2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    
    Sep 27, 2021  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English and Textual Studies, BA


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Director:

Patricia Roylance, Director of Undergraduate Studies
401 Hall of Languages
315-443-9488

Faculty

Crystal Bartolovich, Michael Burkard, Dympna Callaghan, Susan Edmunds, Carol Fadda-Conrey, Arthur Flowers, Chris Forster, Ken Frieden, Mike Goode, Roger Hallas, Chris Hanson, Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, Claudia Klaver, Erin S. Mackie, Patricia Moody, Kevin Morrison, Donald E. Morton, Patricia Roylance, George Saunders, Stephanie Shirilan, Bruce Smith, Dana Spiotta, Harvey Teres, Silvio Torres-Saillant, David Yaffe

The Department of English offers programs in textual and cultural studies, with special emphasis on literary history, criticism, and theory. Courses deal with such problems as the nature and implications of reading and interpretation, the production of meaning in language and culture, and the nature of literary forms. The curriculum also includes courses in creative writing.

Students who wish to major in English and Textual Studies should consult the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies to be assigned an appropriate advisor, who helps plan the course of study.

Some students majoring in English and Textual Studies may wish to pursue a concentration in either Creative Writing or Film and Screen Studies.

Some students majoring in English and Textual Studies may wish to apply for a dual enrollment with another school or college within the University, such as the School of Information Studies, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, or the School of Education. Those interested in certification to teach English should see “English Education (Dual), BA ” in the School of Education’s Academic Offerings. Students must have departmental approval to become candidates for honors or distinction in English and Textual Studies. For more information, see the web site at english.syr.edu.

Major Requirements


To qualify for a B.A. degree in English and Textual Studies, students complete a total of 30 credits of coursework. These credits include:

Remaining 24 credits


The remaining 24 credits are in courses numbered above 299 and must include:

Five other courses (15 credits)


Five other courses (15 credits) are chosen from among upper division courses other than creative writing workshops (ETS 401  and ETS 403 ). Two of these five courses must focus predominantly on texts produced before 1900. The remaining two courses (6 credits) are considered major electives and may be chosen from among upper division courses or advanced creative writing workshops (ETS 401  and ETS 403 ). One of the major elective courses may be a Writing Program course (WRT) or a Literature in Translation course (LIT) numbered above 299.

Dually enrolled in the School of Education


Students dually enrolled in the School of Education include the following among the 24 credits of upper-division courses:

Pursuing a concentration in Film and Screen Studies


Students pursuing a concentration in Film and Screen Studies within the ETS major must meet the 100-level requirement by taking ETS 145 , ETS 146 , or ETS 154 . Three of the five upper division ETS critical courses taken must focus on film and screen studies (as indicated by the terms “Film,” “Cinema,” “Media,” and/or “Screen” in the section title). One major elective must be an upper division film or screen studies course, either from ETS or an approved course from another department.

Pursuing a concentration in Creative Writing


Students pursuing a concentration in Creative Writing within the ETS major must take either ETS 215  or ETS 217  as a prerequisite to declaring the concentration. ETS 151  or ETS 153  must be taken to meet the 100-level major requirement. One of the five upper division ETS critical courses taken must be ETS 301 , ETS 303 , or ETS 304 . Both major electives must be advanced creative writing workshops (ETS 401 1 or ETS 403 ).

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