structure of the major

Core courses develop expertise in literature, writing, and publishing. In the surveys, students will become familiar with British and American literature, its history and development through various historical periods. The genre course looks at poetry, and fiction from a practitioner’s perspective, looking at the distinctive characteristics of each genre, its internal structure, and most effective writing techniques. Writing across the media, editing, and publishing courses focus on practical skills and expertise.

The digital media cluster adds practical knowledge of the technology used in editing and publishing, both software and hardware, while also emphasizing the visual aspects of communication.

Major electives are divided into two clusters that reflect the dual nature of the program: literature on the one hand, writing and publishing on the other.

While all EWLP majors are expected to develop expertise in both areas, they are given the opportunity to specialize in one or the other, or balance the two evenly.

Students take two courses from each cluster and distribute the rest as they prefer.

Core and Core Electives (28 Credits)

Core courses (all) - 22 credits

ENG 200    Survey of British Literature I
ENG 201    Survey of British Literature II
ENG 204    Survey of American Literature

ENG 210    Genre: Introduction to Fiction and Poetry
COM 213   Writing Across the Media
ENG 305    Literary Editing and Publishing
ENG 498    Capstone Senior Project (2 credits)
ENG 499    Capstone Senior Project (2 credits)


Digital media cluster (two) - 6 credits

FDM 105    Digital Design I: Print Graphic
FDM 211    Podcasting and Vidcasting

FLM 150     Introduction to Film-making

Major Electives (15 Credits/5 Courses)

Writing and Publishing cluster

COM 318    Principles and Practice of Journalism
ENG 203    Writing Rome
ENG 300    Creative Writing
ENG 311    The Art and Craft of Writing
ENG 313    Creative Non-Fiction Writing
ENG 315    Advanced Concepts in Fiction Writing and Criticism

ENG 317    Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults
ENG 321    A Moveable Feast: Writing about Food
ENG 322    Travel Writing
ENG 327    The Art of the Review: Movies, Books, and the Arts

Literature cluster

ENG 303    Images of Italy in British and American Writers
ENG 308    Playful Subversion: Understanding Postmodern Text
ENG 309    Shakespeare’s Italian Plays
ENG 315    Advanced Concepts in Fiction Writing and Criticism
ENG 318    Laughter, Satire, and the Comic Form
ENG 320    Modernism and the Making of the New
ENG 325    The Grand Tour and the Literature of Tourism
ENG 401    Major American Authors: Hemingway
ENG 411    The Literature of War – Europe and WWI
ENG 412    The Literature of War – WWI and WWII
ENG 413    Literature and Race




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