At our last Page Turners meeting we covered what some Universities have to offer prospective English Majors. Below is all the information featured on the power point in case you needed to remember something. Good luck on your college applications!
CSU Long Beach overview:
The program at Long Beach is very special. They have over 100 full time and part time instructors who are experts in their fields and are involved in teaching, scholarships, creative activities, and publishing in linguistics, literacy, literature and creative and technical writing. Class sizes are relatively small and one to one conferencing with students is widely practiced.
Courses range from basic to advanced writing; surveys of literature; studies of particular genres, eras, themes, and authors; and advanced classes on rhetoric and literacy theory. They develop three skills: analytical reading, effective writing and critical thinking about the human interaction gained through study of the best writing in the English language.
The university offers an English Student Association sponsored by the Associated students as well as symposiums, and creative writers are encouraged to join RipRap, the department’s student designed and published magazine.
Some universities offer only a traditional liberal arts program like the Literature Option at CSULB, but English studies have expanded in recent years. A B.A. in English at CSULB must be in one of six Options, some of which permit considerable freedom. Students with particular goals in mind, however, may find only one Option really serves their purposes.
CREATIVE WRITING OPTION is designed as a creative program for students who want to write fiction, poetry, and plays. CSULB is the home for stand up poetry.
ENGLISH EDUCATION OPTION prepares students to earn a Single Subject Credential, with English as a core, and Black Studies, Comparative literature, Creative Writing, journalism, language & linguistics, literacy and composition, literature, speech and theatre arts.
LITERATURE OPTION has a grounding in British and American literature designed especially for those interested in grad work, traditional liberal arts program.
RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION a balanced program of composition, literature and language study. It prepares students for grad study, teaching at all levels.
SPECIAL EMPHASISlets students design their own program of study such as pre-law, publishing and technical writing.
Comparative World Literature and Classics- Comparative World Literature is the study of foreign literature in translation and the relationships among those literatures and between literature and other fields such as art, music, history, philosophy, and theatre. At CSULB, Comparative World Literature also offers a strong focus in cultural studies and mythology as bases for understanding literature and for the ways we see ourselves in a multicultural and global environment.
CSU Northridge Overview: With thirty-five tenured and tenure-track faculty and nearly seventy lecturers, we are one of the largest departments on the Northridge campus. The Department of English offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the fields of literature, language, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing.
English studies provide a good academic foundation for radio and television broadcasting, editing, writing, politics, film and library work, journalism, criticism, advertising, public information, public relations, teaching and technical writing. Studies show that English as a pre-professional major is valuable preparation for future careers in law, medicine, business, and federal service.
Literature- The Literature Option focuses on analytical reading of British and American Literature. Courses range from Chaucer and Shakespeare, surveys of Romanticism and the Victorian period, to studies of African-American, Latino, Women, and Gay & Lesbian Authors. Creative Writing - The Creative Writing option provides students with the opportunity to develop narrative, verse, or playwriting skills while building a solid background of study in the literatures of Britain and America.
English Subject Matter - The English Subject Matter Option is designed for prospective secondary English teachers and is a state-approved waiver program. Students receive a B.A. in English and a single-subject competency waiver by completing the approved coursework with no grade below a C and maintaining a GPA of 2.99 or better; students must also complete the Subject Matter (Exit) Interview, the English Department’s exit evaluation of single-subject competence. The Department also offers Integrated Undergraduate Teacher Credential Programs. To be eligible for the credential program in the School of Education, students must also pass the CBEST and complete 45 hours of classroom observation at a school site. Upon completion of coursework adhering to the above requirements and successful completion of the English Subject Matter (Exit) Interview, students are eligible to enter a traditional credential program in the School of Education.
CSU Dominguez Hills Overview:
CSUDH’s programs seek to develop skills applicable not only to all professional disciplines but also to significant tasks of life: the ability to read perceptively, write effectively and think critically. The senior seminar, English 490: Seminar in Literature, offers an integrative experience in which students work not only toward the fullest development of their skills as readers, writers and thinkers, but also toward their development as professional scholars. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are offered during the day and in the evenings so that students may expect to complete the master of arts or the undergraduate major by attending either day or evening classes exclusively.
Students may prepare for a career in teaching English at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved “Subject Matter Preparation Program.” Completion of such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential.
Language and Linguistics
English Education Option: Communications Extended Studies, Literature Extended Studies, English as a Second Language Extended Studies, or Theatre Arts Extended Studies - This program satisfies the requirements set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for demonstrating substantive preparation in the subject matter field of English. Completion of this approved program or passing a comprehensive examination in English fulfills one part of the requirements leading to the Single Subject teaching Credential in English.
Subject Matter Preparation Program in English - The Subject Matter Preparation Program in English is designed for students interested in a career in teaching English at the secondary school level. This program satisfies the requirements set by the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing for demonstrating substantive preparation in the subject matter field of English. Completion of this approved program or passing a comprehensive examination in English fulfills one part of the requirements leading to the Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. While the Subject Matter Preparation Program in English is not itself an academic major, the program can become a major with the addition of course work that would bring the unit count to that of the major in English (Literature option).
Widely recognized as one of the leading departments in the nation, English at UCLA long has been known for its innovative research and excellence in teaching. Today, the English Department maintains its strong commitment to traditional areas of study, while also supporting groundbreaking research and teaching in new and interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies.
Each year, UCLA’s faculty of nationally and internationally renowned scholars offer a rich array of undergraduate courses which reflect the great breadth of literatures in English. UCLA’s undergraduate program offers students a historically informed and geographically diverse perspective on literature, while also developing writing and analytic skills. Courses offered range from broad surveys such as “American Popular Literature” or “Studies in Women’s Writings” to very specific studies such as “Chaucer: ‘Troilus and Criseyde’ and Selected Minor Works” or “African American Literature of 1960s and 1970s”
Concentrations: Creative Writing - Due to the high number of applications for the creative writing workshops, the Department cannot guarantee acceptance into the three workshops required for this program. Students may not declare the Creative Writing Concentration until they have completed the third workshop in their chosen genre. Enrollment in any creative writing workshop is by application only. Before the quarter begins, professors provide handouts outlining the procedures and deadlines for submitting writing samples. Generally, the submission deadline is two to three weeks before the beginning of the quarter. You may apply to more than one workshop, but you must inform each instructor that you are doing so.
Alternate Majors: American Literature and Culture – Designed for students with a particular interest in American literature and culture
Comparative Literature - For students who have knowledge of a language other than English and are interested in studying literature within cultural, socioeconomic, historical, and political context, Comparative Literature offers stimulating coursework and a useful B.A. Comparative Literature provides a flexible, multicultural and interdisciplinary general education by allowing students to take courses in multiple departments. Comparative Literature gives students the intellectual tools to analyze literature, the arts and culture from a variety of psychological and philosophical perspectives and it prepares them for careers in areas such as law, business, publishing, or teaching.
UC Irvine Overview:
UCI offers both a major and a minor in English, as well as a major in Literary Journalism, and an Emphasis in Creative Writing. UCI’s goal is to give students skills as critics and writers that will allow them to pursue advanced graduate work, if they choose, and succeed in a variety of professions and occupations.
The English program’s curriculum is primarily designed to train students in criticism by sharpening their awareness of how one reads, analyzes, and performs critiques of literary writing. This training is conducted against an array of courses in canonical and non-canonical literatures. In addition to teaching major figures, aesthetic movements, and the history of English, American, and Continental literature from medieval times to the present, UCI also teaches minority and world literatures. They want students to know Chaucer, Romanticism, and Anglo-American Modernism, but they also want them to think about Latin American and African-American Literature, Derrida and Heidegger, and Post-colonial Theory.
Instruction includes both formal lecture courses and small seminars that stress student writing and research. UCI’s goal is to have students leave the program as sharp and engaged students of their culture, with the wisdom of the past and the international perspective of the present equipping them for an intellectual life in the twenty-first century.
Faculty in the Department of English include literary theorists and literary historians, rhetoricians, fiction writers, and poets.
All of the Department’s areas of study emphasize a variety of critical approaches in the reading and criticism of literature. Two majors, as well as an emphasis in Creative Writing, are offered:
English - This major seeks to introduce students to the entire range of literatures written in English, from British and American to African, Asian, and Australasian literatures. The major emphasizes the differences among historical periods and various genres, and encourages exploration of a broad range of literary theories. It also offers students the opportunity to do significant work in Creative Writing.
Creative Writing This emphasis within the English major provides a setting in which students write original work and subject it to critique in peer workshops led by instructors who are themselves writers. The disciplines of close reading and practical criticism are taken up in the lecture classes.
Literary Journalism - This program provides majors with a solid foundation in nonfiction writing and an equally solid background in areas such as literary history, which together will help make students more informed writers. Among other forms, they study and write narratives, memoirs, profiles, histories, and personal essays, in subject areas as varied as science, politics, justice, travel, sports, food, and popular culture. While it differs from an applied journalism major that focuses primarily on newspaper writing, the major in Literary Journalism is excellent preparation for students planning to enter graduate programs in journalism, as well as for those interested in the many careers requiring sophisticated writing and communication skills.
Alternate Major Options:
Comparative Literature- Comparative Literature reaches beyond any single national culture to consider relations between various literatures as well as cultural phenomena such as films, comics, urban space, monuments and politics. Comparative Literature students learn about the historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts of texts as they are produced and received across national boundaries and in response to the dynamics of global movements and crises. Courses consider a wide range of topics-for example, the impact of colonialism on African novels, the relationships between Asian film and literature, literatures and cultures of the Middle East, global women’s writing, etc.
USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences combines the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of a research university where new ideas are explored and research pursued by internationally known scholars.
The Department of English offers a broad range of courses in English, American, and Anglophone literature of all periods and genres, and in related areas such as creative and expository writing, literature and visual arts, ethnic literature and cultural studies, the history of the English language and of literary criticism, and literary and cultural theory.
Class sizes are limited to 25 to enable full discussion (16 in creative writing workshops). Instructors assign extensive reading and writing in order to help students become perceptive readers, critical thinkers, and strong writers – skills that are their own lasting rewards and that also help prepare students for several areas of graduate study and for a number of professional and creative pursuits.
The department’s wide-ranging faculty include published poets, novelists, cultural critics, essayists, and literary historians. They are experts in medieval and Renaissance, and 18th- and 19th-century literature, critical theory, film and popular culture, gender and queer studies, minority discourse, postcolonialism, modernism, rhetoric and romanticism. English’s award-winning faculty has made a reputation for itself nationally for its embrace of diverse theoretical approaches and its encouragement of interdisciplinary studies.
USC’s English department offers B.A. degree programs in English and English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. To develop as a scholar and writer, students can combine an English major with another area of literature, Journalism, or Cinema-Television Critical Studies.
Creative Writing - The Creative Writing track features workshops in writing poetry and fiction, courses in literature, and courses in contemporary writers. Majors must take one course before 1900, another after 1900, and at least three workshops in poetry and fiction, with two electives.
Comparative Literature - In USC Dornsife’s Comparative Literature department, the full spectrum of the world’s literature is being analyzed and compared—from mythology, drama and biographies, to poetry, novels and films. The programs developed in Comparative Literature have a unique cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to study, and USC’s undergraduate program is more broadly conceived than at many other universities. While USC offers traditional Comparative Literature courses that cross the boundaries of national literatures and study literary periods, movements, and genres, their courses also allow students to explore literature’s social and political contexts and to discover its relation to other arts like film, painting, and music. Students study Comparative Literature through individualized programs, where topics vary from modernist literature to hip-hop culture. The Comparative Literature major allows students to learn a language in depth, as well as study the literature, art, film and music produced in associated cultures.
Narrative Studies - Narrative Studies is a systematic inquiry into the determinants of an effective story. It prepares students for the development and evaluation of original content for novels, films, theatre, and other narrative platforms, but recognizes that the range of professional opportunities in literature and the performing arts is much wider than the roles of author, screenwriter, or playwright. To recognize a good story, to critique, help shape, realize, and transform it requires a background in the history of narrative, cross-cultural and contemporary models, and an understanding of the broader context of popular culture.
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