Old Academic Programs

Please note: New programs in English and related areas are in place FOR ALL STUDENTS as of spring 2014. Learn about the new programs and about how students will make the transition between programs here.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English: Literature Track - OLD

Total credit hours required to complete major: 36

Basic Requirements27 semester hours
 ENGL 170The Practice of Criticism3
 ENGL 354Shakespeare I OR 
 ENGL 355Shakespeare II3
 One English course in writing or history of the language (from 200, 201, 205, 210, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 361)3
 One course in British literature before 1700 (from ENGL 212, 222, 232, 310, 311, 312, 321 [selected subtitles], 350, 353)3
 One course in British literature after 1700 (from ENGL 213, 218, 233, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 324)3
 Two courses in American literature (from ENGL 235, 237, 239, 330, 331, 332, 333, 337, 338, 339)6
 One course in the work of a major literary figure (from ENGL 350, 353, 358)3
 One course exploring cultural intersections; that is, a course focusing on the work of underrepresented authors and/or critical approaches to difference, including class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or ability. ENGL 237 Voices and Perspectives, ENGL 242 Literatures of the African Diaspora, ENGL 337 African-American Literature, ENGL 267 Non-Western Literature, ENGL 318 M/Black British Literature and Culture, ENGL 336 Native American Literature, ENGL 360 Post-Colonial LIterature, ENGL 345 Gay and Lesbian Literature, ENGL 343 Women and Literature.3
Electives in English selected under advisement in accordance with the following guidelines:
ENGL 170 The Practice of Criticism is a prerequisite to English courses at the 300-level for English majors or concentrators.
Majors must earn at least 15 semester hours in courses at the 300-level.
Majors must earn at least 24 semester hours in courses in literature.
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Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all courses submitted in fulfillment of the 36-hour requirement for the English major.

Department Writing Requirement

All 300-level courses in literature in the department require a minimum of 15 pages of writing. For the English major, at least five courses must be at the 300-level. Moreover, 100 and 200 level courses also require significant amounts of writing. Thus, the English major at Geneseo provides each student with an intensive and cumulative writing experience.

For further information, please contact your advisor or Dr. Schacht, the department chair. For information on writing requirements for “double” or “triple” majors consult the Undergraduate Bulletin under “Multiple Majors” or the Office of the Dean of the College. English majors are strongly urged to study foreign language and literature. Although this is not an English Department requirement at the present time, it is essential for anyone who plans to go to graduate school and extremely useful for everyone as well.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English: creative Writing Track - OLD

Please note: Admission to the writing track and to 300-level writing workshops is controlled. To apply, download a cover sheet and follow the instructions for submitting a sample of your work.

Total credit hours required to complete major: 40

Basic Requirements40 semester hours
Literature CoursesAt least 3 semester hours at the 300-level. One course may be used to satisfy two requirements; if this is done, three additional elective credits in literature can be chosen.21
ENGL 170The Practice of Criticism3
One course in British literature before 1700 (from ENGL 212, 222, 232, 310, 311, 312, 321 [selected subtitles], 350, 353)3
One course in British literature after 1700 (from ENGL 213, 218, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 324)3
One course in American literature (from ENGL 235, 237, 239, 330, 331, 332, 333, 337, 338, 339)3
One course exploring cultural intersections; that is, a course focusing on the work of underrepresented authors and/or critical approaches to difference, including class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or ability. (From ENGL 237, 242, 267, 318, 336, 337, 343, 345, 360)3
One course in contemporary literature3
One course in a specific genre3
ENGL 370Senior Year Public Reading0
Writing Courses18 semester hours
Writing courses selected under advisement from the following:ENGL 200 College Writing; ENGL 201 Creative Writing; ENGL 210 Elements of Screenwriting; ENGL 301/303 Poetry Writing I/II; ENGL 302/304 Fiction Writing I/II; ENGL 305/307 Creative Non-Fiction I/II; ENGL 306 Writing for Teachers; ENGL 393 English Honors Thesis; ENGL 394 Senior Seminar (when offered in Writing); ENGL 395 Writing Apprenticeship; ENGL 399 Directed Study (with appropriate topic); ENGL 499 Graduate Workshop; THEA 310 Playwriting; COMN 107 Media Writing; COMN 275 News and Specialized Writing18
Notes:
Courses in THEA and COMN may only be taken with permission of these departments.
Of the 21 credits in "Basic Requirements," at least 3 must be at the 300 level.
Of the 18 elective credits in Writing, at least 12 must be at the 300 level.

 

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all courses submitted in fulfillment of the 36-hour requirement for the English major.

Department Writing Requirement

All 300-level courses in literature in the department require a minimum of 15 pages of writing. For the English major, at least five courses must be at the 300-level. Moreover, 100 and 200 level courses also require significant amounts of writing. Thus, the English major at Geneseo provides each student with an intensive and cumulative writing experience.

For further information, please contact your advisor or Dr. Schacht, the department chair. For information on writing requirements for “double” or “triple” majors consult the Undergraduate Bulletin under “Multiple Majors” or the Office of the Dean of the College. English majors are strongly urged to study foreign language and literature. Although this is not an English Department requirement at the present time, it is essential for anyone who plans to go to graduate school and extremely useful for everyone as well.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Comparative Literature - OLD

Total credit hours required to complete major: 36

Basic Requirements36 semester hours
ENGL 241World Literature3
ENGL 399Studies in Comparative Literature3
Two literature courses in a foreign language6
One course in genre studies chosen from ENGL 142, 285, 321, 324, 386, 3983
One course in period and movement studies chosen from ENGL 348, 360, 381, 390, INTD 3563
One course in national studies chosen from ENGL 212, 213, 235, 2673
One course in theory and criticism chosen from ENGL 170, 319; PHIL 2253
Electives in British and American, foreign, and comparative literature12

  

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all courses submitted in fulfillment of the 36-hour Comparative Literature requirement.

Department Writing Requirement

All 300-level courses in literature in the department require a minimum of 15 pages of writing. For the Comparative Literature major, at least five courses must be at the 300-level. Moreover, 100 and 200 level courses also require significant amounts of writing. Thus, the Comparative Literature major at Geneseo provides each student with an intensive and cumulative writing experience.

For further information, please contact your advisor or Dr. Schacht, the department chair. For information on writing requirements for “double” or “triple” majors consult the Undergraduate Bulletin under “Multiple Majors” or the Office of the Dean of the College.

Vocational opportunities for Comparative Literature majors can be significantly improved by combining English studies with programs in other fields. Majors, minors, and concentrations in art, biology, computer science, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, and other disciplines may easily be taken along with Comparative Literature. Students are urged to begin academic planning early and to consult advisors.

Minor in English: Literature Track - OLD

A minimum of 18 semester hours in literature, which must include ENGL 170 and two 300-level courses in literature. (No slot course may be taken more than once for credit toward this minor.)

Minor in English: Writing Track - OLD

A minimum of 18 semester hours in writing to be chosen from ENGL 200, 201, 205, 300, 301/303, 302/304, 305/307, 306, and 401 (for advanced students only, with appropriate approval); Comn 275.

Minor in Film Studies - OLD

Jun Okada, Coordinator (Welles 218B)

The Film Studies minor provides students with substantial interdisciplinary study of the history, aesthetics, and cultural position of film. Students will acquire a critical vocabulary for analyzing films and a technical vocabulary for discussing the craft. They will also learn about the history of film and the development of its many genres. The interdisciplinary approach brings diverse cultural perspectives to the analysis of film and its role in our culture. Although one of the required electives may involve a course related to film or dramatic production, the minor is not intended to provide a pre-professional introduction to making films.

Total Hours Required 21 semester hours

Basic Requirements6 - 9 semester hours
 Explorations of various aspects in film from specific figures such as directors to themes such as cinema history, specific genres, and crosscultural diversity.
ENGL 285Introduction to Film Studies 
INTD 210Topics in Film: Subtitle (may be taken twice under different subtitles) 
Electives9 – 12 semester hours
Nine hours if INTD 210 is taken twice under different subtitles; twelve hours otherwise. 
The electives must be drawn from at least two disciplines (e.g., ENGL and SPAN). “Appropriate subtitle” means that the courses must have subtitles including either “movies,” “cinema” or “film.” 
AMST 201Topics in American Studies (with appropriate subtitle, such as Film and Literature on New York City) 
ENGL 237Voices and Perspectives (with appropriate subtitle) 
ENGL 241World Literature (with appropriate subtitle) 
ENGL 250Literature and (with appropriate subtitle) 
ENGL 267M/Non-Western Literature (with appropriate subtitle) 
ENGL 321British Drama (with appropriate subtitle) 
ENGL 324British Novel (with appropriate subtitle) 
ENGL 348European Literature (with appropriate subtitle) 
ENGL 359Film Authors 
FREN 365Selected topics in French literatre (with appropriate subtitle) 
SPAN 382Selected topics in Hispanic literature (with appropriate subtitle) 

 

Additional Elective3 semester hours
ARTS 100F/Two Dimensional Design 
ARTS 235F/Photography I 
DANC 100F/Introduction to Dance 
ENGL 210Screenwriting 
MUSC 120F/Introduction to Music History 
MUSC 222Stage Musicals 
THEA 100F/Introduction to Theater 
THEA 142F/Play Analysis 
THEA 221Acting I 
THEA 233Stage Make-up 
THEA 234F/History of Costume 
THEA 421Fundamentals of Design for Theater 
THEA 270Video Production