BA in English
Houghton offers a major in English, leading to the BA degree, and a minor. The English major focuses on developing critical and creative thinking skills through the study of literature.
The required courses for the English major endeavor to provide a solid introduction to the broad scope of English and American literature, while also helping students develop the research, writing, and analytical skills needed to extend their studies into more specific areas of literature. All English majors take Advanced Composition: Writing about Literature, two semesters each of English and American Literature, Literary Criticism, and Senior Seminar in Literature, a challenging research-oriented seminar course. English majors also select electives from a wide range of options, emphasizing mainly the western literary tradition.
Students electing a minor in English are required to take either both semesters of English Literature or both semester's of American Literature. An additional twelve hours of literature electives are necessary. Advanced Composition: Writing about Literature is also strongly recommended.
|ENGL 207||Introduction to Literary Studies||2|
|ENGL 316||Literary Criticism||2|
|One ENGL course before 1800||4|
|One ENGL course after 1800||4|
|ENGL 335/350||Major Author||4|
|ENGL 418||Senior Capstone: Seminar||4|
|For the additional 5 courses, choose 1 of the following options|
Option One: Literature Emphasis
Option Two: Writing Emphasis
English Major BA, 40 hours