Jul 20, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Literature Concentration, English Studies, B.A.

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English Studies

Aruna Krishnamurthy
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Steven Edwards DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld Jennie Snow
Lisa Gim Katharine Covino-Poutasse Collin Syfert
Michael Hoberman Wendy Keyser Wafa Unus
Aruna Krishnamurthy Diego Ubiera  
Frank Mabee Heather Urbanski  
Irene Martyniuk    
Benjamin Railton    
Elisabet Takehana    
Kisha Tracy    

Objectives for the Program in English Studies

Through a variety of specialized programs, English majors can obtain a bachelor of arts English-Literature, bachelor of arts English-Professional Writing, bachelor of arts English- Initial Licensure, and bachelor of science English-Literature, bachelor of science English-Professional Writing, bachelor of science English-Initial Licensure.

The English Studies program offers students a) knowledge of the broad field of literature in English, b) in-depth knowledge of its diverse aspects, c) the reading, writing, and research tools for exploring the field and its boundaries, and d) ample opportunity for hands-on experience in related fields.

Requirements for the Major in English Studies

Approaches to English Studies (ENGL 2999 ) provides an introduction to the discipline. All English majors must satisfactorily complete the course by the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students must take ENGL 2999  during their first year at the university, unless exempted by the department chair, based on evaluation of transfer course work. English majors in all concentrations must fulfill common core requirements, including the Senior Capstone. See individual tracks for specific requirements in addition to the above.

  • A course in speech fulfills the speaking and listening requirement, where applicable.

Core Courses for All English Studies Concentrations

All English Majors are required to take 21 credits from the following courses:

Three Literature Surveys 9 cr.

One Upper Level Literature: 4000 Level 3 cr.

Capstone 3 cr.

Student Learning Outcomes

Literature Concentration Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to closely read and interpret diverse texts.
  • Students will be able to exchange critical viewpoints about literary and cultural topics.
  • Students will be able to produce scholarly work that include critical readings and the use and citation of scholarly sources.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge about the scope, genres, and historical and critical contexts of literature.

BA in English Studies—Literature

42 Credit Hours: 21 Core and 21 Literature Track

  • Second-year language proficiency is required.
  • This program also provides preparation for Initial Licensure for Teaching Secondary and Middle School 5-12 English.

Students in this concentration will fulfill core requirements as well as one course from the following categories mentioned below.

Special Authors

Junior/Senior Seminar 3 cr.

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