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Field Description

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


or

Great Works of Literature I

3 credits


or


or

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 Roslyn Bernstein, 646-312-3930; e-mail: roslyn.bernstein@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

(3 credits) and(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)

Writing I

4 hours; 3 credits

Writing II

4 hours; 3 credits

Literature and Economic Perspectives

3 hours; 3 credits

Film Art and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

The Art of Film

3 hours; 3 credits

The Factual Film from Propaganda to Docudrama

3 hours; 3 credits

Perspectives on the News

3 hours; 3 credits

"Practicum: Radio Programming, Production, and Management (Experimental Course)"

1 class hour; 1 lab hour; 1 credit

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 (Cross-listed with BLS & LTT)

3 hours; 3 credits

Children's Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature for Young Adults

3 hours; 3 credits

Journalistic Writing

4 hours; 4 credits

Feature Article Writing

3 hours; 3 credits

Photojournalism

4 hours; 3 credits

Electronic Research Methods and Resources for Writers

3 hours; 3 credits

Copy Editing

3 hours; 3 credits

Business Communication

3 hours; 3 credits

Business and Financial Writing

4 hours; 4 credits

Topics in Politics and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Television Journalism Basics I

3 hours; 3 credits

Media Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

The Art of Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Film and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Film and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Documentary Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Women in Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Science Communication

3 hours; 3 credits

Journalistic Criticism and Reviewing

3 hours; 3 credits

"Advanced Reporting and Writing: Cyberspace, Databases, and Other Sources"

3 hours; 3 credits

Creative Journalism

3 hours; 3 credits

Workshop: Fiction Writing

3 hours; 3 credits

Sudden Fiction ?é?Çô Crafting Short Short Stories

3 hours; 3 credits

Workshop: Playwriting

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

Workshop: Film Writing

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

3 hours; 3 credits

Women in Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature and Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

The Structure and History of English

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

Environmental Reporting

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 Journalism

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

3 hours; 3 credits

The Globalization of English

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

Business Press Coverage of Politics and Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

"A Century of Muckraking: Investigating Corporations, Corruption, and Governmental Crooks"

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"

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

Journalism and the Literary Imagination

3 hours; 3 credits

Investigative Reporting

4 hours; 3 credits

Perspectives on Literary Interpretation

3 hours; 3 credits

Narrative Writing

4 hours; 4 credits

Ind Stud Eng I

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Eng II

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Eng III

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Eng IV

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Eng V

Hours and credits to be arranged

Research Seminar: Problems in Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Research Seminar: Problems in Journalism

3 hours; 3 credits

Media Internship

8 - 10 hours; 3 credits

Media Internship II

10 - 12 hours per week; 4 credits

Hon Writing I

4 hours; 3 credits

WRITING I

3.0

Hon Writing II

4 hours; 3 credits

Writing II

6 hours; 3 credits

Hon Great Works I

4 hours; 3 credits

Hon Great Works II

4 hours; 3 credits

Hon Jrn Criticism

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Jrn Creative

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Wrkshp Fict Writ

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Playwriting Wks

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Craft Poetry

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Topics in Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Topics in Lit

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Shakespeare

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Cur & Mod Novels

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Jrn & Lit Imag

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon English I

Hours to be arranged; 3 credits

Hon English II

Hours to be arranged; 3 credits

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