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SUMMARY

Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as an English major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Major Courses (15 units)

HIST231 | Western Civilization I
A survey of the history, philosophy, religion, art, music, literature, and dance of the world’s major cultures through c. 1500.

HIST232 | Western Civilization II
A survey of the history, philosophy, religion, art, music, literature, and dance of the world’s major cultures from c. 1500 to the present.

This course will trace the political, constitutional, cultural, and socio-economic history of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. In addition, this course will also treat the political, socio-economic and cultural history of the state of California. Particular attention will be paid to the themes identified in The History – Social Science Framework of California Public Schools.

A survey of philosophy from the pre-Socratics to postmodernism, with emphasis on epistemology, ontology, ethics, and the relationship of human critical thinking to biblical revelation.

An introduction to the study of human behavior and mental processes. The history of psychology and basic theories of learning, motivation, personality, and emotion are explored. Application of psychology to everyday living is emphasized.

An overview of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and moral development of humankind from prenatal life through old age. This class should be taken early in the student’s training as it is prerequisite to many other courses.

Core Courses (24 units)

An introduction to the interpretation and analysis of literature, including novels, short stories, poetry, films, and plays. Course focuses on developing an interpretation and writing a short critical analysis paper.

A survey of the foundations of British literature from ancient times through the Restoration. Includes works from Greek, Roman, Old and Middle English, the Renaissance, and the 17th and 18th centuries.

A survey of various texts and topics in British literature from 1800 to the present, such as Romanticism, the development of the novel, revolution and industrialism in literature, and the literary representation of war.

ENGL231 | American Literature to 1865
A survey covering significant literary works in American literature from its beginnings through the end of the Civil War period. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama.

ENGL232 | American Literature 1865 to Present
A survey covering significant literary works in American literature from the end of the Civil War period to present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama.

Survey of many of the major works in the Shakespearean canon, including tragedies, comedies, histories, romances, and poetry.

Advanced study of English grammar and syntax, including coverage of punctuation, editing, and style and usage.

English Concentrations

Students must choose a concentration listed below.

Literature Concentration (18 units)

Introduction to contemporary trends in literary and cultural criticism, with an emphasis on the skills needed to perform effective analysis of literary texts, including poetry, drama, and fiction. Includes readings from various eras of British and American literature.

Capstone course for the concentration in literature. Student will choose an area of British, American, or world literature and read or reread the pivotal works of that era and will then complete an original work of literary analysis as a senior project.

Creative Writing Concentration (18 units)

Introduction to creative writing, dedicated to examining and experimenting with fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry writing. Discussion of student writing and relevant literary texts. Required for creative writing concentration.

A continuation of the study of various genres of creative writing, with the opportunity to write and critique poetry and short fiction pieces.

Capstone course for the concentration in creative writing. Completion of senior project in creative writing.

Teaching Concentration (24-27 units)

Introduction to creative writing, dedicated to examining and experimenting with fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry writing. Discussion of student writing and relevant literary texts. Required for creative writing concentration.

Selected readings from classic and contemporary literature for children from preschoolers to young adults. Emphasis on effectiveness of various works for different developmental stages.

Introduction to contemporary trends in literary and cultural criticism, with an emphasis on the skills needed to perform effective analysis of literary texts, including poetry, drama, and fiction. Includes readings from various eras of British and American literature.

English Practicum is designed to provide English majors with a real-world experience in the field of English studies. Practicum assignments may include working in a community literacy or tutoring program, being a TA for a freshman composition class, working in a writing internship with a local publisher, or working in the writing lab on campus. Students will earn units of credit based on the hours they work; one credit hour will be awarded for each three hours of work a week. Course may be taken twice for credit.

Capstone course for the concentration in teaching. Completion of senior project in teaching.

Study of the basic principles and methods of public speaking.

This semester-long course provides future teachers an overview of literacy development with consideration of language (both first and second) and cultural impacts on learning. Future teachers will learn historical and current concepts, theories, and practices related to the development of literacy for all students in diverse classrooms as well as the value of integrating character development within teaching.

Professional Writing Concentration (18-21 units)

Introduction to Professional Writing covers the theory and practice of writing in a professional setting, whether business, technical, or journalistic. Students are introduced to professional writing and editing in a number of fields and will begin to develop specialization in the discipline of their choice. This course emphasizes workshopping and editing of writing for facility and technical perfection.

English Practicum is designed to provide English majors with a real-world experience in the field of English studies. Practicum assignments may include working in a community literacy or tutoring program, being a TA for a freshman composition class, working in a writing internship with a local publisher, or working in the writing lab on campus. Students will earn units of credit based on the hours they work; one credit hour will be awarded for each three hours of work a week. Course may be taken twice for credit.

Capstone course for the concentration in professional writing. Completion of senior project in professional writing.

An introduction to the concepts of effective communication. It will enhance communication in building teams and in other organizational settings and addresses important interpersonal exchange issues, such as conflict resolution.

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