Martin Kalmmer (department head)

English courses invite students to read works that open the mind and heart, to engage in complex analysis and critical thinking, and to seek beauty and persuasion in writing and speech. Because reading and writing are so completely interconnected, they are both part of all departmental courses. English majors study the range of literature written in English from its medieval beginnings to the present, and from poetry and drama to novels, film, and creative nonfiction. In addition to writing essays of literary criticism and analysis, majors can choose courses in which they write poetry, fiction, news stories, or personal essays.

The study of English helps students develop into what the college mission statement identifies as "whole persons." The satisfactions of reading and writing perceptively and skillfully stay with them throughout their lives. Skills in analysis and communication lead English majors to work in a wide range of settings after graduation. Some become teachers; many pursue further education in literature, writing, law, ministry, journalism, librarianship, or administration; and others serve society through work as varied as publishing, human resources, business, or arts administration.

Prerequisites: First-year students may enroll in courses numbered ENG 110, ENG 114, or ENG 130 in their first semester and courses numbered ENG 139, 147, 185, 230, 239, 240, 245, 247, 251 after they have completed PAID 111 (beginning in January); students must have completed PAID 111 and 112 (or transfer equivalents), to enroll in courses numbered ENG 210, 211, 212, 213, 231, 260, 261, 312-356, and junior status to enroll in courses numbered 361 and above. Students are encouraged to complete ENG 230 before enrolling in courses numbered ENG 352 and above. The full range of English courses is open to students of all majors.

Required for a major:

Plan I. ENG 230, 260 or 261, 485; one course from ENG 251, 352, 353, 354; one course from ENG 361, 362, 363, 364; one course from ENG 365, 366, 367, 368; and three additional courses (one of which may be a foreign language literature course when the literature is read in its original language, LING 131, or ENG 380 when completed for four credits). Writing requirement completed with ENG 230. Also see correlative requirement for the major.

Plan II (writing emphasis). Same major requirements as in Plan 1, but includes at least three of the following courses: ENG 210, 211, 212, 213, 312, or 314. Writing internships (ENG 380) are available and are encouraged, but they do not count as one of the three writing courses required for the Plan II major. Students who have completed the appropriate course work may write an extensive work of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction as their senior project. Writing requirement completed with ENG 230. Also see correlative requirement for the major.

Plan III (teaching). Same major requirements as in Plan I, except that the electives must be ENG 314, 334, and LING 131. Writing requirement completed with ENG 230. Also see correlative requirement for the major, and education department for secondary education minor requirements.

Correlative requirement for all three of the major plans: Successful completion of at least one foreign language course at the intermediate level or above (i.e. 201 intermediate level or above); or foreign language proficiency as described in the all-college foreign language requirement (option D).

Required for a minor: ENG 230; 260 or 261; one of ENG 210, 211, 212, 213, 312, 314, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, or ENG 368; one of ENG 251, 352, 353, or ENG 354; one 3–4 hour elective.

Required for a writing minor: Three courses from ENG 210, 211, 212, 213, 312, or ENG 314; one English department course in literature; one 4 hour elective in the department. A student with an English major may not also earn a writing minor.

Required for a journalism minor: See requirements listed under Journalism in the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Required for a second teaching area: See Education department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.

Preparation for graduate school: Students considering graduate school in English may wish to take an additional seminar and/or additional period courses in American or English literature, or ENG 314. They should also consider a 4-credit senior project with an emphasis on criticism or theory.