English at Aquinas College

English Major with Literature Emphasis (BA)

Major Requirements:

Major Requirements: Thirty-three (33) semester hours, exclusive of EH100, EH106, and EH115 At least eighteen (18) hours must be taken at Aquinas College.

Required courses must be fulfilled according to the following distribution:

  • EH221 (AT)
  • Choose three (3) hours from the following courses:
    • EH205 Advanced Composition
    • EH210 Creative Writing
    • EH230 Grammar of Modern English*
    • EH240 Artists and Writers in Collaboration
    • EH265 Writing Center Theory and Practice
  • Six (6) semester hours from the following courses:
    • EH212
    • EH217
    • EH218
    • EH225
    • EH255
    • EH260
    • EH261
    • EH266
    • EH273
    • EH274
  • Choose twelve (12) semester hours (at least one pre-1900)
    • EH310
    • EH361
    • EH362
    • EH364
    • EH365
    • EH370
    • EH371
    • EH372
    • EH395
    • EH388*
  • Choose three (3) semester hours from the following:
    • EH291
    • EH292
    • CL300
    • EH348
    • EH349
    • EH350
    • EH352
    • EH388
    • EH400*
  • Choose three (3) semester hours from the following:
    • non-100-level elective
    • EH265 Writing Center Theory and Practice*
  • Choose three (3) semester hours from the following:
    • EH401 Major Authors Seminar (rotating)
    • EH450 Literary Theory

NOTE: Those seeking teacher certification are required to select courses marked with an *. 

Courses

  • EH210 Creative Writing (3) WI, AC

    The writing of original poetry and/or short fiction based on the instructor’s discretion.

  • EH205 Advanced Composition (3) WI

    The writing of non-fictional prose. Not for first year students.

  • EH221 Introduction to Literary Studies (3)

    Principles of literary prose and verse; structures, techniques, and devices of various literary types. This course is required for English majors and minors.

  • EH230 Grammar of Modern English (3)

    Analysis of the language through traditional, structural, and transformational grammar. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH/AT240 Artists and Writers in Collaboration (3)

    A studio/writing workshop centered on collaborative production of art works and creative writing. Students are encouraged to register in collaborative pairs if possible. Prerequisites: for EH240, EH210; for AT240, one studio art class. For EH240 and AT240, junior or senior status or instructor permission.

  • EH265 Writing Center Theory and Practice (3)

    This course will utilize writing theory and technique to train students to be student consultants for the Aquinas College Writing Center. Specifically, the course will equip students to assist Writing Center visitors with key elements of the writing process, including but not limited to: idea generation, thesis development/topic focus, organization, revision, editing, grammar correction (usage and punctuation), discipline-specific documentation and formatting. Instructor permission required.

  • EH212 World Literature in English (3) AC, GP

    A study of world authors who are not British or American but whose work is written in English. Authors covered may include writers from South Africa, Canada, India, the West Indies, Nigeria or other countries where English serves as a first or common language.

  • EH/TE217 Dramatic Literature (3) AC

    Study of the elements of drama through close readings of works from various ages and countries.

  • EH218 Modern Poetry (3)

    Study of representative poems by 20th-century and contemporary poetry.

  • EH225 Literature and Motion Pictures (3) AC

    Comparative study of fiction and drama, and the feature motion pictures inspired by them.

  • EH/WS255 Women Writers (3) AC

    Selected texts in English by female authors. Draws from all genres and periods.

  • EH260 Catholic Writers (3) AC

    This course explores fiction written by Catholic writers and analyzes and discusses how their faith manifests itself in their novels and short stories.

  • EH261 Irish Literary Heritage (4)

    Selected readings in Irish poetry, prose, and drama.

  • EH266 Studies in English Literature (3) AC

    Intensive study of literature to be determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.

  • EH273 Studies in American Literature (3) AC

    Intensive study of literature of 19th and 20th century America, to be determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.

  • EH274 African-American Literature (3)

    A study of the influences, major authors and developments in African-American literature.

  • EH310 Special Topics in English

    Intensive study determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.

  • EH361 Early British Literature (3)

    Major literary productions from Beowulf (8th century) through the 16th century. Old and Middle English texts, with exception of Chaucer, studied in translation. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH362 British Literature: 17th and 18th Centuries (3)

    Introduction to literature of the English 17th and 18th centuries. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH364 British Literature: Victorian and Early 20th Century (3)

    Study of representative poetry, prose, and drama from the Victorian Age to World War I. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH365 20th Century British and Irish Literature (3)

    Selected readings from English and Irish poetry, drama, and prose from beginning of the 20th century to present. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH370 American Literature I: Colonial through Early Federal Period (3)

    A survey of American writing from the first European colonization of North America through the first fifty years of the American federation. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH371 American Literature II: 19th and Early 20th Centuries (3)

    Survey of major fiction and poetry in America written during the American Renaissance and up to the First World War era. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH372 American Literature III: 20th Century (3)

    Study of representative examples of American literature since World War I era. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH395 Studies in Diversity (3)

    Intensive study of literary topics and/or authors determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.

  • EH/EN388 Teaching Young Adult Literature (3)

    Offered fall semester. Required for elementary and secondary reading minors. Not an education method elective.This course will introduce students to significant young adult authors and their books and will introduce them to strategies for teaching literature to middle and high school students. In addition, techniques and principles in the selection, evaluation, and promotion of young adult literature will be discussed. This is a course that secondary English majors should take, and it would be helpful if students have fulfilled their Literary Studies requirement (either EH221 or EH222) before taking the course. Field component: none. Prerequisite EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field Component: eight (8) hours (daytime).

  • EH291 Introduction to Journalism (3)

    Writing course focusing on basic practices and principles of modern newspaper reporting.

  • EH292 Advanced Journalism (3)

    Writing course focusing on special skills for writing features and editorials.

  • CL300 Fund Development and Grant Writing (3)

    This course provides an introduction to fund development, grant research, and grant writing. Through effective partnership with a nonprofit organization and hands on experience, students will learn about the principles, practices, and strategies of fund development and write a complete grant proposal by the end of the course. Prerequisite: CL100

  • EH348 Poetry Writing (3)

    The writing of poetry and the study of its elements. Prerequisite: EH210.

  • EH349 Fiction Writing (3)

    The writing of fiction and the study of its elements. Prerequisite: EH210.

  • EH350 Nonfiction Writing (3)

    The writing of nonfiction such as the memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, and lyric essay. Prerequisite: EH210 or EH291.

  • EH/TE352 Script Writing (3)

    The writing of scripts for the stage and/or screen and the study of the elements of script writing. Prerequisite: EH210.

  • EN400/EH400/EN500 Teaching Writing (3) WI

    Offered fall semesters. This course introduces students to current theories about the teaching of writing, gives them practice as writers of expressive and expository writing, and provides them with practical strategies for teaching writing as a process in secondary classrooms. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field Component: variable hours tutoring at a self-selected grade level.

  • EH401 Major Authors Seminar (3) SC

    Intensive study of one or more authors, to be determined by the instructor. Credits may be earned under different seminar titles. English majors only. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH450 Literary Theory (3)

    A study of selected major critical writings and application of principles to literary texts. Prerequisite: At least nine (9) semester hours of literature courses and EH221 with a grade of C or higher. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.