English Major/Minor

The English department offers programs leading to the degrees of B.A. in English (general English concentration), and B.A. in English/Education (with New York state teacher certification in secondary or elementary education). The department also offers a minor in English and a minor in Writing Studies.

Majoring in English

The general English concentration offers both required courses and advised elective courses which can be combined by students in consultation with advisors as they decide on specific career-path development. These focal areas add to or reinforce competencies sought after by postgraduate degree programs in fields such as law, business, and education; by corporate and professional employers; and by graduate English and education programs.

The Department of English offers students in other majors an advantageous set of competencies which can be particularly attractive to employers and graduate programs. For example, we have set up double majors with students in theatre, political science, and psychology.

The Department of English also offers a B.A. in English and a program leading to New York state initial certification in English grades K-6 and 7-12 in cooperation with the College of Education. Students with a double major or with an education degree concentrating in English must work closely with advisors in both departments to assure careful selection of coursework tailored to the requirements of all degree components.

B.A. — English — Arts & Sciences (General English Concentration)

Liberal Arts Requirement (20 courses/units)
All Niagara University students entering as freshmen are required to take the one credit Niagara University Beginning seminar course (NUB 102) in addition to the 20 general education requirements.

  • General Education Foundation Courses (9 required courses)
  • General Education Distribution Courses (11 courses)

Major Requirements (20 courses/units)

  • ENG 201 Special Topics in American Literature
  • ENG 202 Special Topics in British and Commonwealth Literature
  • ENG 260 Methods of Literary Studies
  • ENG 261 Methods of Writing Studies
  • ENG 350 Style
  • ENG 490 Senior Seminar
  • American Literature Electives (one pre-Civil War): 3 courses/units
  • British Literature Electives (one pre-1800): 3 courses/units
  • Comparative Studies Elective: 1 course/unit
  • Advised Elective: English beyond Academia: 1 course/unit
  • Advised electives (Recommended advised electives include any ENG course which satisfies the Writing Studies Minor requirements.): 6 courses/units

B.A. — English/Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education (with teacher certification; for additional information, consult with the College of Education)

Liberal Arts Requirement (20 units)
All Niagara University students entering as freshmen are required to take the one credit Niagara University Beginning seminar course (NUB 102) in addition to the 20 general education requirements.

  • General Education Foundation Courses (9 units)
  • General Education Distribution Courses (11 units)

Major Requirements (20 units)

  • ENG 201 Special Topics in American Literature
  • ENG 202 Special Topics in British and Commonwealth Literature
  • ENG 260 Methods of Literary Studies
  • ENG 261 Methods of Writing Studies
  • ENG 350 Style
  • ENG 355 Teaching of Composition
  • ENG 356 English Grammar
  • ENG 400 Shakespeare
  • ENG 490 Senior Seminar
  • Comparative Studies Elective
  • British Literature Elective (post-1800)
  • American Literature Elective

B.A. — English/Early Childhood and Elementary Education (with teacher certification; for additional information, consult with the College of Education)

Liberal Arts Requirement (20 units)
All Niagara University students entering as freshmen are required to take the one credit Niagara University Beginning seminar course (NUB 102) in addition to the 20 general education requirements.

  • General Education Foundation Courses (9 units)
  • General Education Distribution Courses (11 units)

Major Requirements (20 units)

  • ENG 201 Special Topics in American Literature
  • ENG 260 Methods of Literary Studies
  • ENG 261 Methods of Writing Studies
  • ENG 354 Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • ENG 350 Style
  • ENG 355 Teaching of Composition
  • ENG 356 English Grammar
  • Comparative Studies Elective
  • ENG 400 Shakespeare
  • ENG 490 Senior Seminar
  • British Literature Elective
  • American Literature Elective

Minoring in English

The minor in English is awarded to a student who successfully completes a sequence of six courses in English (ENG 110 counts as one of the six courses). The sequence must include at least three 300- or 400-level courses. Students seeking both English and Writing Studies minors may count no more than two courses for both minors.

Minoring in Writing Studies

The Writing Studies Minor focuses on giving students advanced instruction in rhetoric and writing in both creative and professional contexts; students can choose from a variety of courses including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, playwriting, visual rhetoric, ethnography and online writing. The minor emphasizes the use of a variety of technologies to help students sharpen their rhetorical, information literacy, and document design and production skills. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a writing internship.