English - Requirements

English Major

There are many different ways to pursue an English major, based on students' interests and career goals.

1. Students must first complete the EN 11-12 core curriculum sequence; all of the requirements below are in addition to EN 11-12.

2. All English majors complete the department core curriculum of five EN literature classes beyond EN 11-12; the five EN literature courses can include the literature course taken as part of the core curriculum.

3. All English majors complete a concentration of five additional courses. All concentrations include at least one EN/W writing class (other than Internship or Independent Study) and a capstone experience; students develop the concentration in consultation with their department academic adviser.

Department Core Courses

Given the large number of literature courses, students have considerable freedom to pick classes that will both interest them and benefit them in terms of education and career plans.

After completing EN11-12, most majors begin the program by taking a 100-level literature class that also counts as their final English core course. With instructor permission, they can take a 200-level lit course instead of the 100-level. Students can use only one 100-level course to fulfill the requirements of the English major. They then take four additional 
literature courses at the 200 or 300 levels. At least one course must be at the 300 level.

Of the five literature courses in the department core curriculum, at least two must be centered in the years before 1800 and at least one must be centered in the years after 1800. The historical period is listed as follows in the catalog: A (before 1800) and B (after 1800). 

The Concentrations

All English majors also complete one of the Department's six concentrations. The coursework is in addition to the university core and 16 department core courses. The concentrations are:

All concentrations include at least one EN/W writing course (not including Internship or Independent Study) and a capstone experience. Students are allowed to complete more than one concentration; the second concentration will be listed as an academic minor on a student's transcript for graduation. 

Concentration in Literature

The Literature concentration is designed for students interested in a challenging and stimulating study of literature and culture. This concentration promotes a theoretical and interdisciplinary approach that moves beyond national and canonical boundaries. Students learn to interpret texts within the sociohistorical contexts of their production and reception. They will acquire knowledge in a number of theoretical frameworks to develop this approach (e.g., historical materialism, post structuralism, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, queer studies, race and ethnic studies, science studies, and critical theory). Students completing the concentration are able to offer a historically grounded and rigorous critique of global formations that structure literature, culture, and the self. The concentration is especially useful in preparing students for graduate or professional school.

The requirements for the Literature concentration include:

Introductory Courses

Students take one of the following:

EN 351 Literary Theory

EN 352 Cultural Studies

Specialized Courses

Students take all of the following:

One EN course at the 200 or 300 level

One EN/W course

One EN course cross-listed with an Interdisciplinary Program (e.g., Program on the Environment, The Program in Peace and Justice Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

Capstone Experience

Students in the Class of 2018 will take the capstone course for the Literature concentration.  Students in the Class of 2015-2017 must take either the capstone or an alternative approved by the Chair.

Concentration in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Concentration seeks to develop writers in various genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and drama, as well as writers who wish to express themselves in more than one genre.  The concentration is both rigorous and flexible to student needs, by offering a wide variety of classes in various genres and at various levels, and by allowing students to follow their own interests.  In addition to preparing students to write creatively, the Concentration also prepares students to go into the field of publishing and editing by offering a sequence of publishing classes.  In conjunction with publishing, students may elect to work on our national literary magazine, Dogwood: a Journal of Poetry and Prose.

Students in the Class of 2018 should follow the curriculum outlined below for creative writing.  Students in the Class of 2015-2017 should follow the curriculum or alternate courses with permission of Coordinator of Creative Writing.

Introductory Courses

Students take two of the following:

ENW 200 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENW 202 Creative Writing:  Poetry I

ENW 204 Creative Writing:  Drama 

ENW 205 Creative Writing:  Fiction I

ENW 206 Creative Writing:  Nonfiction I

Intermediate Courses

Students take at least one of the following:

ENW 302 Creative Writing:  Poetry II

ENW 305 Creative Writing:  Fiction II

ENW 306 Creative Writing:  Nonfiction II 

Specialized Courses

Students take at least one of the following:

ENW 207 Themes in Creative Writing

ENW 307 Form & Theory of Creative Writing

ENW 340 World of Publishing

ENW 341 World of Publishing II

ENW 350 Special Topics:  Writing

***Or another ENW course with permission of Coordinator of Creative Writing

Capstone Experience

Students take at least one of the following:

ENW 345/6 Internship

ENW 347/8 Independent Writing Project

ENW 399 Advanced Portfolio Workshop

Concentration in English Studies

The Concentration in English Studies provides students with special interests the opportunity to create a customized program of studies across literary, various writing concentrations and literacy studies in consultation with their adviser.  Students might put together a coherent package of literature courses of their own choosing, mix and match writing courses in different concentrations, or combine relevant literature and writing course work. All department core requirements must still be met; at least one course must be in writing (other than Internship or Independent Study).

Capstone

Students take at least one of the following:

EN/W 345/6 Internship

An Independent Study in either literature or writing 

Concentration in Journalism

The journalism concentration is designed for students interested in strengthening their news gathering, reporting, and writing skills. Many students in this concentration pursue careers as writers, editors, and reporters at web sites, newspapers, magazines, radio/television stations, web sites, and marketing and publishing companies. Students interested in careers in public relations and marketing especially find it useful.

The requirements for the journalism concentration include:

Introductory Courses

Students take the following two courses, in sequence: 

EN/W 220 News Writing (may be taken simultaneously with EN 12)

EN/W 221 Digital Journalism (does not have to be taken immediately after EN/W 220)

Specialized Courses

Students take at least one of the following:

EN/W 222 Journalism Editing and Design

EN/W 320 Writing the Feature Story

EN/W 323 Photojournalism 

EN/W 329 Issues in News Writing

EN/W 330 Literary Journalism


Capstone Experience

Students take at least one of the following:

EN/W 345/6 Internship

EN/W 397 Journalism Practicum

Students must also complete a fifth EN/W course of their own choosing.

Concentration in Professional Writing

The professional writing concentration is designed for students who want to strengthen their writing and speaking skills as preparation for careers in business, the non-profit sector, legal studies, government, public relations, fundraising, politics, or education. Courses in this concentration focus on using writing and communication to make information accessible, usable, and relevant to a variety of audiences. Internships are available to students in the professional writing concentration, including placements in corporate communication, grant writing, advertising, marketing, technical writing, and the mass media.

The requirements for the professional writing concentration include:

Introductory Course

Students are required to take the following course:

EN/W 332 Business Writing

Specialized Courses

Students take at least two of the following:

EN/W 214 Professional Presentations: Writing and Delivery

EN/W 222 Journalism Editing and Design

EN/W 317 Traditional and Structural Grammar

EN/W 335 Technical Writing

EN/W 336 Issues in Professional Writing (e.g., Writing for Public Relations)

EN/W 338 Persuasive Writing

EN/W 339 Grant and Proposal Writing

Capstone Experience

Students are required to take the following course:

EN/W 345/6 English Internship

Students must also complete a fifth EN/W course of their own choosing.

Concentration in Teacher Education

This concentration is designed for students who interested in careers teaching English in elementary or secondary schools. It prepares students with the content knowledge needed for successful student teaching, the Praxis exams, and a career in teaching. This concentration is designed both for students who plan to enroll in the joint B.A./M.A. program in teacher education at Fairfield University and for students who seek other teaching positions, such as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant or a Teach for America Fellow. Qualified students who minor or major in the Education concentration in the English Department are given preferred admission status in graduate programs in Elementary, Secondary, and TESOL education in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

The requirements for the teacher education concentration include:

Required Courses

EN/W 311 Advanced Composition for Teachers

EN/W 317 Teaching and Learning Grammar

EN 141, 213, or 214 [any course on Shakespeare]

EN 200- or 300-level course in American literature

EN 200- or 300-level course in British literature

Recommended Courses

Students are encouraged to take one or more of the following:

A course on African American literature (e.g. EN 105; 261, 262, 264, 265, 284)

A course on Latino/a literature (e.g. EN 282)

A course on world literature (e.g. EN 102, 111, 113,114; 274; 375)

EN 172 Literacy and Language

EN 292 Contemporary Children's Literature

EN/W 290 Writing and Responding

[The EN courses listed above may also be used as Department Core courses.]

Capstone

Students who enroll in the joint B.A./M.A. program take their capstone course at the end of the M.A. program. Students who do not enroll in the joint B.A./M.A program take at least one of the following:

EN/W 345/6 Internship or EN 399, Independent Study.

English Minor

English minors must take five EN or EN/W courses beyond EN 12. Only one EN 100-level course will count toward the minor. Note: Students may complete a concentration for a minor in English.