Major: English
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
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

The English curriculum focuses on three areas:

  • A rich Academic Core grounded in disciplinary expertise that promotes literary exploration, sophisticated textual literacy, excellent writing, and other transferable skills;
  • Applied Learning opportunities using skills in research, interpretation, analysis, and writing to solve real-world problems;
  • Opportunities for Civic Engagement, connecting with community partners to promote social justice and the common good.

Our flexible curriculum offers two tracks: in Literary Studies and in Writing. We study British, American, and World literatures, stressing the cultural, historical, and political contexts that shape literary production. Courses in creative and professional writing are reinforced by opportunities for hands-on experience in writing, editing, and publishing. 

The Department of English and Philosophy offers an intellectually stimulating learning experience that embraces opportunities in Philadelphia, in our region, and across the world. Our dedicated and award-winning faculty enable creativity and rigor within a supportive environment. 

Students develop solid techniques in critical inquiry as well as in writing, literary analysis, and research skills. We engage issues critical to success in the twenty-first century: the connection between oral, written, and digital modes; analytical, ethical, and critical thinking; 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; issues of personal and communal identity; and the connection of the literary arts to social change. 

Degree Requirements 

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS (minimum 62 credits)
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
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
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
Language requirement (2 consecutive courses, reaching at least 103)8.0
Social and Behavioral Science courses for a minimum of 12 credits12.0
Humanities courses (other than ENGL or WRIT) for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
International Studies courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Studies in Diversity courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (30-credit CORE plus 36-credit concentration either in LITERARY STUDIES or in WRITING)
Core Courses, Required for All Concentrations30.0
English Freshman Seminar
African American Literature
English Major Colloquium (1-credit course, repeat twice for 3 credits total)
Topics in World Literature
Women and Literature
Senior Project in Literature
Threshold Concepts in Writing
Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar
Creative Writing
Concentration in LITERARY STUDIES or in WRITING36.0
A) Literary Studies Concentration (36 credits)
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 one for a minimum of 3 credits
The Bible as Literature
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 ENGL or WRIT for a minimum of 6 credits
B) Writing Concentration
Foundations - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
The Peer Reader in Context
Advanced Composition
Rhetoric and Technique - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Argument and Rhetoric
Forms Seminar
Audience Awareness - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Writing for Target Audiences
Writing for Social Change
Writing Practices - Select 7 additional courses for a minimum of 21 credits (at least 5 must be WRIT or ENGL courses)
Introduction to Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Grant Writing
Research Project Development
Playwriting I
Screenwriting I
The Peer Reader in Context
Advanced Composition
Argument and Rhetoric
Story Medicine
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Writing in Public Spaces
“Mistakes Were Made”: Truth, Writing, and Responsibility
Forms Seminar
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Life is Beautiful
Writing About the Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing and Reading the Memoir
Writing for Target Audiences
Writing for Social Change
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Internship in Publishing
Special Topics in Writing
English Electives - minimum of 6 credits
Choose any additional 2 courses (300+) in WRIT or ENGL for a minimum of 6 credits
Choose 52 credits from any discipline. Consider a second major or minor, or education certification.
Total Credits180.0

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

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
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
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
WRIT 200Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar3.0
Foreign Language Course (2nd consecutive course, at least 103-level) 4.0
Math elective3.0
Social/Behavioral Science elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
ENGL 207 [WI] African American Literature3.0
WRIT 195Threshold Concepts in Writing3.0
Social/Behavioral Science3.0
Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
ENGL 301English Major Colloquium (1st of 3)1.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Literature Survey - 1st of 43.0
Science elective3.0
International Studies elective3.0
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
Literature Survey - 2nd of 43.0
Literature Survey - 3rd of 43.0
Diversity Studies3.0
International Studies elective3.0
Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ENGL 301English Major Colloquium (2nd of 3)1.0
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
Literature Survey - 4th of 43.0
Diversity Studies3.0
Humanities elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
ENGL 310 [WI]
or 320 [WI]
Period Studies
Major Authors
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENGL 301English Major Colloquium (3rd of 3)1.0
ENGL 330
or 335
The Bible as Literature
ENGL 355 [WI] Women and Literature3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 9
ENGL 300 [WI] , 323,
or 360 [WI]
Literature & Science
Literature and Other Arts
Literature and Society
ENGL 380Literary Theory3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
ENGL 490Seminar in English and American Literature3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
English elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
ENGL 492Seminar in World Literature3.0
English elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
ENGL 495Senior Project in Literature3.0
Free electives10.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

English majors pursue a range of professions. Many go on to law school or graduate studies. Others build careers in business, politics and government, education, digital and popular media, publishing, and communications. 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.

At Drexel, English majors gain valuable work experience through co-op employment and internship opportunities. They work as writers, analysts, and researchers at major corporations, Philadelphia-area 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.
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). 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) 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.
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.
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). 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). 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). Associate 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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