Department of English

Faculty

Distinguished Professor
 Ronald Bosco, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
  University of Maryland

Distinguished Teaching Professors
 Jeffrey Berman, Ph.D.
  Cornell University
 Stephen North, D.A. (Collins Fellow)
  University at Albany

Distinguished Teaching Professors Emeriti
 Judith Fetterley, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
  Indiana University
 Eugene K. Garber, Ph.D.
  University of Iowa

Professors Emeriti
 Judith E. Barlow, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
  University of Pennsylvania
 Donald J. Byrd, Ph.D.
  University of Kansas
 Frances Colby Allee, Ph.D.
  Johns Hopkins University
 Robert A. Donovan, Ph.D.
  Washington University
 William A. Dumbleton, Ph.D.
  University of Pennsylvania
 Judith E. Johnson, B.A.
  Barnard College
 Pierre Joris, Ph.D.
  Binghamton University
 Eugene Mirabelli, Ph.D.
  Harvard University
 Daniel W. Odell, Ph.D.
  Cornell University
 Marjorie Pryse, Ph.D.
  University of California, Santa Cruz
 Harry C. Staley, Ph.D.
  University of Pennsylvania

Professors
 Thomas Bass, Ph.D.
  University of California, Santa Cruz
 Thomas D. Cohen, Ph.D.
  Yale University
 Randall T. Craig, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
  University of Wisconsin, Madison
 Lydia Davis, B.A. (Writer in Residence)
  Barnard College
 Teresa Ebert, Ph.D.
  University of Minnesota
 William Kennedy, B.A.
  Siena College
 Martha T. Rozett, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
  University of Michigan
 Charles Shepherdson, Ph.D.
  Vanderbilt University
 Lynne Tillman, B.A. (Writer in Residence)
  Hunter College

Associate Professors Emeriti

 Deborah Dorfman, Ph.D.
  Yale University
 Richard M. Goldman, Ph.D.
  Indiana University
 Edward M. Jennings, Ph.D.
  University of Wisconsin
 Charles Koban, Ph.D.
  University of Illinois
 Rudolph L. Nelson, Ph.D.
  Brown University
 Joan E. Schulz, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
  University of Illinois
 Frederick E. Silva, Ph.D.
  Indiana University
 Donald B. Stauffer, Ph.D.
  Indiana University

Associate Professors
 Richard A. Barney, Ph.D.
  University of Virginia
 Bret Benjamin, Ph.D.
  University of Texas at Austin
 Langdon Brown, Ph.D.
  Cornell University
 Lana Cable, Ph.D.
  Johns Hopkins University
 Helen Regueiro Elam, Ph.D.
  Brown University
 Donald Faulkner, M.Phil
  Yale University
 Jennifer Greiman, Ph.D.
  University of California, Berkeley
 Glyne Griffith, Ph.D.
  University of the West Indies, Mona
 Michael Hill, Ph.D.
  Stony Brook University
 Eric Keenaghan, Ph.D.
  Temple University
 Kir Kuiken, Ph.D.
  University of California, Irvine
 James Lilley, Ph.D.
  Princeton University
 Ineke Murakami, Ph.D.
  University of Notre Dame
 Helene E. Scheck, Ph.D.
  Binghamton University
 Edward L. Schwarzschild, Ph.D.
  Washington University
 Paul Stasi, Ph.D.
  University of California, Berkeley
 Laura Wilder, Ph.D.
  University of Texas at Austin
 Robert P. Yagelski, Ph.D.
  Ohio State University
 Carolyn Yalkut, Ph.D.
  University of Denver

Visiting Associate Professor
 Mary Valentis, Ph.D.
  University at Albany

Assistant Professor Emeritus
 George S. Hastings, Ph.D.
  University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professors
 Patricia Chu, Ph.D.
  University of Chicago
 Erica Fretwell, Ph.D.
  Duke University
 Michael Leong, Ph.D.
  Rutgers University
 Wendy Roberts, Ph.D.
  Northwestern University
 Samantha Schalk, Ph.D.
  Indiana University
 Derek J. Smith, Ph.D.
  Northwestern University
 
Full-Time Lecturer
 Jill Hanifan, D.A.
  University at Albany

Teaching Assistants (estimated): 20


Curriculum

The curriculum of the Department of English is designed to aid students to write effectively, to read critically, and to acquire a sense of the development of literature written in English and of its relation to society. English majors also have the option of applying for admission to the honors program. Students planning to take the GRE for graduate study in English are strongly urged to include course work in pre-1800 British and American literature. All English majors are strongly encouraged to study at least one foreign language. Students may count up to 3 credits toward their English electives from the list of Approved Courses for English Electives.

Careers for the English Majors

The major in English prepares students for any field of work that requires a broad liberal education with special strength in language, critical analysis, and research. English graduates find careers in theatre and film, government, counseling, broadcasting, public policy and administration, banking, retailing and manufacturing, as well as writing, editing, publishing, teaching, advertising, and public relations. The English major is also excellent preparation for advanced study in such professional graduate programs as law, medicine, librarianship, social welfare, theology, and education.

Degree Requirements for the Major in English (36 credits)

  • 12 credits from required courses: A ENG 205Z, 210, 305V, 310
  • 6 credits from the following literature surveys: A ENG 261, 291, 292, 295, or 297
  • 3 credits from 200 to 400 level courses*
  • 9 credits from 300 to 400 level courses
  • 6 credits from 400 level courses

*Students may count 3 credits of approved coursework from other departments from the list below toward the 200 to 400 level requirement.

Additional Requirements
A grade of C or higher in A ENG 210, or permission of instructor, is required in order to register for A ENG 310 and most 400 level courses in English. Completion of 305V, or permission of instructor, is required for most 400 level courses.
Mentorship: English majors are expected to meet with their faculty mentors, assigned by the English Undergraduate Advisement Office, to discuss academic and career goals at least once prior to the start of senior year.

Honors Program in English

The honors program in English is designed to promote intellectual exchange and community among able English majors and to prepare them to do independent work. Successful completion of the program earns an Honors Certificate in English and nomination for graduation with "Honors in English" from the University.

Admission to the honors program is through a competitive selection process. Application for the honors program is normally made in the spring semester of the sophomore year to the honors program coordinator. For admission, students should have completed 12 credits in English, including A ENG 210 and A ENG 305V. A ENG 310 is also recommended. Those who plan to write a creative thesis should have taken A ENG 302Z or 402Z. Students should have an overall average of at least 3.25 and 3.50 in English. The honors committee may waive the entry requirements where appropriate. Transfer students may apply upon acceptance to the University.

To remain in the honors program students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 in English courses and a minimum 3.25 overall. Any student who leaves the honors program is held responsible for the English major requirements.

The Departmental Honors Committee reviews applications and admissions, monitors the progress of honors students, and evaluates the honors thesis. Upon students' completion of the requirements, the honors committee recommends candidates for the degree with honors in English

Degree Requirements for Honors in English (37 credits)

  • 9 credits from major core courses: A ENG 205Z, 210, 310
  • 13 credits from required courses: A ENG 305V, 399Z, 498, 499
  • 6 credits from the following literature surveys: A ENG 261, 291, 292, 295, or 297
  • 3 credits from 200 to 400 level courses*
  • 6 credits from 300 to 400 level courses

Note: A ENG 399 can, with advisement, be replaced by taking a 500 or 600 level course relevant to the thesis topic during the senior year.

*Students may count 3 credits of approved coursework from other departments from the list below toward the 200 to 400 level requirement.

Fulfillment of the honors program waives the regular requirements of the English major. To remain in the honors program students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 in English courses and a minimum 3.25 overall. Any student who leaves the honors program is held responsible for the English major requirements.

Combined B.A./M.A. Program

The combined B.A./M.A. program in English provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of the undergraduate and master's degree programs from the beginning of their junior year.

The combined program requires a minimum of 140 credits, of which at least 30 must be graduate credits. In qualifying for the B.A., students must meet all university and college requirements, including the requirements of the undergraduate major described previously, the minor requirements, the minimum 90 credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, the general education requirements, and residency requirements. In qualifying for the M.A., students must meet all university and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, professional experience, and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the B.A. and M.A. programs.

Students may be admitted to the combined degree program at the beginning of their junior year, or after the successful completion of 56 credits. A cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and three letters of recommendation from faculty are required for consideration. Students will be admitted upon the recommendation of the Graduate Admissions Committee of the department.

Approved Courses for English Electives

Students may count 3 credits toward their 200 to 400 level English electives from the following list of courses. Prerequisites for individual courses follow in parentheses.

Africana Studies
A AFS 340 The Black Essay
A AFS 345 The Black Novel: Black Perspectives
A AFS 355Z Introduction to African-American Poetry
A AFS 375 Black Popular Culture

Anthropology
A ANT 343 Native American Literature
A ANT 360 Social Anthropology
A ANT 363 Ethnology of Religion
A ANT 381 Anthropology of Gender
A ANT 390 Ethnological Theory

East Asian Studies
A EAC 210 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation I
A EAC 211 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation II
A EAC 212 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
A EAC 420 Classical Chinese Poetry
A EAC 430 Chinese Travel Literature
A EAJ 210 Survey of Traditional Japanese Literature
A EAJ 212 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
A EAJ 435 Meiji Literature in Translation
A EAS 270 Women in East Asian Literature

Judaic Studies
A JST 360 Bearing Witness: Holocaust Diaries and Memoirs
A JST 373 The Arab in Israeli Literature

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
A FRE 202 French Literature
A FRE 208 Haiti Through Literature and Film
A FRE 238 Great Classics of French Cinema
A FRE 281 French Canada Through Film and Literature
A FRE 315 Introduction to French Cinema (A FRE 241Z)
A FRE 338 French Cinema and Society (junior or senior class standing or permission)
A FRE 415 French Cinema and Society (A FRE 341Z and 340Z)
A FRE 430 Translation (A FRE 341Z and 340Z)
A FRE 481 Francophone Cultures (A FRE 341)
A ITA 313 Throughout the Ages: Gender, Ideas, and Writing in Italy from 1100 to 1900
A ITA 315 Italian Civilization: Etruscans to Galileo
A ITA 316 Contemporary Italy: Unification to Present
A ITA 318 Italian Cinema and Literature
A ITA 441 Women, Men, Love, and Politics of the Italian Renaissance (A ITA 313 or permission)
A RUS 251 Masterpieces of 19th Century Russian Literature
A RUS 252 Masterpieces of 20th Century Russian Literature
A RUS 253 Contemporary Russian Literature
A RUS 280 Soviet and Russian Cinema
A SPN 311 Hispanic Literature Through the Golden Age (A SPN 223)
A SPN 316 Representative Spanish-American Authors (A SPN 223)
A SPN 318 Topics in Hispanic Film (A SPN 223 or permission of instructor)
A SPN 320 20th Century Spanish-American Literature (A SPN 223)
A SPN 325 The Hispanic Short Story (A SPN 223)
A SPN 326 Spanish-American Poetry and Theatre (A SPN 223)
A SPN 333 Hispanic Literature in Translation
A SPN 414 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean (A SPN 223)
A SPN 418 Hispanic Cinema and Literature (A SPN 223)
A SPN 446 Literature and Human Rights (A SPN 312 and 316)
A SPN 481 The Generation of ’98 (A SPN 312)

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies
A LCS 316 Representative Spanish-American Authors (A SPN 223)
A LCS 318 Introduction to Brazilian Cinema
A LCS 319 20th Century Spanish-American Literature
A LCS 326 Spanish-American Poetry and Theatre
A LCS 327 Four Caribbean Writers
A LCS 414 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean
A LCS 415 Los Latinos en EE.UU: Historia, Cultura, y Literatura

Theatre Studies
A THR 224 Contemporary Issues in Modern Drama
A THR 225 American Theatre History
A THR 228 Voices of Diversity in Contemporary American Theatre and Drama
A THR 230 Great Drama on Film and Video
A THR 450 Directing
A THR 456Z Seminar in Dramatic Literature

Women’s Studies
A WSS 202 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
A WSS 220 Introduction to Feminist Theory
A WSS 240 Classism, Racism, Sexism: Issues
A WSS 270 Women in East Asian Literature
A WSS 281 Women and the Media
A WSS 450 Literature of Feminism: An Interdisciplinary Seminar
A WSS 465 Feminist Theory