English

Office: Room 9408, 5057 Woodward; 313-577-2450
Chairperson: Kenneth Jackson
Associate Chairperson and Director of Undergraduate Studies:
 Lisa Maruca
Director of Composition: Jeff Pruchnic
Interim Director of Graduate Studies: Caroline Maun
Academic Services Officer: Tia Finney
Undergraduate Advisor: Royanne R. Smith

Website:  http://clas.wayne.edu/english

 

Degree Programs

English (B.A. Program)

English Honors (B.A. Program)

‘AGRADE’ Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

Combined Curriculum Requirements

English Minor

Scholarships


Professors

Ellen Barton, Lesley Brill, Walter F. Edwards, Jerry Herron, renée hoogland, Kenneth Jackson, Julie Klein, Richard C. Marback, Geoffrey Nathan, Ljiljana Progovac, Richard Raspa, Martha Ratliff, John R. Reed, Michael H. Scrivener, Steven Shaviro, Barrett Watten

Associate Professors

Robert Aguirre, Sarika Chandra, Jonathan Flatley, Jaime Goodrich, Donovan Hohn, Lisa Maruca, Caroline Maun, Jeffrey Pruchnic, Frances Ranney, Lisa Ze Winters

Assistant Professors

Simone Chess, Hilary Fox, Robert Henderson, Chera Kee, John Patrick Leary, Scott Richmond, Donnie Sackey

Senior Lecturers

Todd Duncan, Margaret Jordan, Michael L. Liebler, Karen Springsteen, Thomas Trimble, Chris Tysh

Lecturers

Ryan Flaherty, Jared Grogan, Shenika Hankerson, Adrienne Jankens, Amy Lataweic, Joseph Torok, Nicole Varty, Clay Walker

Lecturer and Director, Writing Center

Jule Wallis

Emeritus / Emerita Professors

Henry L. Golemba, Yates Hafner, William A. Harris, Arthur F. Marotti, Ruth E. Ray, Alfred Schwarz, Elizabeth S. Sklar, Robert M. Strozier II, Anca Vlasopolos, Renata M. Wasserman, Beongcheon Yu

Emeritus / Emerita Associate Professors

Bradford S. Field, Jeanne A. Flood, Isabel Graham, Ross J. Pudaloff, Edward Sharples

 

Degree Programs

BACHELOR OF ARTS with a major in English

MASTER OF ARTS with a major in English

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY with a major in English and
concentrations in literary and cultural studies, film and media studies, and rhetoric and composition studies

English (B.A. Program)

Building upon the cultural diversity and urban experience that distinguishes Wayne State University, the English Department’s mission is to provide its students with the intellectual knowledge and practical tools to thrive in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, by teaching them to understand the power and influence of literature and other forms of textual and media production, circulation, and interpretation; and by imparting skill and fluency in close reading, critical thinking, rhetorical analysis, and writing in multiple genres. The English major curriculum is designed to introduce students to these skills and to provide a challenging and flexible liberal arts education as well as a pre-professional program for students interested in careers in education, law, business, and other professions.

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University; see Admission Guidelines, Freshmen.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements (see General Education Program) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements (see College Requirements), as well as the departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees; see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements, Academic Regulations, and Bachelor’s Degree Requirements: Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Credit Limitations: No more than forty-six credits in the major field may count toward degree requirements. With the departmental Undergraduate advisor’s approval, appropriate English 5990 (Directed Study) credit may count toward a major.

Major Requirements (Effective Fall, 2012) consist of twelve English courses beyond the University General Education Competency Requirement (see Competency Requirements), and Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements (see College Requirements). Ten of these courses must be beyond the 2000 level. Specific requirements are as follows:

1. Theories and Methods. Any two of the following:

ENG 3085 -- Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing: Cr. 3
ENG 3090 -- Introduction to Cultural Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 3100 -- Introduction to Literary Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 3800 -- Introduction to Creative Writing: Cr. 3

2. Survey courses. One from each category (early and late):

Early (choose one)

ENG 3110 -- (PL) English Literature to 1700: Cr. 3
ENG 3130 -- (PL) American Literature to 1865: Cr. 3

Late (choose one)

ENG 3120 -- (PL) English Literature after 1700: Cr. 3
ENG 3140 -- (PL) American Literature after 1865: Cr. 3
ENG 3470 -- (PL) Survey of African-American Literature: Cr. 3

3. Communities and Cultures. One upper-division course with an emphasis on cultural diversity:

ENG 5030 -- Topics in Women's Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 5035 -- Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 5070 -- Topics in Film: Cr. 4
ENG 5075 -- Topics in New Media: Cr. 3
ENG 5080 -- Topics in Global and Transnational Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 5480 -- Topics in African-American Literature: Cr. 3
ENG 5500 -- Topics in English and American Literature: Cr. 3
ENG 5795 -- Topics in Rhetoric and Writing: Cr. 3
ENG 5860 -- Topics in Creative Writing: Cr. 3

4. English 5992, Senior Seminar, Cr. 3. This course with co-registration in English 5993 fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement. With the consent of the Departmental Advisor and the appropriate instructor, students are occasionally permitted to substitute a 5000-level course, with English 5993 co-registration, for the Senior Seminar and the Writing Intensive requirement.

5. In addition to the above requirements, majors must take at least six additional courses in English for a minimum of thirty-six credits (forty-six credits maximum). Twelve of these credits must be at the 4000 or 5000 level. No English course below the 2000-level may count toward the English B.A. program.

Requirements for majors prior to Fall, 2012 consist of twelve English courses beyond the University General Education Competency Requirement (see Competency Requirements), and Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements (see College Requirements). Ten of these courses must be beyond the 2000 level. Specific requirements are as follows:

1. English 3100, Introduction to Literary Studies, Cr. 3.

2. Three courses in English and American literature:

ENG 3110 -- (PL) English Literature to 1700: Cr. 3.
ENG 3120 -- (PL) English Literature after 1700: Cr. 3.
ENG 3140 -- (PL) American Literature after 1865: Cr. 3.

3. One upper-division course with an emphasis on theory in one of the following areas: composition theory, literary or cultural theory, film theory, folklore theory, linguistic theory, rhetorical theory (ENG 5040, 5080, 5090, 5600, 5700, 5740, 5750, or 5790).

4. One upper-division course in cross-disciplinary or comparative studies in one of the following areas: comparative literature, gender studies, African-American literature, film, cultural studies, folklore, or creative writing (ENG 5030, 5050, 5060, 5070, 5480, 5590, 5650, 5670, 5870, 5880, or 5890).

5. English 5992, Senior Seminar, Cr. 3. This course with co-registration in English 5993 fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement. With the consent of the Departmental Undergraduate Advisor and the appropriate instructor, students are occasionally permitted to substitute a 5000-level course, with English 5993 co-registration, for the Senior Seminar and fulfill the Writing Intensive requirement.

6. In addition to the above requirements, majors must take at least five other English courses for a minimum of thirty-six credits (forty-six credits maximum). Three of these five courses must be at the 4000 or 5000 level. No English course below the 2000-level may count toward the English B.A. program.

 

English Honors (B.A. Program)

Honors requirements (Effective Fall, 2012): To graduate with honors in English an undergraduate student must have a minimum 3.5 g.p.a. in English courses and a minimum cumulative g.p.a of 3.3. Additional requirements include a minimum of thirty-six credits in English courses beyond the Liberal Arts and Sciences Group requirements and General Education requirements, nine credits of which must be in honors courses. Students must also complete at least one 4200-level interdepartmental Honors Seminar, Honors 4200-4280, to total twelve credits in Honors courses.

REQUIRED ENGLISH COURSES:

1. Theories and Methods. Any two of the following:

ENG 3085 -- Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing: Cr. 3.
ENG 3090 -- Introduction to Cultural Studies: Cr. 3.
ENG 3100 -- Introduction to Literary Studies: Cr. 3.
ENG 3800 -- Introduction to Creative Writing: Cr. 3.

2. Survey courses. One from each category (early and late):

Early (choose one)

ENG 3110 -- (PL) English Literature to 1700: Cr. 3
ENG 3130 -- (PL) American Literature to 1865:Cr. 3

Late (choose one)

ENG 3120 -- (PL) English Literature after 1700: Cr. 3
ENG 3140 -- (PL) American Literature after 1865: Cr. 3
ENG 3470 -- (PL) Survey of African-American Literature: Cr. 3

3. Communities and Cultures. One upper-division course with an emphasis on cultural diversity:

ENG 5030 -- Topics in Women's Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 5035 -- Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 5070 -- Topics in Film and Media: Cr. 4
ENG 5075 -- Topics in New Media: Cr. 3
ENG 5080 -- Topics in Global and Transnational Studies: Cr. 3
ENG 5480 -- Topics in African-American Literature: Cr. 3
ENG 5500 -- Topics in English and American Literature: Cr. 3
ENG 5795 -- Topics in Rhetoric and Writing: Cr. 3
ENG 5860 -- Topics in Creative Writing: Cr. 3

4. In addition to the above requirements, majors must take at least six additional courses in English for a minimum of thirty-six credits (forty-six credits maximum). Twelve of these credits must be at the 4000 or 5000 level and include English 4992 (Honors Project, Cr. 3 (Max. 6)). The Honors Project should be twenty to thirty pages long. Students pursuing both Department and University Honors may use the Departmental project (ENG 4992) to fulfill the University Honors thesis requirement. No English course below the 2000-level may count toward the English B.A. program.

5. English 4991, Honors Seminar, Cr. 3 (Max. 6) with co-registration in English 5993 fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

6. Honors-Option: one course in the English Honors curriculum must be taken with an Honors-option. Candidates for Honors in English will arrange for an Honors-option by contracting with any professor teaching a 5000-level course to do honors-level work in that course, beyond the standard requirements set forth in the syllabus. Supplementary work required for the Honors-option might consist of an extra paper, a significantly longer term paper, evidence of additional readings (for example, through journal entries), an oral or written report, or a special examination.

Students who wish to become candidates for degrees with honors in English are encouraged to consult early with the Undergraduate Advisor of the English Department (313-577-7701).

Honors requirements for majors enrolled prior to Fall 2012: To graduate with honors in English an undergraduate student must have a minimum 3.5 g.p.a. in English and a minimum cumulative g.p.a. of 3.3. Additional requirements include a minimum of thirty-six credits in English courses beyond the Liberal Arts and Sciences Group requirements and General Education requirements, nine credits of which must be in honors courses. Students must also complete at least one 4200-level interdepartmental Honors Seminar, Honors 4200-4280, to total twelve credits in Honors courses.

REQUIRED ENGLISH COURSES:

1. English 3100, Introduction to Literary Studies, Cr. 3

2. Three courses in English and American literature:

ENG 3110 -- (PL) English Literature to 1700: Cr. 3
ENG 3120 -- (PL) English Literature after 1700: Cr. 3
ENG 3140 -- (PL) American Literature after 1865: Cr. 3

3. One upper-division course with an emphasis on theory in one of the following areas: composition theory, literary or cultural theory, film theory, folklore theory, linguistic theory, rhetorical theory (ENG 5040, 5080, 5090, 5600, 5700, 5740, 5750, or 5790)

4. One upper-division course in cross-disciplinary or comparative studies in one of the following areas: comparative literature, gender studies, African-American literature, film, cultural studies, folklore, or creative writing (ENG 5030, 5050, 5060, 5070, 5480, 5590, 5650, 5670, 5870, 5880, or 5890)

5. English 4991, Honors Seminar, Cr. 3. This course with co-registration in English 5993 fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

6. In addition to the above requirements, majors must take at least five other English courses for a minimum of thirty-six credits (forty-six credits maximum). Three of these five courses must be at the 4000 or 5000 level and include English 4992 (Honors Project, Cr. 3). The Honors Project should be twenty to thirty pages long. It may be in any area comprised by the broad field of English.

7. Honors-Option: one course in the English Honors curriculum must be taken with an Honors-option. Candidates for Honors in English will arrange for an Honors-option by contracting with any professor teaching a 5000-level course to do honors-level work in that course. Supplementary work required for the Honors-option might consist of an extra paper, a longer term paper, evidence of additional readings (for example, through journal entries), an oral or written report on an aspect of criticism, a special examination, or the like.

Students who wish to become candidates for degrees with honors in English are encouraged to consult early with the Undergraduate Advisor of the English Department (313-577-7701).

 

‘AGRADE’ Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

The English Department invites academically superior majors to apply for admission to the 'AGRADE' Program, which allows qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department. Applications will be accepted no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are completed. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 and not less than a 3.6 g.p.a in the major courses already completed. A Plan of Work is required, and credit restrictions apply. Please see the departmental Undergraduate Advisor for more detail.

 

Combined Curriculum Requirements

Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching:

An English major who wishes to prepare for a career in secondary school teaching can earn a bachelor’s degree in English with a secondary teaching certificate.   In close consultation with Department of English and College of Education advisors, the student will develop a plan of work that satisfies the requirements of the English B.A. program and includes the subject area and professional courses required for teacher certification. For more information see

Teaching, Secondary, Combined Curriculum for.

Note: Students seeking Elementary Education Certification with a Language Arts Group Major should consult with an advisor in the School of Education.

 

English Minor

The minor in English permits study in literature, film and media, creative writing, and writing studies. It requires six courses beyond freshman composition and intermediate composition for a minimum of at least eighteen credits:

1. One course selected from the following: ENG 3085, ENG 3090, ENG 3100, or ENG 3800

2. One course selected from the following: ENG 3110, ENG 3130, ENG 3120, ENG 3140, or ENG 3470

3. One course selected from the following: ENG 5030, ENG 5035, ENG 5070, ENG 5075, ENG 5080, ENG 5480, ENG 5500, ENG 5795, or ENG 5860

4. Three English electives at the 5000-level.

 

Scholarships

Also see Scholarships and Financial Aid, above, and the section on the Office of Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid, Office of Student (OSFA). For further information, contact the Associate Chair or the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of English.

Gilbert R. and Patricia K. Davis Endowed Scholarship for English Majors: Award open to part-time students majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a g.p.a. of 3.0 or above and a minimum of fifteen credits in residence at Wayne State University. Recipients must be Michigan residents.

Albert Feigenson Endowed Memorial Scholarship: Award open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music or English, with high scholastic standing and demonstrated financial need.

Professor Arnold Goldsmith Annual Scholarship: Award open to full or part-time undergraduate and graduate students in English with demonstrated financial need. Minimum 3.0 g.p.a.

Christopher T. Leland Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing:  Award open to English majors who demonstrate high achievement in creative writing.

Loughead-Eldredge Endowed Scholarships in Creative Writing: Award open to advanced undergraduates and M.A. students in good academic standing who are pursuing a B.A. or M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing.

Dustin Rose Memorial Scholarship: This award recognizes scholastic achievement and encourages continued progress for students in the English B.A. program. Students may be enrolled full time or part time at the undergraduate level.

Doretta Burke Sheill Endowed Memorial Scholarship: Award open to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in English literature who demonstrate high scholastic achievement, character, leadership, and financial need.

Stephen H. Tudor Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing: Award open to full-time degree-seeking students majoring in English who have completed at least fifteen credits in residence and demonstrate high achievement in creative writing.

Dennis Turner Memorial Scholarship in Film Studies: Award open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Film Studies through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Minimum 3.0 g.p.a.

Pearl A. Warn Endowed Scholarship in English: Award open to returning full- or part-time students majoring in English with high scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Joseph J. and Mary E. Yelda Endowed Scholarship for English: Award open to full-time students who graduated from a metropolitan Detroit area high school, are majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and have a g.p.a. of 3.0 or above. Awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

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