Department of English
Dr. Paul Almonte, Chairperson
The Department of English offers a major in English Literature and a minor in English.
Requirements for English Literature Major
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
Six of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.
|EL-123||Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama 1||3|
|EL-201||Survey of English Literature I||3|
|EL-202||Survey of English Literature II||3|
|EL-||Elective from Group 1: The Beginnings through the Early English Renaissance||3|
|EL-||Elective from Group 2: Shakespeare through the Age of Reason||3|
|EL-||Elective from Group 3: Romanticism through the Late Victorian Era||3|
|EL-||Elective from Group 4: Modernism through the Contemporary Era||3|
|Choose four English Electives at 200-level or above||12|
May count towards the Core Literature Requirement.
Special Notes on English Literature Major Requirements
Group designations may be found in the course listings.
A student should have a 2.5 average in the core courses (EL-123 and EL-134) to be accepted as an English major. Majors must maintain a 2.5 average in department courses. Students may petition to waive these requirements under special circumstances.
The Hopkins Scholar Program
The Hopkins Scholar Program offers students the opportunity to work individually under the direction of a faculty member on a special project. In a two-semester sequence (6 credits), typically as part of the Honors Program, students are introduced to the methods of research and become acquainted with the background material for their research projects. This enrichment of the English curriculum is continued as the Hopkins Scholar undertakes an independent research project and produces a senior thesis. Participants must have a 3.0 average in English courses.
Requirements for a Minor in English
|EL-123||Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama||3|
|Select four English Electives||12|
EL-123. Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama. 3 Credits.
Designed to initiate and develop understanding and appreciation of the nature, properties, and traditions of poetry and drama and to stimulate critical interest in these literary forms by establishing standards of judgment and evaluation. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.
EL-134. Fiction. 3 Credits.
Designed to initiate and develop understanding and appreciation of the nature, properties, and traditions of prose fiction and to stimulate critical interest in this literary form by establishing standards of judgment and evaluation. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.
EL-201. Survey of English Literature I. 3 Credits.
A study of major literary works in English from the Old English Period to the latter part of the eighteenth century chosen for the purpose of illustrating the forms, themes, modes, and temper of the past. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: EL-123 AND EL-134.
EL-202. Survey of English Literature II. 3 Credits.
A study of major works of English literature from the latter part of the eighteenth century to the present chosen for the purpose of illustrating the forms, themes, modes, and temper of the modern experience. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: EL-123 AND EL-134.
EL-210. Grammar for Writers. 3 Credits.
A review of the basic rules of grammar in English intended for students who have completed composition requirements and wish to become better communicators. Also intended to assist students who may enter areas of media requiring strong verbal skills and editing abilities. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.
EL-244. Women in Film. 3 Credits.
An exploration of ways in which women have been represented in film and what those representations reveal about perceptions of women in (primarily) American Culture and the American film industry. Prerequisites: EL-123 AND EL-134.
EL-252. Creative Writing Workshop. 3 Credits.
EL-254. Dramatic Writing Workshop. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the basics of dramatic writing, this course is for students who wish to concentrate on scripts for the stage, with some consideration of writing for film and television. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 CM-120.
EL-293. Today's Film Scene. 3 Credits.
Students will meet in Manhattan to view and analyze contemporary films, often before they are released to the general public. At times the film makers are likely to participate. The course will give students a knowledge of the contemporary film scene as well as skills in film analysis. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.
EL-295. Co-Op. 3 Credits.
EL-300. History of the English Language. 3 Credits.
An historical and contemporary survey of the structure and growth of the English language with special emphasis on the dialects and standard forms of Modern English, grammar review, and problems of syntax, orthography, and composition. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).
EL-304. Medieval English Literature. 3 Credits.
Survey of the Old English period (499-1066), covering selected prose and poetry, including Beowulf, and the Middle English period (1066-1485), surveying the works of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, Malory and others. (Group 1) Prerequisites: EL-123 OR EL-134.
EL-305. Chaucer. 3 Credits.
EL-311. The Renaissance: Major Texts. 3 Credits.
English prose and poetry from the late fifteenth to the early seventeenth century by such writers as Malory, More, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, and Jonson. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).
EL-313. Renaissance Drama. 3 Credits.
EL-314. Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama. 3 Credits.
A study of important dramatists, from Marlowe to Ford, excluding Shakespeare. Revenge tragedies, history plays and city comedies are examined both as literature and as plays intended for performance. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 2).
EL-315. Shakespeare. 3 Credits.
A critical appreciation of representative sonnets, history plays, comedies, "problem comedies", tragedies, and romances. Works are studied within their historical context, and plays are approached both as published literature and as work designed for the stage. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 2).
EL-321. 17th Century English Literature. 3 Credits.
EL-325. Milton. 3 Credits.
EL-326. 18th Century English Literature. 3 Credits.
EL-327. The 18th Century Novel. 3 Credits.
EL-328. Swift Pope and Johnson. 3 Credits.
EL-331. English Romanticism. 3 Credits.
An exploration of major trends in English Romanticism with particular attention to the question of why writers of this era had such an explosive effect on the course of English literature. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 3).
EL-334. Victorian Prose and Poetry. 3 Credits.
EL-335. Victorian Life and Literature. 3 Credits.
EL-336. Ideas and Social Problems in Victorian Literature. 3 Credits.
EL-345. Gothic Literature. 3 Credits.
The gothic mode in fiction has been popular for over two centuries. This course explores stories and novels, both British and American, that reflect crucial elements of the genre. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.
EL-347. The American Novel Before 1900. 3 Credits.
EL-348. American Literature to 1870. 3 Credits.
EL-351. American Literature From 1870. 3 Credits.
EL-353. The American Short Story. 3 Credits.
EL-354. American Drama. 3 Credits.
An exploration of works by important American playwrights-including O'Neill, Williams, Hansberry, Mamet, and Wilson-this course examines how plays present universal concerns of family, identity, and the search for meaning, as well as specifically American themes of race, class, and gender. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).
EL-356. Modern American Poetry. 3 Credits.
A study of the lives and works of selected American poets, including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Sylvia Plath. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).
EL-357. The American Novel Since 1900. 3 Credits.
EL-358. Contemporary Literature. 3 Credits.
EL-359. African-American Writers. 3 Credits.
EL-363. Modern British Novelists. 3 Credits.
EL-367. Modern Drama. 3 Credits.
In investigating major plays of the modern period - realistic, naturalistic, expressionist, and absurdist - students will have to consider the values these playwrights embody in their work. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).
EL-368. Modernist and Post-Modern Fiction. 3 Credits.
EL-375. Responses to the Land: History and Literature of the Environment. 3 Credits.
Viewed predominantly through the lenses of poets, essayists and historians, this course takes an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to the questions posed by humankind's relationship to the environments-natural and 'man-made'- that we inhabit. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134, HS-121, HS-122.
EL-376. Modern Philosophy and Literature. 3 Credits.
Studying the works and theories of a variety of writers and philosophers, this course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining "modern" responses to questions, issues, and themes arising in both the literary and philosophic traditions. Writers include: Beckett, Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, O'Connor and others. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134, PL-100, PL-101.
EL-383. Bearing Witness to War and Genocide. 3 Credits.
This course considers both fictional and non-fictional accounts of violence, destruction, ethnic cleansing, genocide and war to ask the question: what does it mean to bear witness? Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134, HS-121, HS-122.
EL-401. World Literature. 3 Credits.
EL-402. Literary Theory. 3 Credits.
This course explores developments in literary theory from classical times to the present, including the study of works from Plato, Aristotle, Johnson, Coleridge, Wilde, Pater, Lacan, Foucault, and Butler, among others. Students will apply literary theories to works of literature. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.
EL-403. Great Books. 3 Credits.
A study of some texts fundamental to the Western literary tradition and to a liberal education. Designed to provide a background in intellectual history, to provoke a reconsideration of basic values, and to train the mind. Writers include Homer, Plato, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Cervantes, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Dostoevsky. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.
EL-404. Crime and Punishment in Literature. 3 Credits.
EL-407. Tragedy and Comedy. 3 Credits.
A study of Western drama, from ancient Greece to the contemporary stage, investigating the nature of dramatic genres, from tragedy to comedy and what lies in between. Plays are examined on the page, stage, and screen. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.
EL-410. Arthurian Legend. 3 Credits.
A survey of the origins and growth of the legends of King Arthur, concentrating on texts from the Middle Ages, especially Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur, with some attention to modern retellings as well. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).
EL-414. The Historical Novel. 3 Credits.
The treatment of the past in a number of English, American, and continental novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The special problems of the exercise of the historical imagination within the formal demands of the novel. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.
EL-416. Children's Literature. 3 Credits.
An examination of fiction written for children, including classic and contemporary stories. Students will read traditional literature, picture books, and genre texts including realism, history, and fantasy. The process of publishing of children's books and book choices for the classroom are considered. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.
EL-418. British Poetry. 3 Credits.
A study of major poets-including Shakespeare, Donne, Wordsworth, Keats, Roseeetti, Hopkins, Yeats, Heaney, and Boland-and their impact on aesthetic, cultural, political, and theoretical trends from the sixteenth century to our contemporary age. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.
EL-420. Contemporary Theatre. 3 Credits.
EL-421. Fiction and Film. 3 Credits.
EL-450. Capstone Seminar. 3 Credits.
A required seminar on a topic in English or American literature. As part of its content, the course will provide an introduction to literary theory and criticism applicable to the seminar's focus. Students will engage in extended research and write and present a capstone thesis. Prerequisites: EL-123 EL-134 (SENIORS ONLY) 1 GROUP.
EL-473. Shakespeare: From the Page to the Stage. 3 Credits.
Since Shakespeare's plays were intended to be performed live, not read in silence, we will both critically analyze a selection of his works and then bring the texts alive in performance, employing both original theatrical practices and modern acting techniques. (Group 2) Prerequisites: EL-123 EL-134.
EL-493. Film Noir: Dark Side of American Film. 3 Credits.
An introduction to this American Film genre with reference to its origins in European films and painting of the 1920's and 1930's, and in American hard-boiled detective fiction of the 1930's, as well as to its significance to the development of Hollywood. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.