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English

Program Director: Laird Christensen, Ph.D.
Division of Humanities, Education, & Arts

Programs offered:

  • BA in English

  • BA in English with Secondary School Teacher Certification

  • BFA in Writing

  • Minor in English

  • Minor in Writing

The English Program offers two degrees devoted to the theory and practice of written communication: the Bachelor of Arts in English, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing. Courses in British, American, and World literatures, and in literary, journalistic, and workplace-related writing offer students in any major a greater fluency in expression and an appreciation of our literary heritage. Graduates in the program’s majors go on to graduate study, professional schools, specialized training programs, and a variety of occupations where verbal excellence, strong interpersonal skills, and disciplined thinking are essential.

Learning Outcomes for English Majors
The successful student will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Standard Written English, learning to express themselves in a clear and cogent manner through exams and essays that meet criteria outlined in Writing program rubrics.

  • Demonstrate proficiency with English-language literature and its patterns of development through exams and essays that meet criteria outlined in English program rubrics.

  • Demonstrate sophisticated reading skills that make possible the critical analysis and interpretation of written texts via examinations and essays.

  • Demonstrate research skills that enable them to access relevant scholarly materials, as well as the historical contexts within which literary works are embedded, via the writing of substantial research essays in literary analysis.

  • Demonstrate how the skills gained as an English major can be put to use after graduation via an informal exit interview to assess the major’s post-Green Mountain College plans.



Bachelor of Arts in English
The English program at Green Mountain College offers students the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of authors who represent literary traditions from Great Britain, North America, and around the world. While most students major in English because of their fondness for a good story and their love of language that is potent and memorable, the study of literature also provides dramatic lessons in history, philosophy, psychology, and cultural studies. From survey courses to seminars in single authors and literary movements, our English program strikes a balance between breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding. The training students receive in critical reading and analytical writing is ideal preparation for graduate studies in a variety of liberal arts majors. Those students who understand the importance of literature in revealing how cultures and individuals make sense of the world will find this field of study practical, no matter what their plans for the future may be.

Requirements for BA in English
English Core:


Seminars
The following three seminar categories are offered with various subtitles, and may be repeated when taken as a different subtitle. Please choose three seminars (3 credits each) from at least two of the following categories.
General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits.
Credits: 43-45

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details.
Credits: 36-37

Total credits for BA in English: 120
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).



Bachelor of Arts in English with Secondary School Teacher Licensure
This degree prepares students to be licensed to teach English in grades 7-12. In addition to completing the B.A. in English, students must complete a sequence of study and field experiences in Education. During senior year students complete fifteen weeks of full-time student teaching at the 7-12 level. All student teaching must be done in the immediate area of the College.

Requirements for B.A. in English with Secondary School Teacher Licensure
English Core:


Seminars
The following three seminar categories are offered with various subtitles, and may be repeated when taken as a different subtitle. Please choose two seminars (3 credits each) from at least two of the following categories.
Education Core
General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits.
Credits: 9-10

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details
Credits: 36-37

Total credits of B.A. in English with Secondary School Licensure: 120
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).



Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing
The Writing program at Green Mountain College encourages students to hone their skills in creative writing workshops on their way to earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Writing. Our faculty consists of widely published authors, with novels, poems, plays, and creative essays to their credit. Each semester they direct workshops in their field of expertise, helping students produce polished portfolios of their writing. Along the way, students also learn how to identify potential markets for their work, and how to submit their work in a professional manner.

As a capstone project, all Writing majors complete a Senior Writing Project, which is a full-length, original work in any genre. Projects may include a collection of poetry or short stories, a novella, a play, a work of creative nonfiction, or any other original work a student may wish to propose. Each student works closely with a faculty mentor in developing a manuscript of original work. As a part of this experience, students also present a public reading or performance of their work. The greater part of student work focuses on writing and presentation, with an underpinning in literary backgrounds. This program serves students with educational goals such as creative writing, copywriting, journalism, corporate writing, and graduate school. The program serves as well for those interested mainly in self-development without specific career goals. Students are encouraged to consider a minor in a complementary field.

Learning Outcomes for Writing Majors
The successful student will:

  • Gain proficiency in the use of Standard Written English, learning to express themselves in a clear and cogent manner.

  • Become familiar with the major literary movements in English and American literature, especially as they relate to poetry and fiction.

  • Cultivate the ability to create a sustained piece of creative writing in at least one genre, and the skills necessary to share their own writing publicly.

  • Become familiar with the basics of publishing, including cover letters, professionalism of finished product, and marketing strategies.

  • Become familiar with how the skills gained as a Writing major can be put to use after graduation.

Requirements for BFA in Writing
Literary Backgrounds Component:


General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits
Credits: 46-47

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details
Credits: 36-37

Total credits for a BFA in Writing: 120
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).



English Minor
Available to all bachelor degree candidates.

English Core:


Total credits for a Minor in English: 18



Writing Minor
Available to all bachelor degrees candidates.


Total credits for a Minor in Writing: 18


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