English Major, B.A.

The Department of English and Communication Arts offers a variety of courses designed to expose the student to a wide range of literary texts and critical approaches. In English classes, students read, analyze and write about literature from a number of historical periods. The faculty provides the personal attention that enables each student to learn to write well, to think critically and thus to acquire the skills necessary for success in any profession. We believe that such study enhances the love and appreciation of literature, exercises the imagination and frees the mind from credulity and conformity.

Requirements for the Major

English majors must take a minimum of 32 credits in English at or above the 200 level, 16 credits of which must be 300 level or above (excluding independent study and internships).

Six credits in English, exclusive of independent study and internships, must be taken during the senior year. Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits in English at Hood. The senior seminar (ENGL 470) must be taken at Hood.

Students will choose one of three concentrations: LiteratureCreative Writing or Drama and Theatre. In each concentration, the student must fulfill a requirement that involves historical breadth and at least one course focused on a literary genre; all concentrations culminate in the senior seminar (ENGL 470).