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English

Dr. Marc Wolterbeek
Chair
(650) 508-3708
mwolterbeek@ndnu.edu

The English Department offers a Master of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a minor in English. Students in the Department are exposed to a broad intellectual foundation in literature and culture while they strengthen their abilities to express ideas in clear, accurate prose. In addition to studying classics of British and American literature, majors read literature of the world, including non-Western works and literature written by women and by persons of color.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the English Program will:

  • Express themselves in effective written communication, commanding basic writing skills as well as clear style and organization
  • Express themselves in effective oral communication in both small-group and large-group environments
  • Practice critical thinking skills when making decisions from basic observational skills to more advanced analysis and synthesis
  • Transfer skills learned as an English major (writing, oral communication, critical thinking, etc.) to real world experiences
  • Investigate various alternatives and interpretations in practical situations through the study of various approaches to literary analysis
  • Appreciate differing opinions and viewpoints through the study of diverse forms of literature
  • Access knowledge and develop self-knowledge through the use of language
  • Develop lifelong appreciation and practice of writing and literature
  • Appreciate the power of the narrative imagination and creativity
  • Connect literature to real-life experiences
  • Document sources correctly
  • Discriminate between legitimate and questionable sources of information, particularly information found on the Internet
  • Transfer the knowledge derived from internship and practicum activities to postgraduate professional activities
  • Apply basic knowledge of literature to graduate studies
  • Use writing skills as a basis for further development in creative writing

Bachelor of Arts in English

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.

Prerequisites Units
ENG1030 Freshman Composition 3
ENG1040 Classics of World Literature I 3
Total Prerequisites 6
Major Requirements Units
ENG1041 Classics of World Literature II 3
ENG2108 Advanced Writing 3
ENG2544 Shakespeare 3
ENG2656 Literary Theory 3
ENG2997 Senior Seminar 3
Six units in American Literature from among the following: 6
      ENG2200       Survey of American Literature I
      ENG2201       Survey of American Literature II
      ENG2214       American Literary Movements: Imagism (1)
      ENG2222       American Literary Movements: Harlem Renaissance (CDiv) (1)
      ENG2248       Great American Writers: Hawthorne (1)
      ENG2252       Great American Writers: Melville (1)
      ENG2256       Great American Writers: Twain (1)
      ENG2260       Great American Writers: Hemingway (1)
      ENG2264       Great American Writers: Faulkner (1)
      ENG2268       Great American Writers: Morrison (1)
      ENG2270       Great American Writers: Poe (1)
      ENG2272       Great American Writers: Dickinson (1)
      ENG2274       Great American Writers: Wharton (1)
Three units in British Literature from among the following: 3
     ENG2400      British Literature: Myth, Epic, and Romance
     ENG2403      British Literature: The Age of Elizabeth
     ENG2408      British Literature: Enlightenment and Revolution
     ENG2412      British Literature: Modernism and Postmodernism
Six additional elective units from among courses listed above or from the following: 6
     COM2440      Writing for the Media
     ENG2010      Writing in the Disciplines
     ENG2142      Creative Writing
     ENG2144      Creative Writing: Poetry
     ENG2148      Creative Writing: Fiction
     ENG2152      Creative Writing: Playwriting
     ENG2156      Creative Writing: Screenwriting
     ENG2164      Linguistics
     ENG2600      Women's Literature (CDiv)
     ENG2604      African-American Literature (CDiv)
     ENG2608      Asian-American Literature (CDiv) (1)
     ENG2612      Latino Literature (CDiv) (1)
     ENG2616      Native American Literature (CDiv) (1)
     ENG2624      Children's Literature
     ENG2632      Graphic Novels and Manga (CDiv)
     ENG2636      Mythology of Superheroes (CDiv)
     ENG2642      History of World Cinema (CDiv)
     ENG2800      Seminar in the Humanities
Total Major Requirements 30
Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives 88
*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., Career Development, U.S. History).
Total Unit Requirement
124

Minor in English 

Minor Requirements Units
ENG2108 Advanced Writing 3
ENG2544 Shakespeare 3
Three units in American Literature from among the following: 3
     ENG2200      Survey of American Literature I
     ENG2201      Survey of American Literature II
     ENG2220      American Literary Movements: Jazz Age (1)
     ENG2222      American Literary Movements: Harlem Renaissance (CDiv) (1)
     ENG2224      American Literary Movements: Beat Poets (1)
     ENG2248      Great American Writers: Hawthorne (1)
     ENG2252      Great American Writers: Melville (1)
     ENG2256      Great American Writers: Twain (1)
     ENG2260      Great American Writers: Hemingway (1)
     ENG2264      Great American Writers: Faulkner (1)
     ENG2268      Great American Writers: Morrison (1)
     ENG2270      Great American Writers: Poe (1)
     ENG2272      Great American Writers: Dickinson (1)
     ENG2274      Great American Writers: Wharton (1)
Six additional elective units from among courses listed above or from the following: 6
ENG1041 Classics of World Literature II
ENG2010 Writing in the Disciplines
ENG2142 Creative Writing
ENG2144 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG2148 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENG2152 Creative Writing: Playwriting
ENG2156 Creative Writing: Screenwriting
ENG2164 Linguistics
ENG2400 British Literature: Myth, Epic, and Romance
ENG2403 British Literature: The Age of Elizabeth
ENG2408 British Literature: Enlightenment and Revolution
ENG2412 British Literature: Modernism and Postmodernism
ENG2600 Women's Literature (CDiv)
ENG2604 African-American Literature (CDiv)
ENG2608 Asian-American Literature (CDiv) (1)
ENG2612 Latino Literature (CDiv) (1)
ENG2616 Native American Literature (CDiv) (1)
ENG2624 Children's Literature
ENG2632 Graphic Novels and Manga (CDiv)
ENG2636 Mythology of Superheroes (CDiv)
ENG2642 History of World Cinema (CDiv)
ENG2656 Literary Theory
ENG2800 Seminar in the Humanities
ENG2886 Special Topics (1-3)
Total Unit Requirement 15

Master of Arts in English

Jacqueline Berger
Program Director
(650) 508-3730
jberger@ndnu.edu

The Master of Arts in English program offers two tracks: one in literature and one in creative writing.  Both require core courses in writing, literary theory, language, and genre courses that permit intensive study of narrative, lyric, and drama.

This program is designed for working adults who come from many diverse backgrounds; while it does not require an undergraduate degree in English, prerequisites include two writing-intensive undergraduate courses. Students may be admitted without these prerequisites with the understanding that the needed courses will be taken concurrently to graduate courses. All graduate courses are offered in the evenings, and enrollment is guaranteed. Students generally complete the degree within two and one-half years.

The program's integral link with the annual Creative Writers' Series, sponsored by the English Department, enables students to interact with noted and diverse authors and scholars. Students interested in creative writing and publishing may also wish to become involved in the production of the University's literary journal, The Bohemian.

Other programs sponsored by the Department of English include the Seminar in Humanities and the Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate Program (TESL).

Program Requirements

The MA-English program requires 30 semester units, not including the undergraduate foundation courses that vary with each individual's preparation. Students must have fulfilled all prerequisite requirements, completion of 15 units toward the degree, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better before advancement to candidacy. Two core courses (6 units) and two genre courses (6 units) are required of all students enrolled in the program. These 12 units are usually taken during the first year and one half of study. The remaining 12 elective units are taken in a chosen area of either Literature or Creative Writing. Students work one-on-one with a mentor to complete a Research or Creative Writing Project for their final 6 units.

Genre courses permit intensive study of narrative, lyric, and drama. Content of the Period Course varies but usually concentrates on British poetry or prose. Elective courses include undergraduate upper-division linguistics, literature, theory, composition, creative writing, and teaching apprenticeship or assistantship courses.

Prerequisites                                                                         

Two writing-intensive courses and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Core Courses
Units
ENG4000 Seminar in Literature 3
ENG4005 Language: Theory and Practice 3
Two Genre courses from the following: 6
     ENG4016      Narrative
     ENG4024      Lyric
     ENG4028      Drama
Four elective courses from the following*: 12
     ENG4032      Period Course
     ENG4048      Creative Writing
     ENG4800      Seminar in Humanities
     ENG4886      Special Topics
     ENG4894      Teaching Apprenticeship
     ENG4994      Community-Based Pedagogy/Teaching Assistantship
ENG4884 Thesis: Directed Research** 3
ENG4997 Thesis: Directed Writing** 3
*Any upper-division literature or creative writing course may be used to meet an elective requirement, and creative writing courses may be taken more than once for elective credit. Upper-division courses in related fields may also be used to meet this requirement with the approval of the Program Director.
**Actual course work will focus on the individual student’s desired track – literature or creative writing.
Total Core Requirements 30

 Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited four-year college or university
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better
  3. Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation
  4. Completion of at least two writing-intensive undergraduate courses
  5. Representative writing sample of 500 to 1,000 words in length

For further information, contact the Master of Arts in English Office at (650) 508-3730.