Master the art of using language effectively by reading deeply and writing clearly. Master the art of using language effectively by reading deeply and writing clearly. Master the art of using language effectively by reading deeply and writing clearly. Master the art of using language effectively by reading deeply and writing clearly. Master the art of using language effectively by reading deeply and writing clearly.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of English

English Studies

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Why pursue an English Studies degree at North Central College?

Using language effectively—reading deeply and writing clearly—are skills developed by a major in English Studies and are essential for a wide range of careers in business, teaching, law and administration. English Studies encompasses the interpretation of literature, film, and a wide variety of other texts as well as creative writing, and courses such as writing for social change and editing, writing and publishing.

As you interpret historical and contemporary texts and films, you’ll reflect upon national and global issues and draw upon theoretical concepts from a range of related disciplines. You will polish your writing skills in all English courses, ranging from literature to creative writing to rhetoric and composition. You can gain practical experience as a tutor in our Writing Center, as a writer or editor for the award-winning student newspaper The Chronicle, student humor magazine The Kindling and student literary magazine 30 N., or as an intern in a variety of businesses requiring strong writers and analysts.

You may also pursue independent research projects and undergraduate conference presentations. You’ll top off your major with a senior portfolio compiled from your best work in either upper-level writing courses in specific genres or in-depth literature seminars on special topics, major authors or particular genres.

You can also:

  • Earn an optional upper-level concentration in writing or literature.
  • Work toward your teaching license by also majoring in secondary education.
  • Gain practical experience in student-run publications (newspaper, humor magazine, journal of creative writing).
  • Join the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society and participate in nationwide undergraduate conferences and local social and service activities.
  • Combine English with other majors, such as political science or business, to prepare for graduate or law school or business careers.
  • Conduct independent research requiring travel or special resources, and present your results at local and national academic conferences with the support of a Richter Grant.

More Department information

English Studies, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see English.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 46 credit hours, including:

Core Courses

  • ENG 201 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    ENG 201 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the critical readings of texts for students pursuing an emphasis in literature and writing. Students explore a range of theoretical approaches while engaging in research and writing across English studies.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 203 - English Literature to 1660

    ENG 203 - English Literature to 1660

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to medieval and early modern English texts, the Continental traditions that influenced them and the socio-political and intellectual contexts that produced them.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 205 - Eighteenth-Century Literature

    ENG 205 - Eighteenth-Century Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of American, English and Anglo-Irish texts and the cultures that produced them in the "long century," beginning in the Restoration and ending with the emergence of Romanticism.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 207 - Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature

    ENG 207 - Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the literature of the United States and the American diaspora from the early national period to the Cold War era. Students examine fiction and nonfiction texts and their relationship to the dominant modes of American romance, realism, modernism and postmodernism.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 209 - Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature

    ENG 209 - Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of Victorian, Commonwealth and Postcolonial literature in historical and cultural context, giving special attention to the emergence of the modern British identity and the idea of empire. Students examine intersections among British writers and their counterparts in such countries as Canada, Ireland, India and South Africa.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 265 - Style

    ENG 265 - Style

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the linguistic structure and rhetorical effects of sentences, paragraphs, and essays in the works of selected writers. Students review English syntax in order to expand their understanding of how stylistic choices affect the creation of meaning.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 370 - Language and Linguistics

    ENG 370 - Language and Linguistics

    3.00 credit hours

    An investigation of the essentials of human language: what it includes (sounds, words, sentence patterns and meanings), how it works, how it varies in social settings and how it changes across time. Required for Secondary Education majors seeking certification in English.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 480 - Senior Portfolio

    ENG 480 - Senior Portfolio

    1.00 credit hours

    Compilation of revised writing required of all majors. English majors must register for and complete this credit before graduation.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201, declared English major and Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • An additional three credit hours in English
One of the following:
  • ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to historical and contemporary theories of rhetoric and their application to writing. Students construct and critique written arguments, examining ways culture may be shaped by persuasive discourse. The class offers practice in analyzing a range of texts, identifying their historical or cultural contexts. By way of interpretive reading and critique, students consider central questions in the humanities and liberal arts more generally.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 275 - Creative Writing

    ENG 275 - Creative Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to writing poetry and fiction, to some of the conventions writers use in the two genres, and to the workshop-style writing classroom.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 285 - Writing Theories and Practices

    ENG 285 - Writing Theories and Practices

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of how writing is taught, both historically and by way of current theories and pedagogies, along with an examination of contemporary arguments about literacy instruction. Students practice methods of working one-on-one with writers. Required for Secondary Education majors seeking certification in English.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 200 - Digital Writing

    MED 200 - Digital Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    Digital writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write for a variety of different topics including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Six additional courses (18 credit hours) at the 300- and 400-level, of which at least six 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.*

*Optional Literature Concentration

18 credit hours of electives at the 300- and 400-level must include at least 12 credit hours in literature, including:

  • ENG 407 - Seminar in Selected Authors

    ENG 407 - Seminar in Selected Authors

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of works by a single author or authors sharing a particular connection. Recent topics include Dickens and Wilde, Jane Austen, Toni Morrison and Henry James. This course may be repeated once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

*Optional 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 ENG 128, ENG 130 or MED 152. An approved internship may be substituted for a practicum.

Licensure for Secondary Education in English

English Studies major with Secondary Education Supplemental major: A typical student will need over 120 total credit hours to complete this degree. Within the coursework required for the English Studies major, students seeking Secondary Education certification in Language Arts must fulfill the following specific requirements:

  1. One of the 200-level writing courses must be ENG 285 - Writing Theories and Practices.
  2. At least three courses at or above the 300-level must be literature courses and at least one of these must be American and one must be British literature.
  3. We recommend a course in Drama (required for certification to teach Drama). This must be either ENG 401 - Seminar in Drama, or ENG 407 - Seminar in Selected Authors where there is drama or a dramatist in the title.

English Studies Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see English.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours in English, including:

  • ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to close reading of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction (short stories, novels, graphic novels and film) and encourages the appreciation and analytical exploration of literary texts. The course provides the critical vocabulary and methods needed to read and respond to a wide array of literature available to the twenty-first century reader and demonstrates the openness and flexibility of literary genres.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • 15 credit hours in English (except ENG 115, ENG 125 or ENG 315)

English Studies Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Technology representative, Callaway Golf, Oswego, IL
  • Journalist, Morris Daily Herald, Morris, IL
  • Podcasting intern, 670 The Score, Chicago, IL
  • Writing, social media intern, Humanitarian Service Project, Carol Stream, IL
  • Research and copy editing intern, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Lisle, IL
  • Journalism intern, Journal & Topics Newspapers, Des Plaines, IL
  • Digital media intern, NextMedia360, Plainfield, IL
  • Production intern, WBBM 105.9FM/780AM, Chicago, IL
  • Media relations intern, Chicago Slaughter, Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Marketing intern, Grundy County Board, Morris, IL


Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in English have been accepted at:

  • Northwestern University
  • McGill University
  • Loyola University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Minnesota
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Creighton University
  • Butler University
  • University of Montana
  • University of South Dakota
  • West Virginia University

Careers

Recent graduates in English include:

  • Director of marketing and communications, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Chicago
  • Art gallery owner, Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA
  • Assistant professor of English with an emphasis on digital literacy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • High school teacher at East Aurora High School
  • Administrator for The Center for Cultural Exchange
  • Lawyer at Raymond G. Wigell, Ltd.
     

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