Bachelor of Arts in English - Literature Specialization Thiel College
English at Thiel College is a versatile, dynamic, and rewarding program that produces top-notch writers, communicators, critical thinkers, artists, and leaders. As one of the earliest majors offered by the college and still housed in historical Greenville Hall, English is rooted in a rich tradition of literary studies. Today, English courses at Thiel are taught by nationally recognized scholars with active research agendas in a variety of subjects. Thiel English combines the tradition of scholarly excellence with a diverse and evolving curriculum. Thiel College offers an English major with a specialization in Literary Studies.
English at Thiel College is a dynamic program that combines the study of the great literary traditions of the past with new and emerging fields of inquiry and production. Courses in English are taught by distinguished scholars who bring their research and expertise into the classroom. Choose from courses in composition and rhetoric, technical and professional writing, creative writing, literary and cultural studies, linguistics, and theater and performance studies.
- Analyze, interpret, and evaluate literature in all genres
- Learn what distinguishes literature as a form of creative activity
- Recognize and identify major literary periods, figures, works, genres, and terminology
The major in English is designed to acquaint students with the literary heritage of global culture, deepen their understanding and appreciation of that heritage, and enhance their ability to communicate effectively by means of the spoken and written word.
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in English will be able to meet the following learning objectives:
- Analyze, interpret, and evaluate various forms of literary texts;
- Using Standard American English, speak and write clearly and effectively in a variety of genres;
- Conduct research and correctly and ethically incorporate source materials;
- Demonstrate familiarity with the literature in historical cultural contexts;
The English major provides excellent preparation for careers in education, business, theater, entertainment, law, government, library sciences, and academia.
English Major Requirements
The English major requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of courses. Courses in the major are comprised of English foundation courses (21 credit hours), English distribution courses (12 credit hours, 3 hours from each specialization), and an additional 6 hours beyond the distribution requirement in a chosen specialization (Note: Secondary Education/English majors are not required to choose a specialization).
All English majors must earn a C-minus or better in all courses that count toward the major.
- Foundation Courses
- Distribution Courses
- Specialization Courses
- ENG 120 Introduction to Literature
- ENG 215 British Literature Survey
- ENG 235 American Literature Survey
- ENG 267 World Literature Survey
- ENG 270 Advanced Composition and Research
- ENG 317 Linguistics
- ENG 495 English Capstone
- ENG 190 Science Fiction and Fantasy
- ENG ____ English course of student choice
- ENG 305 Children’s Literature
- ENG 315 Adolescent and Young Adult Literature
- ENG 340 Shakespeare
- ENG 312 Topics in the Novel
- ENG 385 Women in Literature
- ENG 347* Literary Theory and Criticism
(*This course is required for the literature specialization)
In addition to the required coursework, English majors are highly encouraged to pursue at least one internship opportunity by enrolling in ENG 430—Cooperative Education.
English majors have the ability to think critically and develop creative solutions to problems and issues affecting businesses. Many employers love how English majors can deal with obscure, indirect concepts and create comprehensible solutions. English is a fundamental and diverse major that allows for an enjoyable, challenging, and exciting life of intellectual exploration. It prepares you for many vocational avenues following college.
The critical thinking, analytical, creative, and writing skills of the English major open doors for you as a(n):
- Editor, Publisher
- Writer: Technical, Copy, Grants
- Teacher, College Professor, or Administrator
- Library Science Specialist or Museum Curator
- Public Relations, or Media Agent
- Government, Political, or Public Service Agent
- Further Writing Capabilities in Another Major
- … And Many More!
Scholarships and Funding
Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership, and more! The scholarships available to English majors are:
- The Roger ’52 and Paula G. Blatter Scholarship
- The Heissenbuttel Award in English Language and Literature in Memory of Ernest, Jean, and Robert
- The Robert Heissenbuttel Professor of English Endowed Scholarship
- Louise Beil Maglisceau ’29 Endowed Scholarship