2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

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Majors

English Major

Professional Writing Major

Minors

English Minor

American Studies Minor

Students majoring in English engage in close study of a wide range of literature, from traditionally valued American and English works to new literature representing many cultures. Similarly, students majoring in Professional Writing choose among many courses to develop their talents in exposition and analysis and to do creative work. Students in both majors typically develop their skills in writing, speech and research, as well as their analytical and aesthetic judgments as readers. Their overall study of both the historical development and current usage of the English language helps them to become effective writers and editors.
 
The English major is a good basis for further graduate study in literature, the ministry and all levels of education. The Professional Writing major prepares students for writing and for professional careers in editing, law, and government, as well as for work in journalism and for entrepreneurial, managerial and executive work requiring skill in oral and written communication. Such fields as public relations, marketing, personnel management, sales and leadership in nonprofit agencies may also welcome both majors. The American studies minor offers students the opportunity to explore American culture from an interdisciplinary perspective while introducing them to a growing international academic field.
 
Alumni of Bridgewater College’s English department currently work in a diversity of fields. These graduates include attorneys, technical writers, grant writers, librarians, teachers of English as a second language, sportswriters, reporters, editors and teachers at elementary, secondary and college levels.
 
Majoring in English or Professional Writing can lay the foundation for rich lifelong reading and writing experiences, as well as prepare students for a variety of careers.

English Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours and includes eight core courses (totaling 24 credit hours), plus five elective courses (totaling 15 credit hours). 

Core Courses:

ENG-200 Introduction to English Studies

A 300-level PWR course

ENG-330 Shakespeare

-or-

ENG-400 Seminar in a Major Literary Figure

ENG-401 American Literature I

ENG-402 American Literature II

ENG-405 English Literature I

ENG-406 English Literature II

ENG-450 Senior Seminar

Plus five ENG courses numbered 201 and above.

Professional Writing Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours and includes seven core courses (totaling 21 credit hours), plus five elective courses (totaling 15 credit hours).

Core Courses:

PWR-201 Introduction to Professional Writing

PWR-275 Grammar, Style & Editing

PWR-312W Technical & Workplace Writing

PWR-313W Writing for Business

-or-

PWR-314W Writing for the Sciences

PWR-318W Writing in Electronic Environments

PWR-319 Publishing and Marketing

PWR-451 Senior Seminar in Professional Writing

Plus five elective courses (15 credit hours) chosen from the following:

PWR/COMM-131 News Practicum

PWR-225 Travel Writing

PWR-227 Food Writing

PWR/COMM-255W Introduction to News Writing

PWR/COMM-305 Multimedia Reporting & Writing

PWR-311 Creative Writing

PWR-315 Teaching Writing

PWR/ENG-320WX Writing Contemporary Poetry

PWR-322 Advanced Creative Writing

PWR-324 Special Topics in Writing

PWR-480 Internship

PWR-490 Independent Study

PWR-491 Research

PWR-499 Honors Project

English Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of a minimum of 21 credit hours. The following courses are required:

ENG-200 Introduction to English Studies

ENG-401 American Literature I

-or-

ENG-402 American Literature II

ENG-405 English Literature I

-or-

ENG-406 English Literature II

A 300-level PWR course

Plus three ENG courses numbered 201 and above

American Studies Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours.  The following courses are required:

ENG-224W Introduction to American Studies

ENG-324 American Cultural History

And four courses (at least 3 credits from each category) chosen from the following:

Arts and Literature

Choose a minimum of one course from the following:

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

ENG-220 American Folklife

ENG-337W Asian American Literature

ENG-390 Southern Literature

ENG-400 Seminar in a Major Literary Figure

ENG-401 American Literature I

ENG-402 American Literature II

MUS-232 American Music

MUS/SOC-233 Social History of Jazz in America

Multiculturalism, Ethnicity, Class and Gender

Choose a minimum of one course from the following:

ENG-221 The Images of "folk" in Literature

ENG-243 Native American Literature and Culture

ENG-336 Literature of the Black Experience

HIST-340 American Indian History

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

History and Culture

Choose a minimum of one course from the following:

COMM-230 Communication Technologies: History, Culture, and Society

ECON-310 U.S. Economics & Business History

ENG-222 American Lives

HIST-201 History of the United States to 1877

HIST-202 History of the United States Since 1877

HIST/REL-365 Foundations of American Religion

HIST-462 History of the United States South

SOC-338 Introduction to Material Culture Studies

Other elective courses, including those from study abroad programs, may be included with departmental approval.

Courses

ENG-110 Effective Writing

ENG-200 Introduction to English Studies

ENG-214 Medieval Outlaws

ENG-215 Science Fiction & Contemporary Issues

ENG-216 Movies From Literature & As Literature

ENG-217 Literary Heroes in Popular Culture

ENG-218 History of Motion Picture

ENG-219 Filming the Middle Ages

ENG-220 American Folklife

ENG-221 The Images of "folk" in Literature

ENG-222 American Lives

ENG-224W Introduction to American Studies

ENG-235 Literature of Southern Africa

ENG-237 Contemporary Ukrainian Literature and Culture

ENG-240 Russian Literature & Culture

ENG-243 Native American Literature and Culture

ENG-300 Linguistics

ENG-317 ESL and World Language Teaching

ENG-320WX Writing Contemporary Poetry

ENG-321W Advanced Writing of Contemporary Poetry

ENG-324 American Cultural History

ENG-327W Bible Themes in Literature

ENG-330 Shakespeare

ENG-332W Arthurian Literature

ENG-333W Irish Literature

ENG-334W German Literature in Translations

ENG-335W French Literature in Translation

ENG-336 Literature of the Black Experience

ENG-337W Asian American Literature

ENG-341W Mythology and Classical Literature

ENG-342W Medieval Literature From Beowulf to Dante

ENG-343W Literature of Renaissance & the Enlightenment

ENG-344 Literature of Romanticism & Realism

ENG-345W Literature for Children

ENG-347W Nineteenth Century Children's Literature

ENG-350 Literature for Young Adults

ENG-360W Modern Drama

ENG-362W Contemporary Drama

ENG-364 Studies in Short Fiction

ENG-366 Studies Novel

ENG-368 Studies Poetry

ENG-385W Modern Literature

ENG-386 Contemporary Literature

ENG-390 Southern Literature

ENG-400 Seminar in a Major Literary Figure

ENG-401 American Literature I

ENG-402 American Literature II

ENG-405 English Literature I

ENG-406 English Literature II

ENG-450 Senior Seminar

ENG-480 Internship

ENG-490 Independent Study

ENG-491 Research

ENG-499 Honors Project

PWR-131 News Practicum

PWR-131X News Practicum

PWR-201 Introduction to Professional Writing

PWR-225 Travel Writing

PWR-227 Food Writing

PWR-255W Introduction to News Writing

PWR-275 Grammar, Style & Editing

PWR-305 Multimedia Reporting & Writing

PWR-311 Creative Writing

PWR-312W Technical & Workplace Writing

PWR-313W Writing for Business

PWR-314W Writing for the Sciences

PWR-315 Teaching Writing

PWR-318W Writing in Electronic Environments

PWR-319 Publishing and Marketing

PWR-320WX Writing Contemporary Poetry

PWR-321W Advanced Writing of Contemporary Poetry

PWR-322 Advanced Creative Writing

PWR-324 Special Topics in Writing

PWR-451 Senior Seminar in Professional Writing

PWR-480 Internship

PWR-490 Independent Study

PWR-491 Research

PWR-499 Honors Project