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Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students in the English degree program acquire a foundation of analytical and creative skills that can be applied readily in any field. English majors are well-read and articulate, write and speak effectively, approach problems thoughtfully and imaginatively, and are prepared to meet future challenges. Whether students utilize this path to go directly into the job market or to move onto a graduate program, English majors are taught the skills prized by employers and educators.

Students in English acquire strong writing skills and a broad knowledge of the humanities through the completion of coursework in literature, drama, and the arts. The works explored include both the traditional canon and works and writers of the diverse world in which we live. Students are exposed to a wide variety of ideas and concepts, and develop their own views as a result. Through the study of literature, English majors engage with expressions of the human spirit spanning centuries, and hone skills in critical analysis, creative problem solving, research, writing, and speaking. Majoring in English is an ideal preparation for understanding the complexities of the contemporary world.

English Program Objectives
Graduates in English will be able to:
1. Discuss literature in a scholarly and professional manner;
2. Demonstrate research abilities;
3. Recognize various forms of written texts;
4. Recognize how literature and culture are connected; and
5. Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio.

English Major Portfolio Requirement
In the required Humanities Capstone course, which is part of the College’s General Core, English Majors compile their best work from their educational career into a final graduate portfolio. This compilation should serve to demonstrate proficiency in English studies and exemplify the skills mastered during their years at Southern Vermont College. This portfolio should also meet their career needs, whether they are headed to graduate school or directly into the job market.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements (12 courses)

Major Requirements (10 courses)
Required Courses:
En103 Introduction to Literature
En304 Shakespeare
En318 Literary Criticism
En407 Theories of Writing

Two of the following literature survey courses:  
En203 British Literature
En205 American Literature
En215 Writers’ Lives and Work
En225 Literary Genre
En250 Environmental Literature

One of the following diversity courses: 
En311 World Literature
En320 Literature and Society
En335 Women’s Literature
En435 Topics in Literature of Diverse Cultures and Peoples

Three of the following advanced study courses:
En305 The Novel: An Exploration
En310 Children’s Literature
En315 Major Authors
En420 Topics in Literature
Hu495 Humanities Internship

General Electives (10 courses) 

Recommended Program Sequence
Students in this degree program work closely with their academic advisors to create an individualized program sequence.

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