Jun 16, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English


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Faculty

Associate Professor Theresa DeFrancis, Chairperson

Professors: Steven Carter, Lucinda Damon-Bach, Jeannette M. Lindholm, Lisa N. Mulman, Jude V. Nixon, John David Scrimgeour, Nancy Schultz, Ann M. Taylor, Jeffrey S. Theis, Keja L. Valens, Pierre A. Walker, Julie Whitlow

Associate Professors: Michael P. Jaros, Scott A. Nowka, Alexandria Peary, Arthur Riss, Stephenie Young

Assistant Professors: Regina Flynn, Amy Jo Minett, January O’Neil, Roopika Risam, Tonya Rodrigue

Faculty Emeriti

Professors: Michael Antonakes, Paul Beauvais, Eric Branscomb, Patricia L. Buchanan, Mary Elizabeth Devine, Francis P. Devlin, Perry Glasser, Patricia A. Gozemba, John M. Green, Rod Kessler, Claire Keyes, Thomas E. Luddy, William E. Mahaney, John W. P. McHale, Patricia Parker, Donnalee Rubin, Carl A. Stecher, Joseph Williams, Richard P. Zollo


Department Mission Statement

Profound literacy is the hallmark of a liberal education. To that end, English department courses involve instruction and study in literature and writing, the emphasis varying according to course content. Through intensive reading and analysis, students develop a critical appreciation of literature written in disparate times and places. Through expository writing, students learn techniques for conducting research and for drafting and revising analytic and persuasive essays based on critical reading. In creative writing, students develop an aesthetic through practicing the craft of various genres. The English department prepares students for professional and academic leadership including careers in teaching and writing.

General Statement:

The English Department at Salem State offers courses and programs that provide a solid liberal arts foundation for positions in such areas as education, law, healthcare, business, publishing, editing, public service, freelance writing, and the arts. The department also offers concentrations in such areas as Literature, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing.  Classes are small and led by an enthusiastic faculty in the forefront of their respective fields. The English major at SSU prepares students to participate successfully in a variety of professional environments.

Programs Offered

Combined Bachelor of Arts English/Master of Education Secondary Education with a Teacher Education Minor  

Combined Bachelor of Arts English/Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  

Bachelor of Arts – English

Concentrations

Creative Writing   
Professional Writing  

Minors (for non-English majors)

Dramatic Literature 
English 
Film Studies  
Professional Writing 
Writing  

Academic Advising

The Registration Procedure requires close contact between English majors and their Department advisors. All majors, including all approved Change of Majors and Transfers are assigned an advisor in the English Department. Lists are posted outside the Department Office (MH 249), are distributed to all faculty advisors, and can be found online in Navigator. English majors should maintain regular contact with their assigned advisors to assure fulfillment of all-university and departmental requirements and to remain aware of any changes in programs and requirements.

When setting up their programs, majors should keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. All majors must declare a minor by the end of their Sophomore year; Junior transfers by the end of their first semester.
  2. English majors who wish to pursue one of the departmental concentrations should be certain to follow the required and recommended course selections.
  3. To declare a concentration, English majors or prospective majors must meet with the concentration coordinator who will initial the request form, then the Department Chairperson will sign it.

Forms for declaring minors and concentrations are available from the Department office and online.

All majors, in consultation with their advisors, should track their academic progress through Navigator and should keep updated flow sheets to insure compliance with all major and university requirements. Majors and minors with advising questions should first contact their assigned advisors.

Bachelor of Arts in English

The Program: 42 hours in English including 27 hours of required courses in specified categories and 9 hours of electives. At least 9 hours must be at the 400 level or higher.

First-year English majors are required to take ENL 110 Foundations of Writing . They are also required to take  ENL 160 Literature I: Reading Broadly  and ENL 161 Literature II: Reading Closely 

The required course categories are:

National/Postnational.  9 credit hours, to be divided as follows:

3 credit hours in pre-19th Century British and Anglophone literature
3 credit hours in pre-20th Century United States and the Americas literature
3 credit hours in Postnational 20th and 21st Century literature

Genre, Major/Minor Author, Period, Topic.  6 credit hours.

Approaches to Language, Literacy, and Writing.  6 credit hours.

Approaches to Theory.  3 credit hours.

Capstone Experience. 3 credit hours.
 

English Courses by Category

British and Anglophone Pre-19th Century

ENL 240 British Literary Studies I  
ENL 241 British Literary Studies II  
ENL 340 Shakespeare I  
ENL 341 Shakespeare II  
ENL 442 Studies in Shakespeare  
ENL 443 Seventeenth Century English Poetry  
ENL 444 Origins of the British Novel  

United States and the Americas Pre-20th Century

ENL 250 American Literary Studies I  
ENL 255 African American Literature I  
ENL 450 Early American Literature  
ENL 451 American Romanticism  
ENL 452 American Realism  
ENL 453 American Naturalism  

Postnational 20th and 21st Century Literature

ENL 140 Contemporary British Culture After Empire  
ENL 233 Contemporary Society Through Literature  
ENL 251 American Literary Studies II  
ENL 253 American Ethnic Literatures Since World War II  
ENL 256 African American Literature II  
ENL 282 World Drama  
ENL 338 Poetry I (Modern)  
ENL 339 Poetry II (Contemporary)  
ENL 344  Twentieth Century British Fiction
ENL 345 Twentieth Century British Literature  
ENL 352 U.S. Latino/a Literature  
ENL 354 Native American Literature  
ENL 360 Irish Literature and Culture  
ENL 365 Modern European Novel  

  
ENL 380 Modern Drama I  
ENL 381 Modern Drama II 
ENL 447 English Literature Between the Wars: 1920-40  
ENL 454 Modern American Literature  
ENL 460 Postcolonial Literature  
  
  
  
ENL 482 Women in Drama  

Genre

ENL 230 Introduction to Poetry  
ENL 232 Novels: Art as Entertainment  
ENL 266 Poetry of Peace and War  
ENL 270 History of the Cinema  
ENL 271 Film Analysis  
ENL 272 Literature and Film I  
ENL 273 Literature and Film II  
ENL 276 Classics of World Cinema 
ENL 280 Drama I 
ENL 281 Drama II 
ENL 282 World Drama  
ENL 313 Survey of Journalistic Styles  
ENL 321 The Craft of Poetry 
ENL 322 The Craft of Fiction 
ENL 330 Short Story  

  
ENL 332 Novel I  
ENL 333 Novel II  
ENL 334 Literature for Children in the Elementary Grades  
  
  
ENL 339 Poetry II (Contemporary)  
ENL 340 Shakespeare I  
ENL 341 Shakespeare II  
  
  
ENL 365 Modern European Novel  
  
ENL 368 Mystery Fiction  
ENL 370 Women in Literature and Film I  
  
ENL 372 Graphic Novels  
ENL 373 Special Topics in Film  
ENL 374 Third Cinema  
ENL 375 American Musical Film  
ENL 376 Topics in Science Fiction Film  
ENL 380 Modern Drama I  
ENL 381 Modern Drama II  
ENL 410 Workshop in Literary Journalism  
ENL 420 Creative Writing Workshop: Scriptwriting  
ENL 421 Creative Writing Workshop: Non-fiction  
ENL 422 Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction  
  
  
ENL 443 Seventeenth Century English Poetry  
ENL 444 Origins of the British Novel  
ENL 463 Experiments in the Contemporary Novel  
ENL 480 Twentieth Century British Drama  
ENL 481 Modern American Drama  
ENL 482 Women in Drama  

Period

ENL 251 American Literary Studies II  
ENL 253 American Ethnic Literatures Since World War II  
ENL 338 Poetry I (Modern)  
ENL 339 Poetry II (Contemporary) 
ENL 345 Twentieth Century British Literature  
ENL 353 Literature for Young Adults  
ENL 364 Nineteenth Century European Novel  
ENL 365 Modern European Novel  
ENL 441 Special Topic in Renaissance Literature  
ENL 443 Seventeenth Century English Poetry  
ENL 445 English Romanticism  
ENL 446 VIctorian Literature  
ENL 447 English Literature Between the Wars: 1920-40  
ENL 450 Early American Literature  
ENL 451 American Romanticism  
ENL 452 American Realism  
ENL 453 American Naturalism  
ENL 454 Modern American Literature  
ENL 460 Postcolonial Literature  
ENL 462 Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature  
ENL 480 Twentieth Century British Drama  
ENL 481 Modern American Drama  

Topic

ENL 130 Topics in Literary Expression and Appreciation 
ENL 162 Foundations of World Literature  
ENL 163 World Literature, 18th Century to Present  
ENL 164 Topics in Literature and the Human Past 
ENL 245H Literature and the Humanities  (Honors)
ENL 253 American Ethnic Literatures Since World War II  
ENL 255 African American Literature I  
ENL 256 African American Literature II   
ENL 262 Classics of World Literature I  
ENL 263 Classics of World Literature II 
ENL 267 Reading World Cultures  
ENL 334 Literature for Children in the Elementary Grades  
ENL 337 The Literature of Travel  
ENL 350 American Women Poets  
ENL 352 U.S. Latino/a Literature  
ENL 353 Literature for Young Adults  
ENL 360 Irish Literature and Culture  
ENL 362 Women and Fiction  
ENL 363 The Search for God  
ENL 366 The Caribbean Experience in Literature  
ENL 370 Women in Literature and Film I  
ENL 371 Women in Literature and Film II  
ENL 411 Special Topics in Professional Writing  
ENL 440 Arthurian Literature  
ENL 441 Special Topic in Renaissance Literature  
ENL 456 Nature in American Literature  
ENL 461 Literature of the Bible  
ENL 482 Women in Drama   

Author

ENL 340 Shakespeare I  
ENL 341 Shakespeare II 
ENL 369 Special Topics in Literature 
ENL 531 Seminar in Literature: Single Author  

Approaches to Language, Literacy, and Writing

ENL 201 Introduction to Language  
ENL 220 Introduction to Creative Writing  
ENL 231 Literature and the Reader  
ENL 300 Advanced Writing  
ENL 305 History of the English Language  
ENL 306 Grammar and Style  
ENL 307 Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Second Language  
ENL 308 Language in Society  
ENL 310 Introduction to Professional Writing  
ENL 311 Editing for Publication  
ENL 314 Business Writing  
ENL 315 Technical Writing  
ENL 316 Travel Writing  
ENL 317 Digital Writing  
ENL 318 Food Writing  
ENL 321 The Craft of Poetry  
ENL 322 The Craft of Fiction  
ENL 405 Linguistics  
ENL 410 Workshop in Literary Journalism  
ENL 411 Special Topics in Professional Writing  
ENL 412 Seminar in Modern Publishing  
ENL 420 Creative Writing Workshop: Scriptwriting  
ENL 421 Creative Writing Workshop: Non-fiction  
ENL 422 Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction  
ENL 423 Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry  
ENL 424 Special Topics in English: Creative Writing  
ENL 502 Writing Skills Center Practicum  
ENL 508 Internship in English  

Approaches to Theory

ENL 390 Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory  
ENL 490 Contemporary Literature Theory  
ENL 495 Special Topics in Theory and Criticism   

Capstone Experiences

ENL 500 Directed Study  
ENL 505 Creative Writing Thesis  
ENL 508 Internship in English  
ENL 510 Portfolio Seminar  
ENL 530 Seminar: Literature I  
ENL 531 Seminar in Literature: Single Author  
ENL 600H Honors Seminar  
ENL 601H Senior Honors Project in English  

Concentrations for English Majors

Creative Writing (18 credits)
Coordinator: J.D. Scrimgeour

Required:ENL 310 Introduction to Professional Writing  and ENL 220 Introduction to Creative Writing  and three courses from the following list: ENL 321 The Craft of Poetry , ENL 322 The Craft of Fiction , ENL 411 Special Topics in Professional Writing , ENL 412 Seminar in Modern Publishing , ENL 420 Creative Writing Workshop: Scriptwriting  ENL 421 Creative Writing Workshop: Non-fiction , ENL 422 Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction , ENL 423 Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry , ENL 424 Special Topics in English: Creative Writing , and in the senior year, either ENL 505 Creative Writing Thesis  or ENL 601H Senior Honors Project in English .

Professional Writing (18 credits)
Coordinator: Regina Flynn

Required: ENL 310 Introduction to Professional Writing  and ENL 220 Introduction to Creative Writing  and ENL 510 Portfolio Seminar  that should be taken in the senior year and four courses from the following list:  ENL 311 Editing for Publication ENL 313 Survey of Journalistic Styles , ENL 314 Business Writing , ENL 315 Technical Writing , ENL 316 Travel Writing , ENL 317 Digital Writing , ENL 318 Food Writing ENL 410 Workshop in Literary Journalism , ENL 411 Special Topics in Professional Writing , ENL 412 Seminar in Modern Publishing , ENL 424 Special Topics in English: Creative Writing ENL 502 Writing Skills Center Practicum , ENL 508 Internship in English .

Combined Bachelor of Arts English/Master of Education Secondary Education with a Teacher Education Minor
Coordinator: Roopika Risam

The English department offers an integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree program in Secondary Education English with an application process occurring in the second year.  Students seeking initial licensure to teach in the public schools must apply  to the combined program and complete an approved minor in Teacher Education .  Students will apply to the licensure program in the spring of their second year and will begin the licensure program in their third year.  Students who successfully complete the undergraduate portion will continue to a fifth year and will graduate with a Master of Education with eligibility for initial licensure at the conclusion of the fifth year of study, assuming all academic and licensure standards are met.

Admissions requirements to the licensure program include, but are not limited to:

  • A passing score on the Communication and Literacy portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL);
  • 3.0 minimum GPA in prior college course work;
  • Demonstrated work with children;
  • Interview;
  • Recommendation form from EDC115 Exploring Education instructor (if class was taken at SSU);
  • In-person writing sample from a prompt.

Exceptions may be made to the above-referenced requirements at the discretion of the admissions committee.  Retention in the program is based on satisfactory academic progress (maintenance of a 3.0 GPA) and the passing of specific MTEL tests required for licensure in the chosen field.  Students who do not meet these retention guidelines must exit the program and complete a degree without licensure. 

Combined Bachelor of Arts English/Master or Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Coordinator: Julie Whitlow

The field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or TESOL works toward English education for K -12 children, adult immigrants, international students preparing for academic study, and those seeking to learn English in a wide-range of language schools and programs both in the U.S. and overseas.

This combined BA English/MAT program allows the English major who is interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages to earn two degrees in five years.

Students can pursue either:

  1. the Licensure Track of the MAT which will prepare students to teach in an English as a Second Language setting in a Massachusetts classroom. Completion of the initial licensure track incorporates pre-practicum hours and a practicum in a K-12 setting for those seeking licensure in Massachusetts as outlined by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or
  2. the Non-Licensure track which will not lead to K-12 licensure but will prepare students to work in an adult, overseas, or community program. In addition to coursework, those not seeking licensure would have a supervised Field Experience course in lieu of the supervised practicum and the opportunity to partner with a community agency offering adult ESOL classes to gain valuable service learning experience.

Admissions requirements to the program include:

  • Completion of 45 credits;
  • 3.0 minimum GPA for both admission and retention;
  • Application before having completed 90 credits. Exceptions may be made for students who are seniors but who still have at least 30 credits of required courses remaining to graduate;
  • A passing score on the Communication and Literacy portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for those interested in the MAT Licensure Track.

Additional Programs and Resources

Interdisciplinary Courses

The English Department participates in several Interdisciplinary programs, offering courses in such areas as American Studies, Women’s Studies, Peace Studies, and Marine Studies. The content and approach of these courses are coordinated with offerings of other participating departments.

Internships

The English Department offers internships in order to bring its majors and minors into contact with professional employment. As experiential learning, internships provide students with on-the-job experience and training in areas directly connected to their concentrations in English. Internships are usually taken in the students’ Senior year after they have completed most, or all, of their major requirements. Students will need an intern advisor and permission of the Department Chairperson to enroll in ENL 508 Internship in English . For more information, contact Professor Regina Flynn, Internship Coordinator rflynn@salemstate.edu. All majors may apply for internships, not just those concentrating in Professional Writing.

The Writing Center

The English Department’s Writing Center, located in the Berry Library and Learning Commons, serves English majors in two related ways: first, the Center gives majors the opportunity to receive individualized attention to their writing in one-on-one sessions with a trained, informed tutor; second, as an experiential learning opportunity, majors become part of the Writing Center staff. With a faculty recommendation, majors may enroll in ENL 502 Writing Skills Center Practicum , the training course for students who would like to tutor in the Center. After successfully completing the course, majors can work in the Center as paid tutors.

Associations and Publications   

Honor Society      

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society, with over 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature.

The English Society

The English Society is an open arts society that offers support and community for students interested in literature and writing. The Society sponsors student readings and other literary events. We are always interested in new members. Please contact the Department Chair for more information.

Red Skies

Red Skies is the on-line magazine produced by the students of Salem State University. Published under the auspices of the Professional Writing Program, Red Skies’ features include investigative journalism, interviews, profiles, opinion, travel essays, as well as creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry, art work, and short films. For those interested in working on Red Skies, please contact Professor Regina Flynn, at rflynn@salemstate.edu, MH105, 978.542.6886, or send email to the student editorial staff: redskiesmagazine@gmail.com.  Red Skies may be viewed at http://redskies.salemstate.edu.

Soundings East

Students have the opportunity to serve on the staff of Soundings East, the international literary magazine of Salem State University that publishes high quality work from writers throughout the world. Students interested in working on Soundings East should contact the Coordinator of Creative Writing, J.D. Scrimgeour (jscrimgeour@salemstate.edu). Students may also submit poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. Submissions can be dropped off in the English Department.

Events

The Department sponsors events each year which are of interest to English majors and minors. One valuable way for students to learn of all such events is to be included in the English Department mailing list.

The Writers’ Series

In conjunction with the Center for the Arts, the English Department sponsors the Salem State Writers’ Series. The series has several events each semester, bringing accomplished authors to campus to read and speak to students. The events also include annual student and faculty readings. All events are free and open to the public.

First Year Writing Competition

The Department sponsors a writing contest for first-year students enrolled in composition classes.

English Minors for Non-English Majors

Students who minor in English are welcome to participate in all department activities. Minor programs may be selected from the following choices; further information on minors is available at the Department office. Upcoming changes to the minors, will align the minors with the general education curriculum. Current minors will have the option of following the current or new minor requirements.

English (18 credits). The English minor allows students to explore all aspects of the discipline. Students may focus on a variety of literature courses or combine literature and writing.
Required: Six courses (one literature sequence and four free English electives); at least two courses must be at the 300 level or above.

Writing (15 credits). The minor in Writing offers students the opportunity to explore creative and professional writing.
Required: Five ENL courses in writing.

Dramatic Literature (18 credits). The minor in Dramatic Literature allows students interested in theatre to study the major works and genres in the field.
Required: Six courses selected from the following: ENL 280  , ENL 281 , ENL 282 , ENL 340 , ENL 341 , ENL 380 , ENL 381 , ENL 442 , ENL 480 , ENL 481 , ENL 482 .

Professional Writing (18 credits). The minor in Professional Writing introduces students to the temperament and skills required for leadership in collaborative and creative environments where information is prepared in diverse forms.
Required: Six courses: one literature sequence (6 credits),  ENL 310 , ENL 411 , and ENL 510   and one elective course  selected from the following: ENL 220 , ENL 300 ENL 306 ENL 313  ,ENL 315 , ENL 316 , ENL 317 ENL 410 ENL 412 ENL 421 ENL 502 , ENL 508 .

Film Studies (18 Credits). The minor in Film Studies allows students to study in a sustained and in-depth manner our rapidly increasing visual culture. Students will explore film as an aesthetic, cultural, and historical form, consider the particularities of the medium and the vocabulary of film, engage debates in film theory, and learn about a variety of particular filmic genres and issues. The minor in Film Studies consists of 18 credits of courses designed to provide a balanced program of experiences in theoretical and practical aspects of film studies. Required: six courses ENL 270  and ENL 271  and four courses selected from the following: ART 303 , ART 381 , COM 301 , COM 302 , ENL 272 , ENL 273 , ENL 276 , ENL 370 , ENL 371 , ENL 373 , ENL 374 , ENL 375 , ENL 376 , ENL 420 , ENL 508 .

All-University Requirements 

First-Year Writing Requirement: Students satisfy the first-year writing requirement by successfully completing ENL 110  or another designated W-I course. Students in the Honors Program satisfy the first-year writing requirement by successfully completing ENL 110H . Students whose first language is not English have the option of satisfying the first-year writing requirement by successfully completing ENL 109  (instead of ENL110).

To determine the correct first-year writing course to take, students must participate in a writing placement.

Writing Placement: Incoming students to the University select their first-year writing courses through online directed self-placementy. Students select from ENL 105 Introduction to College Writing , ENL 108 Academic Writing for Multilingual Writers , ENL 109 Foundations of Writing (ESL) , and ENL 110 Foundations of Writing . All four courses provide three credits which count toward graduation.


Exemption Policies:

Advanced Placement Examination. Exemption from ENL 110  (W-I) will be granted to students who achieve a score of 4 or higher on the College Entrance Board Advanced Placement Examination for Language and Composition. Students who achieve a score of 3 on the Examination for Language and Composition may be granted exemption from ENL 110  (W-I) upon submitting a writing portfolio which is deemed to meet review criteria; portfolios are submitted to the First-Year Writing Coordinator, Dr. Alexandria Peary. Exemption carries three credits.

Scholastic Aptitude Test. Exemption from ENL 110  (W-I) will be granted to students who achieve either an SAT Writing score of 620 or higher or an SAT Essay sub-score of 10 or higher. (Effective in 2016, the SAT Essay, an optional component of the redesigned SAT, will be required for exemption: the score for exemption to be determined.) Exemption carries three credits.

A maximum award of three credits for ENL 110  (W-I) will be granted for students who meet any of the exemption criteria above.

Honors Program
For students in the Honors Program, ENL 110H  is a required course for all entering honors first-year students. Three English elective credits will be granted to incoming honors students who meet the W-I exemption criteria above in lieu of credit for ENL 110 . ENL 110H , as the only common first-year course for the learning community, orients students to the program and to intellectual inquiry, preparing students for the writing challenges ahead in other writing-intensive honors courses. Students transferring into the Honors Program from another college who have transfer credit in ENL 102  are not required to take ENL 110H . Students who completed ENL 110  at Salem State prior to acceptance into the Honors Program are also exempted from ENL 110H.

AP Credit Policy for English Literature and Composition
Students who achieve a score of 4 or higher on the College Entrance Board Advanced Placement Examination for Literature and Composition will earn three English elective credits.

Students Whose First Language Is Not English Including International Students:
Students whose first language is not English including international students complete online directed self-placement and select between ENL 108 Academic Writing for Multilingual Writers  and ENL 109 Foundations of Writing (ESL) .  ENL 109  satisfies the all-college W-I requirement.

Courses for the Core: Many English Department courses fulfill category requirements in the current general education and pre-2014 core curricula (Please consult current lists of available courses).