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Majors and Minors 
English Majors & Minors:
English - Education, B.A.
English - Literature, B.A.
English - Writing, B.A. 
Literature Minor
Writing Minor


The English Education Major
If you want to begin your career in English studies as a teacher, you should major in English Education. This curriculum is designed to prepare you to teach language arts at the secondary or middle school level. You will share in the same studies of literature and writing and publishing technology as all English majors at Millikin, but you will also develop professional expertise required by state standards for teachers of English.

In addition to the common core for all English majors, students majoring in English Education take courses on teaching language arts, and education courses (which are described in detail on the web advising page). English Education majors are advised to take certain courses within the English core to meet state standards for English teachers. Please review the advising guide carefully.

Required English courses beyond the common core for English Education majors include:

• EN235 Language Arts Methods for Secondary Schools
• EN232 American Literature in the 20th Century
• EN310 Applying Writing Theory
• EN470 Teaching Writing Internship

All English Education student take several Education courses, culminating in a semester of student teaching and senior teaching portfolio.

Literature Major
If you love reading and studying literature, then the Literature major is for you. Literature majors take courses in the literary tradition which examine the role of literature in society as a force shaping our values and identities over time. Millikin's English program offers a wide range of literary studies, so that you can complete advanced studies in the genres, literary history, and special seminars on contemporary approaches to text analysis.

In addition to the common core for all English majors, students majoring in literature take three advanced studies in the genres or literary history:

• EN340 Studies in Poetry
• EN350 Studies in Drama
• EN360 Studies in Fiction
• EN366 Studies in Literary History

All literature majors take EN420 Seminar in Literature during their senior year as a capstone experience in literary studies. Many literature majors also complete EN470 Teaching Writing Internship, especially if they are planning on graduate studies.

The English-Writing  Major
If you enjoy all types of writing and publishing, you should major in writing. Millikin's writing major emphasizes experiences in a variety of writing contexts including journalism, professional writing, academic writing, literary writing, editing, publishing, and personal creativity. By learning to shift between these multiple contexts, Millikin's writing majors are prepared for a wide range of professional and lifelong writing, editing and publishing opportunities.

In addition to the common core for all English majors, students majoring in writing develop an area of advanced writing studies—at least three advanced writing studies courses in one of three tracks:

• Journalism
• Professional Writing, Publishing & Rhetoric
• Creative Writing

All writing majors take EN310 Applying Writing Theory in the spring of the Junior year, and create a portfolio featuring a senior writing in EN410 Senior Writing Portfolio. Many writing majors also complete a professional writing internship.

Double Major in Literature & Writing
Although it may require more than 121 credit hours for graduation, students can major in both English literature and writing. They fulfill the requirements of both majors including:

Three advanced studies in the genres or literary history:

• EN340 Studies in Poetry
• EN350 Studies in Drama
• EN360 Studies in Fiction
• EN366 Studies in Literary History

An area of advanced writing studies—at least three advanced writing studies courses in one of three tracks:

• Journalism
• Professional Writing & Rhetoric
• Creative Writing

A course on the integration of theory and practice:

• EN 310 Applying Writing Theory

And both the literature and writing major capstone courses:

• EN 420 Seminar in Literature
• EN 410 Senior Writing Portfolio

Minors in Writing or English
Many students choose to double major in English and another academic area. If you'd rather take a wider selection of courses across the English studies curriculum, you may prefer to minor in English. The minors require 21 credits in English beyond Interdisciplinary 150 and 151, Critical Writing, Reading, and Research I and II. Nine of the 21 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

English Literature Minor
The minor in literature consists of any 21 credits in English. Nine of the 21 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Writing Minor
The minor in writing consists of 21 credits in English. Fifteen of these credits must be in writing courses. Nine of the 21 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Honors in English
A student who majors in English may earn Honors in English at graduation by maintaining a 3.7 grade point average in all English courses and by submitting to the department faculty an approved honors project of superior quality one month prior to graduation.

Planning to graduate with Honors in English begins at the start of your senior year.

For questions about honors in English, contact Dr. Stephen Frech, Chair.

 

Common Core for English Majors

Literary & Rhetorical Traditions
All three English majors require a common core of historical literary traditions. Although these courses emphasis reading primary texts, students learn a great deal about the history of rhetoric and poetic throughout the Western tradition in these studies. Although most students fulfill the literary traditions requirement with survey courses, there are other courses that can provide this experience with literature from the various time periods. The six literary traditions include:

1 credit in Introduction to Millikin English Studies
3 credits in Classical & Medieval Traditions
(writing majors must take a Classical Rhetoric course)
3 credits in Shakespeare
3 credits in British Traditions to 1700
3 credits in British Traditions from 1700–Modernists
3 credits in American Traditions to 1900
3 credits in Contemporary Literary Traditions (20th & 21st Century)

Advanced Writing

All three English majors require 6 credits in advanced writing studies. The following courses can count as advanced writing studies.

• EN200 Writing Seminar
• EN201 Introduction to Creative Writing
• EN210 Business and Professional Writing
• EN215 Journalism: News Writing I
• EN300 Advanced Creative Writing
• EN301 Advanced Writing, Persuasion
• EN301 Advanced Writing, Style
• EN301 Advanced Writing, Web Publishing
• EN301 Advanced Writing, Technical
• EN315 Journalism: News Writing II
• EN316 Journalism: Feature Writing
• EN380 Topics in Journalism
• EN480 Professional Writing Internship

Publishing Technology
All three English majors require 3 credits in computer publishing technology. The following courses can count as advanced writing studies.

• EN270 Computer Aided Publishing
• EN301 Advanced Writing, Web Publishing
• EN382 Advanced Publishing Projects

 
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