Major and Minor
Monmouth College Catalog --
of English Requirements
Education Department Requirements
Minimum Standards Policy
Objectives of the major in English are to enable students
1. Demonstrate skills enumerated in the General
“Language Rubric Communications Skills Goals,” with special reference to
rhetorical development and organization strategies.
2. Understand and use process writing strategies in
composing thesis-focused essays.
3. Understand and use library resources for research papers.
4. Appreciate the special uses of language in literature and understand and appreciate figurative language and literary structures.
5. Read, explicate, analyze and interpret works of
6. Recognize and appreciate literary genre and sub-genre
distinctions, literary movements, critical approaches to texts, and diverse cultural and historical literary traditions.
7. Understand and appreciate cultural and historical
contexts in the study of English and American literatures.
The English major requires at least
10.5 courses: ENGL 200; 220; 221; 224; 225; 361 or
362; 400; plus 3.5
additional courses which might
substantially follow one of these three tracks or reflect a
combination of them:
• Literature: ENGL
337; 347; 339; 349; plus 250 and 350 as offered
(when topics change, courses can be taken more than
• Teaching: ENGL 201.
• Writing: ENGL 210; 299; 301; 310.
In addition, all English
majors are required to submit in the senior year a completed
The English senior seminar (ENGL 400) is the
culminating experience for majors, whose candidacy for
departmental honors is based upon their GPA in the major and
their performance in the seminar.
All seniors must obtain a minimum of a C- on the senior
thesis to pass the course.
A minor in English consists of at least six courses: ENGL
220 or 221; 224 or 225; 361 or 362; and three other courses
at the 200 or 300 level. (Students whose major is Elementary
Education and who wish to minor in English must take ENGL
Those students seeking secondary certification are required
to complete the course work for a major in English
and must include ENGL 201. ENGL 110 may be counted
toward the certification requirement in the
field. The additional requirements
for certification are cited in the
Education Department section and must include TEDP 371
(Methods of Teaching Secondary English). A
second teaching area in speech is also recommended.
First year students and sophomores majoring or
concentrating in English are required by the department to begin an
Studies Portfolio. A completed portfolio must be presented to the department for final
review during English 400, the Senior Seminar;
copy of the Seminar paper will be added to the portfolio
upon completion of the course. In addition to the Senior Seminar paper, this portfolio is a requirement for graduation
with an English major.
Faculty advisors in the English
Department will discuss your portfolio with you throughout your career at
Monmouth College, particularly during Mentoring Week and before you register for