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Studying English at Regis

The English program at Regis College provides a values-centered education in the history, practice, theory, and criticism of English literature. Our programs engage the intellects, imaginations, and passions of our students while cultivating critical skills in analysis, contextualization, evaluation, and expression.
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B.A. in English

Degree Overview

The English major offers a broad and balanced approach to the discipline emphasizing genres, periods, major authors, central themes, and emerging trends. Focusing not only on primary texts, but on essential cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts as well, our courses help students to develop crucial skills of critical reading, thoughtful inquiry, and effective communication that will transfer to a wide spectrum of professional careers.

Each student in the major works closely with a faculty advisor to develop a plan of study compatible with the individual’s academic and occupational goals.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: English Major-Lower Division

EN 300 - Literary Analysis

Introduces and develops advanced approaches to thinking and writing about literature. Explores the fundamentals of poetry, drama, and narrative form, while seeking a more complex understanding of literary analysis and evaluation. NOTE: Majors only. Replaces EN 250. EN 301 strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

EN 323/EN 353

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EN 323-American Lit. Survey to 1865
OR
EN 353-British Lit. Survey to 1789

EN 324/EN 354

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EN 324-American Lit. Survey 1865-Present
OR
EN 354-British Lit. Survey 1789-Present

RC: English Major-Upper Division

American Lit

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Select 1 course from the following American Literature list:
EN 425E-W, EN 426E-W, EN 427E-W

Author

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Select 1 course form the following Author list:
EN 431, EN 432E-W, Selected EN 492E-W and EN 495E-W

British Lit

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Select 1 course from the following British Literature list:
EN 431, EN 432E-W, EN 444, EN 446, EN 449, EN 450, EN 455

Capstone

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Select 1 Majors Capstone course from the following:
EN 454 or EN 466

Electives

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Take six (6) upper division English semester hours
with the approval of the major advisor. One elective must
focus on the literature of another culture.

Genre

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Select 1 course from the following Genre list:
EN 412, EN 449, EN 460, EN 462, EN 463 EN 482 A,B&C and
selected EN 474E-W courses.

Period

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Select 1 course from the following Period list:
EN 425E-W, EN 426E-W, EN 427E-W, EN 431, EN 432, EN 444,
EN 446, EN 450, EN 455, EN 462, EN 463, Select EN 474E-W

Theme

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Select 1 course from the following Themes list:
EN 474E-W, EN 492E-W, EN 495E-W

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

EN 300 Literary Analysis (3.00)

Introduces and develops advanced approaches to thinking and writing about literature. Explores the fundamentals of poetry, drama, and narrative form, while seeking a more complex understanding of literary analysis and evaluation. NOTE: Majors only. Replaces EN 250. EN 301 strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

EN 300H Honors English (3.00)

Undertakes detailed analysis of primary texts, offers the opportunity for research in a specific area of study. Explores aesthetic, ethical, and social values; engages texts through inquiry, critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation. NOTE: Honors students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200H AND RCC*300H;

EN 301 Digital Writing Lab (1.00)

Supports students with portfolios, design programs (Adobe Suite, Gimp), movie and audio software, web writing and website creation. Strongly recommended for students enrolled in EN 300 or EN 480.

EN 308E-W Multicultural Literature: (3.00)

Seeks to balance a study of the traditionally received literary canon with literature representing ethnic, religious, racial and/or cultural diversity. Focuses on works representing various ethnic and/or cultural groups in America, on works representing international cultural diversity and/or on works representing the so-called 'majority' viewpoint regarding cross-cultural insights and experiences.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 311E-W Thematic Studies/Literature: (3.00)

Involves reading fiction, poetry and drama organized around a particular theme, such as 'Literature of the American Southwest,' 'Environmental Literature,' or 'The Literature of Social Change.' Emphasizes reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 313 Drama (3.00)

Introduces drama in the Western literary tradition, emphasizing the conventions, types and literary elements of the genre. Approaches the genre from a chronological, thematic or multicultural perspective, and offers opportunities to improve competencies in critical thinking and writing. Dramatists Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Shaw, Beckett, O'Neill and Wilson are studied.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 314E-W Novel: (3.00)

Introduces the novel and/or novella. Emphasizes the beginning and subsequent history of the genre, including a broad range of American, English and Continental writers. Improves writing and analytical skills. Includes study of such authors as Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Henry James, Franz Kafka, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 315 Love, loss & Madness: American Shrt Sty (3.00)

Introduces short fiction drawn from a broad range of American writers. Emphasizes the beginning and subsequent history of the short story. Improves writing and analytical skills. Includes the works of such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, James Baldwin and Kate Chopin.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

Cross listing(s): HO 348J.

EN 316E-W Poetry: (3.00)

Introduces poetry drawn from a broad range of traditional and contemporary American and English poets, as well as non-English-language poetry in translation. Emphasizes the various themes, forms, and literary elements that characterize the genre. Improves competencies in critical thinking and writing. Includes study of one or more kinds of poetry (lyric, narrative, epic, etc.).

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 317 Short Stories: The Story & Its Writer (3.00)

Introduces short fiction drawn from a broad range of American, English, and Continental writers. Emphasizes the beginning and subsequent history of the short story. Improves writing and analytical skills. Includes the works of such authors as Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, James Baldwin, Kate Chopin, Jorge Luis Borges, and Toni Cade Bambera.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 321 Myth and Culture in Literature (3.00)

Introduces the meaning and function of myth and its application to literature as symbol, metaphor and structure. Examines such works as Homer's Iliad, Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, selections from Milton's Paradise Lost as well as modern poems and short stories using myth as reference.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

Cross listing(s): WS 321 HO 348S WGS 321.

EN 323 American Lit. Survey to 1865 (3.00)

Surveys significant works of American literature from first exploration to the end of the Civil War. Examines representative authors, literary works, styles and movements within a historical context. Includes authors such as Bradstreet, Irving, Poe, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, and Dickinson.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 324 Amer. Lit. Survey 1865-Present (3.00)

Surveys significant works of American literature from the end of the Civil War to the present. Examines representative authors, literary works, styles and movements within a historical context. Includes authors such as Twain, James, Frost, Eliot, Hemingway and Morrison.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 328 World Literature (3.00)

Introduces in English translation significant poetry, short stories, novels, and drama from a broad range of world literature. Explores both universality and the diversity of cultures, themes, forms and structures. Emphasizes different literary paradigms and methods for appreciating and analyzing these literary works.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 341 Catholic Literature (3.00)

Traverses literary history to explore the questions 'Who might be considered a Catholic writer?' and 'What is the difference between Catholicism as an iconic presence in a text and as a literary sensibility?'

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

Cross listing(s): HO 348I CAS 341.

EN 353 British Literature Survey to 1789 (3.00)

Surveys significant works of British literature from the Old English period to the eighteenth century. Examines representative authors, literary works, styles, and movements within a historical context. Includes such authors as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, and Johnson.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

Cross listing(s): HO 348G.

EN 354 British Literature Survey 1789-PRESENT (3.00)

Surveys significant works of British literature form the Romantics to the present. Examines representative authors, literary works, styles, and movements within a historical context. Includes such authors as Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Eliot, and Heaney.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

Cross listing(s): HO 368E.

EN 410E-W Women in Literature (3.00)

Surveys women's literary achievement, or focuses on a particular historical period or cultural milieu, ethnographic perspective or social theme. Examines literary and critical works focusing on women's viewpoints in social, cultural, economic, and aesthetic contexts.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 412 Rhetoric: the Art of Persuasive Writing (3.00)

The study of classical rhetoric, the art of persuasion. Focuses on organizational and stylistic techniques used by great writers to inform and persuade audiences. Course is writing-intensive.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 415 Love, Loss & Madness: American Shrt Sty (3.00)

Examines and discusses American short fiction from early authors such as Hawthorne, Thoreau, Melville, Poe, and contemporary authors such as Alexie, Le Guin, and Russo.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 422 Mythic Themes in Contemporary Literatur (3.00)

Introduces the narrative, metaphorical and symbolic functions through which myth communicates the sacred truths of a culture. Emphasis on Graeco-Roman and Judeo-Christian themes that inflect the Western literary tradition.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 423E-W Interdisciplinary Studies American Lit (3.00)

Examines themes in American literature from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 425E-W American Literature to 1865: (3.00)

Involves concentrated reading and analysis of a single theme, a single author or combination of authors or a single literary period or movement (e.g., Hawthorne and Melville, Whitman and Dickinson, The American Renaissance, Early American Women Writers).

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 426E-W American Literature 1865-1918: (3.00)

Provides an opportunity for concentrated reading and analysis of a single theme, a single author or combination of authors or a single literary period or movement (e.g., Twain, American Realism and Naturalism, Multi-Cultural Literature before World War I). Prerequisite(s): One (1) 300-Level English course.

Pre-requisite: # TAKE CCS*200 OR RCC*200; # TAKE EN*210 OR EN*250;

EN 427E-W American Literature 1918-Pres: (3.00)

Involves concentrated reading and analysis of a single theme, a single author or combination of authors, or a single literary period or movement (e.g., Hemingway, The Harlem Renaissance, The Postmodernist Novel). Prerequisite(s): One (1) 300-Level English course.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 428 American Lit in the Atomic Age (3.00)

Examines American literature in the aftermath of World War II, focusing on the paranoia and fragmentation of the atomic age. Authors include Bellow, Kerouac, Pynchon, Nabokov, Vonnegut, and DeLillo.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 429 Ellison and Morrison (3.00)

Focuses on issues of race and gender in 20th century American literature through the works of two renowned African Americans: Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man) and Toni Morrison (Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Jazz, Beloved).

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 430 Faulkner (3.00)

Read the greatest works of fiction from one of the greatest American writers. Includes Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and As I Lay Dying, among others.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 431 Chaucer (3.00)

Involves the reading and analysis of The Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English, and similar study of other major poems by Chaucer.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 432E-W Shakespeare: (3.00)

Involves the study of Shakespeare's poetry, plays, life, and age.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 433 James Joyce (3.00)

Studies James Joyce's works, including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young man, and Ulysses.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 439 Contemporary Literature (3.00)

Examines novels in contemporary fiction and other genres. Includes works by such authors as Faranzen, DeLillo, Auster, Murakami, Zadie Smith, Chabon, Morrison, Lahiri, Nabokov, and Alexie.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 446 The 17th Century (3.00)

Surveys the later Renaissance, Commonwealth and Restoration eras, including representative works of Metaphysical, Cavalier, and/or Restoration poets, Jacobean and/or Restoration playwrights, and/or the prose stylists of the period.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 447 Austen (3.00)

Studies the works of Jane Austen.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 450 Romanticism (3.00)

Studies representative fiction and poetry from the first half of the 19th century.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 451 Dickens (3.00)

Involves the study of Dickens' novels, life and times.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 452 William Wordsworth (3.00)

Covers William Wordsworth, the most influential poet of the British Romantic period. Includes readings from Wordsworth's major publications, including Lyrical Ballads and The Prelude, a biography and criticism from Coleridge to Hartmam.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 453 British Modernisms (3.00)

Examines literature in the British Isles from 1900 to 1950.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 454 Linguistic Approaches to Literature (3.00)

Introduces historical and comparative linguistics, semantics, syntax, phonology, stylistics, and pragmatics, and emphasizes their application in the analysis of literary texts.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 455 Victorian Literature (3.00)

Involves reading and analysis of such novelists as Bronte, Eliot and Hardy; such essayists as Carlyle, Mill and Arnold; and such poets as Tennyson, Browning, and the Pre-Raphaelites.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 457 20th Century Irish Literature (3.00)

Studies Irish writes of the 20th century including Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Synge, O'Casey and Beckett.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 464 Postcolonial World Literature (3.00)

Investigates writings in and about previously colonized countries throughout the 20th century, paying close attention to the lingering effects of colonialism on the writings of the time. Literature includes works from India, the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 466 Literary Theory (3.00)

Surveys the varied approaches to literary study applied by scholars, attends to the differences in textual interpretation that result from the application of these approaches, and evaluates what these approaches reveal and conceal about literary texts.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 474E-W Comparative Literature: (3.00)

Studies significant works in English translations in the context of their interrelation with various traditions in English and American literature.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 482A Creative Writing: Fiction (3.00)

Provides a workshop in fiction emphasizing discussion of students' fiction. Includes analysis of the elements of fiction and techniques used by a variety of modern and contemporary writers.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 482B Creative Writing: Poetry (3.00)

Provides a workshop in poetry writing emphasizing the discussion of students' poetry. Includes analysis of the elements of poetry and techniques used by a variety of modern and contemporary writers.

Pre-requisite: # TAKE CCS*200 OR RCC*200; # TAKE EN*210 OR EN*250;

EN 482C Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction (3.00)

Advanced instruction in craft of fiction; professional perspectives on the art in the context of rigorous criticism. In workshop format, students practice the genre, further define it, examine its many forms, and receive professional peer review.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 490E-W Independent Study in English (1.00 - 3.00)

Emphasizes independent exploration of a student's area of interest under the direction of a department member.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 492E-W Special Topics in Literature: (3.00)

Involves the reading and analysis of selected topics in literature. Focuses on selected literary issues, periods, or theoretical problems (e.g., After the Apocalypse, Writing in the Nuclear Age, Teaching Banned Books, The Small Town in Literature).

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 495E-Z Themes in Literature (3.00)

Provides an opportunity for concentration on a single theme, a single author or combination of authors in an intensive study (e.g., Africa in Literature, Faulkner, Literature of the Unconscious).

Pre-requisite: TAKE EN*300;

EN 498E-W Internship/Writing (3.00)

Credit may be earned for employment in which the student is responsible for various kinds of writing and in which there is an integration of practical experience and academic guidance. Prerequisite(s): Approval of Department Chair and Director of Experiential Education. NOTE: Students may obtain as many as six (6) semester hours of credit, but only three (3) semester hours may be applied to the English major.

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