English

Major: English
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 23.1399

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1123

Literary Studies Concentration

English majors who select the concentration in Literary Studies benefit from the full range of courses and opportunities that we offer. These include core courses taken by all our majors, offering a strong foundation in textual and rhetorical analysis along with writing skills.  

The concentration offers additional in-depth study of British, American, and World literatures. We develop skills in literary and cultural analysis and in related research. We take full advantage of our location to tap into the rich opportunities in literary and dramatic arts in Philadelphia.  

Degree Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS (minimum 63 credits)
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Mathematics elective courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Science elective courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Social/Behavioral Science elective courses for a minimum of 12 credits12.0
Humanities elective courses (other than ENGL or WRIT) for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Diversity Studies elective courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
International Studies elective courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Foreign Language requirement (2 consecutive courses, reaching at least 103)8.0
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MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (30-credit CORE plus 36-credit concentration)
Core Courses
ENGL 195English Freshman Seminar 3.0
ENGL 207 [WI] African American Literature3.0
ENGL 301English Major Colloquium (1-credit course, repeat twice for 3 credits total)3.0
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
ENGL 355 [WI] Women and Literature3.0
ENGL 495Senior Project in Literature3.0
WRIT 195Threshold Concepts in Writing3.0
WRIT 200Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
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Concentration in Literary Studies36.0
Literature Surveys - Select 4 for a minimum of 12 credits
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Authors and Periods - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Period Studies
Major Authors
Literary Impacts - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Literature & Science
Literature and Other Arts
Literature and Society
Literary Traditions - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
The Bible as Literature
Mythology
Literary Theory - 3 credits
Literary Theory
Literature Seminars - Take both for a minimum of 6 credits
Seminar in English and American Literature
Seminar in World Literature
English Electives - minimum of 6 credits
Choose any additional 2 courses (300+) in WRIT or ENGL for a minimum of 6 credits
ELECTIVES52.0-54.0
Choose 52 credits from any discipline. Consider a second major or minor, or education certification.
Total Credits181.0-183.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, one co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
ENGL 1953.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV H1011.0WRIT 2003.0ENGL 2073.0 
Foreign Language Course (1st consecutive course)4.0Foreign Language Course (2nd consecutive course, at least 103-level)4.0WRIT 1953.0 
Mathemathics elective3.0Mathematics elective3.0Social/Behavioral Science elective3.0 
Social/Behavioral Science elective3.0Social/Behavioral Science elective3.0Science elective3.0 
 17 17 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 301 (1st of 3)1.0Literature Survey (2nd of 4)3.0ENGL 301 (2nd of 3)1.0ENGL 3253.0
WRIT 2253.0Authors & Periods (1st of 1)3.0ENGL 3153.0Literature Survey (4th of 4)3.0
Science elective3.0Diversity Studies3.0Literature Survey (3rd of 4)3.0Literary Impacts (1st of 1)3.0
Literature Survey (1st of 4)3.0International Studies elective3.0Diversity Studies3.0Free Electives6.0
International Studies elective3.0Humanities elective3.0Humanities elective3.0 
Social/Behavioral Science elective3.0 Free elective3.0 
 16 15 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 301 (3rd of 3)1.0Free Electives15.0
  ENGL 3803.0 
  Free Electives9.0 
 0 0 13 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
UNIV H2011.0ENGL 3553.0ENGL 4953.0 
Literary Traditions (1st of 1)3.0ENGL 4923.0Free Electives9.0 
ENGL 4903.0English Elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0  
English Elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0Free Electives6.0  
Free Electives6.0   
 16 15 12 
Total Credits 183

5 year, 3 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
ENGL 1953.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV H1011.0WRIT 2003.0ENGL 2073.0 
Foreign Language Course (1st consecutive course)4.0Foreign Language Course (2nd consecutive course, at least 103-level)4.0WRIT 1953.0 
Math Elective3.0Math Elective3.0Social/Behavioral Science3.0 
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective3.0Social/Behavioral Science Elective3.0Science Elective3.0 
 17 17 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 301 (1st of 3)1.0Literature Survey (2nd of 4)3.0
  WRIT 2253.0Diversity Studies3.0
  Science Elective3.0International Studies Elective3.0
  Literature Survey (1st of 4)3.0Humanities Elective3.0
  International Studies Elective3.0Free elective3.0
  Social/Behavioral Sciences3.0 
 0 0 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 301 (2nd of 3)1.0ENGL 3253.0
  ENGL 3153.0Literature Survey (4th of 4)3.0
  Literature Survey (3rd of 4)3.0Free Electives9.0
  Authors and Periods (1st of 1)3.0 
  Diversity Studies3.0 
  Humanities Elective3.0 
 0 0 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 301 (3rd of 3)1.0Free Electives15.0
  ENGL 3553.0 
  Literary Impacts (1st of 1)3.0 
  Literary Traditions (1st of 1)3.0 
  Free Electives3.0 
 0 0 13 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
UNIV H2011.0ENGL 4923.0ENGL 4953.0 
English Elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0English Elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0Free Electives12.0 
ENGL 3803.0Free Electives6.0  
ENGL 4903.0   
Free Electives6.0   
 16 12 15 
Total Credits 183

English Faculty

Jan Armon, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Teaching Professor. Academic functions of personal writing, composition.
Kenneth Bingham, MA (Temple University). Teaching Professor. First-year writing; engineering ethics; literature of baseball.
Valerie Booth, PhD (Emory University). Associate Teaching Professor.
André Carrington, PhD (New York University). Associate Professor. Cultural politics of race, gender and genre; feminism criticism; critical race theory.
Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Columbia University) Distinguished Professor, Dean of the Pennoni Honors College. Co-editor,Journal of Modern Literature; Host of the Drexel Interview. Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English and American literature; film studies.
Lisa DiMaio, MEd (Temple University). Teaching Professor. English as a second language
Dan Driscoll, MA (Temple University) Associate Director University Writing Program. Teaching Professor. Associate Director, University Writing Center: Curricular Initiatives. Co-Director, Minor in Writing. First-year writing.
Anne Erickson, PhD (Purdue University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Online educational applications; the short story cycle.
Nomi Eve, MFA (Brown University) Director of the Creative Writing MFA Program. Assistant Teaching Professor.
Robert Finegan, MFA (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Teaching Professor. First-year writing; technical and creative writing.
Alexis Finger, MS (Queens College, CUNY). Associate Teaching Professor. Speech; ESL; oral communication.
Valerie Fox, PhD (SUNY at Binghamton). Teaching Professor. Founding Editor, <em>Press 1.</em> Twentieth century drama; modern and contemporary American poetry; first-year writing.
Edward Fristrom, PhD (State University of New York-Albany). Associate Teaching Professor. Professional writing, creative writing, multimedia, and writing education.
Keunah Han, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL)
Cassandra Hirsch, MFA (Rosemont College). Associate Teaching Professor. Fiction.
Gabriella Ibieta, PhD (City University of New York) Director, Programs in English. Associate Professor. Comparative literature; Cuban and Latin American fiction.
Henry Israeli, MFA (University of Iowa). Associate Teaching Professor. Founder and editor of Saturnalia Books, a publisher of contemporary poetry.
Kirsten Kaschock, PhD (University of Georgia). Associate Teaching Professor. Creative writing (poetry and prose).
Elizabeth Kimball, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Professor. College writing, civic engaged learning, multi lingual and trans lingual practice, history and theory of rhetoric, public and community writing,18th and 19th century U.S. rhetorical history
Miriam Kotzin, PhD (New York University). Professor. Founding Editor, <em>Per Contra.</em> American literature; genre studies; creative writing; communications.
Roger Kurtz, PhD (University of Iowa) Department Head. Professor. Postcolonial and world literatures
Stephen Mandell, PhD (Temple University). Professor. First-year writing; technical writing; speech; American literature.
Deirdre McMahon, PhD (University of Iowa). Teaching Professor. 19th-century British literature and culture: empire, critical race studies and analyses of material culture.
Marianallet Mendez-Rivera, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Teaching Professor. Use of the mass media to secure, maintain and enhance political power; international technical communication—including issues of translation v. localization.
Harriet Levin Millan, MFA (University of Iowa) Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing. Associate Teaching Professor. Poetry.
Jill Moses, MFA (University of Oregon). Associate Teaching Professor. Dramatic literature; first-year writing.
Christopher T. Nielson, PhD (Purdue University). Teaching Professor. Shakespeare; Renaissance drama and literature; dramatic literature; first-year writing.
Karen Nulton, PhD (Rutgers University) Director, Writing Assessment. Teaching Professor. Writing assessment, writing pedagogy, and writing across the curriculum.
Margene Peterson, MA (Rhode Island School of Design). Assistant Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL); the learning styles and strategies of non-native speakers of English.
Maegan Poland, PhD (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Assistant Teaching Professor. Creative writing; first-year writing
Abioseh Porter, PhD (University of Alberta, Canada). Professor. Comparative literature; postcolonial literatures
Donald Riggs, PhD (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). Teaching Professor. Cinematic monsters; science fiction and fantasy literature and film; Renaissance literature; creative writing; first-year writing.
Donna Rondolone, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Medieval literature; Arthurian legend; first-year writing.
Gail Rosen, JD (Temple University). Teaching Professor. Literature and law; first-year writing.
Doreen Alvarez Saar, PhD (SUNY Buffalo). Professor. Early American literature; Eighteenth-century America; race and gender studies.
Sheila Sandapen, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Director, First Year Writing Program. Associate Teaching Professor. First-year writing; cultural studies; women's studies; history and film.
Fred A. Siegel, PhD (New York University) Director, First-Year Writing Program. Teaching Professor. Popular theater; dramatic literature, creative non-fiction; first-year writing.
Scott Stein, MFA (University of Miami) Director, Drexel Publishing Group. Teaching Professor. Creative writing; first-year writing; Founding Editor, When Falls the Coliseum: A Journal of American Culture (Or Lack Thereof).
Eva Thury, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Mythology; classical literature; drama; first-year writing; desktop publishing and software documentation.
Kathleen Volk Miller, MA (Rutgers University). Teaching Professor. Co-Editor,Painted Bride Quarterly (PBQ); creative writing; first-year writing.
Maria Volynsky, EdD (Temple University) Associate Director, First-Year Writing Program; ESL Coordinator. Associate Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL).
Scott Warnock, PhD (Temple University) Director, Drexel Writing Center; Director, University Writing Program. Professor. Rhetoric and composition; medical writing; information technology and literacy.
Robert A. Watts, MA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Creative writing; first-year writing.
Vincent Williams, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. First-year writing; the intersection of race, gender, class and urbanism.
Jennifer Yusin, PhD (Emory University). Associate Professor. Postcolonial literature; trauma theory; literary theory; psychoanalysis, and memory studies in contemporary literature in English.

Emeritus Faculty

Valarie Arms, PhD (Temple University). Professor Emeritus. Rhetoric and Composition
Richard Astro, PhD (University of Washington) Distinguished Professor. Provost Emeritus. Twentieth-century American literature; literature and sports.
Raymond Brebach, PhD (University of Illinois). Professor Emeritus. Modern British fiction; the novel; textual studies.
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