Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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English

English Department Website

Faculty: David J. Bradshaw, (Chair), Gary Hawkins Carol Howard A. Michael Matin, David Mycoff, Graham Paul, Samuel Scoville, Peter Turchi,

The English Major is based on the study of American and English literatures, with electives offered in genres, periods, major authors, creative writing, linguistics, and selected writers.

Major in English

Grades: Courses must be passed with a C grade or better to count toward any English major or toward the English Minor.

English Literature

Requirements: The English Major consists of 42 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Two courses from the following:
    ENG 335 Medieval Life and Literature
    ENG 336 Literature and Culture of the Renaissance
    ENG 344 Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Queen Anne Period
    ENG 345 Literature and Culture of the Enlightenment Period

  2. Two courses from the following:
    ENG 337 Romanticism
    ENG 338 Literature and Culture of the Victorian Period
    ENG 339 Modernism
    ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

  3. Two courses from the following:
    ENG 215 Epic-Heroic Mode
    ENG 340 Chaucer
    ENG 341 Shakespeare
    ENG 343 Milton

  4. WRI 230 Modern English Grammar
  5. Four other courses for a total of 16 credits from English Department offerings (and from certain Theatre Program and Writing Program offerings)
  6. The English faculty strongly urge students to develop a reading proficiency in a second language and a knowledge of a literary tradition other than their own. The English faculty also strongly recommend that students majoring in English complete a minor in a field related to their study of English.

Honors Program: The English Honors Program provides the student of unusual ability and interest in the study of literatures in English (American, British, and Anglophone Africa and Asia) to pursue intensive independent research while working closely with faculty and other students in the Honors Program. Students who successfully complete this program receive special designation at graduation and on their diplomas and transcripts.

  1. Requirements:
  2. Students pursuing the Honors degree must designate two of their six upper-level historical period or major authors courses as Honors. Please see the Department Chair and the instructor for the course during or before the first week of the term to arrange this designation and to determine course requirements. With permission of the Department Chair, it may be possible to substitute course work completed during a junior year abroad for an Honors course.
  3. In the senior year, students must enroll in ENG 489 Honors Thesis and complete a senior thesis, usually of 40 pages. A student who expects to write a thesis on a topic that he or she has not studied extensively in a course should consider designing a two-credit independent study on that topic for the semester prior to the semester in which the thesis will be written. Such an independent study allows the student to develop the background necessary to carry out the intensive research and writing that the thesis requires.
  4. Students should maintain a B average overall and must earn B grades or above in the honors offerings, including the thesis.


  5. Students seeking to modify any of the above requirements must petition the Department Chair.

Theatre/English

Theatre Department Website

The student who elects to major in Theatre/English takes courses from both the English and Theatre Departments.

Requirements: The Theatre/English Major consists of 52 credits distributed as follows:

  1. The following three 100-level courses:
    THR 100 Performance Fundamentals
    THR 110 Technical Theatre I: Construction
    THR 111 Technical Theatre II: Paint and Light

  2. Six credits from among the following courses:
    THR 190 Modern Dance Technique I
    THR 204 Acting I
    THR 212 Basic Design for the Theatre
    THR 314 Scene Design
    THR 315 Historic Costume Design for the Theatre
    THR 316 Lighting Design

  3. 3. Ten credits from among the following (repeatable) courses:
    THR 101-102 Performance/Production Practicum I
    THR 201-202 Performance/Production Practicum II
    THR 301-302 Performance/Production Practicum III
    THR 401-402 Performance/Production Practicum IV

  4. 4. The following five 200 and 300 level courses:
    ENG 250 Introduction to Classical Theatre
    ENG 251 Introduction to Modern Theatre
    THR 275-278 Shakespeare in Performance
    WRI 230 Modern English Grammar
    ENG 341 Shakespeare

  5. 5. Three courses from among the following:
    MUS/THR 280 Opera as Drama
    ENG 129 Religion in Literature
    ENG 336 Literature and Culture of the Renaissance
    ENG 344 Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Queen Anne Period

  6. 6. Three semesters on Theatre Crew (preferably in junior and senior years) or two semesters on the Theatre Crew provided that 6 of the 10 required practicum credits are for non-performing production-related activities.

English/Creative Writing

The student who elects to major in English with a concentration in creative writing takes courses in both the English and Writing Programs.

Requirements: The English/Creative Writing Major consists of 48 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Two courses from the following:
    ENG 335 Medieval Life and Literature
    ENG 336 Literature and Culture of the Renaissance
    ENG 344 Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Queen Anne Period
    ENG 345 Literature and Culture of the Enlightenment Period

  2. Two courses from the following:
    ENG 337 Romanticism
    ENG 338 Literature and Culture of the Victorian Period
    ENG 339 Modernism
    ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

  3. Two courses from the following:
    ENG 215 Epic-Heroic Mode
    ENG 340 Chaucer
    ENG 341 Shakespeare
    ENG 343 Milton

  4. One course from the following:
    ENG 210 Autobiography and Biography: Selves and Others
    WRI 201-205 Advanced Composition
    WRI 220 Writing About Place
    WRI 320 Environmental Journalism

  5. WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction
  6. Two courses from the following:
    WRI 210 Creative Writing: Playwriting
    WRI 211 Creative Writing: Poetry
    WRI 212 Creative Writing: Fiction
    WRI 213 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
    WRI 312 Advanced Fiction Workshop
    WRI 313 Advanced Poetry Workshop
    WRI 394 Creative Writing: MFA Residency

  7. WRI 230 Modern English Grammar
  8. The following:
    a. A substantial internship in writing
    b. A substantial senior writing projec: a collection of finished short stories, novel chapters, non-fiction pieces, or poetry totaling approximately 40 pages
    c. WRI 419 Senior Writing Portfolio: Professional Practices

Please see the Chair of the Writing Department for detailed guidelines for senior writing projects and internships.

English with Secondary Education

In 2007-08 the current Teacher Education Program will be phased out. Beginning in the fall of 2008 we plan to offer an innovative licensure program, a high-quality model for teaching based on what makes Warren Wilson College a special place. Although still in planning stages, the program is expected to be a focused professional year completed in addition to a bachelor’s degree earned at Warren Wilson College or elsewhere. Please see page 78 for more information on plans for the new program. For further information, contact the Education Department.

Minor in English

The English Minor should serve well as the complement to several majors (Business and Economics, Education, History and Political Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Social Work, and Global Studies).

Requirements: 22 credits distributed as follows:

  1. One course from the following:
    ENG 335 Medieval Life and Literature
    ENG 336 Literature and Culture of the Renaissance Period
    ENG 344 Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Queen Anne Period
    ENG 345 Literature and Culture of the Enlightenment Period

  2. One course from the following:
    ENG 337 Romanticism
    ENG 338 Literature and Culture of the Victorian Period
    ENG 339 Modernism
    ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

  3. Two courses from the following:
    ENG 215 Epic-Heroic Mode
    ENG 340 Chaucer
    ENG 341 Shakespeare
    ENG 343 Milton

  4. One other course from English Department offerings (or from certain Theatre or Writing Program offerings)
  5. WRI 230 Modern English Grammar