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English B.A.

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English, B.A.



The English program at D’Youville offers the opportunity to study and enjoy British, American and World literature, to master expository writing and to learn to write and publish creative fiction, poetry and drama. Our courses focus on close reading of both classic and non-canonical works and the study of critical and cultural theories about literature.

D’Youville’s English majors develop the highly marketable skills of analytical, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving and effective written and oral communication. Career opportunities for students who earn a B.A. in English exist in the fields of education, media, creative and technical writing, library science, public relations, marketing, non-profit, government and law. The course option of an individually designed internship allows a student to prepare application material to graduate school and/or to explore a career path.

English majors are required to fulfill six credits of a foreign language, which is also required for education certification. Proof of four semesters of a high school foreign language allows a student to replace these courses with English electives.

A minor concentration in English literature of 15-credit hours is also available to all students. Please see the catalog section on minors for requirements.

English and Study Abroad at D’Youville College

The English program encourages its students to complete some portion of their undergraduate study through the college’s Study Abroad program in England, Italy, and many other locations. English majors can deepen their understanding of British, American, and post-colonial English literature by study in a foreign university. English majors who study abroad come to understand that cultural context is crucial for interpreting literary texts. Seeing Shakespeare performed in the reconstructed London Globe, visiting the Lake District where Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote some of their finest poetry, reading Joyce’s Ulysses in Dublin, discussing American literary texts with British or Australian students are all experiences that foreground the ways in which knowledge is constructed differently in other political and social environments. Alternatively, through immersion in a foreign language program, English students may gain fluency in another language and acquire a sense of its literature while at the same time studying their own literature. All courses taken through the college’s Study Abroad program are accepted as D’Youville courses. With careful planning, students may spend a semester in a foreign university with no loss of time in completing their degrees. Junior and senior students are also eligible to complete internships abroad. For details on the Study Abroad program, see “Study Abroad Opportunities” on the D’Youville website (


Course Requirements

Degree: B.A.

Courses Requirements for the Major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 201

English Literature Beginnings to 1798

This survey course focuses on dominant literary trends and major authors, such as Chaucer, Spenser, Donne, Jonson, Milton, Bacon and Pope.

Prerequisites: ENG-111

ENG 202

19th and 20th Century English Literature

This survey course focuses on dominant literary trends and major authors, including the Romantics, the Victorians and modern authors such as Yeats, Eliot, Joyce and Lawrence.

Prerequisites: ENG-111

ENG 211

American Literature Beginnings to 1865

This is a survey course in American literature from its beginnings through the Civil War. Representative authors include Franklin, Irving, Emerson, Thoreau,Hawthorne, Poe, Melville and Whitman.

Prerequisites: ENG-111

ENG 212

American Literature 1865 - Present

This is a survey course in American literature from the Civil War to the present day. Representative authors include Twain, James, Chopin, Eliot, Pound, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Hughes, Bellow, Baldwin, Oates and Morrison.

Prerequisites: ENG-111

ENG 237

Introduction to Literary Criticism

This course will provide students with the necessary skills to work consciously and effectively within the discourse of the discipline. Emphasis will be given to the following: further refinement of close critical reading skills; understanding of literary terms; understanding of basic critical and theoretical terms, concepts and methodologies; and understanding of genres.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ENG-111


One Elective from ENG 302 or ENG 329

Choose one elective from ENG 302 or ENG 329

One Elective from ENG 215, ENG 216, or ENG 218

Choose one elective from ENG 215, ENG 216 or ENG 218

One Elective from ENG 203, ENG 213, ENG 217, ENG 221, ENG 232, ENG 235 or ENG 236

Choose one elective from ENG 203, ENG 213ENG 217 ,ENG 221ENG 232, ENG 235 or ENG 236

Three Literature Electives at the 300-400 level

300-400 level

Two Foreign Language or English Electives

ENG electives only if a student has four semesters of high school foreign language

One Elective from ENG 444 or Literature Course

Choose one elective from ENG 444 or Literature Course
Total 42-51

Major: 45
Core requirements and electives: 75
Total: 120

NOTE: ENG 111-112 are required of all students and do not count towards the major.


Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

Applicants must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Combined SAT scores of at least 980 (or ACT equivalent score of 19)
  2. A high school average of at least 80 percent
  3. A high school rank in the upper half of the class

Transfer Admission

Students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.33. Transfer credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis to assess adaptability to curriculum requirements.

Each student accepted into the program must submit a letter of intent prior to course registration.


Liberal Arts Department

A student seeking to become a liberally educated person needs exposure, in breadth and in depth, to the humanities and the social sciences.

These studies, concerned not merely with information but with values, help the student’s development as a total person. This implies not only intellectual and social development, but also maturity in assessing the values essential to a sound philosophy of life. The department of liberal arts offers degrees in English, global studies, history, liberal studies for education, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Requirements for these programs are listed in the courses of instruction section of this catalog. Courses are also offered in foreign languages, fine arts and religious studies.

Students within the department must maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average in courses taken at D’Youville in their major subject area.