Major in English

Major in English

Merrimack College - North Andover, MA

  • BA

Satisfying the requirements for the major in English requires students to complete a minimum of 38 credits in the major in a graduated sequence of courses. These courses range from a required foundational course that introduces interpretive methodologies for the study of literature, through category requirements and electives in American, British, and World literature in English, English language history, creative writing, and journalism, to a senior-level capstone seminar, required of all students for graduation (see p. 35 ff. in the Course Catalog for a description of all courses in English). The senior seminar seeks to foster integration of the knowledge and abilities acquired through study in the major curriculum. Major requirements are designed to develop the English major’s awareness of language and literary forms, as well as to encourage the development of increasingly sophisticated skills in research, analysis, and expression. These requirements also seek to introduce students to changing and competing conceptions of readers, writers, and literary texts, and their relationships with different historical, cultural, social and situational contexts. The category requirements also allow concentration in an area of particular interest while providing for a sound grasp of literary and rhetorical traditions. The major curriculum consists of:

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