Areas of Study

English

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The central strength of Christopher Newport’s programs in English is the study of literature. You’ll choose courses in American, British and world literatures, as well as study a single author of your choosing. Through upper-level writing courses you will develop advanced rhetorical and composition skills, while linguistics and film studies courses enrich and expand your understanding of texts and language. Finally, you’ll bring it all together in a capstone seminar, producing an in-depth independent project with the guidance of a faculty member.

As an English major, you can concentrate in literature or writing.

Core

  • ENGL 200 - Literary Foundations I: Ancient through 17th Century
  • ENGL 201 - Literary Foundations II: 18th Century through mid-19th Century
  • ENGL 202 - Literary Foundations III: Mid-19th Century through 21st Century
  • ENGL 308W - Literature, Theory, and Culture
  • ENGL 490W - Senior Seminar
  • Select one:
    • ENGL 250 - Shaping Language: An Exploration of Creative Writing
    • ENGL 309W - Creative Nonfiction
    • ENGL 353W - Writing for the Professions
  • Select one:
    • ENGL 421 - Shakespeare
    • ENGL 423 - Major Authors

Electives (18 credits)

  • ENGL 304W - Creativity, out of Conflict
  • ENGL 304W - Creativity out of Conflict
  • ENGL 308W - Literature, Theory, and Culture
  • ENGL 309W - Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 310 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 312 - History of the English Language
  • ENGL 312 - History of the English Language
  • ENGL 313 - Literature and Social Issues
  • ENGL 315 - Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 316 - Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 320W - Studies in Women and Literature
  • ENGL 324 - Vampires in World Literature and Film
  • ENGL 324 - Vampires: Representing Power, the Self, and the Other in World Literature and Film
  • ENGL 328 - Latin American Literature
  • ENGL 328 - Latin American Literature
  • ENGL 329 - Modern Middle Eastern Literature
  • ENGL 329 - Modern Middle Eastern Literature
  • ENGL 339W - Tutoring in the Writing Center
  • ENGL 339L - Writing Center Experience/Advanced Writing Center Experience
  • ENGL 341 - The Invasion of America: Concepts of Americanness
  • ENGL 342 - Financial Fictions and the Rise of Realism
  • ENGL 343 - Postmodern America
  • ENGL 345 - African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 346 - Black Presence and Presentation on the American Stage
  • ENGL 350W - Writing for the Digital Humanities
  • ENGL 351W - Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 352 - Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 353W - Writing for the Professions
  • ENGL 356W - Film, Theory and Culture
  • ENGL 356W - Film, Theory and Culture
  • ENGL 365W - Playwriting [same as THEA 365]
  • ENGL 372 - The Metaphysics of Love in British Literature
  • ENGL 372 - The Metaphysics of Love in British Literature
  • ENGL 373 - Myth, Legend & Romance in Medieval Britain
  • ENGL 373 - Myth, Legend, and Romance in Medieval Britain
  • ENGL 374 - Romanticisms and Realisms
  • ENGL 380 - Film and Literature
  • ENGL 381 - The Roaring Twenties: Film, Literature, and Drama of the Jazz Age
  • ENGL 385 - American Film
  • ENGL 392 - Travel and Culture
  • ENGL 393 - Environmental Imaginings
  • ENGL 394 - Investigating Psychology’s Keys to Literary Meaning
  • ENGL 395 - Special Topics
  • ENGL 395 - Special Topics (a film studies topic)
  • ENGL 410 - Southern American Literature
  • ENGL 412 - Multicultural American Literature
  • ENGL 415 - Genre Studies
  • ENGL 416 - Advanced Studies in Children’s and Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 421 - Shakespeare
  • ENGL 423 - Major Authors
  • ENGL 428 - Literary Booms
  • ENGL 429 - East-West Literary Relations
  • ENGL 430 - Structure of English
  • ENGL 450 - Advanced Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 452W - Writing for Children: Second World Fantasy
  • ENGL 453 - Writing for Children: Picture Books
  • ENGL 454W - Writing for Civic Engagement: Public Relations and Grants
  • ENGL 462 - Community Storytelling & Documentary
  • ENGL 476 - Imagined Domesticities: British Fictions of the Home
  • ENGL 490W - Senior Seminar
  • ENGL 491 - Internship in Writing
  • ENGL 495 - Special Topics
  • ENGL 499 - Independent Study

Literature Concentration

Core

  • ENGL 200 - Literary Foundations I: Ancient through 17th Century
  • ENGL 201 - Literary Foundations II: 18th Century through mid-19th Century
  • ENGL 202 - Literary Foundations III: Mid-19th Century through 21st Century
  • ENGL 308W - Literature, Theory, and Culture
  • ENGL 490W - Senior Seminar
  • Select one:
    • ENGL 250 - Shaping Language: An Exploration of Creative Writing
    • ENGL 309W - Creative Nonfiction
    • ENGL 353W - Writing for the Professions
  • Select one:
    • ENGL 421 - Shakespeare
    • ENGL 423 - Major Authors

Electives (18 credits)

  • ENGL 304W - Creativity, out of Conflict
  • ENGL 313 - Literature and Social Issues
  • ENGL 315 - Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 316 - Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 320W - Studies in Women and Literature
  • ENGL 324 - Vampires in World Literature and Film
  • ENGL 328 - Latin American Literature
  • ENGL 329 - Modern Middle Eastern Literature
  • ENGL 341 - The Invasion of America: Concepts of Americanness
  • ENGL 342 - Financial Fictions and the Rise of Realism
  • ENGL 343 - Postmodern America
  • ENGL 345 - African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 346 - Black Presence and Presentation on the American Stage
  • ENGL 356W - Film, Theory and Culture
  • ENGL 372 - The Metaphysics of Love in British Literature
  • ENGL 373 - Myth, Legend & Romance in Medieval Britain
  • ENGL 374 - Romanticisms and Realisms
  • ENGL 380 - Film and Literature
  • ENGL 381 - The Roaring Twenties: Film, Literature, and Drama of the Jazz Age
  • ENGL 393 - Environmental Imaginings
  • ENGL 394 - Investigating Psychology’s Keys to Literary Meaning
  • ENGL 395 (topics in literature only)
  • ENGL 410 - Southern American Literature
  • ENGL 412 - Multicultural American Literature
  • ENGL 415 - Genre Studies
  • ENGL 416 - Advanced Studies in Children’s and Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 428 - Literary Booms
  • ENGL 429 - East-West Literary Relations
  • ENGL 476 - Imagined Domesticities: British Fictions of the Home
  • ENGL 495 (topics in literature only)
  • ENGL 499 - Independent Study

Writing Concentration

Core

  • ENGL 200 - Literary Foundations I: Ancient through 17th Century
  • ENGL 201 - Literary Foundations II: 18th Century through mid-19th Century
  • ENGL 202 - Literary Foundations III: Mid-19th Century through 21st Century
  • ENGL 308W - Literature, Theory, and Culture
  • ENGL 490W - Senior Seminar
  • Select one:
    • ENGL 250 - Shaping Language: An Exploration of Creative Writing
    • ENGL 309W - Creative Nonfiction
    • ENGL 353W - Writing for the Professions
  • Select one:
    • ENGL 421 - Shakespeare
    • ENGL 423 - Major Authors

Electives (18 credits)

  • ENGL 250 - Shaping Language: An Exploration of Creative Writing
  • ENGL 309W - Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 339W - Tutoring in the Writing Center
  • ENGL 339L - Writing Center Experience/Advanced Writing Center Experience
  • ENGL 350W - Writing for the Digital Humanities
  • ENGL 351W - Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 352 - Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 353W - Writing for the Professions
  • ENGL 365W - Playwriting [same as THEA 365]
  • ENGL 430 - Structure of English
  • ENGL 450 - Advanced Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 452W - Writing for Children: Second World Fantasy
  • ENGL 453 - Writing for Children: Picture Books
  • ENGL 454W - Writing for Civic Engagement: Public Relations and Grants
  • ENGL 462 - Community Storytelling & Documentary
  • ENGL 491 - Internship in Writing
  • ENGL 499 - Independent Study
  • Select two:

    • ENGL 200 - Literary Foundations I: Ancient through 17th Century
    • ENGL 201 - Literary Foundations II: 18th Century through mid-19th Century
    • ENGL 202 - Literary Foundations III: Mid-19th Century through 21st Century
  • Four additional courses (12 credits) selected from the following:
    • ENGL 304W - Creativity, out of Conflict
    • ENGL 308W - Literature, Theory, and Culture
    • ENGL 313 - Literature and Social Issues
    • ENGL 315 - Adolescent Literature
    • ENGL 316 - Children’s Literature
    • ENGL 320W - Studies in Women and Literature
    • ENGL 324 - Vampires in World Literature and Film
    • ENGL 328 - Latin American Literature
    • ENGL 329 - Modern Middle Eastern Literature
    • ENGL 341 - The Invasion of America: Concepts of Americanness
    • ENGL 342 - Financial Fictions and the Rise of Realism
    • ENGL 343 - Postmodern America
    • ENGL 345 - African-American Literature and Culture
    • ENGL 346 - Black Presence and Presentation on the American Stage
    • ENGL 356W - Film, Theory and Culture
    • ENGL 372 - The Metaphysics of Love in British Literature
    • ENGL 373 - Myth, Legend & Romance in Medieval Britain
    • ENGL 374 - Romanticisms and Realisms
    • ENGL 380 - Film and Literature
    • ENGL 381 - The Roaring Twenties: Film, Literature, and Drama of the Jazz Age
    • ENGL 393 - Environmental Imaginings
    • ENGL 394 - Investigating Psychology’s Keys to Literary Meaning
    • ENGL 395 (topics in literature only)
    • ENGL 410 - Southern American Literature
    • ENGL 412 - Multicultural American Literature
    • ENGL 415 - Genre Studies
    • ENGL 416 - Advanced Studies in Children’s and Adolescent Literature
    • ENGL 428 - Literary Booms
    • ENGL 429 - East-West Literary Relations
    • ENGL 476 - Imagined Domesticities: British Fictions of the Home
    • ENGL 495 (topics in literature only)
    • ENGL 499 - Independent Study

Chose six courses from among the following:

  • ENGL 250 - Shaping Language: An Exploration of Creative Writing
  • ENGL 309W - Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 339W - Tutoring in the Writing Center
  • ENGL 350W - Writing for the Digital Humanities
  • ENGL 351W - Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 352 - Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 353W - Writing for the Professions
  • ENGL 365W - Playwriting [same as THEA 365]
  • ENGL 430 - Structure of English
  • ENGL 450 - Advanced Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 452W - Writing for Children: Second World Fantasy
  • ENGL 453 - Writing for Children: Picture Books
  • ENGL 454W - Writing for Civic Engagement: Public Relations and Grants
  • ENGL 462 - Community Storytelling & Documentary
  • ENGL 491 - Internship in Writing
  • ENGL 499 - Independent Study
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