Stevenson English allows you to build an individualized program based on your career goals, drawing from emphasis areas in creative writing, literature, professional writing, publishing, digital studies, and career development.
In the English program at Stevenson, students combine interests in literary analysis, creative writing, professional writing, and digital publishing and apply these, starting from the beginning of freshman year. The hallmark of our program is our topics-based curriculum that combines classic literary works with popular texts and underrepresented voices.
Literature topics such as The Games of Thrones, Sci-Fi at the Theater, American Horror Story, and Madmen and American Masculinity offer challenging and diverse content that draws connections and invites students to think critically about canons and culture alike. Creative and professional writing topics such as Writing Videogames and Interactive Stories, Intro to Digital Publishing, and Memoir develop the creative and digital skills that make writers versatile and attractive on the job market. Departmental events, including our Visiting Writer Series, career forums, and off-campus excursions provide hands-on learning and bring students into contact with professionals in their fields.
The English department hosts visiting writers every term. During the Spring 2018 semester, the visiting writer featured New York Times bestselling author D. Watkins. Watkins, a Baltimore native, hosted a master class as well as a discussion.
An English degree prepares you for the world. It teaches you how to analyze information, create stories, present clear ideas, think critically, and write for an audience. A degree in English can prepare you for a variety of careers, including:
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The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in English language and literature. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).
Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
(Note: Some courses may be repeated for credit when focus or topic changes. Check the course descriptions following this section to identify these courses.)
|FYS 100||First Year Seminar|
|ENG 230||Critical Approaches to Literature I|
|ENG 231||English: Forms and Functions|
|ENG 331||Design Your Career|
|ENG 332||Critical Approaches to Literature II|
|ENG 420||English Capstone: Internship|
|One course at the 200-level|
|Recent options include Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Digital Publishing, Writing and Education, Writing Memoir, Writing Video Games and Interactive Stories, Journalism I, Journalism II|
|One course at the 300-level|
|Recent options include Poetry Workshop, Fiction Workshop, Creative Nonfiction Workshop, Advanced Creative Writing Workshops, Feature Writing, Magazine Writing and Publishing, Journalism Practicum, Public Relations Writing, Publishing from Gutenberg to Google|
|Your choice of Creative Writing Capstone or Literature Capstone at the 400-level|
|One course of your choice at the 200-level or above. Options include all of the above.|
|Two semesters of a foreign language at the 200-level or above|
|Two courses at the 200-level|
|Recent options include American Horror Story: From Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King, The Game of Thrones—Then and Now, Anime in Text and Film, The Pursuit of Happiness, Street Poetry: From Whitman to Hip-Hop, Introduction to African American Literature, Sci-Fi at the Theater, Cyborgs and Virtual Worlds, Youth Literature: The British Tradition, Short Story: From Poe to Munro|
|Two courses at the 300-level|
|Recent options include End of the World, Sex and Death: The Sonnet Since Shakespeare, Love and Romance: “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Violence & Trauma in Contemporary American Literature|
|One course at the 400-level|
|Recent options include Major Work: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, Major Author: August Wilson; Major Work: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre; Major Work: Thoreau’s Walden; Major Work: Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin|
The minor in English requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an ENG prefix at the 200-level or beyond.
All ENG courses at the 200 level or above count toward the minor. Each student minoring in English crafts his or her minor individually by deciding which emphasis areas to include—literature, creative writing, professional writing and publishing, digital studies, or a mix. Minors are welcome to take courses at the 300 or 400 levels as long as they have the pre-requisites, but are not required to do so.
Students minoring in English are eligible to take courses restricted to the English majors if the prerequisites are met. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.