Undergraduate Studies in English
The English undergraduate curriculum seeks to provide students with broad knowledge of and an appreciation for literatures written in English, the scope of English literary history, and the history of the English language. Students in our lower-level courses survey the British and American literary traditions from their origins to the present, while our upper-level students select courses focused on specific genres, themes, and/or literary-historical periods. Our curriculum also enriches students' English literary studies by offering opportunities for students to complete coursework in a wide variety of related fields including narrative studies, digital media, film, book history, manuscript studies, language and linguistics, composition, creative writing, business and technical writing, scholarly and literary editing, rhetoric, critical theory, literacy studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, folklore, disability studies, sexuality studies, gender studies, African/African-American studies, and American Indian studies.
In addition to training students in the study of literature and other related fields, our undergraduate curriculum is designed to hone students' writing and composition skills. Our first-, second-, and third-level writing courses ensure that students understand grammar, punctuation, and the mechanics of writing; that their writing is clear, compelling, and concise; and that they are well versed in the forms and expectations for scholarly writing and literary analysis. Students continue to sharpen their writing skills in our upper-level literature courses, where short analyses and longer research papers are standard requirements, as well as our advanced creative, business, and professional writing courses. Finally, we encourage all of our undergraduates to take advantage of the department's internship course, which allows students to earn credit for real-world writing experiences, and to consider writing a senior thesis under the direction of a faculty member who shares their academic, scholarly, and/or creative interests.
The English undergraduate curriculum also prepares students to construct sound arguments grounded in evidence and attentive to current critical, cultural, and/or scholarly debates. Beginning with our introductory survey courses, students are trained to respond to questions of meaning by referring to specific passages in the text under consideration and its cultural and historical contexts. In our more advanced courses, students continue to marshal textual evidence in support of their ideas, while also learning to incorporate others' arguments as a way of delineating and refining their own. This ability to engage with others' thought--to build arguments on, and/or in opposition to, what has already been said or written on a subject--is what makes our students so desirable across a wide range of career fields including business, communications, finance, human resources, publishing, and teaching.
More information about the department's undergraduate community is available through the links located on the right-hand side of this page. If you are a prospective undergraduate student planning a visit to campus, please call the English front desk at 614-292-6065 to schedule an hour-long appointment with Ruth Friedman, our Undergraduate Studies Academic Program Manager. Ruth can provide you with information on our majors, minor, and opportunities for undergraduates. Please note that the front desk will be happy to schedule your appointment with Ruth around the overview and tour sessions offered by the university's Undergraduate Admissions office.