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The English department prides itself on offering a wide variety of courses by a wide variety of professors with a wide variety of specialties. We teach courses in the principal periods of English and American literary history, courses in major English and American authors, in world literature, literary criticism, grammar and the history of the language, creative writing, genre, communications, and film. Also, members of the department offer courses to fulfill the requirements of the African American Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, and Nineteenth Century Studies Program.

Curriculum

Most Wofford students will take three courses taught by members of the English department. In the first semester of the freshman year, our faculty, along with faculty members from other departments in the humanities, teach Humanities 101, a course designed to engage students in ethical questions and issues central to humanistic inquiry. Usually, in the second semester of the freshman year, Wofford students take English 102, "Seminar in Literature and Composition," which focuses on a literary figure, genre, theme, or period. Wofford students then take one of the following: English 200, "Introduction to Literary Study"; English 201, "English Literature to 1800"; English 202, "English Literature since 1800"; English 203, "Survey of American Literature"; English 204, "Introduction to World Literature"; or English 205, "Introduction to Film." All these freshman seminars and sophomore courses emphasize close reading for understanding and appreciation as well as the development of writing skills.

Special Features

The Wofford Writers Series has been an important resource for the literary community since 1981. It has brought to campus several writers each year, ranging from the Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney to the bestselling novelist Ron Rash, all of whom read from their work and meet informally with students, faculty, and guests. These writers provide an insider's understanding of the literary process and help students assess their own aspirations and abilities as creative writers and critics of literature.

Also, approximately every other year, the College awards the Ben Wofford Prize to a book-length work by a student; usually these are novellas written in the Novella Workshop, but the prize has also gone to a collection of poetry and to books of non-fiction prose. The prize includes publication of the book. The department also oversees student publications (the newspaper, yearbook, and literary magazine) and the Helmus Creative Writing Contest.

Prerequisites and Corequisites for the Major in English:

ENGL 201, and two of the following: English 202, 203, 204, or 205. At least one course must be completed before any 300- or 400- level courses may be attempted, except by permission of the Chair.

Requirements for the Major in English:

For the English major, students must successfully complete English 260 (Introduction to the Study of English), preferably in the sophomore year, and nine advanced courses (27 semester hours), including at least once course from each of the six categories below:

A. British Literature to 1660: ENGL 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 310
B. British Literature after 1660: ENGL 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 316, 331, 332, 333, 334
C. American Literature: ENGL 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 347, 362, 363
D. Comparative and World Literatures: ENGL 325, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 350, 351, 358, 359, 360
E. Language and Theory: ENGL 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 350, 352, 354
F. Writing and Performance: ENGL 355, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 381-2-3, 384, 385, 387, 388, 389

The three remaining courses (9 semester hours) may be completed in any category.

ENGL 470, Independent Study, may be counted toward the major only once.

With the permission of the chair of the Department of English, THEA 351, 360, 362, 376 and 480 may be counted toward a major in English.

Students in the Teacher Education Program who are seeking to complete licensure requirements to teach English in secondary schools should refer to the Teacher Education Handbook and consult with the chairs of the departments of English and Education to review the extent to which departmental and teacher preparation requirements differ and to develop plans for meeting both.

Students who intend to do graduate work in English are advised to acquire a reading knowledge of French, German or Spanish.

Requirements for the Major in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing:

Students majoring in English may choose to concentrate in Creative Writing. For the concentration in Creative Writing, students must successfully complete English 260 and nine advanced courses, four of which (12 semester hours) must come from the Creative Writing sequence (ENGL 371-379). Two of the Creative Writing courses must be in the same genre (fiction, poetry or playwriting). The remaining five courses must include one course from each of the categories A-E.

Prerequisites and Corequisites for Minor in English:

ENGL 201, and two of the following: English 202, 203, 204, or 205. At least one course must be completed before any 300- or 400- level courses may be attempted, except by permission of the Chair.

Requirements for Minor in English:

Five advanced courses (15 semester hours); each must be from a different category.

Prerequisite and Corequisites for Minor in Creative Writing:

One English course at the 200- level.

Requirements for Minor in Creative Writing:

For the minor in Creative Writing, students must successfully complete at least four courses in Creative Writing, two of which must be in the same genre; and at least two literature courses, one of which should be in contemporary poetry, fiction, or drama.