English

Major: English
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 23.9999

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1123

About the Program

Specifically designed to engage students in critical thinking and applied writing skills, the English major offers a wide-ranging curriculum on British, American and World literatures and stresses the cultural, historical and political contexts that shape and affect literary production. The Department of English and Philosophy also offers variety of courses on periods and genres; creative writing; and the relationship between literature and the visual arts, science and technology.

Students develop solid techniques in critical inquiry as well as in writing, literary, and reading skills. Implicit in our undertaking is the leadership role of our department in the formulation and discussion of such broad theoretical and practical questions as the following: the connection between oral and written communication skills; analytical, ethical, and critical thinking; questions of value and morality; the relevance and relation of the past to the present; the relations between and among cultures; the role of literary and philosophical texts in our attempts to explain human motives and behavior; and the relations between the sexes. 

Degree Requirements 

University Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Mathematics Courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Science Courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Foreign Language Courses
Any two (2) consecutive foreign language courses (completing level 201)7.0
Humanities and Fine Arts
Select any of the following for a minimum of 12.0 credits:12.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval
History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism
History of Art III: Modern Art
Introduction to Dance
Dance Appreciation
Twentieth Century Dance
American Classic Cinema
The Documentary Tradition
Contemporary Cinema
Intermediate Cinematography
Introduction to Music
Music History I
Music History II
Rock Music Through the Mid-60s
Rock Music Since the Mid-60s
Introduction to Western Philosophy
Critical Reasoning
Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality
Epistemology: Philosophy of Knowledge
Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art
Ethics
Photography
Theatrical Experience
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select any of the following for a minimum of 12.0 credits:12.0
Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology
Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic
Mass Media and Society
Techniques of Speaking
Themes in World Civilization I
Themes in World Civilization II
Themes in World Civilization III
Introduction to Political Science
History of Political Thought
General Psychology I
Developmental Psychology
Approaches to Personality
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Sociology of the Family
International Studies
Select any of the following for a minimum of 6.0 credits:6.0
Topics in World Ethnography
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
International Communication
International Negotiations
European Cinema
Non-Western Cinema
The Great War, 1914-1918
World War II
History of Europe in the 20th Century
Introduction to Latin American History
World Musics
Global Ethical Issues
International Politics
Globalization
Studies in Diversity
Select any of the following for a minimum of 6.0 credits:6.0
Introduction to Africana Studies
Cross Currents in Africana Studies
Introduction to Cultural Diversity
Anthropology of Gender
Intercultural Communication
American Ethnic Literature
Jewish Literature and Civilization
Women and Literature
Topics in African American Literature
Women in American History
Themes in African-American History
United States Civil Rights Movement
American Slavery
Freedom in America
Race and Film in United States History
Modern Jewish History
Jewish Literature and Civilization
Jewish Life and Culture in the Middle Ages
Modern Jewish History
Afro-American Music USA
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Women and Society in a Global Context
Major Requirements
Foundational and Professional Courses
ENGL 195English Freshman Seminar 3.0
ENGL 205 [WI] American Literature I3.0
ENGL 206 [WI] American Literature II3.0
ENGL 211 [WI] British Literature I3.0
ENGL 212British Literature II3.0
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
ENGL 380Literary Theory3.0
ENGL 490Seminar in English and American Literature4.0
ENGL 492Seminar in World Literature4.0
ENGL 499Senior Project in Literature4.0
Select any of the following for 9.0 credits:9.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
African American Literature
Readings in Fiction
Readings in Poetry
Readings in Drama
Select any of the following for 9.0 credits:9.0
Period Studies
Major Authors
Topics in World Literature
The Bible as Literature
Mythology
Select any of the following for 9.0 credits:9.0
The Mystery Story
Literature of Baseball
Literature of the Holocausts
Literature and Other Arts
American Ethnic Literature
Jewish Literature and Civilization
Women and Literature
Literature and Society
Topics in African American Literature
Special Studies in Literature
Independent Study in ENGL
Philosophy in Literature
Creative and Professional Writing
Select any of the following for a minimum of 15.0 credits:15.0
Introduction to Journalism
Technical Communication
Investigative Journalism
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Screenwriting I
Screenwriting II
The Peer Reader in Context
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Writing About the Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for Target Audiences
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Internship in Publishing
Science and Technology in the Humanities
Select any of the following for a minimum of 12.0 credits:12.0
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Science Fiction
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Technology in Historical Perspective
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity
Technology in American Life
Ethics and Information Technology
Engineering Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Electives
Electives (total available varies depending on credits completed above):28.0
Total Credits182.0

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

Sample Plan

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 195English Freshman Seminar 3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign Language Course (1st consecutive course) 4.0
Math elective3.0
Social/Behavorial Sciences elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Foreign Language Course (2nd consecutive course, 201-level) 3.0
Math elective3.0
Social/Behavioral Science elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts6.0
Social/Behavioral Science4.0
Language/Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ENGL 205 [WI] American Literature I3.0
ENGL 211 [WI] British Literature I3.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options (200-level recommended)3.0
Science elective3.0
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ENGL 206 [WI] American Literature II3.0
ENGL 212British Literature II3.0
International Studies3.0
Diversity Studies3.0
Science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options (200-level recommended)3.0
Creative/Professional Writing Course3.0
Science/Technology in the Humanities3.0
Diversity Studies3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Creative/Professional Writing 3.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options (200-level recommended)3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts3.0
Science/Technology in the Humanities3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
Creative/Professional Writing course3.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options (200-level recommended)3.0
Science/Technology in the Humanities course3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
ENGL 380Literary Theory3.0
Creative/Professional Writing Course3.0
ENGL 490 or 492--Seminar in American/English OR World Lit.4.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options (300-level recommended)3.0
International Studies elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Creative/Professional Writing course3.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options 3.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options (300-level recommended)3.0
Science/Technology in the Humanities3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
ENGL 490 or 492--Seminar in American/English OR World Lit.4.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options 3.0
ENGL/WRIT course chosen from foundational/professional course options (300-level recommended)3.0
Science/Technology in the Humanities3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
ENGL 499Senior Project in Literature4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts course3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 182.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

English majors pursue many professional fields in addition to teaching and creative writing. Many go on to law school, politics and government, or business careers. The critical thinking, analytical and writing skills provided by our program are essential for high-level decision-making and problem solving in any professional situation.

Co-op employment is an option for English majors who can explore co-op or internship opportunities at Philadelphia museums, city government and visitors’ bureaus, television and radio stations, law firms, and nonprofit organizations.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

English Faculty

Jan Armon, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Teaching Professor. Academic functions of personal writing, composition.
Valarie Arms, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Rhetoric and Composition
Kenneth Bingham, MA (Temple University). Teaching Professor. First-year writing; engineering ethics; literature of baseball.
Valerie Booth, PhD (Emory University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Raymond Brebach, PhD (University of Illinois). Associate Professor. Modern British fiction; the novel; textual studies.
André Carrington, PhD (New York University). Assistant 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, <em>Journal of Modern Literature;</em> Host of the <em>Drexel Interview.</em> Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English and American literature; film studies.
Albert DiBartolomeo, MA (Temple University). Teaching Professor. Co-Director, Drexel Publishing Group; Creative writing; first-year writing; non-fiction.
Dan Driscoll, MA (Temple University). Associate 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). Assistant Teaching Professor.
Lisa Farley, MEd (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL).
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). Assistant Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL)
Cassandra Hirsch, MFA (Rosemont College). Assistant Teaching Professor. Fiction.
Gabriella Ibieta, PhD (City University of New York). Associate Professor. Comparative literature; Cuban and Latin American fiction.
Henry Israeli, MFA (University of Iowa) Associate Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing. Associate Teaching Professor. Founder and editor of <i>Saturnalia Books</i>, a publisher of contemporary poetry.
Miriam Kotzin, PhD (New York University). Professor. Founding Editor, <em>Per Contra.</em> American literature; genre studies; creative writing; communications.
Stephen Mandell, PhD (Temple University). Professor. First-year writing; technical writing; speech; American literature.
Deirdre McMahon, PhD (University of Iowa). Associate 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). Assistant Teaching Professor. Dramatic literature; first-year writing.
Christopher T. Nielson, PhD (Purdue University) Assistant Department Head; Director, Programs in English. Teaching Professor. Shakespeare; Renaissance drama and literature; dramatic literature; first-year writing.
Karen Nulton, PhD (Rutgers University) Director, Writing Assessment. Associate Teaching Professor. Writing assessment, writing pedagogy, and writing across the curriculum.
Margene Peterson, MA (Rhode Island School of Design). Instructor. English as a Second Language (ESL); the learning styles and strategies of non-native speakers of English.
Abioseh Porter, PhD (University of Alberta, Canada). Professor. Comparative literature; postcolonial literatures; Editor, <em>JALA, Journal of the African Literature Association</em>.
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). Associate Teaching Professor. Literature and law; first-year writing.
Doreen Alvarez Saar, PhD (SUNY Buffalo) American Literature Editor, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. Professor. Early American literature; Eighteenth-century America; race and gender studies.
Sheila Sandapen, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Assistant 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). Teaching Professor. Creative writing; first-year writing; Founding Editor, <em>When Falls the Coliseum: A Journal of American Culture (Or Lack Thereof).</em>
Elizabeth Thorpe, MFA (Goddard College). Assistant Teaching Professor. New England literature, illness/healing narratives, and the creative process.
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) Director, Graduate Program in Publishing; Co-Director, Drexel Publishing Group. Teaching Professor. Co-Editor, <em>Painted Bride Quarterly (PBQ)</em>; creative writing; first-year writing.
Maria Volynsky, EdD (Temple University) Associate Director, First-Year Writing Program; ESL Coordinator. Assistant Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL).
Scott Warnock, PhD (Temple University) Director, Drexel Writing Center; Director, University Writing Program. Associate Professor. Rhetoric and composition; medical writing; information technology and literacy.
Robert A. Watts, MA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Creative writing; first-year writing.
Rachel Wenrick, MFA (Columbia University) Associate Director, University Writing Program: Strategic Initiatives; Co-Director, Minor in Writing. Associate Teaching Professor. First-year writing.
Vincent Williams, PhD (Temple University). Assistant 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

Richard Astro, PhD (University of Washington) Distinguished Professor. Provost Emeritus. Twentieth-century American literature; literature and sports.
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