Majors with a Concentration in Writing
Majors in Secondary Education Track
Majors in Elementary Education Track
Minor in English
Minor in Writing
Core Curriculum Requirements
The Core Literature requirement is ENGL 109, Literature: Visions and Values. All incoming students will take a placement test to
determine the Core writing course to which they will be assigned: ENGL 114-115, 115,
203, or 219.
Required for Majors in Professional Track
Thirty-six credits in English, including 109, 303, 315-317, 450, and 3 credits selected from 291, 292, or 293; also, 9 credits in
context courses with a performative emphasis on writing and speaking; and 6 credits in English electives. An Internship is recommended.
Required for Majors with a Concentration in Writing
Twenty-seven credits in English (109, 303, 315-317, 450, and either 291, 292, or 293; also 6 credits in context courses with a performative emphasis on writing and speaking); 15 credits in writing (296, 449, two additional advanced writing courses, and a writing-related Internship). Students will work out individual contracts with teachers in 303 and context courses for writing projects appropriate to the concentration.
Required for Majors in Secondary Education Track
Thirty-six credits in English, including 109, 303, 315-317, 449, 450, and 3 credits selected from 291, 292 or 293; also, 3 credits in writing beyond the Core requirement (selected from 203, 217, 219, 300, 304, or 325); 6 credits in context courses with a performative emphasis on writing and speaking or 3 credits in a context course and 3 credits in language and rhetoric (296); and a 3-credit elective. Context courses with an American literature component, such as 417, 418, or 419 are recommended. Students may use ENGL 320 if they complete a research-based project in the course.
Required for Majors in Elementary Education Track
Thirty-six credits in English, including 109, 303, 315-317, 450, and 3 credits selected from 291, 292, or 293; also 3 credits in writing beyond the Core requirement (selected from 203, 217, 219, 304, or 325); 3 credits in Creative Writing (300); 6 credits in context courses with a performative emphasis on writing and speaking, or 3 credits in a context course and 3 credits in an approved 200-level literature course; and a 3-credit elective. Context courses with an American literature component, such as 417, 418, or 419, are recommended.
Majors, minors, and students using English as a component of a Liberal Arts major or dual certification program must attain a minimum grade of “C” in all English courses. A maximum of six credits in Topics courses (297 and/or 421) may be counted toward the major as context courses: other Topics courses may be taken for elective credit. With the approval of the English faculty advisor, any Senior or Junior English major may be allowed to take English courses numbered 300 or above another college, providing the same course or its equivalent is not that at CMSV in time for graduation.
Requirements for a Minor in English
Eighteen credits in English courses selected in consultation with a member of the English faculty. The minor contract should be approved by the Chair, and signed no later than the start of the first semester of Junior year.
Requirements for a Minor in Writing
Eighteen credits in advanced writing, language, and rhetoric courses, selected in consultation with the program advisor. The minor
contract should be signed no later than the start of the first semester of Junior year. Specific requirements: ENGL 296, and 449; 9 additional credits from the following
advanced courses: 203, 215, 217, 219, 300, 304 and 325; and a 3-credit Internship in a writing-related field. A course with a writing emphasis designation (WE) may be substituted for one of the writing elective courses. If the student is already required to do an Internship in his or her major, an additional course from this list may be substituted for the Internship requirement. A 3-credit Writing Emphasis course in the student’s major may be used toward the minor, provided that this course requires at least 15 pages of writing. A 2.8 average must also be achieved by the end of Junior year in those courses taken specifically for the minor, in order to qualify for admission to the Senior Writing Studio.
The Core writing course itself will not be accepted as part of the minor, unless the student has been placed into an advanced course (203, 219 or 304), and completed it
with a grade of “B” or better.
English Department Policy on AP Courses
Because of the foundational importance of the Core courses offered by the College’s English Department (ENGL 109 Literature: Visions and Values; ENGL 115 Writing for College; and ENGL 320 World Literature), AP credit will be granted to students as an equivalent to an elective or other non-Core course, at the discretion of the Chair of the English Department or Director of the Writing Program. The Core writing course, ENGL 115 Writing for College, provides the foundations not only for proficiency in college-level writing skills, but also for research skills including the mastery of this College’s library software and access to its data bases. Additionally, it is also the policy of the English Department that all major papers in ENGL 219, 203, and 115 (including the ENGL 115 research paper without which a student cannot pass the course) be submitted via <turnitin.com> as well as in hard-copy format to guard against plagiarism. Therefore, AP writing courses are not the equivalent of ENGL 115, and may receive elective credit, but may not substitute for the core writing course.