|Major & Minor Concentrations|
Requirements for Major and Minor Concentrations
Literature Concentration (Major): Advising Worksheet
• Two ENG 1000-level courses.
• Three ENG 2000-level courses.
• ENG 3083: Literary Theory or ENF 3075: Film Theory must be taken in the Junior year.
• Two ENG 3000-level courses (in addition to ENG 3083: Literary Theory).
• Two Electives: if in ENG (Literature), these electives must be at the 2000 or 3000 level. If in ENW (Creative & Professional Writing) or ENF (Film), these electives can be at any level (though ENW or ENF pre-requisites may apply to upper level courses--see below).
• Senior Thesis (ENG 3998). This is a 3 credit course guided by an individual adviser in the English Department and taken during the senior year. The student produces an independent, extended research argument of 20-25 pages in length with appropriate scholarly documentation.
• Early Literature and Non-Western / Postcolonial Distribution Requirements:
1) Early Literature distribution requirement for Literature Concentration: at least two courses in the major must be comprised of literature primarily written before 1800. The following courses satisfy this requirement:
ENG 1012: Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
2) Non-Western / Postcolonial Requirement: at least one course in the major must be from a Non-Western or Postcolonial perspective. The following literature and film courses satisfy this requirement:
ENG 1017: Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
Prerequisites by Course level:
For 2000 level courses: must have taken one ENG-1000 level course
For 3000 level seminars: must have taken two ENG 2000-level courses
For ENG 3998: Senior Thesis: must have taken one previous 3000-level seminar and ENG 3083: Literary Theory.
For ENF 3075: Film Theory: must have taken ENF 1001: Intro to Film Studies
Literature Concentration (Minor): Advising Worksheet
• Two ENG 1000-level courses.
• One ENG 2000-level course on any topic.
• Two Elective courses. These may be ENG (Literature), ENW (Creative & Professional Writing) and/or ENF (Film) courses. The department strongly recommends that additional ENG courses used for electives be at the 2000 or 3000 level.
*English Education (w/ Second Major in English): Additional Course Distribution Requirements
For students planning to teach English at the high school or middle school level who are co-majoring in Education, the following additional distribution requirements apply to the those already listed above:
• one course must be in American literature
Consult with you advisor in the School of Education to make sure that you are distributing your English courses in a way that meets New York State requirements for teaching high school and middle school English.
• One ENG 1000-level course.
• One ENG or ENF 1000-level course.
• Two ENG 2000-level courses.
• One Elective at the 3000 level in ENG or ENF.
• ENW 1013: Approaches to Creative Writing
• ENW 2010: Narrative Studies
• Three ENW Electives selected from the following list:
ENW 2040: Writing for the Media
• ENW 3998: Senior Writing Portfolio
• Early Literature and Non-Western Distribution Requirement for the Writing Concentration: at least one ENG course must be composed of literature written before 1800 and at least one course must be in non-western or postcolonial literature or film (see above list of qualifying courses, located under the Literature Concentration).
• Two ENG 1000-level literature courses.
ENW 2040: Writing for the Media
Film Studies Concentration (Major): Advising Worksheet
• One ENG 1000-level literature course.
• One ENF seminar at the 3000-level.
Film Studies Concentration (Minor): Advising Worksheet
• ENF 1001: Introduction to Film Studies
Additional Expectations for the Major and Other Curricular Opportunities:
Minimum grade for major or minor requirements: Only courses in which the student receives a grade of “C” or better may be used to satisfy major or minor requirements. The Creative and Professional Writing concentration requires a “C+” or better in ENW.1013 (formerly ENW.2030) Approaches to Creative Writing.
Students may opt to major in one concentration and minor in another as long as no courses are double-counted.
Credit towards the major or minor for courses taken outside the department is determined by the department chair. Online courses are generally not accepted for major or minor credit. Students who have received a grade of B or better in Composition and Literature 102 at an area Community College and students who have passed the Advanced Placement English Literature Exam with a score of 5 are exempt from one 1000-level literature class. ENC (English composition) courses are not accepted towards the English major or minor.
Independent studies (ENG.4495 and ENW.4495) are permitted only with full-time members of the department. These are undertaken only in unusual circumstances, by students with an exceptionally compelling reason to explore topics not featured in our regular department offerings. As a general rule, students are directed to pursue independent research and writing in the context of the Senior Thesis.
Internships related to the major (ENG.4497 and ENW.4497) must be supervised by a full-time member of the department and should be arranged through the Center for Career Development Office.
Literary Magazine, Writing Awards, Honors, & Distinction
On-campus publications that welcome submissions from and involvement of students include the campus newspaper, Touchstone, and literary magazine, Graffiti. Internships are also available with Inkwell Magazine, Manhattanville’s national journal of fiction and poetry.
English Department Writing Awards: Each spring, the English Department invites all undergraduates to submit pieces of critical and creative writing for consideration for the Eileen O’Gorman Undergraduate Prize in Fiction, the Robert O’Clair Undergraduate Prize in Poetry, the Sr. Margaret Williams Prize for Literary Criticism, the Dan Masterson Prize for Screenwriting, and the William K. Everson Prize for Writing on Film.
Distinction in the English major is granted to seniors who receive one of the department’s writing awards.
Honors in the English major is granted to students with exceptional (A-level) performance in their English major coursework, and will be determined by a selection of those students with the highest cumulative G.P.A.s in courses in English (ENG, ENW, ENF).