English

English Degree

English Degrees with Certification

English Associates Degree

Competency in written and oral communication and in reading is basic not only to effective civic responsibility and vocational success, but to the satisfactory pursuit of college studies.

The English major (or minor) at CMU will demonstrate that she or he has acquired knowledge of the history and development of anglophone literatures, both classic and modern; will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret literary texts, with awareness of the underlying assumptions that shape that understanding; will demonstrate the skills of drafting and revising a written text with a strong sense of organization, clarity, coherence, and style; will convey a deepened sense of the complexity and value of human life, as experienced through the literary arts and related areas of knowledge or creativity.  Demonstrated command of the essential and intertwined skills of critical reading and effective writing proves the English major's readiness for achievement in many areas—graduate school, law, medicine, business, journalism, and teaching.

CMU has a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a national honorary fraternity in English. (Advisor: Dr. John Porter)

CMU also has two pre-law chapters: Phi Alpha Delta is the national pre-law fraternity, and the Pre-Law Clubis for upperclassmen who plan to enter the law profession (advisor: Dr. John Carter).

English Minor - 18 Hours

Three (3) courses in  Literature survey chosen from the following:

American literature
EN323    American Literature I (3)
EN324    American Literature II (3)
EN331     English Literature I (3)
EN340     British Literature II (3)

Three (3) courses chosen from the following or from the courses remaining above:
EN201     Grammar for Educators (3)
EN212     Introduction to Cinema (3)
EN216     Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
EN224     Topics/Movements in Literature (3)
EN236     Young Adult Literature (3)
EN238     Comics and Graphic Novels (3)
EN334     Major Authors in Literature (3)
EN335     Shakespeare (3)
EN348     Advanced Literary Studies (3)
EN350     Topics in Writing (3)
EN409     Writing Research and Pedagogy (3)

English Courses

NOTE: Students may fulfill the general education Language Skills requirement with one of two options: (A) EN110 College Composition I and EN111 College Composition II [required of all students who score 19 or below on their ACT English subscore] or (B) EN120 College Composition I & II [required of all students who score 20 or above on their ACT English subscore].

EN110 College Composition I. 3 hours. EN110 focuses on techniques of topic development, drafting, and revision to help students write clear, concise sentences, paragraphs, and essays. EN110 is also the study of grammar, syntax, and diction and their relationship to effective writing. Required of all students who score 19 or below on their ACT English subscore. Must be taken during the first two semesters of enrollment.

EN111 College Composition II. 3 hours. EN111 focuses on techniques of topic development, drafting, and revision to help students write clear, concise sentences, paragraphs, and essays. EN111 is also the study of grammar, syntax, and diction and their relationship to effective writing. Required of all students who score 19 or below on their ACT English subscore or who took EN110 or its equivalent; completing the EN110/EN111 sequence is a prerequisite to all other English courses. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in EN110. Spring.

EN120 College Composition I & II. 3 hours. Required of all freshmen who do not take the EN110/EN111 option and prerequisite to all other courses in English, EN120 focuses students on learning to develop organizational patterns (e.g. narration, process, comparison, definition, and cause and effect). Students will practice these patterns through writing several essays, including a research essay. EN120 is also the study of grammar, syntax, and diction and their relationship to effective writing. Required of all Freshmen who score 20 or above on their ACT English subscore. Must be taken during the first two semesters of enrollment.

EN190 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. This is an introductory course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

EN211 Grammar for Educators.  3 hours.  This course will introduce students to the basics of English grammar.  Students will learn how to identify parts of speech, analyze sentences, and recognize the conventions of Standard American English.  This course will prepare students for upper-level coursework in teaching language arts, assessing language development, and linguistic study. Prerequisite: N/A

EN212 Introduction to Cinema. 3 hours. The class examines themes, impacts, and techniques in cinematic art. Through experiencing, reading about, and discussing a series of films, the class studies the history of film, the major film genres, and some of the important film directors. Fulfills "Fine Arts" requirements. Prerequisite: EN120 or EN110/111. Spring.

EN216 Introduction to Creative Writing. 3 hours. This course explores students' writing in creative forms, including short fiction, drama, and verse. Prerequisite: EN120 or EN110/111. Every Fall.

EN222 Introduction to Literature. 3 hours. This course examines ways of understanding the meaning of character in human life through the study of literature. All sections will introduce students to fiction, poetry, and drama, but each section will be designed around each instructor's chosen theme-based readings or around a general introduction to literature. Prerequisite: EN120 or EN110/111. Fall, Spring, and Summer.

EN224 Topics/Movements in Literature. 3 hours. This intermediate-level course studies the literature of a specific topic or movement. Emphasis is placed on the importance and relevance of the topic or movement within historical and literary trends. Prerequisite: EN120 or EN110/111. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

EN236 Young Adult Literature.  3 hours. This course provides a survey of Young Adult Literature, examining diverse genres such as science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and romance. Students will learn about YA's history, controversies, and influence. Among the questions we will ask: how does YA construct young adulthood; what is YA; what are the characteristics of YA; what makes YA so popular? Students will be asked to: 1) study literature within its historical, social, and cultural contexts; 2) apply techniques of literary analysis to literature; 4) identify and discuss selected characteristics of literature; 5) develop close reading, critical thinking, and writing skills. Prerequisite: N/A

EN238 Comics and Graphic Novels. 3 hours. This course will introduce students to the comics medium through a variety of genres. Through reading, researching, and responding to graphic narratives, students will develop a critical vocabulary for understanding graphic narratives and explore the intersections between literary genres and narrative form.

EN260 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

EN268 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours each semester.

EN290 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. This is an intermediate-level course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

EN305 Expository Writing. 3 hours. This course focuses on the development of expository texts in various genres.  This advanced course in composition is designed to relate to the specific needs and interests of upper-level students.  Either EN305 or EN306 is required of all students.  Prerequisites:  EN111 and Junior standing.  3 hours.  Fall/Spring.

EN306 Technical Writing. 3 hours. This advanced course is designed to relate to the specific needs of upper-level students in technical fields with an emphasis on work-related forms. Technical writing is a mode of information management designed either to prompt action (persuasive documents such as proposals) or to enable action (instructions and informative reports). EN306 introduces students to different forms of technical writing (and not necessarily business writing) and to critical thinking and communication skills. Students will write memos and business letters as well as lengthy, detailed, and researched documents, proposals, and reports. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the purpose for and audience for documents produced in technical fields and will be able to manage information in order to produce, clear, effective technical documents. Either EN305 or EN306 is required of all students. Prerequisites: EN120 (or EN110/111) and Junior standing.

EN312 English Language and Linguistics. 3 hours. Topics will include the history of the English language, English dialects, theories of grammar, language development, and how linguistics can help teachers in the classroom.  Students are encouraged to take EN211 Grammar for Educators before taking this course. Prerequisites: EN120 (or EN110/111) and Sophomore standing.

EN323 American Literature I. 3 hours. This is a study of American poetry, prose, and drama from Colonial America to 1865 . Prerequisites: EN120 (or EN110/111) and any 200-level English literature class.  Every fourth semester.

EN324 American Literature II. 3 hours. This is a study of the American poetry, prose, and drama from 1865 to present. Prerequisites: EN120 (or EN110/111) and any 200-level English literature class. Every fourth semester.

EN334 Major Authors in Literature.3 hours. This intermediate-level course studies the literature associated with a specific author or authors. Emphasis is placed on the importance and relevance of the author(s) within historical and literary trends. Prerequisite: EN120 or EN110/111. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

EN335 Shakespeare. 3 hours. This is a study of William Shakespeare's major histories, tragedies, and comedies. Prerequisites: EN120 (or EN110/111) and any 200-level English literature class. Every third semester.

EN340 British Literature I. 3 hours. This is a study of British poetry, prose, and drama up to 1790. Prerequisites: EN120 (or EN110/111) and any 200-level English literature class. Every fourth semester.

EN342 British Literature II. 3 hours. This is a study of the poetry, prose, and drama from 1790 to present. Prerequisites: EN120 (or EN110/111) and any 200-level English literature class. Every fourth semester.

EN348 Advanced Literary Studies. 3 hours. This upper-level course studies a specific author or authors, topic, or movement in literary studies, and the literature associated with the author(s), topic, or movement. Emphasis is placed on the importance and relevance of the author(s), topic, or movement within historical and literary trends. Prerequisite: EN120 (or EN110/111) and any 200-level English literature course. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Every third semester.

EN350.  Topics in Writing.  3 hours.  This course will introduce students to topics and forms of writing in a variety of genres and media.

EN360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

EN368 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours.

EN390 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. This is an advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

EN409 Writing Research and Pedagogy. 3 hours. This course surveys composition theory with an emphasis on practical application for teachers and tutors of writing.  Prerequisites:  EN110/111; Junior or Senior Standing or instructor permission.  Spring.

EN410 Senior Thesis. 3 hours. (Capstone) Students will complete a semester long capstone experience that includes a portfolio and project that are the culmination of student work and experience in the major.  Students that are majoring in English Secondary Education may NOT take this course while doing student teaching.

EN460 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

EN490 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. This is an advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.