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English Major

Division of Communication Studies, Fine Arts and Literature

Your English degree from Bridgewater College gives you an exceptional foundation for careers in areas such as education, law, government and journalism. It will also prepare you for graduate study in literature or writing. Whatever you choose, you will excel in oral and written communication in your chosen field.

English Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. Consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours and includes eight core courses (totaling 24 credit hours), plus five elective courses (totaling 15 credit hours). In selecting the five elective courses, majors choose one of three tracks (writing, literary studies, or language and literature).

Core Courses:

24 credit hours consisting of the following eight courses:

An introductory methods course for the English majors and minors. Surveys a variety of rhetorical and critical theories their terminology and their application to a variety of texts in different genres. Modes of writing for diverse audiences are also practiced.

Unit(s): 3

Advanced writing course in composing and revising essays reviews and other texts for potential publication or other professional purposes. Explores rhetorical theory and analysis of rhetorical elements (audience purpose organization style and so forth) of published texts teaching application of this knowledge to students own writing. Conducted as a writing workshop. Prerequisites ENG 110

Unit(s): 3

Critical examination of Shakespeares development as a dramatist and of his basic themes. Approximately 12 plays are studied. Prerequisites ENG 110 General Education Literature

Unit(s): 3

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George Orwell is a major figure in the English-speaking world because of his influence on awareness of how language is used as well as his recognized achievements in nonfiction and fiction. His work is an appropriate subject of study for English majors in either the Literature Track or the Writing Track and many students have made their first acquaintance with his dystopian novels before coming to college. 1984 has been selected as a text in several sections of PDP 150 and ENG 101 and students may be interested in reading more of Orwells work to fulfill a general education requirement. Therefore a more extended study of his works in warranted in the seminar class. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education Literature Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

Explores the development of American literature from the Colonial period up through late 19th century American Realism (ENG 401). Transcendentalism Realism and Naturalism are examined. Sequence continues from the Modernist period to the present (ENG 402). Examines imagist poetry existentialism confessional poetry postmodernism the Beat movement metafiction and various multicultural perspectives. Prerequisite ENG 200 or permission of instructor Does not satisfy the General Education Literature requirement

Unit(s): 3

Explores the development of American literature from the Colonial period up through late 19th century American Realism (ENG 401). Transcendentalism Realism and Naturalism are examined. Sequence continues from the Modernist period to the present (ENG 402). Examines imagist poetry existentialism confessional poetry postmodernism the Beat movement metafiction and various multicultural perspectives. Prerequisite ENG 200 or permission of instructor Does not satisfy the General Education Literature requirement

Unit(s): 3

Explores the development of English literature from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings through the 18th century (ENG 405). Sequence continues from Romanticism to the present (ENG 406). Prerequisite ENG 200 or permission of instructor Does not satisfy the General Education Literature requirement

Unit(s): 3

Explores the development of English literature from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings through the 18th century (ENG 405). Sequence continues from Romanticism to the present (ENG 406). Prerequisite ENG 200 or permission of instructor Does not satisfy the General Education Literature requirement

Unit(s): 3

An in-depth graduate-level seminar examining a special literary topic or a literary figure or figures to be chosen by the instructor. Explores both the primary sources and the critical and theoretical context of those sources. Culminates with students production of critical essay which contributes to the ongoing critical discussion. Prerequisite ENG 200 or permission of instructor Does not satisfy the General Education Literature requirement

Unit(s): 3

Track 1—Writing

Core plus five courses numbered 250–324

Track 2—Literary Studies

Core plus five courses numbered 325 or above

Track 3—Language and Literature

Core plus five courses numbered 201 and above

ENG 480, ENG 490 and ENG 499 may count as electives in any of the three tracks for the English major.

Activities and Clubs

  • Present at the Virginia Humanities Conference and other associations and conferences.
  • Do independent study in collaboration with a faculty member in poetry, memoir, science writing and more
  • Join BC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  • Be a tutor for the Writing Center
  • Write for Veritas, the College’s student-run newspaper
  • Study abroad for a semester in England or one of dozens of other countries

Graduate Schools and Careers

What can you do with your English degree?

Like our recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (Master of Library Science)
  • University of Delaware (M.A./Ph.D. in Communication)
  • Indiana University (Ph.D. in English)
  • James Madison University (M.A. in English)
  • Lehigh University (Ph.D. in English)
  • Ohio State University (M.A./Ph.D. in English)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D. in Anthropology)
  • Rutgers University (M.A. in English)
  • University of Tennessee (M.A./Ph.D. in English)
  • University of Virginia (M.A./Ph.D. in English, Ph.D. in German Literature and Culture)
  • Wake Forest University (M.A. in English)

Or pursue a career in:

  • Higher Education (faculty and staff at colleges and universities)
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Sports Information
  • Teaching (elementary and secondary education)
  • Writing

Learn more about employment and advancement in technical and science writing fields from the Society for Technical Communication and the National Association of Science Writers.

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Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Scott Suter, Department Chair
540-828-5772
ssuter@bridgewater.edu