Professors: S. Campbell (Chair), Churchill, Flanagan, Fox, Ingram, Kuzmanovich, Lewis, Merrill, Parker
Associate Professors: Fackler, Miller, Vaz
Major Requirements (A.B. Degree)
The English major consists of ten courses, as follows:
a) ENG 220: Literary Analysis, the gateway course to the major, by the end of the sophomore year
b) One course in each of the following three categories: Diversity, Historical Approaches, and Innovation
c) Five elective courses (two of which may be taken outside the department, either in residence or abroad, pending approval of the syllabi and completed work by a department subcommittee)
d) A capstone experience in the senior year
Categories (b) and (c) will include two courses at the 200 level and two courses at the 300 level. Students must also have two courses at the 400 level, one of which fulfills category (d). No more than one English course at the 100-level will count for credit toward the major.
Progression and Sequencing
The successful English major follows an effective sequencing of courses. To that end, all majors should take:
- Two 200-level courses by the end of sophomore year, one of which is ENG 220
- At least one 300-level course by the end of the junior year
- Two 400-level courses in the junior and/or senior year
Juniors declaring the major late or as a second major should speak with the Chair to get permission to pre-register for ENG 220.
All English majors will develop a Davidson Domains site to which they will upload one (or more) of their essays from the gateway course (ENG 220), along with other writing samples from 300- and 400-level courses. Senior English majors will return to these sites within the context of their seminars to upload new work and curate the current selections, so that they might draw the attention of future employers, graduate school directors/committees, etc., to their portfolios of written work.
The gateway course, English 220: Literary Analysis, relies on a variety of teaching methods aimed at helping students develop an aesthetic sensitivity to the way form makes meaning. The course teaches close reading in more than one genre and pays attention to texts and films from more than one era. It introduces students to research and to theoretical approaches the professor finds relevant and compelling. It relies on discussion and is writing intensive, requiring drafting, feedback, and revision to delineate complex relationships among ideas needed to engage in scholarly conversations.
Courses satisfying the requirement in diversity focus on, through content or method or both, representations of disability, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status.
Historical Approaches Requirement
Historical Approaches courses engage literary history and attend to historical context, including literary movements. Such courses take a variety of approaches to history, including a chronological survey of literature across a significant span of time; a historicist investigation of a particular moment or era; a course focused on an author or period prior to the twentieth century.
New challenges in any discipline require new responses, and courses satisfying the requirement in Innovation are designed to provide such responses. Courses fulfilling the requirement foreground innovation through a combination of course content, pedagogic approach and methodology, and student output.
All English majors are required to complete two courses at the 400 level. Senior English majors have several options for completing the capstone requirement: regular seminars, which are limited to juniors and seniors, and other options limited to senior English majors: tutorial-style seminars, group investigations, and 400-level independent studies.
Tutorial-style seminars have a ceiling of 10-12 students, with content similar to traditional English department seminars. Unlike traditional seminars that meet once or twice weekly as a whole group, tutorial-style seminars have more frequent meetings on the part of the professor with smaller groups of students (2-3).
Group Investigations have a ceiling of 6 and perhaps one or more prerequisites and/or the permission of the instructor. Students work with a professor on a focused topic of collaborative research or an applied project. Group Investigations are not simply smaller seminars, but rather courses whose content and methodology are substantially different and necessitate the smaller class size.
400-level Independent Studies allow students an intensive and focused experience on a project of personal intellectual interest, analogous to an honors project but completed over the course of a single semester.
The English Department accepts up to five courses from other colleges and universities as credit toward the major. To be granted transfer credit toward the major, students, after receiving College credit from the Registrar, should make their requests to the English Department Chair and submit for evaluation all relevant course materials.
An English minor consists of 6 courses, including:
- ENG 220 - Literary Analysis , the gateway course for the major and minor.
- One course in each of the following categories: Historical Approaches and Diversity.
- Two elective courses (one of which can be taken outside the department, either in residence or abroad, pending departmental approval of syllabi for courses taken on campus, syllabi and completed work for courses taken abroad.)
- A 400-level capstone experience in the senior year, which could be fulfilled through a seminar, a group investigation, or a tutorial.
- Among the courses taken to fulfill requirements (2) and (3) above, two courses must be at the 300 level.
- Only one English course at the 100-level may be counted for minor credit.
- All English minors will develop and maintain a Davidson Domains site to which they will upload one (or more) of their essays from the gateway course (ENG 220), along with other writing samples from upper-level courses.
The Abbott English Honors Program
The Abbott English Honors Program welcomes and promotes original work produced by senior majors in the Department of English, work of exceptional quality and polish that makes a contribution to the field. The Program requires a 3.5 major GPA and a 3.2 overall GPA at the point of application. Students pursuing honors must take two additional courses (ENG 498 and ENG 499) in addition to the other ten required for the major; with departmental permission, an honors candidate may take only one course, ENG 499, in addition to the ten required for the major. To be awarded honors, students must achieve at least a grade of B+ in both ENG 498 and ENG 499. The department does not award high honors.
100-level courses satisfy distribution requirements for literature.
200-level courses are introductory literature or creative writing courses. English 220, 260, 280, and 290 are designed for majors and prospective majors.
300-level courses are advanced, theory-infused courses designed for majors. First-year students require permission of the instructor to take 300-level courses, as do all students taking independent studies (395, 396, and 397).
400-level courses are seminars limited to juniors or seniors, with preference to English majors. English 495, 498, and 499 are limited to seniors.
- AFR 282 - African American Literature: 18th - 19th Century (=ENG 282)
- AFR 286 - African American Literature: 1900- (=ENG 286)
- AFR 292 - “Fake News,” Journalism and Ethics
- AFR 297 - Caribbean Literature (=ENG 297)
- AFR 298 - Race and American Journalism
- AFR 303 - Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: W.E.B. Du Bois (=ENG 382)
- AFR 383 - Black Literary Theory (=ENG 483)
- CHI 405 - Chinese Cinema and Modern Literature (in translation)
- CLA 121 - Greek Literature in Translation
- CLA 122 - Roman Literature in Translation
- DIG 220 - Electronic Literature
- ENG 110 - Course list for Introduction to Literature
- ENG 115 - The Art, Science, and Fascination of Fragrance
- ENG 116 - Gesture
- ENG 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing
- ENG 203 - Introduction to Writing Poetry
- ENG 204 - Introduction to Writing Fiction
- ENG 205 - Introduction to Screenwriting
- ENG 211 - Filmmaking
- ENG 220 - Literary Analysis
- ENG 240 - British Literature to 1800
- ENG 242 - Women’s Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights (=THE 242)
- ENG 245 - Creating Book Culture
- ENG 260 - British Literature since 1800
- ENG 261 - Modern Drama
- ENG 262 - Bodies at Risk in American Drama
- ENG 271 - Disability in Literature and Art
- ENG 280 - Mystery and Romance of the West
- ENG 282 - African American Literature: 18th - 19th Century (=AFR 282)
- ENG 283 - Short Prose Fiction
- ENG 284 - African American Drama
- ENG 285 - Politics & Performance: 20th Century Theatre (=THE 285)
- ENG 286 - African-American Literature: 1900- (=AFR 286)
- ENG 288 - Contemporary American Multicultural Drama
- ENG 289 - Environmental Literature
- ENG 290 - World Literatures
- ENG 291 - Literary Mysteries
- ENG 292 - Documentary Film - History, Theory, and Production of Documentary
- ENG 293 - Film as Narrative Art
- ENG 294 - Harlem Renaissance
- ENG 295 - Women Writers
- ENG 296 - Science Fiction & Technology
- ENG 297 - Caribbean Literature (=AFR 297)
- ENG 301 - Writing Nonfiction Prose
- ENG 303 - Advanced Poetry Writing
- ENG 304 - Advanced Fiction Writing
- ENG 306 - Digital Design
- ENG 307 - Forms of Fiction
- ENG 308 - Time & Space in Creative Nonfiction
- ENG 310 - The English Language
- ENG 333 - Literary Satans
- ENG 340 - Early British Literature and Media
- ENG 352 - Shakespeare in Action
- ENG 353 - Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
- ENG 355 - Milton
- ENG 360 - Studies in Brit Lit: 1660-1900:Desire
- ENG 361 - Seduction and Decadence in the C18th
- ENG 362 - A: British Romanticism or B: Reimagining Blake
- ENG 363 - History of the Novel
- ENG 370 - Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge University
- ENG 372 - British Fiction: 19th and 20th Centuries
- ENG 373 - Studies in Modern Poetry: Poetry and Politics
- ENG 374 - Picturing Disability
- ENG 375 - Fan Fiction
- ENG 380 - Studies in American Literature
- ENG 381 - 19th Century American Fiction Revisited
- ENG 382 - W.E.B. Du Bois at Large (=AFR 303)
- ENG 386 - Law, Literature, and Film
- ENG 387 - Modern Poetry and Politics
- ENG 388 - Contemporary Theatre
- ENG 391 - Literary Criticism
- ENG 394 - Nationalism, Race, and Empire
- ENG 395 - Independent Study in Literature
- ENG 396 - Independent Study in Writing
- ENG 397 - Independent Study
- ENG 404 - Seminar: Writing the “Sexy”* Novella
- ENG 406 - Digital Design Seminar
- ENG 409 - Television: Queer Representations (=GSS 401)
- ENG 415 - Spring 2020 Seminar Topic- Poetics of Relation: James Baldwin (=AFR 304)
- ENG 421 - Writing the Self
- ENG 430 - Italo Calvino and Invention
- ENG 452 - Seminar: Performing Shakespeare/Radio Shakespeare
- ENG 453 - Literary Alchemy
- ENG 455 - Seminar- Milton and Paradise Lost
- ENG 462 - Seminar: A: Romantic Radicalism or B: The Long Eighteenth Century Gothic
- ENG 472 - Seminar A: Gossip or B: Twenty-First-Century British Literature or C: Joyce/Nabokov
- ENG 483 - Black Literary Theory (=AFR 383)
- ENG 487 - Seminar: Legal Fiction
- ENG 493 - Film Art
- ENG 494 - Seminar: A - Disability in Literature and Art; B - Multicultural Literature
- ENG 495 - Senior Capstone Seminar
- ENG 498 - Seminar: Senior Honors Research
- ENG 499 - Seminar: Senior Honors Thesis
- ENV 210 - Introduction to Environmental Literature: Food Literature
- GSS 341 - Race, Gender & Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Film
- GSS 401 - Television: Queer Representations (=ENG 409)
- LIT 432 - Theory and Practice of Literary Translation (Seminar)
- REL 244 - Modern Jewish Literature
- RUS 260 - Special Topics: 19th Century Cannon
- RUS 420 - Tolstoy (in English)
- THE 242 - Women’s Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights (=ENG 242)
- THE 285 - Politics & Performance: 20th Century Theatre & Drama (=ENG 285)
- THE 332 - Hamilton
Cultural Diversity Requirement
English 262, 282, 284, 286, 290, 297, 360 (Desire), 382, 415, 482 and 494B fulfill the cultural diversity requirement.