Information for First Year Students

Information for First Year Students

Dept. Chair: Prof. Sarah Gates

Phone: 315.229.5161

Campus Address: Richardson Hall 107

E-mail: Email contact form

Web Site: English Department Web Site

The English department offers majors and minors that allow students to take literature and writing courses in a variety of combinations. The department also offers a combined major with Environmental Studies.  The English major consists of four introductory courses, the research methods course, advanced courses in five distinctive studies areas, and a Senior-Year Seminar.  First-year students interested in majoring in English are encouraged to take any course at the 100, 200, or 3000 level, except ENG 250: Methods of Critical Analysis, which is the research methods course. See the available courses listed below. Students are advised to complete the introductory level of the major during their first two years. A unit of credit toward graduation is given for a test score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement test in English Language/Composition. A unit of credit is also given for a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement test in English Literature/Composition. The following courses this fall semester are appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats:

  • ENG/PCA 125  Intro to Dramatic Scripts (HU)
  • ENG 190  Critical Study of Literary Forms: Fairy Tales (HU)
  • ENG 201  Journalism (ARTS)
  • ENG 225  Survey of English Literature I (HU)
  • ENG 226  Survey of English Literature II (HU)
  • ENG 237  Survey of American Literature I (HU)
  • ENG 238  Survey of American Literature II (HU)
  • ENG 241  Techniques of Fiction (ARTS)
  • ENG 242  Techniques of Poetry (ARTS)
  • ENG 243  Techniques of Creative Non-Fiction (ARTS)
  • ENG 244  Techniques of Screenwriting (ARTS)
  • ENG 293 with CBL  A Literary Harvest
  • ENG/ENVS 295  Nature and Environmental Writing (ARTS/EL)

The following special topics courses are also open to first-year students, subject to the availability of seats:

  • ENG 3012: SPTP  Digital Poetics (with Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Lillian Yvonne Bertram) (ARTS)
  • ENG 3013: SPTP  Literature of Place: Cape Cod (with Dr. Mark Sturges) (HU)
  • ENG 3014: SPTP  Riding the Bottom Line: Business Literature and Ethics (with Dr. Sid Sondergard) (HU)
  • ENG 3016: SPTP  Metafiction (with Dr. Bryan Hurt) (HU)

Feel free to email sgates@stlawu.edu with any questions.