Applicants for the Major in English should declare intent no later than the start of sophomore year. By their sophomore year, students must have completed most of their general education requirements. Transfer students should contact the department chairperson and the Registrar immediately for approval of transfer courses, placement, and program counseling.

The English Curriculum
The Department of Language and Letters strives to prepare students for successful graduate and professional study or a career in publishing, private industry, governmental service, ministry, non-profit organizations, teaching as well as Social Justice Advocacy.

General Education Requirements

The English Major is required to earn a C or above in his/her General Education English classes, Humanities’ Requirements, as well as Philosophy and Religion requirements. It is recommended for the English Major to take World Masterpieces I or II for the General Education Requirement since s/he has to take Advanced Composition for English Majors (regular Advanced Composition would be counted as regular General Education requirement). It is also recommended that the English Major take DRA 113 Drama I. Other electives should be determined by Emphasis area and approved by Major Advisor. For example, if the English Major is interested in law school/political office, s/he should take Intro to Political Science and American Institutions as 2 of the 3 requirements in Social Sciences. If the English Major is interested in graduate school or teaching, s/he should take General Psychology and Developmental Psychology as 2 of the 3 requirements. If interested in non-profits career or private industry, s/he should take Economics I as 1 of the 3 requirements. Please note that an English Major who starts in the Developmental Program does not count those hours as earned college hours, as these courses are college preparatory classes, necessary for the Major to satisfy the requirements of the General Education curriculum and the Major curriculum.

English Curriculum

Program Standing Requirements
English majors must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the major. Students whose grade point average falls below 2.0 will be granted one semester’s probation in which to raise their average. Students who fail to bring their average up during probation will be dismissed from the major and will not be granted re-admittance. English majors must have portfolios completed during their senior year and submitted to the Department chair.

The Minor in English
The minor in English requires 18 hours beyond the general education requirements in the 200, 300, and 400 course levels as approved by the student’s advisor and the Language and Letters department chair.

Faculty: Dr. Lia Steele
Email: lsteele@philander.edu

Faculty: Dr. Lillian Ross
Email: lross@philander.edu