Chatham University

English Curriculum

The English major engages students to analyze literary texts within the frames of literary history and theory. English majors learn to make successful and astute arguments about the interrelations between literary texts, literary history, and literary theory orally and in writing. Strong critical thinkers who are trained to articulate difficult concepts in clear language, English majors are prepared for careers requiring intellectual sophistication and clear expression; they are well prepared through seminar coursework and the Integrative Capstone for graduate study in professional or academic areas ranging from literature, law, or public relations to creative writing, teaching, or advertising. Certification in secondary education in English is available. Students may elect to complete a rigorous program of study which leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, culminating in a creative Integrative Capstone. Highly qualified students may also be admitted to the 5-year BFA/MFA in Creative Writing or to the BA/MAT program in Teaching.

Students must earn a C- or better in all major courses. Failure to earn this minimum grade will result in the need to repeat the course thereby possibly extending the student’s course of study beyond three years.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements (BA)

12 courses, including:

ENG204 World Literature

A critical approach to major writers in several world traditions, from various periods, including such representative authors as Chuang Tze, Plato, and Wole Soyinka, and such representative works as the "Book of Genesis," The Bacchae, and The Odyssey.

3
ENG204 World Lit:dialogues-trad

WORLD LITERATURE ITING PROF.

3
ENG207 British Writers I

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Anglo-Saxon, medieval, and Renaissance periods, including such representative authors as the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shake-speare, Donne, and Milton.

3
ENG208 British Writers II

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Augustan, Romantic, and Victorian periods, including such representative authors as Swift, Pope, Johnson, Wordsworth, Keats, Arnold, Tennyson, and Browning.

3
ENG216W American Writers I

A study of cultural and literary developments in America, beginning with the Puritans and culminating with the writers of the American Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Hawthorne, and Melville.

3
ENG321W Shakespeare Survey

A representative study of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies as literary, dramatic, and Elizabethan art.

3
ENG287 African-American Writers

This course provides an introduction to the African-American expressive tradition, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, song and folktales from the 18th century to the present. Examining writers such as Douglass, Chesnutt, Brooks, Baldwin, Ellison, and Walker, this course works to delineate the critical and historical contours of the African-American literary tradition.

3
ENG350W Seminar in Literary Theory and Scholarly Writing

An advanced course in writing literary analysis and methods of literary research; required of all junior English majors and interdepartmental majors before enrollment in the tutorial. Prerequisite(s): Second-term junior status.

3
ENG Elective - Not 102 or 104
Upper-level Seminar Elective (3)
Upper-level Seminar Elective (3)
INTENG303 Internship - English

3
ENG490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Interdisciplinary Major Requirements

8 courses, excluding the Integrative Capstone:

ENG204 World Literature

A critical approach to major writers in several world traditions, from various periods, including such representative authors as Chuang Tze, Plato, and Wole Soyinka, and such representative works as the "Book of Genesis," The Bacchae, and The Odyssey.

3
ENG204 World Lit:dialogues-trad

WORLD LITERATURE ITING PROF.

3
ENG207 British Writers I

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Anglo-Saxon, medieval, and Renaissance periods, including such representative authors as the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shake-speare, Donne, and Milton.

3
ENG208 British Writers II

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Augustan, Romantic, and Victorian periods, including such representative authors as Swift, Pope, Johnson, Wordsworth, Keats, Arnold, Tennyson, and Browning.

3
ENG216W American Writers I

A study of cultural and literary developments in America, beginning with the Puritans and culminating with the writers of the American Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Hawthorne, and Melville.

3
ENG321W Shakespeare Survey

A representative study of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies as literary, dramatic, and Elizabethan art.

3
ENG287 African-American Writers

This course provides an introduction to the African-American expressive tradition, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, song and folktales from the 18th century to the present. Examining writers such as Douglass, Chesnutt, Brooks, Baldwin, Ellison, and Walker, this course works to delineate the critical and historical contours of the African-American literary tradition.

3
ENG350W Seminar in Literary Theory and Scholarly Writing

An advanced course in writing literary analysis and methods of literary research; required of all junior English majors and interdepartmental majors before enrollment in the tutorial. Prerequisite(s): Second-term junior status.

3
1 300-level or above literary seminar

+Creative Writing Minor Requirements

The minor in Creative Writing draws upon the strengths of the undergraduate English program and the graduate faculty of the Master of Fine Arts program. Students who choose this minor may be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in creative writing or looking to enter careers as professional writers. Designed in conjunction with a faculty member in the English program, individual programs of study require the approval of the division chairperson.

ENG243 Creative Writing I

Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse. Prerequisite: ENG 242 or professor's permission

3
ENG244 Creative Writing II

Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse. Prerequisite: ENG 243 or professor's permission

3
ENG245 Advanced Writing Workshop

This course focuses on creative writing for experienced writers, geared toward preparing a finished manuscript for potential publication. Fiction writers work intensively on a single story, revising and integrating its various parts. Poets write either long poems or poetic sequences and experiment with contemporary variations on traditional forms. Prerequisite(s): ENG 243 and 244, or professor's permission

3
ENG245 Advanced Writing Workshop

ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP R EQUIV

3
ENG245 Advanced Writing Workshop

ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP R EQUIV

1
2 300-level or above writing-intensive courses or graduate writing workshops with permission of the director of the MFA program.

+Professional Writing Minor Requirements

This minor is designed for students who wish to develop their writing skills to a professional level. Completion of this program prepares students for the changing requirements of the workplace in a variety of fields, including education, science, the web, advertising and public relations, grant writing, technical writing, political communication, and speech writing.

COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM234 Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM251 News Writing and Editing

This production based course introduces students to reporting, structuring and writing print news stories. Students are assigned to cover weekly events and topics in the Pittsburgh area, thus gaining a sense of how news judgment and media ethics are applied to actual reporting assignments.

3
COM260W Practical Public Relations

Students learn the theories, processes, and techniques involved in planning and implementing programs designed to influence public opinion and behavior through socially responsible performance and mutually satisfactory communication. The course emphasizes research, design, production, and writing public relations media, including news releases, features, pamphlets, brochures, financial statements, management reports, scripts, scenarios, and publicity. Students will analyze case histories presented by professional practitioners; appraise success and failure factors; and explore new concepts and developing trends.

3
ENG241 Business Writing

Business writing is designed to help students write clearly and effectively about a variety of subjects for specific audiences. Through actual writing practice and discussions of readings, a number of important issues are addressed, such as targeting an audience, determining methods of organization, and developing a flexible style.

3

+Writing Minor Requirements

Building on the strengths of Chatham‘s English and Communication departments, the writing minor enhances students’ writing skills in a variety of genres. Featuring courses ranging from academic writing to business writing, this minor prepares students for careers in professional writing (e.g., advertising, public relations, law), supplements majors in business and other fields, and allows students to explore the possibility of becoming professional writers. Designed in conjunction with a faculty member in the English department, individual programs of study require the approval of the department chairperson.

2 content courses in English (e.g., ENG 207 British Writers I, ENG 216W American Writers I)
3 writing-as-subject courses above the 100 level (e.g., ENG 241 Business Writing, COM 251 Newswriting & Editing, COM 260W Practical Public Relations)
1 300-level or above writing-as-subject course (ENG 355 Advanced Writing, COM 360 Advanced Public Relations)

+English Minor Requirements

6 courses, including:

ENG204 World Literature

A critical approach to major writers in several world traditions, from various periods, including such representative authors as Chuang Tze, Plato, and Wole Soyinka, and such representative works as the "Book of Genesis," The Bacchae, and The Odyssey.

3
ENG204 World Lit:dialogues-trad

WORLD LITERATURE ITING PROF.

3
ENG207 British Writers I

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Anglo-Saxon, medieval, and Renaissance periods, including such representative authors as the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shake-speare, Donne, and Milton.

3
ENG208 British Writers II

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Augustan, Romantic, and Victorian periods, including such representative authors as Swift, Pope, Johnson, Wordsworth, Keats, Arnold, Tennyson, and Browning.

3
ENG216W American Writers I

A study of cultural and literary developments in America, beginning with the Puritans and culminating with the writers of the American Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Hawthorne, and Melville.

3
ENG321W Shakespeare Survey

A representative study of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies as literary, dramatic, and Elizabethan art.

3
ENG287 African-American Writers

This course provides an introduction to the African-American expressive tradition, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, song and folktales from the 18th century to the present. Examining writers such as Douglass, Chesnutt, Brooks, Baldwin, Ellison, and Walker, this course works to delineate the critical and historical contours of the African-American literary tradition.

3

+Environmental Writing Minor Requirements

6 courses, including:

ENV116 Global Environmental Challenges

This course explores the global implications of environmental issues. It is designed for all students interested in our global environment, one of the most critical issues of our time. The basic premise is that global ecological systems are in decline. This course will not only introduce students to the major issues causing or relating to this ecological decline, but also provide a template for thinking about and acting on solutions. Therefore, the focus is on active, participation-based learning, and students should leave the course ready to create environmental change.

3
ENV129 Our Fragile Earth: A Scientific Perspective

This course introduces students to a wide range of environmental issues from a scientific perspective. Specific topics vary from year to year, but this course utilizes lectures, discussions, laboratories, guest speakers and field trips to increase knowledge about environmental problems as well as increase scientific knowledge and literacy.

3
ENV129 Intro-environmentl Issues

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL

3
ENV129L Our Fragile Earth Lab

This lab offers hands-on opportunity to perform basic environmental lab skills, including sater testing, bioassay, and greenhouse experiment protocol. The course may be taken independently oas a freestanding environmental lab course. Two hours of laboratory per week. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

1
ENV327 Writing about Environmental Science

This course is designed for students with some basic scientific skills, who might become scientists professionally, but all of whom will be communicating about science, often to non-scientists. In this course, we will read, discuss, and practice a variety of methods of communicating about environmental science, from popular culture to news to government reports. Students will competently translate scientific results into written journalistic English and will be able to evaluate scientific results from the news in terms of its scientific accuracy and clarity. Cross-listed as ENG327. Prerequisite: any 200-level ENV course or permission of the instructor.

3
ENV242 Women and the Global Environment

This course will examine contemporary global environmental issues from a gendered perspective. It will address the following question: How does environmental change impact women’s lives, women’s health, women’s community roles, and how are women offering leadership to address these problems and offer alternative solutions at the global, national, and local levels? The course will examine these issues from a North/South perspective, examining how northern countries' consumption and policies are impacting women in poor and transitional countries. It will also focus on key environmental concerns, from climate change, resource extraction, population, consumption, and toxic contamination.

3
One course from the following:
ENG418 The American Nature Tradition

In this course we will explore the vital relationship between American literature, American culture, Nature, and environmental values, asking how changing literary interpretations of the land have influenced attitudes toward nonhuman nature. Why have American authors been so consistently concerned with and inspired by the idea of wilderness? How did our culture move from the Puritan notion of howling wilderness to the Transcendentalist vision of divine nature to contemporary nature writers' concern with imperiled ecosystems? What literary interpretations of nature will be likely in the future?

3
ENG419 Frontier Women

An impressive number of narratives, novels, diaries, and poems recording the responses of women to the American frontier have become available in recent years. By reading about these frontier experiences, and examining differences in perception and conception based apparently on gender, students will better understand how the frontier functioned within American culture and what "cultural work" these texts accomplished.

3
ENG422 American Exploration

Focus on American fiction that records physical as well as metaphysical journeys; writers’ exploration of new territories such as the frontier West, Polynesian Isles, and South Pole; their imaginative discovery of new truths about nature, society, and the self. Includes works by Poe, Cooper, Melville, Simms, Kirkland, and Chopin.

3
ENV446 Wilderness and Literature

Through close reading of poetry and prose, students will explore the relationship between wilderness and literature - both representations of the natural world and what Stanley Kunitz calls "your wilderness...the untamed self that you pretend doesn't exist, all that chaos locked behind the closet door, those memories yammering in the dark." Writers examined include: Anne Carson, Mark Doty, Kathleen Hill, and Virginia Wolf. Cross-listed as ENG 446. Prerequisite: any 300-level ENG or ENV course or permission of instructor.

3
ENG447 Contemporary Environmental Fiction

A study of environmental fiction ranging from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild to Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres, this course attends in specific to the representation of nature and environment in 20th-Century novels and other cultural texts (e.g., Bambi or The Emerald Forest). Students will consider how such representations interrogate, critique, or reinforce contemporary constructions of the environment. Special attention will be given to questions of history, gender, and "what counts" (e.g., urban versus wilderness) as the environment. Prerequisite(s): 200-level English course or permission of department chairperson.

3
ENG452 Ecofeminist Literature

This course brings together theoretical, nonfictional, and fictional approaches to the study of women and the environment. Students will examine how diverse ecofeminist writers problematize, resituate, and reclaim the woman/nature paradigm--a construct historically based in patriarchal culture. This course focuses particularly on how representations of women and environment (ranging from the traditional to the radical) can help students rethink and reimagine their relationship to the Earth. Cross-listed as ENV 452.

3
ENG584 The Environmental Imagination

This is a multi-genre course that focuses on the art and craft of nature and environmental writing. Students will read and study contemporary nature and environmental writing, and will be expected to generate creative work that illustrates a deep understanding of the literary tools available to writers in this genre.

3
ENG585 Travel Writing

This course focuses on the art and craft of travel writing. Students will read and study contemporary travel writing, and will be expected to generate creative work that illustrates a deep understanding of the literary tools available to writers in this genre.

3