Dual Majors in Education and English
When combined with Education, the English major requires each student to take 11 courses in English:
4 Critical Content Courses
LIT 200 – Introduction to Poetry
LIT 201 – Approaches to Literature
LIT 202 – Cultures and Canons
LNG 201 – Introduction to the English Language OR LNG 202 – Structure and History of the English Language or WLC 215 Introduction to Lingustics
3 Courses in Literary History
Choose three 200- or 300-level courses from the department’s offerings in literary history before Modernism. At least one of these courses must be in literature before the Restoration (that is, before 1660).
2 English Electives
Choose two electives from the literature (LIT), language/linguistics (LNG) and creative writing (CWR) courses offered by the department. In order to promote interdisciplinarity, students may, with permission of the Associate Chair, fill one of these electives with a relevant 200-level or higher course in literature, linguistics, aesthetics, cultural studies, film or writing from another program or department at TCNJ. Neither ECE 102 nor RAL 225 is accepted (RAL 225 has a large storytelling component rather than being exclusively literary), but WGS 225 Gender in Children’s Literature is accepted.
2 Literary Capstones
Two Capstones in different semesters. Most students will complete the requirement with two sections of LIT 499 Seminars in Research and Theory. These topics-based courses are writing and theory-intensive and will emphasize independent research. By permission of the Associate Chair, LIT 497 Seminar in Literary Theory may substitute for one LIT 499, and a student writing an honors thesis in the senior year may do so in place of the second LIT 499, but a student may not make both substitutions; that is, every student is required to complete at least one LIT 499. LIT 201 is an absolute pre-requisite for LIT 499 and LIT 497.
Note: Only 6 courses at the 200-level (and none below the 200-level) will apply to the English liberal arts major, so plan wisely.