Credits)

Sophomore Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

  • ENG Writing Requirement 3 Credits
  • ENG Elective 3 Credits
  • General Electives 6 Credits

  • 3 Credits
  • or

  • HISTORY CORE 3 Credits

Junior Year: Fall Semester (15 Credits)

Junior Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

Senior Year: Fall Semester (15 Credits)

Senior Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

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