To get the most of your education and to graduate on time consult the catalogue and select classes that interest you. To receive a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communication must take 15 courses in their major (of them at least eight courses at 300 and 400 level) and may choose 14 electives. In addition, all East-West students take 16 general education courses in math, science and humanities. All English majors are required to take EN301, Advanced Composition and EN260, Applied Grammar.
All students wishing to receive a Bachelor’s degree must take the Major Field Assessment Test in their Senior year. The test is usually administered in May.
What skills do the students develop?
In your introductory courses (100 and 200 level), you will listen more carefully, read more perceptively, write more clearly and speak more effectively. In advanced courses (300 and 400 level), you will gain a sense of why things are written the way they are, the different traditions from which readings come, the ability to see the strengths and weaknesses in your and your opponent’s positions and to value different visions of human existence.
Classes recommended for students interested in literature:
Literature courses develop your analytic and interpretive skills. The courses allow you to look at the world through the eyes of other people, other cultures and other time periods and to your own responses to the world and give you new perspectives. You will leave the program with a firm grasp of historical and critical principles and with the ability to examine the values expressed in literature. If you wish to focus on literature, select:
- five courses from the following group: EN205 Creative Writing, EN210 Introduction to Fiction, EN211 Introduction to Drama, EN212 Introduction to Poetry, EN213 Persuasion and Research, EN215 Rhetoric and Public Issues, EN249 Introduction to Film, and EN271 Science Fiction.
- Also take five courses on the junior level, where you have much flexibility. Choose any five from:
- You must also take three other 400 level courses in English and Communications
- the two required classes EN260 Applied Grammar and EN301 Advanced Composition
- American and English literature classes: EN311 American Literature I, EN312 American Literature II, EN313 Contemporary American Literature, EN321 English Literature I, EN322 English Literature II, EN323 English Literature III, EN341 African-American Literature, EN342 Latin American Fiction
- genre classes EN360 Narrative and Horror, EN361 The Role of Romance in Literature, EN362 Mystery and Suspense, EN366 Comedy
- world literature classes: EN331 Ancient World Literature, EN332 World Literature from 100 BC to 1450 CE, EN333 World Literature from 1450 CE to1650, EN334 World Literature from 1650 to 1800, EN335 19th Century World Literature, EN336 Twentieth Century World Literature
- and of course EN406 William Shakespeare.
Classes recommended for students interested in pre-law:
Courses in this area help you interpret and create rational and persuasive arguments. You should take:
- five courses from the following group: BS210 Business Law, EN205 Creative Writing, EN213 Persuasion and Research, EN214 Logic, EN215 Rhetoric and Public Issues, HM210 Introduction to Philosophy;
- you also should take HM211 Ethics and Society, PL310 Development of Political Thought, and three other 300 level courses in English and Communications;
- you also should take EN411 Communication Theory, EN412 Media and Society, EN433 Language and Society, two other 400 level courses in English and Communications,
- the two required classes EN260 Applied Grammar and EN301 Advanced Composition.
Classes recommended for students interested in professional communications, media and public relations:
Courses in this area prepare you to design and present documents both in print and in other media. They help you to argue persuasively for a variety of audiences and in a variety of styles. If you wish to focus on professional communications, you should take:
- five courses from the following group: BS205 Business Communications, CI105 Web Page Design, CI106 Microcomputer Desktop Presentation, EN155 Introduction to Journalism, EN170 Writing for Digital Media , EN205 Creative Writing, EN213 Persuasion and Research, EN215 Rhetoric and Public Issues, EN228 Desktop Publishing , EN220 Introduction to Digital Film;
- you should also take MR201 Principles of Marketing, CP300 Cooperative Education I, MR310 Advertising, and two other 300 level courses in English and Communications;
- you should also take EN411 Communication Theory, EN412 Media and Society, MR420 Special Topics in Marketing , other 400 level course in English and Communications,
- and the two required classes EN260 Applied Grammar and EN301 Advanced Composition.
Students may use the following template to track all classes they are taking to make sure they are on the right track to timely graduation. Each class you take should fit in one of the boxes below. Put checkmarks by the courses you are taking.