North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

English Studies Major

English Studies encompasses the study of language, texts, and the world using the critical tools of critical theory, rhetoric and the practice of creative writing.  English students gain a broad background in textual interpretation, literary history, creative writing, prose style, and rhetoric in lower level courses.  In upper level courses they are introduced to critical theory, explore particular genres, authors, or topics in greater depth, and study creative writing in a variety of specific genres such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Flexibility within the major offers students the opportunity to follow their own interests in their choice of upper level electives, or they may elect an upper level Concentration in either literature or writing, depending upon their interests and career goals.

General

English

Studies

Major

 

46 credit hour minimum:

  • ENG 196 Reading Literature
  • ENG 203 English Literature to 1660
  • ENG 205 18th-Century Literature
  • ENG 207 19th- & 20th- Century American Literature
  • ENG 209 19th- & 20th- Century British Literature
  • ENG 265 Style
  • One of:

             -  ENG 200 Writing Across Media
             -  ENG 270 Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
             -  ENG 275 Introduction to Creative Writing, or
             -  ENG 285 Writing Theories & Practices

  • ENG 350 In Theory
  • ENG 370 Language & Linguistics
  • ENG 480 Senior Portfolio (1 credit hour)
  • Electives: 6 additional courses (18 credit hours) at the 300- and 400-level, of which at least 6 credit hours must be at the 400-level.

While a concentration in the major is not required, some students may elect to fulfill either a literature or writing concentration.  See below.

     

Literature

Concentration

 

18 credit hours of electives at the 300- and 400-level must include at least six credit hours in literature, to include

  • ENG 407  Seminar in Selected Authors, and
  • One of:

             -  ENG 401  Seminar in Drama
             -  ENG 403  Seminar in Fiction
             -  ENG 405  Seminar in Poetry

     

Writing

Concentration

 

18 credit hours of electives at the 300- and 400- level must include at least 12 credit hours in writing.  At least six credit hours must be 400-level writing courses

  • Skill practice requirement:  Two terms of a college publication practicum (ENG 128, 130, 132).  Practica credits do not count toward the 46 credit hour in the major.

Journalism Major

Journalism students begin by learning the fundamentals of the craft:  interviews, research and clear writing.  The program then works with journalism majors to build upon the basics in preparation for the changing media landscape.  New trends and technologies are explored, but always within the context of journalism and its mission.

Journalism

Major

 

39 credit hour minimum:

  • ENG 200  Professional Writing for Digital Platforms
  • ENG 220  Newsgathering I
  • ENG 250  News Editing
  • ENG 265  Style
  • ENG 325  Newsgathering II
  • ENG 345  Digital Journalism
  • ENG 485  Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar
  • ART 205  Digital Photography
  • IFS 109   Image Processing (1.5 cr.)
  • SPC 185  Mass Media and Society
  • SPC 265  Broadcast News (1.5 cr.)
  • SPC 325  Communication Law
  • Six credit hours from:

-  ENG 365  Creative Nonfiction
-  ENG 392  Topics in Journalism
-  ENG 462  Writing for Social Change
-  ENG 465  Advanced Creative Nonfiction

  • Skill Practice Requirements:

                 -  ENG 132  College News Practicum (must be taken twice)
                 -  SPC 113  TV Performance
                 -  SPC 117  Radio Performance

Note:  A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.  Practica credits do not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count towards graduation

  • Strongly recommended:  ENG 297/397/497

Minors

 English

Studies

Minor

 
  • ENG 196 Reading Literature
  • plus, any 15 credit hours in English (except ENG 115, ENG 125, or ENG 315)
     

English

Writing

Minor

 
  • ENG 196  Reading Literature
  • plus, any 15 credit hours in English (except ENG 115, ENG 125, or ENG 315)
     

Journalism

Minor

 
  • ENG 220  Newsgathering I
  • ENG 325  Newsgathering II
  • ENG 345  Digital Journalism
  • ENG 485  Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar
  • Six credit hours of additional journalism courses
  • Skill Practice Requirements

                 -  ENG 132  College News Practicum