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Minor inEnglish

Minoring in English involves studying the history, structure, and use of the English language by reading, discussing and writing 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 as you take 24 credit hours toward an English minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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English Curriculum Overview

You’ll learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems as you take 24 credit hours toward an English minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 103 3D Design 3
COM - 212 Public Speaking 4
ENG - 120 College Writing 4
ENG - 155 Introduction to Literature 4
ENG - 420 Persuasive Wrtng on Cont. Issu 4

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for three-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic three-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

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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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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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Electives: 20 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ENG - 365 British Literature I 4
ENG - 375 World Lit I: West Classical 4
ENG - 376 World Literature II 4
ENG - 385 American Literature I 4
ENG - 386 American Literature II 4

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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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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Using examples of literature in translation from Asia, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, the course will explore themes common around the world in forms distinctive to diverse cultures. (Prerequisites: ENG120, 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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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

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.