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Courses for the English Major

For the bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in English, students must complete the general requirements, major requirements (core and concentration), and a minor. For teacher licensure, see the Teacher Education Handbook and the Education section of this catalog. 

 

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Literature Concentration
General Education & Degree Requirements 51 SH
Major Requirements
1. Core courses: 9 SH
Choose four courses (one satisfies general education requirements):
ENG 2003, 2013, 2023, 2033, 2043, 2053, or ENG 2063
ENG 3033 3 SH
ENG 4403 3 SH
Total hours for core courses 15 SH
2.  Literature Concentration
ENG 4233, 3073 6 SH
Two additional 2000-level literature surveys 6 SH
Choose one of the following: 3 SH
ENG 3043, ENG 4063
Choose six (6) additional English courses from the following: 18 SH
ENG 2003, 3023, 3053, 4073, 4213, 4223, 4243, 4253, 4263, 4683, 4503
Total hours for Literature Concentration
33 SH
Total hours for the Major 48 SH
Minor and Electives 27 SH
Total 126 SH

 

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Writing Concentration
General Education & Degree Requirements 51 SH
Major Requirements
1. Core courses:
Choose four courses (one satisfies general education requirements):
ENG 2003, 2013, 2023, 2033, 2043, 2053, or ENG 2063 9 SH
ENG 3033 3 SH
ENG 4403 3 SH
Total hours for core courses 15 SH
2.  Writing Concentration
ENG 3023, 3043, 3113, 4063, 4043, 4073, COM 2053, 2073, 3203 27 SH
Two additional 4000-level English Course 6 SH
Total hours for Writing Concentration
33 SH
Total hours for the Major 48 SH
Minor and Electives 27 SH
Total 126 SH

 

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Course Descriptions

ENG 0103 Basic Writing
This noncredit course is reserved for students demonstrating deficiency in writing abilities. Grading is Pass/Fail. Students will study essential skills for and writing sentences and paragraphs and for reading comprehension. This course does not satisfy any Bluefield College graduation requirement but its credit hours may be used for determining athletic and financial aid eligibility. Students will take a diagnostic test upon completion of the course. Students who wish to drop Basic Writing must get their advisors to initial a drop/add form, which then must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.


ENG 1013 Introduction to Writing Process: Intensive
This course meets five days a week either in class or in conference with instructor in order to improve the student’s writing abilities through study and practice of the entire writing process from topic selection through editing.


ENG 1013 Introduction to Writing Process
This course is designed to improve the student’s writing abilities through study and practice of the entire writing process from topic selection through editing. Students who wish to drop Introduction to Writing Process must get their advisors to initial a drop/add form, which then must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.


ENG 1023 Argumentative and Analytical Writing
This course continues the study and practice of the writing process. To augment writing skills, students read and analyze selected literature. Student work focuses on reading, research skills, and argumentative/analytical writing. Prerequisite: ENG 1013. Students who wish to drop Introduction to Argumentative and Analytical Writing must get their advisors to initial a drop/add form, which then must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.


ENG 1033 Advanced Composition
This course offers advanced study and practice in personal narrative and argumentative and analytical writing focusing on documented research, research skills, and responding to literature. Placement by proficiency exam only. Successful completion of ENG 1033 satisfies the Bluefield College general education requirement in Grammar and Composition.


ENG 2003 Literature Appreciation
An introduction to the study of fiction, poetry and drama. Students will explore a variety of methods for reading, interpreting, and writing about literature. This course fulfills the general education requirement. Prerequisites: ENG 1013 and 1023 or 1033. (Every Spring)


ENG 2013 British Literature I
A survey of British poetry, drama, and nonfiction from the Anglo-Saxon period through the eighteenth century. Prerequisites: ENG 1013 and 1023 or 1033. (Every Fall)


ENG 2023 British Literature II
A survey of British poetry, drama, and nonfiction from Romanticism to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 1013 and 1023 or 1033. (Every Spring)

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ENG 2033 American Literature I
A survey of American poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from the Colonial period through the Civil War. Prerequisites: ENG 1013 and 1023 or 1033. (Every Fall)


ENG 2043 American Literature II
A survey of American poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from the Civil War to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 1013 and 1023 or 1033. (Every Spring)


ENG 2053 World Literature I
A survey of Western and Nonwestern poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from the Ancient period through the Renaissance. Prerequisites: ENG 1013 and 1023 or 1033. (Every Fall)


ENG 2063 World Literature II
A survey of Western and nonwestern poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from the Eighteenth Century to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 1013 and 1023 or 1033. (Even Spring)


ENG 3011, 3012, 3013 Academic Internship
The purpose of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience in higher education by tutoring literature students, by assisting professors with class presentations, and by teaching several classes, all of which provide the context for evaluating and improving speaking and listening skills. Students are invited to apply by the English faculty. (On Demand)


ENG 3023 Advanced Grammar
An intensive study of the terminology and syntax of the English language. (Every Fall)


ENG 3033 History of the English Language
A study of the major historical, linguistic and grammatical developments of the English language. (Even Spring)


ENG 3043 Introduction to Creative Writing
A workshop in the development of skills in writing fiction and/or poetry. Creative writing is supplemented by readings. (Odd Fall)

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ENG 3053 Literature of Children and Adolescents
This course is designed as a survey of children’s and adolescent literature including biographies, fables, myths, non-western literature, traditional and modern fanciful tales and poetry. Students will be introduced to multi-cultural literature in addition to literature designed to help with learning, family, and social needs of children and adolescents. Drama, storytelling, and other responses to literature will be explored. Activities are designed to help students use children’s literature to broaden reading skills, including vocabulary and comprehension. Integration of children’s and adolescent literature into all curricular areas will be a part of all activities. Teaching methods and materials are based on requirements found in the Virginia Standards of Learning for Reading and Language Arts. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (Odd Fall)


ENG 3063 Technical Writing
An introduction to the principles and procedures of effective technical writing such as description of a device, instructions, interpretation of data, and the formal report. Insofar as possible, students write on subjects pertinent to their chosen careers. (On Demand)


ENG 3073 Regional and Ethnic Literature
An introductory survey of literature of American minorities focusing on fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction written by African, Asian, Native-American, Chicano(a), Jewish, and Appalachian authors. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (Odd Spring)


ENG 3111, 3112, 3113 English Internship
This internship provides the opportunity for juniors and seniors to participate in a career-related professional experience. See Criteria for internships on p. 145. The two primary internships are: 1) Tutoring Writing-the study and practice of tutoring peers through the writing process. In addition to classroom work, students will serve as peer tutors in the Academic Center for Excellence. (Every Semester) 2) Editing a literary magazine-students will select material for, edit, and layout the Bluefield College literary magazine, The Bluestone Review. (Every Spring)


ENG 3503 Directed Study in English
This course offers the student the opportunity to explore topics of interest under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: JR Standing. (On Demand)


ENG 4043 Advanced Creative Writing
A continuation of the writing workshop begun in ENG 3043. Students will focus on one genre: fiction, poetry, or playwriting. Prerequisite: ENG 3043. (Even Spring)


ENG 4063 Creative Nonfiction
An advanced writing course focusing on creative nonfiction and the personal essay. (Even Fall)


ENG 4073 Studies in Rhetoric
An introduction to the study of classical and modern rhetoric, including special attention to invention, audience, organization, logic and style in persuasive prose. (Even Fall)


ENG 4213 Medieval Literature
A study of major English and European writings from the 12th to the 16th centuries, including Chaucer. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (On Demand)

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ENG 4223 Renaissance British Literature
A study of selected authors, themes, and genres in 16th-century England, exclusive of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (On Demand)


ENG 4233 Shakespeare
A study of selected major works of Shakespeare, the milieu of the English Renaissance, and issues of Elizabethan stagecraft. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (Odd Fall)


ENG 4243 Eighteenth-Century British Literature
A study of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama by such authors as Dryden, Swift, Congreve, Pope, Boswell, and Johnson. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (On Demand)


ENG 4253 Nineteenth-Century British Literature
A study of Romanticism and the Victorian Age, including poets and prose writers, and novelists. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (Even Fall)


ENG 4263 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
A study of major writers of America’s Romantic period, including Dickinson, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Whitman, Hawthorne, and others. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (Odd Fall)


ENG 4283 Twentieth-and Twenty-First-Century Literature
A study of selected works representing Modernism and Postmodernism worldwide. Prerequisite: One 2000-level Literature Class. (On Demand)


ENG 4403 English Seminar
A small-group investigation of authors neglected in students’ previous coursework, of different methods of literary criticism, of techniques for writing a scholarly critical essay, and of professional issues. (Every Spring)


ENG 4503 Special Topics in Literature
An intensive study of specific topics in order to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding. Prerequisite: JR/SR Standing. (On Demand)

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