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English Literature and Language Concentration

  • Program Overview

    Hone your ability to analyze literary texts representing diverse regions and genres, and refine writing skills that will serve you well in any career.

    The study of literature is an inherently practical endeavor, encompassing the processes of reading, analyzing, discussing, and writing. With practice, you'll see your communication and critical thinking skills expand significantly - skills that are immensely valuable in almost any career field. In the courses you study in this concentration, you will learn how to use language creatively, rhetorically, and in various professional contexts.

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits: 125

     

    Freshman - Credits: 32-33

    • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Science and Technology General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3-4)
    • American Literature Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Writing and Rhetoric Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Foreign Language  (Cr: 6)
    • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 102 - Introduction to Literary Studies (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)

    Sophomore - Credits: 32

    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Global Issues General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Individual and Society General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • British Literature Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Writing and Rhetoric Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 203 - Early American Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 213 - Early British Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 225 - Literary Criticism and Interpretation (Cr: 3)
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)

    Junior - Credits: 31

    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • English Elective  (Cr: 6)
    • Multicultural Literature Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • Elective (Cr: 9)
    • ENG 313 - World Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 365 - Shakespeare (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)
    • LST 302 - Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement

    Senior - Credits: 30

    • General Education Electives   (Cr: 12)
      (two courses must be above the 100 level)
    • ENG 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
    • ENG 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    English Major (Literature and Language) Elective Courses

    At least two of the eight courses used to fulfill the requirements below must be at or above the 300 level.

    American Literature

    Students choose one American Literature elective 

    • ENG 204 - American Literature: Civil War to Present (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 216 - Beat Generation (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 220 - American Short Story Cycles (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 226 - Early American History and Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 240 - Boston in Literature and Film (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 310 - Modern American Poetry (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 337 - American Indian Literature (Cr: 3)

    British Literature

    Students choose one British Literature elective

    • ENG 214 - British Literature: 18th Century to Present (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 260 - Gothic Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 361 - Victorian Secrets: Fear and Hypocrisy in Victorian Literature (Cr: 3)

    Multicultural Literature

    Students choose two Multicultural Literature electives

    • ENG 222 - Modern Irish History and Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 227 - African-American Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 230 - Rebels and Misfits (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 315 - Women Writers (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 337 - American Indian Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 321 - Literary Triumvirates (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 367 - Eastern Literature and Haiku (Cr: 3)

    Writing and Rhetoric

    Students choose two Writing and Rhetoric electives

    • ENG 110 - Introduction to Professional Writing (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 217 - History and Structure of the English Language (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 218 - Argument Based Writing (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 250 - Proposal and Grant Writing (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 305 - Writing for Inquiry (Cr: 3)

    English Electives

    Students may take any two other ENG courses (literature, professional writing, or creative writing based) to fulfill the requirement, provided they are not also used to fulfill other major requirements or the General Education requirements.


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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school right away, or embark on your career after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

    Recent Internships

    • Random House, Inc.
    • Boston Celtics
    • WXRV The River 92.5 FM
    • Boston magazine
    • Peabody Essex Museum
    • Gloucester Writers Center

    Alumni Employment

    • Amazon
    • Clear Channel Communications
    • Beverly High School
    • IDG Strategic Marketing Services,
    • Clean Energy Initiative

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • Boston College
    • Emerson College
    • Suffolk Law School
    • New England School of Law
    • University of Kentucky (Ph.D. program)