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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

Writing I (or its equivalent)

3 credits

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

Survey of English Literature I

3 credits

Survey of English Literature II

3 credits

Survey of American Literature I

3 credits

 

or

Survey of American Literature II

3 credits

Contemporary Literature from Asia, Africa, and Latin America

3 credits

 

or

Ethnic Literature

3 credits

 

or

A Survey of African American Literaturee

3 credits

 

or

English Voices from Afar: Post-Colonial Literature

3 credits

 

or

A Survey of Caribbean Literature in English

3 credits

Chaucer

3 credits

 

or

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 (

), 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 - (See below for changes to the exemption criteria that will take place in spring 2017.)
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.

Exemption Criteria - Effective spring 2017

Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition exam will be exempted from ENG 2100. Otherwise ENG 2100 and ENG 2150 are required for all Baruch students; no exemption is available for ENG 2150.

For questions about transferring courses which may count as ENG 2100 and 2150 equivalents, please contact the Admissions Office or Professor Lisa Blankenship, Writing Director.

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Courses

Courses in English (ENG)

Writing I

4 hours; 3 credits

Writing II

4 hours; 3 credits

Literature and Economic Perspectives

3 hours; 3 credits

Great Works of Literature I

4 hours; 3 credits

Great Works of Literature II

4 hours; 3 credits

Naked English: Baring the Bones of the English Sentence

3 hours; 3 credits

Introduction to Literary Studies

4 hours; 3 credits

Survey of English Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

Survey of English Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

Survey of American Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

Survey of American Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Literature From Asia, Africa, and Latin America

3 hours; 3 credits

Ethnic Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

A Survey of African American Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

English Voices from Afar: Post-Colonial Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

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

3 hours; 3 credits

Children's Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature for Young Adults

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in Politics and Literature ( POL 3201)

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 3215

Literature and Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits 

The Art of Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Film and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Documentary Film ( JRN 3280)

3 hours; 3 credits

Women in Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Workshop: Fiction Writing ( JRN 3610)

3 hours; 3 credits

Sudden Fiction - Crafting Short Short Stories ( JRN 3615)

3 hours; 3 credits

Elements of Poetry: Presenting Subject Matter

3 hours; 3 credits

The Craft of Poetry: Form and Revision

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Essay Writing: Style & Styles in Prose

3 hours; 3 credits

Lyrics as Literature

3.0 credits; 3.0 Hours

Introduction to Linguistics and Language Learning ( COM 3700)

3 hours; 3 credits

Women in Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature and Psychology ( PSY 3730)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Structure and History of English ( COM 3750)

3 hours; 3 credits

Masters of the Modern Drama: Ibsen through Tennessee Williams

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Drama: The New Theatre

3 hours; 3 credits

The American Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits

Tradition and Influence in African American Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Black Women Writers

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature and Philosophy of South Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in Language

3 hours; 3 credits

Literary Theory ( CMP 4011)

3 hours; 3 credits

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

3 hours; 3 credits

Approaches to Modern Criticism

3 hours; 3 credits

Medieval Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Chaucer

3 hours; 3 credits

Shakespeare

3 hours; 3 credits

A Century of Renaissance Drama

3 hours; 3 credits

Religion and Revolution in Renaissance English Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Milton

3 hours; 3 credits

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

Major Topics in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Romanticism

3 hours; 3 credits

The Nineteenth-Century English Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern Irish Writers

3 hours; 3 credits

Twentieth-Century British Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Currents in the Modern Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

The Modern Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits

The Modern Short Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

The Main Currents of Literary Expression in Contemporary America

3 hours; 3 credits

The American Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

Lesbian and Gay Themes in Twentieth-Century Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

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

Jewish-American Literature

3 hours, 3 credits

Insult, Abuse, and Ridicule: Satire Through the Ages

3 hours; 3 credits

Medieval Romance: A Comparative Study

3 hours; 3 credits

ENG 4740Gothic Mysteries 3 hours; 3 credits

Perspectives on Literary Interpretation

3 hours; 3 credits

Narrative Writing ( JRN 4920)

4 hours; 4 credits

Independent Study I

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study II

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study III

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study IV

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study V

Hours and credits to be arranged

Honors in English I

Hours to be arranged; 3 credits

Honors in English II

Hours to be arranged; 3 credits

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