• English Department





  • The English Bachelor's Degree Program

     

    Luminous details, sweeping narratives

    All that was and is, alive with heightened intensity

    The stories of humanity, preserved in language

    English majors at Franciscan University take a front row seat in the great conversations of the ages. You will immerse yourself in poetry, plays, memoirs, essays, short stories, novels, all springing from the fertile minds of history's great communicators. Telling the stories of cultures long lost or the ones in which the reader is most interested.  

    Students of literature are students of humanity, observed through a passionate study of a uniquely human characteristic, intelligible, dynamic language. Observe the story of humanity, expressed in words, turns of phrase and rhythm, across barriers of culture, language, time, and distance.

    English Degree Concentrations 

    English majors may choose among four concentrations at Franciscan: British and American Literature, Western and World Literature, Drama, or Writing.

    In British and American Literature you will be exposed to a broad range of styles, ideas, and authors, with authors ranging from the medieval world to the most current trends in English-language literature. Our students enrolled in this Literature Bachelor’s Degree Program usually take courses in classical mythology, Shakespearean works and more.

    The Western and World Literature concentration looks at the British and American traditions, but moves beyond them to explore the traditions outside the English-speaking world. Students will be exposed to subjects such as Russian literature as well as modern world literature.

    Students in the Writing concentration experience and develop the writing process through the reading of great literary models, through collaboration with real audiences, and through editing and incorporating writing techniques and strategies into their own styles. Students learn to appreciate not only content but also style. A variety of written discourses is presented for students to emulate and to analyze as they experience their own voice through writing. Within this concentration, students will engage in composition and creative writing courses, all while coming to understand their need as writers to present truth and beauty with concision and clarity.

    Note that all English majors have specific graduation requirements. During senior year, you will develop and present a well-reasoned senior thesis as well as compile a collection of written work from your years of study to be put into a diverse portfolio

    No matter what your focus area, when you leave Franciscan’s English Bachelor’s Degree Program, you will possess a deeper understanding of the human person, the world, and God, equipped with the ability to think critically and write well—two of the most sought-after skills by today's employers.

    For more information about the English program, please contact the Admissions office or one of the faculty members below.


    Sample Program | Course Descriptions

    FIRST YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Epic and the Person Classical Mythology
    Philosophy Core Lyric & Dramatic Voices
    Elem Foreign Language or Elect Philosophy Core
    History Core Elem Foreign Language or Elect
    Natural Science Core Natural Science Core
    SECOND YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Literary Genres/Critical Approaches English Elective (Literature-A)*
    Interm. Foreign Language Requirement Interm. Foreign Language Requirement
    Theology Core Theology Core
    Philosophy Core Social Sciences Core
    Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core Elective
    THIRD YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    English Elective (Literature-A)* Shakespeare's Tragedies
    Theology Core English Elective (Literature-B)*
    Math or ECO Core English Elective (Literature-C)*
    Elective American Founding Principles Core
    Elective Elective
      Elective
    FOURTH YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    English Elective (Literature-D)* English Elective (Literature-F)*
    English Elective (Literature-E)* Thesis
    Elective** Elective
    Elective Elective

    Elective

    Elective
      Elective
    FIRST YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Epic & the Person Lyric & Dramatic Voices
    Elem Foreign Language or Elect Elem Foreign Language or Elect
    History Core Natural Science Core
    Natural Science Core Philosophy Core
    Philosophy Core Theology Core
    SECOND YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Literary Genres/Critical Approaches Phil & Biblical Themes in Lit
    World Epics American Poetry or American Lit to 1865 or American Lit since 1865 or African Amer Experience or American Novel
    Classical Mythology American Founding Principles Core
    Philosophy Core Interm Foreign Lang Requirement
    Interm. Foreign Lang. Requirement Theology Core
    Theology Core  
    THIRD YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Dante’s Divine Comedy Shakespeare: Tragedies & Tragicomedies
    Literature of Medieval Period or Studies in Chaucer 18th Century Literature or 18th Century Literature or Metaphysical Poets or English Renaissance
    Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core Social Science Core
    Math or Economics Core Elective
    Elective Elective
    FOURTH YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Modern World Literature Senior Thesis
    Romantic Movement or Victorian Period or European Romanticism Russian Literature or Readings in World Lit
    Modern British Novel or Modern Drama or Modern Short Fiction or Modern Poetry Elective*
    Elective* Elective
    Elective Elective
      Elective
    FIRST YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Freshman English I Freshman English II
    Literary Genres/Critical Approaches      Lyric & Dramatic Voices
    Epic & the Person Elementary Foreign Language
    Elementary Foreign Language Natural Science Core
    Natural Science Core History Core
    SECOND YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Advanced Composition Advanced Composition II
    Interm. Foreign Lang. Requirement Interm. Foreign Lang. Requirement
    English Elective (Literature) English Elective (Literature)
    Theology Core Theology Core
    Philosophy Core Philosophy Core
    THIRD YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Creative Writing Shakespeare's Tragedies
    English Elective (Writing) Fiction Writing -or- Poetry Writing
    Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core American Foundations Core
    Theology Core Elective
    Philosophy Core Elective
    Elective  
    FOURTH YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    English Elective (Writing) English Elective (Writing)
    English Elective (Literature) English Elective (Literature)
    English Elective (Literature) Thesis
    Elective Math or ECO Core
    Social Science Core Elective

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