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Program Requirements

Students completing the requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) in English with a creative writing concentration will learn to consider and practice literary representation in a wide range of cultural, historical, and interpretative contexts.

Major Requirements (BA)

Course descriptions for all ENG courses are available at the bottom of this page.

36 semester hours (sh) of major courses:

  • Required core courses (20 sh) — ENG 2010 or 2020, 2030, 2040, 2050, 4020
  • Choose three courses (12 sh) from the following — ENG 3320, 3350, 3360, 3390
  • Choose one 4 sh elective literature course from the 3000 level

Humanities Co-Requirement:

English majors (as well as those in the other humanities disciplines) are required to enhance the learning experiences in their major by taking elective courses in the disciplines of philosophy, history, and art (at least one course in each). Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors for suggestions about particular courses. Students pursuing a double major or secondary teaching certificate are exempt from this co-requirement. 

Notes: 

  • Students pursuing a double major in communication arts and English may double-count no more than 8 sh of cross-listed courses. 
  • All majors must take and pass a comprehensive examination and submit a final project in the spring semester prior to graduation. 
  • Departmental honors in English are available to students who submit a proposal by the second semester of their third year for an 8 sh honors project (ENG 4000) to be completed during their final year. Only 4 sh of this project may be counted in the total course requirements for the major. 

Minor Requirements 

20 semester hours (sh) in courses numbered in the 2000 and 3000 ranges. 

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all English courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

ENG 1750 – Studies In Literature
Reading and analysis of the major forms of literary expression. This course is designed to introduce students to the impact of literature on culture, and introduces methods of critical reading as applied to significant texts of world literature of various historical periods. Some sections may be topically focused on a subject pertaining to one of North Park's distinctive strengths (Christian, urban, or inter-national/multicultural); such sections are designated in the schedule of classes.

ENG 2010 – British Literature I
A survey of British literature from Beowulf to Puritan period. Individual works will be studied in relation to literary traditions, cultural contexts, methodology and literary theory.

ENG 2020 – British Literature II
A survey of British literature from the Restoration of Charles II to the modern period. Individual works will be studied in relation to literary traditions, cultural contexts, methodology and literary theory.

ENG 2030 – American Literature
Study of selected North American writers and their works from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Individual works will be studied in relation to literary traditions, cultural contexts, methodology and literary theory.

ENG 2040 – World Literature in English
Study of selected writers from various nations outside the United States and the United Kingdom. Individual works will be studied in relation to literary traditions, cultural contexts, methodology and literary theory.

ENG 2050 – Introduction to Creative Writing
The study and practice of the major forms of creative writing. The course will be taught as a seminar, emphasizing the study of model texts and the development of students' work.

ENG 3090 – Shakespeare
A study of Shakespearean drama, including selected comedies, tragedies, and romances. Cross-listed with COMM 3090.

ENG 3170 – English Romanticism
Intensive study of selected writers and works of English Romanticism in light of their cultural contexts.

ENG 3190 – Victorian England
Intensive study of selected writers and works of Victorian England in light of their cultural contexts.

ENG 3240 – Modern Literature
A study of poetry, fiction, and drama from 1900 to 1950 with emphasis on innovative styles and techniques.

ENG 3250 – Postmodern Literature
A study of literary genres and theory from 1950 to the present with emphasis on fiction.

ENG 3260 – Postcolonial Literature
Selected readings in postcolonial literature and theory emphasizing cultural contexts.

ENG 3270 – Gender and Literature
Selected readings in literature and theory that addresses gender issues.

ENG 3280 – Race and Literature
Selected readings in literature and theory that addresses race issues.

ENG 3320 – Dramatic Writing
The study and practice of dramatic writing for theater, television, and film. Focus on the writer's process, character development, story structure, and the completion of a one-act play or a short screenplay. Offered alternative years. Cross-listed with COMM-3320.

ENG 3340 – Grammar and Writing Pedagogy
Intended for English majors in the secondary education sequence, this course will review grammar basics and will study methods of teaching writing.

ENG 3350 – Writing Fiction
The study and practice of fiction writing. The course will be taught as a work-shop, emphasizing development of students' work.

ENG 3360 – Writing Poetry
The study and practice of poetry writing. The course will be taught as a workshop, emphasizing development of students' poetic form and technique.

ENG 3390 – Writing Creative Non-Fiction
The study and practice of creative non-fiction writing. The course will be taught as a workshop, emphasizing development of students' work.

ENG 3910 – Topics in English
Intensive study of selected literary topics of interest to students and faculty, for example: Christianity and the Novel, Latina Literature, Film and Fiction, and others.

ENG 4000 – Departmental Honors in English
Honors independent study in English.

ENG 4010 – Senior Seminar in English
Concentrated study in areas of literature of special interest to students and faculty, intended as a capstone course for the major. (Seminars that may be offered include: Asian-American Literature; Central American Writers; Christianity, Literature and Culture; Film and Literature; The Renaissance Epic; The Rise of the Novel; Russian Writers.)

ENG 4020 – Senior Seminar in Creative Writing
Concentrated study in areas of literature and creative writing of special interest to students and faculty, intended as a capstone course majors who have selected the writing emphasis.

ENG 4910 – Independent Study in English
Advanced level of study of topics not covered in the regular English department curriculum.

ENG 4970 – Internship in English
Please refer to the appropriate section in the catalog for internship requirements and guidelines.

Program requirements