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Bachelor of Arts inEnglish with an Emphasis in Creative Writing

Majoring in English involves studying the history, structure, and use of the English language. As you read, discuss, and write about the literature and culture of English-speaking people, you’ll learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems.

You’ll specialize in one of four areas of emphasis (Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism or Professional Writing as you take 41 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing Curriculum Overview

In the English major, students will gain broad-based knowledge of literature from all periods and from around the world. They will learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems. Concordia University students develop these skills by working closely with knowledgeable faculty dedicated to relationship-based education through discussion, debate, course presentations, one-on-one consultations with professors and supervised writing projects. Students have many opportunities to apply the skills learned in the classroom to practical hands-on situations, such as writing for The Sword student newspaper, tutoring students in the Writing Center, student teaching or gaining internship experience at a local business. Creative Writing is one of the three areas of emphasis available to students.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
COM - 103 Interpersonal Communication 4
COM - 212 Public Speaking 4
ENG - 120 College Writing 4
ENG - 155 Introduction to Literature 4

Students examine their methods of interpersonal communication in various contexts including dyadic, small group, and mediated communication. Individual activities and group work include both oral and written components. Class discussions and small group activities provide opportunities to practice and refine interpersonal communication skills. Objective exams and quizzes focus on cognitive learning of the principles and concepts in the various communication contexts. (COM103 is one of the two choices for the communication general education requirement for all students. It is also a prerequisite for all communication majors.)

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Students prepare and deliver various types of public performances including speeches and oral interpretation. The evaluation and criticism of speeches is studied. Videotape helps students adjust to their performance style and improve presentation delivery. Course units include speech construction, presentation and delivery, audience and text analysis, informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches as well as visual aid construction. (COM212 is one of the two choices for the communication general education requirement for all students. It is also a prerequisite for all communication majors.)

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The content of a writing course is writing. For students to become proficient writers in all disciplines, they need to learn how to read and analyze a variety of texts and then practice reading and analyzing texts from various disciplines. Through research and writing, students learn what others are saying and how to integrate those ideas into their own writing. Constant practice will guide students into developing their own voice and style. They will make conscious choices related to audience and academic conventions.

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Introduction to Literature seeks to excite students about literature; to feed students passion about literature; and to enhance their pleasure from literature. Through a variety of texts, students will encounter other members of the human community and, while in their company, learn about themselves. The course will introduce basic literary terminology.

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Required: 35 to 37 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ENG - 220 Applied Grammar 2
ENG - 325 Creative Writing 4
ENG - 420 Persuasive Wrtng on Cont. Issu 4
ENG - 498 Internship 0
ENG - 499 Framing the Literary Tradition 1
ENG - 324 Teaching Writing 1:1 2
ENG - 365 British Literature I 4
ENG - 366 British Literature II 4
ENG - 375 World Lit I: West Classical 4
ENG - 385 American Literature I 4
ENG - 386 American Literature II 4
ENG - 440 Literary Theory 4
ENG - 490 Seminar in Literature 4
ENG - 425 Creative Writing II 4
ENG - 326 Topics in Writing 2

To communicate clearly, students must correctly apply the rules that govern the English language. Through reading, discussion, and constant practice, students in this course will examine and use these rules to further develop their writing skills.

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This course will examine the basic elements of short fiction and poetry and will require students to experiment with both genres. The class is run as a workshop: the main focus will be on the discussion of each other's work. It is also, to a certain extent, a literature course, since what one reads strongly influences what one writes. Assigned readings are intended to give students a fuller understanding of technique as well as a range of artistic possibilities. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120 and ENG155)

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Students in this course analyze essays by established writers of expository prose, read articles in current magazines and journals and meet with local writers invited into the classroom. Students also write their own creative non-fiction and keep journals. Both in workshops and in individual conferences, the course asks students to consider their own writing as a process that requires their attention to revising and editing. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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Students participate in a variety of internship programs in editing, publishing, broadcasting, television and public information under the supervision of the faculty and the director of internships for the company or organization granting the internship. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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This course, taught by all full-time English faculty, for English majors and teacher candidates in language arts, is designed to help the major see patterns in course work. Through review, reading and discussion students will re-examine and synthesize texts and ideas. The English Capstone exam is both written and oral. (Prerequisite: senior year status)

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Often, the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Students in this course will do just that: improve their own writing, editing, and tutoring skills while helping others express their ideas in writing, develop their own writing voice, and edit their own work. Students will apply what they learn from readings, discussions, and writing assignments by tutoring in the Writing Center each week. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

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The beginning course in the survey of British literature covers the Anglo-Saxon period through the middle of the eighteenth century. Selected readings lead to discussions about the growth of nationalism and its reflection in literary pride and canon formation. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120 and ENG155)

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The survey of British literature continues with selected writings from the Romantic period through to the present day. Readings cover the rise of the novel, the fight for women's rights and the decline of colonialism. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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This course examines major authors in the Western literary tradition from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the Middle Ages. Authors include Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil and Dante. This course may offer additional material from other early cultures. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120 and ENG155)

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Students examine selected works of early American writers with emphasis on Puritanism, literary nationalism, and the period known as the ÀAmerican Renaissance.À Along with examining the literature for aesthetic technique, students discuss significant themes and the literary canon as it relates to minority and women writers. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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Students explore the emergence of local color, realism and naturalism and the fragmentation of modern and post-modern literature between the Civil War and the present. Women and minority writers are important foci. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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In this course students become familiar with various critical theories about literature including structuralism, deconstruction, cultural criticism (especially as related to third world literature), feminist theory and psychoanalytical theory. It prepares them to read critically and helps them to develop their own critical stances. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120 and ENG155, and an upper level English course)

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Seminars in literature cover varying topics in greater depth than is possible in a survey class. Recent seminar topics include Virginia Woolf: Her Art and Her Influence; Emily Dickinson: Her Circle and Her Influence; Seminar in the African-American Literary Tradition; and Victorian Secrets. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120 and ENG155)

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This is an advanced course that requires students to probe more deeply into the elements of short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. In addition to producing original creative work, students will read a variety of literary texts and selected works on the craft of creative writing. This class will be run as a workshop. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120, ENG155 and ENG325)

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This course, the topic of which may vary from year to year, is designed to provide intermediate writers with the opportunity to experiment with different styles and genres.

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Debra Beilke English and Modern Languages Department Chairperson, Professor of English

Dr. Beilke's specialty is in American literature, and also teaches a variety of general education courses in writing and literature, and upper-level world literature courses.

Eric Dregni Associate Professor of English, Advisor of Student Newspaper

Dregni has taught Intro to Lit, College Writing, Review Writing, Column Writing, Memoir, Travel Writing, and is in charge of internships in the English Department.

Theresa FitzPatrick Director of the Writing Center, Term Faculty of English

Theresa FitzPatrick enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia in the areas of composition, education, and literature studies.

Dr. Nancy Hackett Professor of English

Dr. Hackett values open, provocative, lively classroom discussions

Matt Ryan Assistant Professor of English, Director for the MFA in Creative Writing program

Matt Ryan has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, appeared in numerous journals, and has been nominated for one Best of the Net and three Pushcart Prizes.

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