Whether you are analyzing Shakespeare or preparing an annual report, at Marietta you will gain the education to become a perceptive reader, logical thinker and persuasive writer. Our graduates are authors and English teachers—as well as attorneys, software engineers, hospital administrators, technical writers, public relations specialists and CEOs. Majoring in English is about learning to interpret and analyze information, crucial and marketable skills in today's information-driven economy.

All of the English faculty at Marietta are writers, so you will learn writing skills from experienced authors. In your senior capstone project, you will work with professors and students as a community of scholars to apply cutting-edge theoretical approaches to literature, whether your focus is cultural studies, textual criticism, postcolonialism or cognitive psychology. Your project will demand the kinds of critical analysis and communication necessary both in graduate school and professional careers.

Other campus opportunities include workshops and readings with visiting writers; presenting your poetry or fiction at our Pizza, Poetry and Prose series; and submitting your work to Pulse, the literary magazine published by Marietta’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society. The Department also brings in professional writers to conduct workshops with students and present public readings to the community. This includes Andrew Grace, Amy Irvine McHarg, Dan Chaon, Anthony Doerr (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Joni Tevis, Sharon Hatfield, Andrew Hudgins, James Harms and David Citino.

The English Department also invites all students to enter these contests every year:

The Lawrence M. Howard Memorial Scholarship

Value: approximately $1,400

Open to juniors and first-semester seniors

Applicants submit a portfolio of writing samples

Guidelines for submission are available at the English Department office

The Stephen Schwartz Prize for Poetry

Value: $100

For the best poem submitted by a student

The Emerson Prize

Value: approximately $140

For the best poem or group of poems by a student, representing a substantial creative effort

The Margaret Ward Martin Prize

Value: approximately $115

For the junior or senior submitting the best original piece of creative writing

The Burton E. Stevenson Prize

Value: approximately $100

For the best essay devoted to American literature

Further information and printed guidelines are available at the English Department office (Thomas 216).

Sample Four-Year Schedule

First Year (Fall Semester)
General Education Fine Arts 3 credit hours
General Education Quantitative Reasoning 3 credit hours
Writing 110 College Composition 3 credit hours
General Education Historical Perspectives 3 credit hours
FYS 199 First Year Seminar 3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
First Year (Spring Semester)
English 161 Methods of Literary Study 3 credit hours
Writing 290 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 credit hours
Communication 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3 credit hours
General Education Fine Arts 3 credit hours
General Education Science (with lab) 4 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
 
Second Year (Fall Semester)
English 201 British Literature I 3 credit hours
English 203 American Literature I 3 credit hours
Writing 301 Short Fiction 3 credit hours
General Education Social Analysis 3 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Second Year (Spring Semester)
English 202 British Literature II 3 credit hours
English 204 American Literature II 3 credit hours
English 230 Literature to Film 3 credit hours
General Education Leadership & Ethics 3 credit hours
General Education Diversity & Global Perspectives 3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Third Year (Fall Semester)
English 215 Myth and Folklore 3 credit hours
Writing 307 Technical Writing 3 credit hours
Writing 302 Creative Non-Fiction 3 credit hours
General Education Diversity & Global Perspective 3 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Third Year (Spring Semester)
English 350 Shakespeare 3 credit hours
English 362 Slavery and Literature 3 credit hours
English 265 Apocalyptic Literature 3 credit hours
General Education Social Analysis 3 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Fall Semester)
English 410 Senior Capstone 3 credit hours
English 336 Early American Novel 3 credit hours
General Education Science w/Lab 4 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Spring Semester)
English 337 Later American Novel 3 credit hours
English 360 Studies in British and American Poetry 3 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Elective course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours

 

* Remember that this schedule should just be seen as a guide toward your English degree (this schedule has an emphasis on creative writing). Your schedule can be adjusted to accommodate a second major and/or minors at the College. You will work with your academic advisor to ensure that you graduate on schedule and with classes that most interest you and lead you toward the career path that you are working to achieve. 

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