Liberal Arts Building 4210
Programs of the Department
English offers students pleasure and profit, wit and wisdom, a sense of history and a vision of the future. English students know the delight of reading the best of British and American literature-authors as diverse as Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin and John Donne. The Department of English provides several programs tailored to diverse needs. Students majoring in English can concentrate in Writing, Literature or Secondary Education. Students pursuing other majors can minor in English or Creative Writing.
Each English major is assigned a faculty adviser, who assists the student in creating an individual program of study best suited to the student's interest and abilities. The flexibility of all programs, including majors and minors, allows the student a wide choice of courses within the department and possibilities for coordinating a program with another academic department. The Department of English oversees the master’s in Professional Writing program, offering unique post-baccalaureate opportunities for English majors and minors interested in pursuing careers in creative writing, technical writing, editing, public relations and teaching writing at the community college level. Geoffrey Becker, 410-704-5196, coordinates the program.
Meeting General Education Requirements/Competency
Every student in the university must complete ENGL 102 or ENGL 190 with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course to satisfy the GenEd I.A requirement. Students may take additional courses to complete GenEd requirements. Many 200-level and some 300-level courses fulfill GenEd requirements. Philosophy, art, history, speech and theatre GenEd courses provide especially effective background for an English major. Students are encouraged to select elective courses in these areas in addition to those which fulfill GenEd requirements. Students may select any of the following advanced writing courses to fulfill GenEd I.D: ENGL 310; ENGL 313; ENGL 315; ENGL 316; ENGL 317; ENGL 318. Students may, of course, take additional elective units in English.
Some students will be required to complete special competency courses in language and writing in addition to meeting GenEd requirements in English. Students for whom English is not a native language may be required to complete courses in English as a Second Language as a prerequisite to enrollment in ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (see International Undergraduate Admissions).
Records And Advising
To declare an English major a student must file a Change of Major/Minor Form. A concentration/track must also be declared, at this time. The department administrative assistant will assign an advisor and enter the information into PeopleSoft.
Meeting with an advisor each semester is a university requirement. A hold will be placed on your registration until it is released by your advisor.
The advising requirement is a university policy designed to benefit you in several important ways:
Here's what you need to do: Be sure you HAVE an advisor. See Susan Weininger, LA 4210 P, if one has not been assigned to you. Schedule an appointment with your advisor each semester. (It's best not to wait till the day you have to register!)
Special Requirements for English-Education Students
Students in the English-Education Track seeking certification must register with the Secondary Education Department as well as the English Department. You will be assigned advisors by both departments. The Education advisor will assure that you meet all professional requirements (psychology, instructional technology, education, and student teaching). The English advisor will assure that you choose a pattern of English courses pertinent to teaching language arts or English curricula. As a student in English Education, you should be aware that certification and accreditation requirements specify that you must gain experience in the following specific fields through the courses you select:
The Portfolio for English Majors
The portfolio is designed to help you make the most of your English major by reflecting on the work you've done for it so far and future directions for your work. It's the requirement that every English Major maintain a portfolio of materials representing the work he or she did in completing the English major.
How you can use the portfolio
What the portfolio should include
What the portfolio doesn't need to include
Inclusions can be Graded or Ungraded. And bear in mind...
The portfolio is a requirement for completing the English Major. Your Major adviser and your instructors will be glad to discuss the contents of your folder with you and make recommendations. ALL COURSES should be considered possible sources of portfolio-worthy material. However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING YOUR MAJOR PORTFOLIO ON YOUR OWN.
Transfer Credit Policy
The Department of English accepts English credits from accredited colleges and universities. However, to meet GenEd requirements, students must either present 3 transfer credits in a college-level composition course, with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher, or earn a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in ENGL 102 or ENGL 190 at Towson University. Students registering in the department’s major and minor programs must complete a minimum of 12 units in Department of English offerings at Towson University.
Advanced placement and credit for prior learning
The department awards units through the Advanced Placement Program of the university. Also, a selected number of entering freshmen are placed in ENGL 190 rather than ENGL 102. The department offers units for most courses, other than upper-level writing courses, through the Credit for Prior Learning Program. Students applying for credit under this program complete an examination, an interview and at least one paper in the area.