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English (ENGL)

sylvia hoffmire resizedThe English major is designed for the student interested in teaching English in secondary school, attending graduate school in English or preparing for professional programs such as law and business administration. The reading, writing and intellectual skills acquired by the English major are also excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing careers in public service, mass communications, public relations and advertising as well as for the generalist interested in a well rounded liberal arts education. One may pursue licensure to teach high school (grades 9-12) by completing the requirements listed under the English Education major.

 

Spanish

The Pfeiffer Foreign Language Department seeks to apply the necessary learning principles through creative teaching and learning and through its facilitation of service-learning, distance/Internet courses, and study-abroad. The Department also tries to accommodate students wishing to continue study of languages not currently offered. Presently, there are courses in Chinese and Spanish (minor available).

Coursework leading to a minor is available only in the Spanish language. Courses in language are normally taken for either General Education or elective credit. Although there is no specific General Education requirement in foreign language, students are encouraged to broaden their education by taking foreign languages.

Spanish Minor

With Spanish language and Hispanic culture/customs so prevalent today within the United States, and around the world, college and university graduates with proficiency in conversational Spanish and Hispanic culture/etiquette have a distinct advantage intellectually, socially and professionally. Pfeiffer University offers a minor in Spanish language. Within each required course for this minor, students will master Spanish vocabulary pertinent to their major field of study or to their career plans, as well as conversational and reading vocabulary. A minimum of 24 credit hours in mandatory and elective courses are required for the Spanish minor.

Pfeiffer University encourages all of its students to participate in overseas trips and/or study programs, especially those students studying foreign languages and cultures.


 *The Spanish language minor is not available to Spanish-language natives who have completed their secondary schooling in a Spanish-language school.

Languages and Literature

for lang litWelcome to the Department of Languages and Literature!  Here we teach the literature, writing, and language classes that help students develop their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.  Our majors learn to engage with the diversity of human experience that enables them to become effective servant leaders in their local and global communities.   

We offer a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Creative Writing and licensure (9-12) for a B.A. in English Education. We also offer a minor in Spanish.

Our faculty offers students opportunities for service learning in our writing and literature courses.  In addition, we also offer study abroad opportunities, including summer exchange programs in China and the Dominican Republic.     

English majors leave the university equipped to enter into a wide array of professions and areas of advanced study, including law, business administration, education, publishing, research, public relations, journalism, advertising, marketing, and education.  In addition, the English major can also be combined with a minor in another discipline, such as communications, history, psychology, or business.  

A number of books discuss the many career opportunities for English majors:

  • Great Jobs for English Majors by Julie De Galan and Stephen Lambert
  • What Can you Do with a Major in English: Real People, Real Jobs, Real Rewards by Shelley O'Hara
  • Careers for Writings and Others Who Have a Way with Words by Robert Bly

English - Degree Requirements

Major

ENGLISH:
36 semester hours Minimum
ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies ENGL 410 English Language and Linguistics
       
General Studies:      
ENGL 217 American Literature to 1865 OR ENGL 325 British Literature I OR
ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865 ENGL 326 British Literature II
Two additional courses numbered between 208 and 226
World Literature: One course chosen from ENGL 230, 257, 354, 360
       
Study in Depth:
Four courses numbered 400 or above at least one of which must be a seminar or directed research project. Students interested in graduate study of English are encouraged to take ENGL 437, ENGL 460, and ENGL 490.
       
Elective:
One additional course chosen from the offerings in English
       
Foreign Language Requirement
Two semesters of study of foreign language or the equivalent is required of all English majors. This requirement can be met through departmental examination, completion of any two three credit courses of any foreign language at any level, or at least one semester of study abroad in a non-English speaking country.
Note:
Students planning to apply to graduate programs should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. This usually requires at least six semester hours of study beyond the intermediate level.
       
ENGLISH EDUCATION (71 SH):
Core Studies:
ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 410 English Language and Linguistics
       
General Studies:
ENGL 317 American Literature to 1865 OR
ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865
ENGL 225 British Literature I OR
ENGL 326 British Literature II
Three additional courses numbered between 208 and 226
World Literature: One course chosen from ENGL 230, 257, 354, 360
       
Study in Depth:
ENGL 460 Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
ENGL 501 Shakespeare
Two additional courses numbered 400 or above at least one of which must be a seminar or directed research.
       
Licensure:
EDUC 205 Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 225 Educational Technology
EDUC 306B Learner and Learning I
EDUC 307 B Learner and Learning II-Secondary
EDUC 321 Research & Assessment in Education
EDUC 322 Diversity in Education
EDUC 433 L Secondary Methods Laboratory
EDUC 436 C English Methods OR EDUC 433 Secondary Methods
EDUC 460 Senior Seminar and Field Experience
EDUC 540 Student Teaching -- Secondary
       
Foreign Language:
Two semesters of study of foreign language or the equivalent is required of all English majors. This requirement can be met through departmental examination, completion of any two three credit courses of any foreign language at any level, or at least one semester of study abroad in a non-English speaking country. Note: Students planning to apply to graduate programs should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. This usually requires at least six semester hours of study beyond the intermediate level. Students completing the English Education major are encouraged to complete at least six semester hours of Spanish.
       
Minor
       
ENGLISH: 18 Semester Hours Minimum
ENGL 314 Introduction to Literary Studies
One course chosen from ENGL 308, 313, 320
Two courses chosen from courses numbered 317-360
Two courses numbered 400 or above
       
CREATIVE WRITING: 18 Semester Hours Minimum
ENGL 314 Introduction to Literary Studies
Two courses chosen from ENGL 308, 313, 320
ENGL 315 Creative Writing I
ENGL 445 Creative Writing Workshop (Must be taken twice)

                                     

          

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