English

A major and minor in English are available, as well as teacher certification in English/language arts for grades 5-12. See also majors and minors in Writing and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Major in English

39 credit hours

  • Engl 201, World Literature 3
  • Engl 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Engl 300, Critical Theory and Practice 3
  • One British Literature course 3
    Engl 301, British Literature I or
    Engl 302, British Literature II
  • One American Literature course 3
    Engl 303, American Literature I or
    Engl 309, American Literature II
  • Engl 315, The English Language 3
  • Engl 405, English Junior Seminar 1
  • Engl 409, Senior Practicum 1-2
  • Engl 410, English Senior Seminar 1
  • Elective courses in the English department 18

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in English will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of American, English, and world literature in an aesthetic, cultural and historical context.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and use of the English language.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and practice of literary criticism.
  4. Demonstrate mastery of the above knowledge base at a level suitable for graduate school preparation.
  5. Analyze literature using appropriate formal and critical tools.
  6. Conduct traditional and digital literary research and present it through oral, written, and/or electronic formats.
  7. Develop proficiency in expository, professional, analytical, and/or creative writing, culminating in the design and development of a professional quality senior portfolio.
  8. Use reading, writing and critical thinking to integrate faith and ethics with personal identity.
  9. Contribute to the world on a local or global level as a culturally competent reader, writer, and thinker.

Planning guide

First year

Goshen Core
Academic Voice
Goshen Seminar
World Literature
Introduction to Creative Writing
Literature and Popular Culture

Second year Goshen Core
Expository Writing
Critical Theory and Practice
British or American Literature course
Literature of Ethnicity, Gender and Race
SST
Third year Goshen Core
American or British Literature course
The English Language
Junior Seminar
English electives
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major and related courses
Senior Practicum
Senior Seminar

Planning and advising notes

Students earning Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or CLEP credit in English are strongly encouraged to take Engl 204 during the first year.

Nine credit hours of the English elective courses in the major must be upper level (300-499). Most AP and IB literature and language courses will count as credits toward graduation, but not toward the English major.

Students doing student teaching for English/Language Arts Secondary Education do not need to take Engl 409, English Practicum, but they do need both Engl 405 and Engl 410, English Junior and Senior Seminars.

English majors are encouraged to get involved with communication or English co-curricular activities such as The Record, Pinchpenny Press, Broadside, or Red Cents. Comm 200, Communication Practice or Engl 290, English Publication are recommended in the third year.

Engl 405, English Junior Seminar, is a prerequisite for Engl 408 and Engl 409, Writing and English Practicum.

Teacher education certification is available for grades 5-12 in English/Language Arts education. In addition to, or as part of, the English major, students complete a third American or British literature survey course; Engl 235; Engl 290; Engl 319; Comm 200; Comm 202; Educ 303, Educ 307; and 32 credit hours of education courses, including a semester of student teaching.

The first education class, Educ 201, should be taken in May term of the first year or fall of the sophomore year. See the Education department for more details about secondary education requirements.

Minor in English

18 credit hours

  • Engl 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Any courses in the English department 15

    Note: At least 8 credits must be 300 level or above. AP, IB or CLEP credit may not count toward this minor.