English

Professor Rosen, Chair; Charles A. Dana Professor of English Literature Benedict, Professor Fisher, Allan K. Smith Professor of English Language and Literature Goldman, Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of English Lauter, James J. Goodwin Professor of English Riggio∙∙; Associate Professors Bilston, Hager, Paulin, and Wheatley; Assistant Professors Bergren, Berry, Rutherford, and Younger; Writer-in-Residence Ferriss; Artist-in-Residence Rossini; Allan K. Smith Lecturer in English Composition and Director of the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric O’Donnell; Visiting Associate Professor Wall; Visiting Assistant Professors Davis and Mrozowski; Visiting Writer Libbey

The English major—By majoring in English, students set out to refine their ability to comprehend works of literature, to understand how literature and culture affect one another, and to express their interpretations in speech and in writing. In order to declare a major in English, students must meet with the department chair. While students may choose to concentrate in literature, in creative writing, or in literature and film, all three concentrations are designed to equip students to achieve these goals by requiring a minimum of 12 courses divided into the categories below. A course will count toward the major if the grade earned is a C- or higher.

Requirements for the concentration in literature

The selection of courses must also take into account the following distribution requirements:

Requirements for the concentration in creative writing

The selection of courses must also take into account the following distribution requirements:

Requirements for the concentration in literature and film

The selection of courses must also take into account the following distribution requirements:

The English minor—The student electing a minor in English will choose a concentration in either literature or creative writing. In order to declare a minor in English, the student must meet with the department chair. Only courses in which the student has received a grade of at least C- can count toward the minor in English.

Literature concentration

Six courses in literature:

The selection of courses must also take into account the following distribution requirements:

Creative writing concentration

Six courses—three in literature and three in creative writing:

Honors—In order to earn honors in the major, all students must attain a minimum of an A- GPA in all English courses taken with Trinity English Department faculty counting toward major requirements. In addition, all students must successfully complete an honors senior project, of which both semester credits will count toward the major GPA. The honors senior project consists of either:

Students who plan to continue the study of English in graduate school should see Professor David Rosen about special preparation, preferably in their sophomore year or early in their junior year.

Study away—The English Department encourages its students to take the opportunity to study abroad, both in countries in which English is the primary language and elsewhere. Students interested in studying abroad or elsewhere in the United States should discuss questions of transferring credits, fulfilling requirements, and other related matters with the department’s study-abroad adviser, Professor Milla Riggio. The English Department accepts two courses for a semester away, and three courses for a year away toward the major, with the possibility of petitioning the chair to count additional courses under exceptional circumstances.

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