Professors C. Engbers, S. Felch, D. Hettinga, J. Holberg, L. Klatt, L. Naranjo-Huebl, D. Rienstra, K. Saupe (cochair), G. Schmidt (cochair), D. Urban, J. Vanden Bosch, E. Vander Lei
Associate Professors J. Williams, J. Zwart
Assistant Professors J. Holcomb, K. Johnson
The department offers both majors and minors in all of the following: literature, writing, linguistics, and secondary and elementary English education. It also offers interdisciplinary minors in ESL and journalism. A student may alter any of the recommended programs with the permission of an academic advisor. Normally, all faculty will advise for the literature and writing majors and minors. The advisor for the linguistics major is Kristine Johnson. The advisors for the secondary-education programs are K. Saupe and J. Vanden Bosch. The advisor for the elementary-education programs is D. Hettinga. The advisor for the journalism minor is D. Hettinga.
Students who plan to graduate with honors in English must complete a minimum of six honors courses (or 18 hours of honors work): at least three in the English Department (not including ENGL 101) and at least two from the general curriculum. Honors ENGL 101 may count as the sixth honors course required for graduation. Honors students must also complete ENGL 399 - Honors Thesis as one of their three honors courses in English. In addition to maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, both within the major and overall, a student must also earn at least a B+ on the Honors Thesis in order to graduate with honors. For specific questions about honors requirements in the English Department, contact the chair of the English Department’s Curriculum Committee.
A minimum grade of C (2.0) in ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 is required both for graduation and as a prerequisite to any concentration in the English Department. Typically, ENGL 101 is the first course taken in the department. The core requirement in written rhetoric is met by ENGL 101, ENGL 100/ ENGL 102, or by examination. The literature core requirement is met by ENGL 200, ENGL 202, ENGL 212, ENGL 213, ENGL 214, ENGL 220, ENGL 221, ENGL 225, ENGL 226, ENGL 230, or ENGL 234, and ENGL 299.
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For more detailed descriptions of the courses offered for any given semester, see the English Department website.