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Overview

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Through Quincy University's English program, you will read and discuss rich and challenging texts, synthesize wide-ranging research, and appreciate varied points of view. You'll also gain fluency in expressing yourself through analytical and creative writing.

You'll explore a dynamic curriculum with the expert guidance of faculty members who hold the highest degrees in the field and have completed specialized study in particular periods and genres. Your professors reflect the Franciscan commitment to individualized instruction in every aspect of your education, and they will collaborate to help you design your future.

Quincy's degree in English includes courses in periods of literature, in writing, and in teaching. You'll enjoy American literature, World literature, British literature, and literature by women. Our writing courses include creative writing, advanced writing, and business communication. We also offer a variety of special topics courses, such as comedy in literature and literature in film. In addition, internship and practicum opportunities are provided.

Our program offers a bachelor of arts degree in English, as well as minors in writing and literature. As an English major, you can also earn certification to teach English in grades 6-12. English majors are able to graduate with honors by maintaining a 3.5 GPA in the major, by taking six hours of history beyond the general education requirements, and by taking two years of a foreign language.

Student Organizations
Quincy sponsors a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society for qualified students who demonstrate high levels of achievement in the field. The English Club, open to any interested student, organizes social and educational events and projects, including the popular Town and Gown lecture series and the literary magazine riverrun.

Contact Us

For more information about the English program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Terrence Riddell
Chair, Humanities
217-222-5432 ext. 3195
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Courses

ENG 099     Basic English
Credit Hours: 3
Intensive approach to the basics of academic reading and writing with emphasis on grammar, editing, and the coherent and effective short essay. Intended for students who need extra preparation before being admitted to ENG 111. Placement according to ACT or SAT scores and advisement. (Although credit is given for this course, it does not fulfill a general education requirement in writing and is not counted as part of the minimum degree requirements for a Quincy University degree.)

ENG 101-102  English as a Second Language, I and II
Credit Hours: 1-6
Essentials of English grammar, sentence structure, oral and written composition and reading for the student whose native language is not English. On demand only. These courses do not apply toward a degree. A/F scale.

ENG 111     Composition
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to interdisciplinary academic writing, with emphasis on critical thinking and reading, inquiry, primary research, and writing as a process. [C1 900]

ENG 112     Composition and Texts
Credit Hours: 3
A continuation of the inquiry-based interdisciplinary approach of ENG 111 with emphasis on textual analysis, secondary research, and writing as a process. [C1 901R]

ENG 210     British Masters I
Credit Hours: 3
Major writers from Old and Middle English periods through the 18th century. Prerequisite: completion of ENG 112. [H3 912]

ENG 211     British Masters II
Credit Hours: 3
Major writers of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods. Prerequisite: completion of ENG 112. [H3 913]

ENG 220     Major American Writers
Credit Hours: 3
Major American writers from colonial times to the present. Prerequisite: completion of ENG 112. [H3 914]

ENG 225    Major Ethnic and Minority Voices in American Literature
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the major ethnic and minority voices in American literature. Prerequisite: ENG 112.

ENG 230     World Literature I
Credit Hours: 3
Poetry, drama, and fiction from ancient times to the 17th century. Prerequisite: completion of ENG 112. [H3 906]

ENG 231     World Literature II
Credit Hours: 3
Poetry, drama, and fiction from the 17th century to the present. Prerequisite: completion of ENG 112. [H3 907]

ENG 250     Introduction to Language
Credit Hours: 3
This course is for learning about language as it is conceived and described in contemporary linguistics. New research and thinking in this field enter into the various discussions of language and learning in the national media and elsewhere in our culture, and are especially interesting and important to those who plan to teach in any discipline where language – its acquisition, its structure, its psychology, its philosophy, its social context – is a core concern. This is a required course for those seeking 6-12 certification in English. Students seeking this certification will learn basic linguistic concepts and their applications to teaching. This course does not fulfill the general education requirement in literature.

ENG 260     Fiction [H3 901]    Credit Hours: 3
ENG 261     Poetry [H3 903]    Credit Hours: 3
ENG 262     Drama [H3 902]    Credit Hours: 3
Three separate courses, each an introduction to reading and understanding a particular genre of literature. (Drama is not an acting course.) Prerequisite: completion of ENG 112.

ENG 263     Comedy In Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Comic drama from Aristophanes to Pinter and classic comic films; comic satire from Juvenal to Barthelme, including the American humorist tradition. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENG 112. [H3 902]

ENG 270-9  Special Topics In Literature
Credit Hours: 1-3
Concentrated courses on various topics depending upon demand and staff. Prerequisite: completion of ENG 112.

ENG 300     Advanced Writing
Credit Hours: 3
Extensive practice in writing strategies, including argument, with emphasis on stylistic improvement. This course does not satisfy the general education requirement in literature. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature and junior standing.

ENG 306     Creative Writing: Memoir
Credit Hours: 3
Study and exploration of the art of writing memoir. Prerequisites: completion of general education requirements in composition and literature and at least junior standing. (This course does not satisfy a literature requirement.)

ENG 307     Creative Writing: Fiction
Credit Hours: 3
Study and exploration of the art of writing fiction. Prerequisites: completion of general education requirements in composition and literature and at least junior standing. (This course does not satisfy a literature requirement.)

ENG 308     Creative Writing: Poetry
Credit Hours: 3
Study and exploration of the art of writing poetry. Prerequisites: completion of general education requirements in composition and literature and at least junior standing. (This course does not satisfy a literature requirement.)

ENG 315     Literature of Greece, Rome, and Israel
Credit Hours: 3
Readings in three major literatures that have shaped the world. Students will read Homer and the Greek dramatists, a selection of major Roman authors, and several books of the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 324     American Poetry
Credit Hours: 3
A study of major American poets from the colonial period to the present. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature and Junior standing.

ENG 325     American Prose
Credit Hours: 3
A study of major American prose writers from the colonial period to the present. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature and junior standing. (added 2011-12)

ENG 330     Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales in Middle English
Credit Hours: 3
Intensive study of Chaucer’s language and his most famous and popular work. Pre-requisite: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 340     The Renaissance
Credit Hours: 3
Major writers, exclusive of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 345     Shakespeare
Credit Hours: 3
Shakespeare’s plays are not just to be read, they’re also to be performed. In addition to reading the plays, the class will enjoy Shakespeare on stage, if possible, and on film whenever interesting film is available. In this class students will see how Shakespeare manages to straddle high culture and popular culture, somehow pleasing both literary sophisticates and mass audiences. Students should expect to learn about Shakespeare and about what happens when Shakespeare encounters film. Prerequisite: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 350     The Restoration and the 18th Century
Credit Hours: 3
British writers from the period 1660-1798. Prerequisite: Completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 355     Romantic Literature
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the early 19th century writers called romantic – those writers concerned with nature, the imagination, the local, the exotic, and the Gothic. Some attention to the debates about Romanticism and rationalism, revolution and tradition. Readings in such poets as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley, and selected women poets, and to such novelists and essayists as Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, and Austen. Prerequisites: completion of general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 360     Victorian Literature
Credit Hours: 3
British writers from the late 19th century. A survey of the literature and the social context of a period of revolutionary changes in science, economics, religion, and culture in England between 1830 and 1900. The course will involve readings in the poetry, novels, and prose of such writers as Tennyson, the Brownings, Dickens, George Eliot, Arnold, Hardy, Ruskin, and Emily Bronte. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 365     Modern British Writers
Credit Hours: 3
Writers of the 20th century. Prerequisite: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 366     Contemporary Fiction
Credit Hours: 3
Major fiction writers from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature and junior standing.

ENG 368     The Beat Movement in American Literature and Culture
Credit Hours: 3
Major works of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs and their influence on subsequent writers and on American culture in general. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 370-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Concentrated courses on various topics depending upon demand and staff. Prerequisite: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 380     Literary Criticism
Credit Hours: 3
Readings in the theory and evolution of literature and other arts. Prerequisite: completion of general education requirements in composition and literature and at least junior standing.

ENG 382     Business Communication
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn the skills and strategies necessary to become effective business communicators. This course counts toward a minor in writing but does not fulfill the general education requirement in literature or count toward the major in English. Prerequisites: ENG 111 and 112. (Same as COM 382)

ENG 385     Literature by Women
Credit Hours: 3
A study of how women writers from different historical periods use poems, stories, essays, and plays to address gender issues in the private and public world. The course looks at how literature both presents and critiques culture and its construction of gender, as well as how it offers new visions and choices for women and men. Readings include such writers as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 400     Methods of Teaching English and Language Arts
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to prepare the prospective secondary teacher of English and language arts. This course does not count toward the English major or minor or fulfill the general education requirement in literature. Prerequisite: acceptance into Teacher Education Program.

ENG 430    Major Writer(s) [corr.]
Credit Hours: 3
Intensive study of a major writer or writers. Prerequisite: Completion of a 300-level literature course.

ENG 470-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Concentrated courses on various topics depending upon demand and staff. Prerequisite: completion of the general education requirements in composition and literature.

ENG 480     Practicum
Credit Hours: 1-6
Assignments involving practical applications of knowledge and skills the English curriculum develops. Students will be placed in appropriate settings. Approximately 50 hours of practicum is required per credit hour. This course counts toward a minor in writing and a minor in English but does not count toward an English major. English majors who complete a practicum will graduate with more than 124 credits.

ENG 485     Internship
Credit Hours: 3-12
An assignment in a setting appropriate to the student’s career goals. Approximately 50 hours of involvement is required per credit hour. This course counts toward a minor in writing and a minor in English but does not count toward an English major. English majors who complete an internship will graduate with more than 124 credits.

ENG 497     Seminar in English
Credit Hours: 3
Concentration upon a particular author, a particular literary movement, or a particular topic in the field of English. Required of senior English majors.

Program Requirements

Advanced Placement Opportunity:
The University accepts the American Council of Education’s recommended scores for CLEP tests. For the English Composition exam, students receive 3 credit hours for completing the exam (essay required) and can submit 3 writing samples to the Coordinator of Composition to receive an additional 3 hours (6 total). For more information about credit granted through CLEP, students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Program Requirements for English Major:

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees.
  • English courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not count toward the English major.
  • Courses below the 200 level do not count towards the major; at least 21 of the 33 semester hours must be at the 300 level or above.
  • 33 semester hours in 200-400 level English courses, including ENG 497 (Seminar in English) which is the comprehensive experience in the major.
  • 6 required credits at the 200-400 level must be in pre-1789 literature courses.
  • 200 level requirements: One American, British, or World literature course (3 credits); and One genre course (3 credits).
  • 300-400 level requirements: Two historical period courses (Romantic, Victorian, etc.) (6 credits); One major author course (Shakespeare, Frost, Yeats, Beckett, etc.) (3 credits); One school or genre course (Beats, Memoir, African American, etc.) (3 credits); One criticism course (3 credits); One upper-level writing course (3 credits); and Seminar in English (3 credits).
  • Successful completion of all assessment requirements required in ENG 497 during the senior year, to include: an oral report, a seminar paper, a panel presentation, and a writing portfolio.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all English courses applicable toward the degree and the student must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major.
  • Honor courses may count toward the major. The Chair of Humanities, in consultation with the English faculty, will determine which Honors courses may count toward the major.
  • Language Requirement: One year of college coursework in a single language with a grade of “C” or better or a demonstrated equivalent competency. Two years of a single language
  • are highly recommended for graduate school preparation (sign language is acceptable for English Teacher Licensure majors).
  • Recommended Electives: 3 credits outside of major (philosophy, theology, psychology, economics, history, etc.).
  • 42 semester hours at the upper level (300-400) in the total degree program.
  • The technological literacy requirement will be fulfilled through the department’s requirement of word-processing and online research skills in all of the courses. This is shown by student writing and presentations, student use of course-management software content, and library work.

Teacher Licensure Program:

English majors seeking 6-12 teaching licensure are required to take the following courses: ENG 220, 250, 300 and 400; ELE 316, 317 and EDU 362. They must also fulfill the requirements for teacher licensure.

Requirements for a Minor in Literature:
A minimum of 18 hours in 200-400 level English courses.
A maximum of 9 hours in 200 level courses.

Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not be counted as part of the minor.
A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor.
Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.

Requirements for a Minor in Writing:

  • A minimum of 18 hours in 200-400 level English courses.
  • A maximum of 9 hours in 200 level courses.
  • Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements in writing and literature will not be counted as part of the minor.
  • Nine hours of writing courses beyond ENG 111 and 112. ENG 300 Advanced Writing is required; the remaining six hours must be chosen from among Creative Writing (ENG 306-308), ENG 382 Business Communication, Special Topics (ENG 200-400), ENG 480 Practicum, and ENG 485 Internship .
  • 9 hours of literature courses, at least one at the 300-400 level.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor.
  • Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.

Honors:

To graduate with honors in English, students must have:

  • A grade point average of 3.5 in English courses.
  • Six hours of history beyond general education requirements (which may be satisfied by completing a semester of non-American History and a semester of American History).
  • Twelve (12) hours (two years) (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language at the college level.

Special Program:
Membership in the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta (Rho Rho Chapter), is available to students.

Career Options

The abilities you'll develop as a Quincy English major will prepare you for versatility in a complex and rapidly changing workplace. People who have learned how to use language will find that they have a special and uncommon skill that will serve them well in society and the working world. Many English majors have succeeded in law school, for example, for the study of law is in great part the study of language. Critical language skills are useful in complex corporate undertakings. Skills in analysis and written communication are valuable assets in business. In addition, the adaptability skills learned in the study of literature and language are useful in dealing with the demands of a changing work environment.

Graduate and professional degree programs welcome Quincy English majors, who have studied at Marquette University, the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Stanford University, University of Arkansas, and the University of Illinois. Quincy English alumni hold such positions as:
  • Attorney/Partner, Jones Day, Chicago
  • Associate Professor of English, University of Houston
  • Director of Communications, Diocese of Springfield
  • President, Shields Harper and Company
  • Chair, English Department, Quincy Junior High School
  • Attorney, Grenen and Birsic, P.C.
  • Director of Publications and Training Curriculum, Federation for Children with Special Needs

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