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Department of English

Majors and Minors

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.

Sample Courses

ENGL 256. Introduction to Film Studies

This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of film studies as a discipline, including an attention to the critical analysis of the cinematic image, significant trends in film history, film genres and their cultural ideology, major directors and foundational essays in film theory.

ENGL 324. Vampires in World Literature and Film

This course will provide students with the opportunity to study images of vampires across time and cultures. It explores the ways in which vampire narratives raise questions about power and place, whether in relation to gender roles and social position, invasion and conquest, or economic conditions. Students will also examine the relationship between high and popular culture, folklore, religion and ritual, myth and legend.

ENGL 351. Fiction Writing

Practice writing and rewriting fiction. Close reading of stories linked to technical exercises. Manuscripts exchanged and discussed in person or via email. Emphasis on the cultivation of effective fiction over time and through focused exercises.

ENGL 454. Writing for Civic Engagement: Public Relations and Grants

This course will help students analyze the communications, public relations, and grants needs of educational, social, political, arts, and faith-based organizations that work for the public good. Students will, through partnering with businesses, nonprofits and government agencies, learn how to use writing as a vehicle for lasting social change. This course is recommended for students interested in public relations, fundraising and business, as well as the development of successful service-learning projects across the curriculum.

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