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EN Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to fall 2017:



In addition to fulfilling all-college requirements for the B.A. degree, the English major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours and a total of at least ten courses (one at the 100 level, two to three at the 200 level, and six to seven at the 300 level), two of which must be designated early period (pre-1800), taken at the 200 or 300 level, as follows:

  1. Introductory Requirement

     
    1. Introduction to Literary Studies: EN 110

       
    2. Forms of Language and Literature: one course from among EN 211, EN 213, EN 215, EN 217, EN 219, EN 225EN 228EN 280, EN 281, EN 282

       
    3. Language and Literature in Context: one course from among EN 221, EN 223, EN 226EN 227, EN 229, EN 230 

EN 110 is strongly recommended as preparation for 200-level courses.

  1. Advanced Requirement: five courses from "Advanced Courses in Language and Literature"



    Prerequisite: The Introductory requirement must be satisfied before taking courses from "Advanced Courses in Language and Literature."



    Note: EN 378, EN 379, and EN 380 do not fill this requirement.

     
  2. Capstone Experience: satisfied in most cases by a Senior Seminar (EN 375) or Advanced Projects in Writing (EN 381)



    Note: 1) Students with appropriate preparation and faculty permission may instead choose the senior thesis or project options: EN 376, EN 390. 2) EN 378, EN 379, or EN 380 is a prerequisite for the EN 381capstone.

     
  3. One additional course at the 200 or 300 level (excluding EN 375 - Senior Seminar in Literary Studies)

     
  4. Early Period requirement: Two courses, at either the 200 or the 300 level, must be designated "early period" (EN 225, EN 228E, EN 229E, EN 230, EN 315, EN 341, EN 342, EN 343, EN 344, EN 345, EN 346, EN 347, EN 348, EN 350, EN 362).

     
  5. Writing Requirement in the Major: What unites us-as students of English, as writers, and as scholars-is close attention to language as both content and practice. We read the writing of others; we write in response to that writing; and we reflect on what it means to do so. Each of us shares a concern for the written word that defines what we do at every level of the English curriculum. In the classroom, students attend carefully to the language of literary works and articulate in writing their responses and ideas. This is true both for workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and for classes in literary criticism. As students and as teachers, we work with language; therefore, writing determines both the content of our academic discipline and our particular approach to that discipline. The two are fundamentally interwoven: attention to written language embodies both the methodology and the matter of a major in English. Given the centrality of writing to every aspect of the English major, we consider the writing requirement in the major fulfilled not through any individual piece of the major, but through the whole. Therefore, a student satisfies the writing requirement in the English major when he or she completes the English major.

EN Major for students who entered Skidmore in fall 2017 (Class of 2021):



In addition to fulfiling all-college requirements for the B.A. degree, the English major requires a minimum of 35 credits and a total of at least eleven courses (one at the 100 level, four at the 200 level, five at the 300 level, and a capstone).  Students take ONE early period/pre-1700, ONE middle period/1700-1900, ONE late period/post-1900 and ONE course focusing on nonwestern literature and/or the listerature of groups historically underrepresented within literary studies.  Period courses and Diversity courses can be taken either the 200 or 300 level and can double-count.



1. THE INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT - Majors will take ONE (1) course:

     EN 110 - Introduction to Literary Studies 



2. THE INTERMEDIATE REQUIREMENT - Majors will take FOUR (4) 200-level courses:



    ONE (1) EN 213 - Poetry 

    ONE (1) Literary Histories: EN 221EN 223EN 224EN 225EN 226EN 227EN 229EN 230 

    ONE (1) Ways of Reading: EN 210EN 211 (prerequisite for EN 281), EN 215EN 217EN 219 (prerequisite for EN 280), EN 228 

    ONE (1) Elective: any Literature course or Introductory Creative Writing Workshop: EN 280EN 281EN 282 

THESE FIVE INTRODUCTORY AND INTERMEDIATE COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE STUDENTS ADVANCE.



3.  THE ADVANCED LEVEL - Majors will take FIVE (5) courses.  ONE (1) of these courses must be a designated Junior Seminar.  The Introductory and Intermediate requirements must be satisfied before taking "Advanced Courses in Language and  Literature" or "Advanced Courses in Creative Writing."



4.  THE CAPSTONE - Majors will take ONE (1) course, satisfied in most cases by a Senior Seminar (EN 375) or Advanced Projects in Writing (EN 381).  Students may opt to write a Senior Porject, EN 376 or a 2-semester Senior Thesis, EN 389 and EN 390



5.  THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT - Majors will take ONE (1) designated DIVERSITY course at the 200 or 300 level.



6.  THE LITERARY HISTORY REQUIREMENT - Majors will take THREE designated LITERARY HISTORY courses, one at the 200 level, the other two at the 200 or 300 level.



7.  Writing Requirement in the Major: What unites us-as students of English, as writers, and as scholars-is close attention to language as both content and practice. We read the writing of others; we write in response to that writing; and we reflect on what it means to do so. Each of us shares a concern for the written word that defines what we do at every level of the English curriculum. In the classroom, students attend carefully to the language of literary works and articulate in writing their responses and ideas. This is true both for workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and for classes in literary criticism. As students and as teachers, we work with language; therefore, writing determines both the content of our academic discipline and our particular approach to that discipline. The two are fundamentally interwoven: attention to written language embodies both the methodology and the matter of a major in English. Given the centrality of writing to every aspect of the English major, we consider the writing requirement in the major fulfilled not through any individual piece of the major, but through the whole. Therefore, a student satisfies the writing requirement in the English major when he or she completes the English major.

    

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