Dr. Ashley Cross
Chair of the Department
The goals of the English major at Manhattan College are to develop in students an understanding of literary texts and issues that is coherent, informed, and broadly responsive; to develop in students the ability to articulate that understanding orally and in writing; and to develop that understanding through a range of courses in English literature, American literature, and world literature in translation.Back To Top
Requirements for a Major in English: Thirty credits on the 300 level, including:
|ENGL 306||Introduction to Literary Study||3|
|ENGL 309||British Literature: Beowulf to the Augustan Age||3|
|ENGL 310||British Literature II: The Romantics through the Twentieth Century||3|
|ENGL 372||American Literature to 1914||3|
|ENGL 395||Senior Seminar||3|
|Students in the School of Education with a concentration in English must take one of the following: *|
|History of the English Language|
|Grammar and Writing|
Students in the School of Education with a concentration in Childhood Education must take ENGL 365 Children's Literature
Additional details about elective options for Education majors will be found in the Education section of this catalog.
A minimum grade of C is required for all major courses. ENGL 110 College Writing or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all 300 level courses.Back To Top
Requirements for a Minor in English: Fifteen credits on the 300 level including:
|ENGL 309||British Literature: Beowulf to the Augustan Age||3|
|or ENGL 372||American Literature to 1914|
A minimum grade of C is required for courses to satisfy these requirements. or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all 300 level courses.
ENGL 106. Fundamentals of English. 3 Credits.
The course is a methodical review of grammar and the composition of paragraphs and essays. The course prepares students to negotiate the demands of ENGL 110. Does not substitute for ENGL 110 or ENGL 211. Required for students designated by the Department Chair only. Pass/Fail.
ENGL 110. College Writing. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to assist students in developing habits of writing, reading, and critical thinking needed for composing effectively within the academic community. The goal is to increase student understanding of the writing process and provide a set of rhetorical strategies to fulfill assigned tasks. A review of grammar and a study of research methods are included.
ENGL 150. Roots: Literature. 3 Credits.
An intensive and critical examination of selected literary texts and developments from the medieval period to the present that contribute to an understanding of the modern world.
ENGL 210. Exposition and Argumentation. 3 Credits.
An exploration of strategies for expository and argumentative writing, research techniques, and documentation styles. Emphasis is placed on analyzing data and incorporating research findings into informative and argumentative essays and research projects. This course will fulfill ENGL 110 requirement for advanced freshman students. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering).
ENGL 211. Written Communication. 3 Credits.
An intermediate course focusing on the specialized communications skills required by professionals. Emphasis on research techniques and on the rhetoric and diction necessary to persuade different audiences, as demanded by a variety of case studies. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering).
ENGL 240. Introduction to Creative Writing. 3 Credits.
A study of the craft of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction writing. Exercises in form and technique and the creation of original stories and poems. Introduction to the creative writing workshop.
ENGL 245. Introduction to Shakespeare. 3 Credits.
Survey of the major histories, comedies, and tragedies.
ENGL 248. Masterworks of British Literature. 3 Credits.
Readings selected from the prose, poetry, and drama of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present.
ENGL 253. Masterworks of American Literature. 3 Credits.
Readings selected from the prose, poetry, and drama of America from the Colonial period to the present.
ENGL 255. Introduction to Film Studies. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the formal/aesthetic analysis of film. Through screening and discussion of representative films, students develop their ability to describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate the film experience. Not open to students who have taken COMM 212.(Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering.).
ENGL 256. Types of Film Experience. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the cultural/ideological analysis of film. Through screening and discussion of representative films, students explore the ways in which cinema reflects and shapes contemporary society. Specific topics covered include, but are not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and class and power as they relate to film experience. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering.).
ENGL 260. Comedy and Tragedy. 3 Credits.
An attempt to define comedy and tragedy by examining texts in each genre.
ENGL 262. Gender and Literature. 3 Credits.
An introduction to interpreting literature through the lens of gender. A specific theme (for example, women's writing, masculinity, gay and lesbian literature, the gendered body) will be explored in selected literary texts.
ENGL 265. Contemporary World Fiction. 3 Credits.
A comparative study of selected literary texts by African, Asian, Caribbean, Australian, and Latin and North American writers responding to the impact of Western colonization and imperialism.
ENGL 270. Crime and Detection. 3 Credits.
The origin, development, and achievement of the detective story and the crime novel. Most readings will be drawn from 19th and 20th century authors, but some attention will be given to possible precursors such as Sophocles and Shakespeare.
ENGL 274. Reading Poetry. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the experience of reading, interpreting, and evaluating poetry.
ENGL 275. The Short Story. 3 Credits.
The origin, development, and theories of the genre as exemplified in short stories chosen from the major writers in this form.
ENGL 276. Introduction to Drama. 3 Credits.
A survey of world drama through selected play texts and representative dramatic styles, ranging from classical to contemporary.
ENGL 279. Literature and the Environment. 3 Credits.
The study of the important role the environment plays in literary texts. Themes may include the relationship between the urban and the wild, the role of animals in human affairs, and the question of human stewardship of this planet.
ENGL 280. Irish Literary Revival. 3 Credits.
A study of the major Irish writers of the late 19th and 20th centuries whose works constitute the modern Irish literary renascence.
ENGL 284. Myth and Fairy Tale. 3 Credits.
An introduction to selected traditional myths and western European fairy tales, focusing on the literary rather than on the oral folk tradition and analyzing the pervasive influence of myth and fairy tale on modern western literature.
ENGL 285. Literary New York. 3 Credits.
A study of selected literary works in which New York City figures prominently as a subject, a metaphor, or a muse.
ENGL 287. Fantasy and Science Fiction. 3 Credits.
An introduction to speculative literature: fantasy, gothic, and science fiction; their relation to each other; the relation of the fantastic to fiction.
ENGL 292. Topics In the Study of Literature. 3 Credits.
An introductory study of a genre, period, literary form, or theme not currently listed in the general literature courses (200-level). The subject to be studied will vary from semester to semester.
ENGL 305. African-American Literature. 3 Credits.
Examination of important texts by African-American authors, with special emphasis on recent writings.
ENGL 306. Introduction to Literary Study. 3 Credits.
Learning to think and write like an English major. Emphasis on close reading of texts, developing a heightened sense of language, making cogent literary arguments with well integrated evidence, and developing familiarity with literary terms and different critical approaches. Should be taken during the first semester of major course-work. For English majors and minors only.
ENGL 309. British Literature: Beowulf to the Augustan Age. 3 Credits.
The development and continuity of British literature studied in significant writers, works, literary movements, and social and historical backgrounds. For English majors and minors only.
ENGL 310. British Literature II: The Romantics through the Twentieth Century. 3 Credits.
Continuation of the study of key British writers, works, and literary movements and their social and historical backgrounds. For English majors and minors only. Prerequisite: ENGL 309.
ENGL 312. Studies in Medieval British Literature. 3 Credits.
An in-depth study of medieval writers, themes, genres, on literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry of Great Britain. The subject to be studied will vary from semester to semester.
ENGL 323. Studies in Eighteenth-Century British Literature. 3 Credits.
An in-depth study of eighteenth century writers, themes, genres, or literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry from Great Britain. The subject to be studied will vary from semester to semester.
ENGL 326. Advanced Composition. 3 Credits.
Non-fictional prose; analysis of models of the brief essay for practicing a variety of its forms. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering.).
ENGL 329. Shakespeare I. 3 Credits.
The comedies, histories, early tragedies, narrative poems, and sonnets. (Not open to freshmen.).
ENGL 330. Shakespeare II. 3 Credits.
The problem plays, mature tragedies, and romances. (Not open to freshmen.) ENGL 329 is not a prerequisite.
ENGL 331. History of the English Language. 3 Credits.
The development, structure, and function of the English language. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, and Engineering.).
ENGL 332. Theories of Composition. 3 Credits.
An overview of contemporary composition studies, examining various movements in the field and the ways in which these movements define the act of writing. The course will focus on both theoretical principles of composition and practical concerns of writing pedagogy.
ENGL 333. Grammar and Writing. 3 Credits.
An intensive study of modern English grammar in the context of writing. The course moves recursively between theory and practice, exploring the rules and conventions of usage in standard English and the complex functioning of these rules and conventions in writing. (Does not satisfy Literature requirement in Business, Education, and Engineering.).
ENGL 334. Studies in British Romanticism. 3 Credits.
An in-depth study of writers, themes, genres, and literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry from the British Romantic period (1789-1832).
ENGL 335. Studies in Victorian Literature. 3 Credits.
An in-depth study of Victorian writers, themes, genres, and literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry from Great Britain.
ENGL 336. History of the Essay. 3 Credits.
An intensive study of the history and development of the essay genre. With an emphasis on historicizing the definition and function of the essay, this course investigates how issues regarding authorship and authority have evolved and contributed to how we understand the form today, including, but not limited to, its rhetorical and academic functions.
ENGL 337. Literature by Women. 3 Credits.
An exploration of women's writing and the gender issues such writing raises. Topics may include questions of authorship, identity, difference, power, canon, sexuality, family as they intersect with social categories like race and class.
ENGL 338. Studies in Twentieth-and Twenty-first-Century American Literature. 3 Credits.
An in-depth study of twentieth and twenty-first century American writers, themes, genres, and literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and/or poetry.
ENGL 340. Studies in Creative Writing. 3 Credits.
Advanced workshop in a genre of creative writing, usually poetry or fiction, with some generative exercises. Focus on developing voice and technical skills. Extensive study of form, genre expectations, and contemporary texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 240 or permission of instructor.
ENGL 342. Medieval Literature . 3 Credits.
Selected works of the early and late Middle Ages studied as expressions of medieval thought.
ENGL 343. Studies in Renaissance Literature. 3 Credits.
Selected literary works in their relations to the thought and culture of Europe, 1341-1674.
ENGL 345. Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism. 3 Credits.
An exploration of environmental literature, a genre whose primary focus is the natural world and the human relationship to it. Primary literary texts will be viewed through the lens of ecocriticism, an emergent critical theory that examines the representation of the natural world in literature and culture with a commitment toward environmentalism.
ENGL 346. Twentieth Century Irish Literature. 3 Credits.
An examination, through readings in various genres, of the expressive and varied literature of Ireland in the 20th century as well as the development of cultural narratives of Ireland.
ENGL 347. Literature and War. 3 Credits.
A study of the representation in fiction, poetry, drama, and film of such catastrophic human conflicts as the World Wars and the Vietnam War.
ENGL 348. Postcolonial Literature. 3 Credits.
A sampling of world fiction (in English) written in the last fifteen years. Authors employ widely divergent techniques to address the issues of colonialism, history, politics, social change, and art. Emphasis on the novel as an arena for heterogeneity of sensibilities and the clash of ideologies.
ENGL 361. Masterpieces of British Drama. 3 Credits.
The tradition of British theatre in a wide range of theatrical styles and conventions, from medieval cycle plays to postmodern performance.
ENGL 364. The Modern English Novel. 3 Credits.
Major English, Irish, and British Commonwealth novels of the Modern era and their cultural contexts. This may include novels written in English, from India, Africa, and the Caribbean.
ENGL 365. Children's Literature. 3 Credits.
A study of widely read, influential and sometimes controversial books for children, surveying major achievements and genres in children's literature, examining various approaches to the field, and commenting on social and pedagogical issues that surround it. Limited to students in the School of Education.
ENGL 367. Literary Criticism. 3 Credits.
A study of major texts in criticism from Plato to the present, with special emphasis on the relation of critical theory to the experience of literature and on the relevance of the great critics of the past to current critical concerns. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, and Engineering.).
ENGL 369. Chaucer. 3 Credits.
A study of the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and the minor poems. Spring.
ENGL 370. Milton. 3 Credits.
A study of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and selected shorter works.
ENGL 372. American Literature to 1914. 3 Credits.
A study of major figures and significant trends in American Literature from the colonial era to 1914. For English majors and minors only.
ENGL 373. American Fiction since 1914. 3 Credits.
A study of significant trends in the novel and other forms of prose narrative written by United States-based writers in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Some emphasis will be placed on the relationship between fiction and historical events, such as world war, civil and human rights movements, and globalization.
ENGL 374. The American Novel to 1914. 3 Credits.
A study of the American novel in the nineteenth century, an era in which it attained new popularity and came to occupy a special place in American culture.
ENGL 376. American Poetry. 3 Credits.
A survey of the American poetic tradition, from its beginnings to the present, with a focus on major authors, themes, and/or movements.
ENGL 378. Modern American Literature. 3 Credits.
A study of major writers and significant trends in American literature from 1914 to 1945: fiction, drama, poetry.
ENGL 379. Contemporary American Literature. 3 Credits.
A study of major writers and significant trends in American literature since 1945: fiction, drama, poetry.
ENGL 380. Ethnic American Literature. 3 Credits.
The study of the literature of one or more ethnic groups in the U.S., with a focus on important themes and genres.
ENGL 381. Masterpieces of American Drama. 3 Credits.
The study of landmark plays and theatrical styles of landmark plays and theatrical styles reflecting America's unique contribution to world drama.
ENGL 385. Film Narrative. 3 Credits.
An intensive examination of the components and history of film narrative. Students view films and read literary texts, critical essays, and foundational theoretical works in order to gain an understanding of both the process of adapting literary narrative and the unique mechanisms of film narrative (cinematography, sound, editing, etc.).
ENGL 392. Topics in the Study of Literature. 3 Credits.
An intensive study of a genre, period, literary form, or theme not currently listed in the general literature courses (200-level). The subject to be studied will vary from semester to semester.
ENGL 395. Senior Seminar. 3 Credits.
A capstone course that examines 1. a literary period, genre, theme, or author (s); or 2. an issue, theme, theory or practice of composition or rhetoric through readings, class discussion, and student papers; student papers will emphasize research methodologies and will be presented and critiqued in class. The subject of the course will vary each semester. Required for senior English majors in the School of Arts and for those concentrating in secondary education in the School of Education and Health.
ENGL 399. Independent Study. 3 Credits.
Individual study of a major writer or movement in English or American literature with a member of the department. Open only to seniors majoring in English who secure the approval of the Chair of the Department and the consent of the individual instructor. A student may elect this course once only.
ENGL 400. The Theater and the City. 3 Credits.
Taking full advantage of the spectrum of Broadway and Off-Broadway performance, this course invites students to experience theater as a multi-dimensional and collaborative art. Class discussions, on-site performances, and behind-the-scene accounts of selected theatrical events will enlighten the students' knowledge and appreciation of drama. (Special fee; permission of the chair.).
ENGL 405. Peer Tutor Training. 1 Credit.
This course is designed to train students to be competent tutors in the Manhattan College Writing Center. By permission of instructor.
ENGL 475. Internship. 3 Credits.
Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to their area of study. Frequent meetings with the internship advisor and a paper are required. Internships are arranged through the Center for Career Development and must be approved in advance by the chair and the Dean of the School of Arts.