English

Why Study English at Eureka?

A degree in English is one of the more versatile degrees you can attain. Gaining the basic, yet fundamental skills of researching, editing, and writing effectively can set you up for success in fields ranging from academia to management to speech writing to freelance writing and professional editing. Eureka College has two literary journals and provides opportunities for students to experience practical internships from newspaper writing to working on grants.

English majors experience personal attention from their faculty, receiving personalized course projects and attending special events hosted by English Department faculty. The department also provides students with networking that includes having current professional authors participate in class, critique student work, and eat dinner with English majors and faculty.

English

The English major rests upon literature as its foundation – national and international texts, in English and in translation, by recognized and less known authors – and enables students to gain insight into the complexity of the human condition through reflective study and appreciation of this literature. In addition, writing is at the core of the English program, for writing, in its many forms, is the suitable expression of the English student’s learning, integration of knowledge, and creativity. The English courses enrich the student of the liberal arts by offering an awareness of literature in its historical, social, and intellectual contexts as well as the study and practice of writing in its diverse forms. The English major offers both a literature and a writing track, as well as the option to earn teacher licensure.

English Instructor

Dr. Kathy Whitson
kwhitson@eureka.edu
(309) 467-6335
Burrus Dickinson – Room 301
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

39 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:
ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG125 Introduction to Literary Studies 3

Plus the requirements of the Literature track:

All of the following:
ENG221 American Literature I 3
ENG231 British Literature I 3
ENG233 British Literature II 3
ENG272 Non-Western Literature 3
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG425W English Seminar 3
One of the following:
ENG222 American Literature II 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
Two of the following writing courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level:
ENG261 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG262 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG265W Writing for the Mass Media 3
ENG314W Technical Writing 3
ENG316W Rhetoric & Scholarship 3
ENG361W Poetry Workshop 3
ENG362 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG363W Creative Nonfiction Workshop 3
ENG392 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG395 Publishing Workshop 3
Two of the following literature courses:
ENG310 Classical Literature 3
ENG320 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG330W Seminar in British Literature 3
ENG350W Seminar in Continental European Literature 3
ENG373 Seminar in Contemporary Literature 3
TOTAL: 39
Recommended Electives
THA282W Dramatic Literature I 3
THA283W Dramatic Literature II 3

39 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:
ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG125 Introduction to Literary Studies 3

Plus the requirements of the Writing track:

Three of the following writing courses:
ENG261 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG262 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG265W Writing for the Mass Media 3
THA290W Playwriting 3
Four of the following writing courses:
ENG314W Technical Writing 3
ENG316W Rhetoric & Scholarship 3
ENG361W Poetry Workshop 3
ENG362 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG363W Creative Non-Fiction Workshop 3
ENG392 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG395 Publishing Workshop 3
ENG495 Internship in Publications 3
Three of the following literature courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level:
ENG221 American Literature I 3
ENG222 American Literature II 3
ENG231 British Literature I 3
ENG233 British Literature II 3
ENG272 Non-Western Literature 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG310 Classical Literature 3
ENG320 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG330W Seminar in British Literature 3
ENG350W Seminar in Continental European Literature 3
ENG373 Seminar in Contemporary Literature 3
THA282W Dramatic Literature I 3
THA283W Dramatic Literature II 3
Plus the following:
ENG411W Seminar in Writing 3
TOTAL: 39

This major leads to licensure at the secondary level in English.

96 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

The requirements of the Literature track:

All of the following:
ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG125 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
All of the following:
ENG221 American Literature I 3
ENG231 British Literature I 3
ENG233 British Literature II 3
ENG272 Non-Western Literature 3
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG425W English Seminar 3
One of the following:
ENG222 American Literature II 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
Two of the following writing courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level:
ENG261 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG262 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG265W Writing for the Mass Media 3
ENG314W Technical Writing 3
ENG316W Rhetoric & Scholarship 3
ENG361W Poetry Workshop 3
ENG362 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG363W Creative Nonfiction Workshop 3
ENG392 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG395 Publishing Workshop 3
Two of the following literature courses:
ENG310 Classical Literature 3
ENG320 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG330W Seminar in British Literature 3
ENG350W Seminar in Continental European Literature 3
ENG373 Seminar in Contemporary Literature 3
Plus all of the following:
COM110 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
THA130 Acting I – Introduction to Acting 3
THA360 Theatre Pedagogy 1
TOTAL: 46

Professional Education Requirements:

All of the following:
EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU185 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 0.5
EDU229 Educating the Exceptional Child 3
EDU240 Secondary Methods in English I 1
EDU340 Secondary Methods in English II 1
EDU350 Language and Literacy in Adolescence 1
EDU366A Secondary Diversity Practicum 1
EDU366B Secondary Content Practicum 1
EDU380 Middle School Methods and Management 3
EDU390 Educational Technology 2
EDU415 Secondary Classroom Management 1
EDU431W Educational Assessment 2
EDU435 Field Experience for Secondary Student Teachers 0.5
EDU440 Methods of Teaching in a Secondary School 2
EDU455 Education Seminar 1
EDU466 Student Teaching 14
TOTAL: 43
Plus all of the following:
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
MAT260 Statistics 3
PSY207 Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development 3
TOTAL: 7

24 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:
ENG125 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
One of the following:
ENG221 American Literature I 3
ENG222 American Literature II 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
One of the following:
ENG231 British Literature I 3
ENG233 British Literature II 3
One of the following:
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG310 Classical Literature 3
ENG320 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG330W Seminar in British Literature 3
ENG350W Seminar in Continental European Literature 3
ENG373 Seminar in Contemporary Literature 3
ENG425W English Seminar 3
TWO OF THE FOLLOWING:
ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG425W English Seminar 3
ENG2xx 200-level literature course 3
ENG3xx 300-level literature course 3
TOTAL: 24

24 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:
ENG120 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Plus 21 hours, of which at least 9 should be at the 300-level or above, chosen from the following:
ENG261 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG262 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG265W Writing for the Mass Media 3
ENG290 Grammar and Structure of English 3
ENG314W Technical Writing 3
ENG316W Rhetoric & Scholarship 3
ENG361W Poetry Workshop 3
ENG362 Fiction Workshop 3
ENG363W Creative Non-Fiction Workshop 3
ENG392 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG395 Publishing Workshop 3
ENG495 Internship in Publications 3
THA290W Playwriting 3
TOTAL: 24

“I chose to be an English Lit major because of my love of reading. In my time in Eureka’s English program, I have not only read and learned about a variety of texts, but also developed relationships with my professors and grown my skills in the field. I think there is value in analyzing works, and I personally feel that I have gained a lot from my major.”

Emily Phillips,
Class of 2017

Eureka Literary Magazine (ELM) is a national literary magazine that gives students experience working in the publishing world. We also have outreach programs. One such program is designed to bring together young writers from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Each month, young writers will have an opportunity to write a short piece (one poem or a prose piece of one to two pages) in response to a common theme. After pieces are posted, then other young writers can send replies either appreciating the works on the page or asking questions about particular details from one of the pieces.

Any young writers interested in participating should send short pieces attached to an e-mail to zjarvis@eureka.edu. The subject of the e-mail should read “Young Writers Project”, and the body of the e-mail should include the writer’s first name, city, and grade level.