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Language is one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of educated men and women. English is the discipline where students encounter works of fiction, poetry, and drama that unlock the richest potentialities of language. Students are also afforded a range of opportunities for developing their own writing to the fullest: critical essays on literature in a variety of courses, workshops in creative writing (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction), and the art of the essay. Language is also approached through linguistics, the history of English, and global English.With advanced training in English increasingly necessary for business and professional careers, this course of study is universally recognized as an ideal "preprofessional major"---one that opens career possibilities in such fields as law, publishing, teaching, and community service.

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The Major

The English major offers a rich variety of courses for students interested in literature, creative writing, and language and society. Among the interdisciplinary offerings are courses in film, linguistics, and global studies.

Students may prepare for the study of literature on the graduate level. Concentrated work in English will be of great value to students preparing for such business and professional careers as editing, publishing, science and technical writing, advertising, public relations, and communications. The literature courses are designed to help students sharpen their reading and writing skills, gain new insights into human nature and cultural diversity, and achieve increased flexibility in their own approach to life.

Students preparing for graduate study in literature should have some knowledge of the range of English, American, and non-Western literature and should be acquainted with such major figures as Chaucer and Shakespeare. Because most graduate schools have foreign language requirements and candidates must sometimes demonstrate competence in several languages, prospective graduate students are urged to undertake their study of foreign languages as early as possible.

Students in English are encouraged to broaden their base of knowledge in as many fields as possible, many of which will resonate with interdisciplinary approaches in their English courses. Courses in comparative literature, foreign languages, communication studies, history, art, music, religion, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and education are especially recommended.

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Base Curriculum Courses    
No credit toward the major/specialization

ENG 2100 

Writing I (or its equivalent)

3 credits

ENG 2150 

Writing II

3 credits

ENG 2800 or CMP 2800

Great Works of Literature I

3 credits

 

or

ENG 2850 or CMP 2850 

Great Works of Literature II

3 credits

Major/Specialization:    30 credits

Required Courses      15 credits

ENG 3010 

Survey of English Literature I

3 credits

ENG 3015 

Survey of English Literature II

3 credits

ENG 3020 

Survey of American Literature I

3 credits

 

or

ENG 3025 

Survey of American Literature II

3 credits

ENG 3030 

Contemporary Literature from Asia, Africa, and Latin America

3 credits

 

or

ENG 3032 

Ethnic Literature

3 credits

 

or

ENG 3034 

A Survey of African American Literaturee

3 credits

 

or

ENG 3036 

English Voices from Afar: Post-Colonial Literature

3 credits

 

or

ENG 3038 

A Survey of Caribbean Literature in English

3 credits

ENG 4120 

Chaucer

3 credits

 

or

ENG 4140 

Shakespeare

3 credits

Electives    15 credits

Choose five additional courses for 15 credits. Electives must be selected from Department of English offerings numbered at the 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000-levels. Courses offered by the Harman Writer-in-Residence are also included.

Note: Interdisciplinary courses, such as Feit Seminars ( IDC 4050H), and appropriate film studies courses may be included with prior permission of the department.

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The Minor

Advanced training in English language and literature is increasingly necessary for business and professional careers. Students who choose to develop their intellectual abilities in these areas may select two courses numbered 3000 or above from the offerings of the Department of English. To complete their minors, they enroll in an appropriate capstone course. All 4000-level offerings in the Department of English or an Independent Studies course in English may serve as the capstone course.

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Special Program

The Sidney Harman Writer-In-Residence Program

The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, an endowed residency in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, offers gifted undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in writing workshops taught by distinguished visiting professors. Since its inception in the fall of 1998, Harman Writers-in-Residence have included poets Yehuda Amichai, Agha Shahid Ali, April Bernard, Carol Muske-Dukes, Charles Simic, and Major Jackson; playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner; authors William Finnegan, Philip Gourevitch, Jane Kramer, Mark Kurlansky, and George Packer; fiction writers Paul Auster, Susan Choi, Anita Desai, Francisco Goldman, Colum McCann, Lorrie Moore, Sigrid Nunez, Francine Prose, Joseph O'Connor, and John Edgar Wideman; and graphic novelist, Ben Katchor.

Harman courses vary in numbering and in subject, depending on the choice of the visiting writer. Interested students of all majors are encouraged to submit transcripts and writing portfolios for review to Professor Bridgett Davis, 646-312-3927; e-mail: Bridgett.Davis@baruch.cuny.edu.

Harman classes can be taken for honors credit and students can use the Harman courses to fulfill their honors course requirements. The courses also can be used in the Journalism major and minor and in the English major and minor.

Additional information on the Harman Residency is available at www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/harman.

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Advice For Students Registering For English Composition Courses

All students are required to take:

ENG 2100 (3 credits)

and

ENG 2150 (3 credits).

Entering Students
Students are eligible to take ENG 2100 if they have earned a verbal SAT score of 480 or above or a score of 75 percent or higher on the New York State Regents English examination. Entering students in neither of these categories will be tested for reading and writing proficiency. The results of these exams will determine a students placement.

Special requirements for second-degree transfer students from universities in which English is not the language of instruction: Prior to their first semester at Baruch, all such transfer students must take a writing placement test administered by the Department of English. Students who pass the test will be awarded any and all composition credits to which they are entitled. Students who do not pass the writing placement test or who have earned fewer than 6 credits in composition will be placed in an appropriate English course.

Exemption Criteria
Students who enter Baruch College with any of the following sets of qualifications are exempt from ENG 2100 Writing I (without credit): an Advanced Placement (AP) English exam score of 4 or 5, an SAT verbal score of at least 680, and a writing section score of 12 or an SAT verbal score of at least 700 and a writing section score of 11 or 12. Note: Students who are exempt from this requirement may not enroll in ENG 2100.

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Courses

Courses in English (ENG)

ENG 2100 

Writing I

4 hours; 3 credits

ENG 2150 

Writing II

4 hours; 3 credits

ENG 2200 

Literature and Economic Perspectives

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 2800 

Great Works of Literature I

4 hours; 3 credits

ENG 2850 

Great Works of Literature II

4 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3001 

Naked English: Baring the Bones of the English Sentence

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3005 

Introduction to Literary Studies

4 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3010 

Survey of English Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3015 

Survey of English Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3020 

Survey of American Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3025 

Survey of American Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3030 

Contemporary Literature From Asia, Africa, and Latin America

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3032 

Ethnic Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3034 

A Survey of African American Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3036 

English Voices from Afar: Post-Colonial Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3038 

Survey of Caribbean Literature in English ( BLS 3038), ( CMP 3038)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3040 

Children's Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3045 

Literature for Young Adults

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3201 

Topics in Politics and Literature ( POL 3201)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3215

Literature and Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits 

ENG 3260 

The Art of Film

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3270 

Film and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3280 

Documentary Film ( JRN 3280)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3285 

Women in Film

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3610 

Workshop: Fiction Writing ( JRN 3610)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3615 

Sudden Fiction - Crafting Short Short Stories ( JRN 3615)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3640 

Elements of Poetry: Presenting Subject Matter

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3645 

The Craft of Poetry: Form and Revision

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3680 

Advanced Essay Writing: Style & Styles in Prose

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3685 

Lyrics as Literature

3.0 credits; 3.0 Hours

ENG 3700 

Introduction to Linguistics and Language Learning ( COM 3700)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3720 

Women in Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3730 

Literature and Psychology ( PSY 3730)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3750 

The Structure and History of English ( COM 3750)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3770 

Masters of the Modern Drama: Ibsen through Tennessee Williams

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3780 

Contemporary Drama: The New Theatre

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3820 

The American Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3830 

Tradition and Influence in African American Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3835 

Black Women Writers

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3840 

Literature and Philosophy of South Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3850Law and Literature3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3940 

Topics in Film

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3950 

Topics in Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3960 

Topics in Language

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4011 

Literary Theory ( CMP 4011)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4015 

The Globalization of English ( COM 4015), ( SOC 4015)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4020 

Approaches to Modern Criticism

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4110 

Medieval Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4120 

Chaucer

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4140 

Shakespeare

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4150 

A Century of Renaissance Drama

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4160 

Religion and Revolution in Renaissance English Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4170 

Milton

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4210The Eighteenth-Century Novel 3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4230 

Major Topics in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4300 

Romanticism

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4320 

The Nineteenth-Century English Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4360Aestheticism and Decadence3 hours; 3 credits
ENG 4380Oscar Wilde3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4410 

Modern Irish Writers

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4420 

Twentieth-Century British Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4440 

Currents in the Modern Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4450 

The Modern Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4460 

The Modern Short Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4500 

The Main Currents of Literary Expression in Contemporary America

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4510 

The American Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4525 

Lesbian and Gay Themes in Twentieth-Century Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4535 

African Diasporas: U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean ( CMP 4535)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4545Literature of the Harlem Renaissance 3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4550 

Jewish-American Literature

3 hours, 3 credits

ENG 4700 

Insult, Abuse, and Ridicule: Satire Through the Ages

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4710 

Medieval Romance: A Comparative Study

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4740Gothic Mysteries 3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4910 

Perspectives on Literary Interpretation

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4920 

Narrative Writing ( JRN 4920)

4 hours; 4 credits

ENG 5000 

Independent Study I

Hours and credits to be arranged

ENG 5001 

Independent Study II

Hours and credits to be arranged

ENG 5002 

Independent Study III

Hours and credits to be arranged

ENG 5003 

Independent Study IV

Hours and credits to be arranged

ENG 5004 

Independent Study V

Hours and credits to be arranged

ENG 6001H 

Honors in English I

Hours to be arranged; 3 credits

ENG 6002H 

Honors in English II

Hours to be arranged; 3 credits

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