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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2018/2019)
14.6 English

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14.6.1 Department of English Description

In the Department of English students will encounter ideas, both new and old, and texts, both experimental and traditional. Students will read some of the best works in literature and culture, and will engage in provocative conversations about meaning, literary history, the future, identity, and their place in the world. All of the programs offered by the Department of English are designed to help students to think critically, read closely, and to write effectively. It doesn't matter whether students are pursuing a Major, a Minor, or an Honours degree, as they will find a diverse range of courses taught by highly knowledgeable and dynamic professors.

A Bachelor of Arts in English is one of the most versatile degrees a student can obtain because of the universal creative focus achieved through literary study.

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department of English:

  1. Major in Communication Studies

  2. Major in English

  3. Major in English with Specialization in Theatre/Drama

  4. Minor in English

  5. Joint Major in English

  6. Honours in English

  7. Joint Honours in English and Another Major Subject

14.6.1.1 General Information
  1. Students who choose an Honours, Major or Minor degree in English are encouraged to consult with the Head of the Department or the Manager of Academic Programs to receive advice on English course selection.

  2. Students wishing to pursue an Honours program in English must apply for admission to the Head of Department through the Office of the Registrar. Admission to the program is in accordance with University Regulations and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours Degree) Regulations. Students are encouraged to apply before or during their fourth semester. It is strongly recommended that students have completed at least five English courses, including English 2000, 2001, and 3200 or 3201 before applying.

  3. Programs at the Grenfell Campus contain some courses that are not available in St. John’s and students wishing to transfer from the St. John’s Campus to the Grenfell Campus may have difficulty in completing their program in a timely manner.

  4. Students using ENGL 1020 and 1021 to fulfill the Language Study Requirement are permitted to complete up to an additional 6 credit hours in Department of English Critical Reading and Writing courses at the 1000 level in order to fulfill the Critical Reading and Writing Requirement.

14.6.1.2 Course Prerequisites

The following course prerequisites apply to all English courses and programs:

  1. All students must complete 6 credit hours in English at the 1000-level as follows: one of English 1090 or 1000, and one of English 1001, 1110, 1191, 1192, 1193.

  2. In the case of students whose first language is not English and who take 1020 or the former 1030, that course and one of English 1000, 1001, 1021, 1090, 1191, 1192, 1193 are prerequisites for all other courses.

  3. Normally, no student shall register for any English course at the 3000 level unless the student has already completed at least 3 credit hours in English at the 2000 level.

  4. Normally, no student shall register for any English course at the 4000 level unless the student has already completed at least 3 credit hours in English at the 3000 level.

14.6.1.3 Courses That Fulfill National or Period Requirements in English Programs
  1. Courses can only ever count for 3 credit hours. For example, although English 4271 can satisfy both the American requirement and a 4000-level requirement, students in an Honours, Joint Honours, or Major in English program, will have to complete another course to satisfy the total number of credit hours required by the program.

  2. Courses which consider more than one century or nationality may fulfill the requirement for one or the other but not for both categories.

English course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, English and are designated by ENGL.

14.6.2 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. A student must meet the requirements for a departmental Major, Minor, or Honours program and also meet the Program Regulations – General and Honours Degrees for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A student is therefore advised to consult with the Admission to the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Programs regulations, the Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees which also includes the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, The Major Program, and The Minor Program regulations. Information regarding honours programs is available at Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations as well as under each department’s regulations.

A student is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss available programs and requirements in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences including the Core Requirements, The Major Program, The Minor Program, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations. A student is advised to declare a program of study, including a Major and a Minor, before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a Major and Minor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a list of advisors are available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

14.6.3 General Degrees
14.6.3.1 Major in English
  1. Students who choose English as their major subject shall complete at least 36 credit hours in English.

  2. Nine of these 36 credit hours must be taken at the 3000-level or above.

  3. Students are strongly encouraged to complete English 2000 and 2001 within their first five semesters.

  4. The 36 credit hours shall include:

    1. 6 credit hours in English courses at the first-year level;

    2. English 2000 and 2001;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. 3 credit hours in Canadian literature;

    5. 3 credit hours in American literature;

    6. 6 credit hours at the 4000-level; and

    7. 9 credit hours in additional English courses.

14.6.3.2 Major in English with Specialization in Theatre/Drama
  1. In addition to the Major in English defined above, the Department offers an English major with a specialization in theatre/drama.

  2. Students who choose an English major with a specialization in theatre/drama shall complete 36 credit hours in English, including:

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the first-year level;

    2. English 2000, 2002, 2450, 2451, 4400, 4401;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. English 4300 or 4301;

    5. one of English 3156, 3171, 3260, 4302; and

    6. English 3021 or 3022.

14.6.3.3 Minor in English
  1. Requirements for the Minor may not be chosen from cross-listed courses when they are conducted by another department.

  2. Students who choose to complete a Minor in English shall complete at least 27 credit hours in English as follows:

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the first-year level;

    2. English 2000; 2001, one of English 2002, 2003, 2004;

    3. minimum of 6 credit hours at the 3000-level or above, including one of English 3200 or 3201; and

    4. 6 credit hours in additional English courses including at least 3 credit hours in Canadian Literature as outlined under Table 1 English Courses to Fulfill Requirements for the Minor, Major, and Honours Programs in English.

14.6.3.4 Joint Major in English

As an alternative to a minor, a student may choose to complete a major in English and a major in another eligible program in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Joint Major Program requires 3 fewer credit hours in each participating major as prescribed in each program’s Calendar entry. For the joint major in English, 3 fewer credit hours shall be required to fulfill clause 4.g. of the Major in English above.

14.6.3.5 Courses to Fulfill Requirements for the Minor, Major, and Honours Programs in English
Table 1 English Courses to Fulfill Requirements for the Minor, Major, and Honours Programs in English

Level

Canadian Literature

American Literature

Pre-19th Century

19th Century

20th and 21st Century

2000-Level

2150, 2151, 2160

2160, 2216, 2217, 2218

2211

2122, 2150, 2151, 2212, 2811, 2813, 2815

3000-Level

3152, 3153, 3155, 3156, 3157, 3158, 3820, 3848

3260, 3261, 3262, 3263, 3265, 3848

3001, 3002, 3006, 3021, 3022, 3130, 3190, 3819, 3828

3152, 3160, 3161, 3172, 3175, 3190, 3710, 3711, 3819, 3830

3100, 3152, 3153, 3155, 3156, 3157, 3158, 3160, 3161, 3172, 3175, 3190, 3260, 3265, 3711, 3713, 3714, 3811, 3819, 3820, 3830, 3843, 3844, 3848

4000-Level

4821, 4822, 4850, 4851

4271, 4272

4000, 4010, 4030, 4040, 4041, 4050, 4051, 4210, 4211, 4271, 4500, the former 4501, 4600, 4601

4050, 4051, 4060, 4061, 4070, 4271, 4300, the former 4805, 4817, 4821, 4851

4070, 4071, 4080, 4101, 4272, 4300, 4810, 4817, 4819, 4821, 4822, 4850

14.6.4 Honours Degrees
14.6.4.1 Honours Degree with English as Major Subject

An Honours degree in English is generally required for admission to a graduate program in the discipline.

  1. Students who choose to complete an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English must complete 60 credit hours in English courses.

  2. At least 36 of these credit hours must be taken at the 3000-level or above.

  3. Courses will be chosen in consultation with the Head of Department.

  4. In their final year, all Honours English students will be required to present an Honours Essay (English 4999). The semester before they plan to undertake their Honours Essay, students must receive approval of their chosen topic from the Head of the Department, who will then appoint an appropriate supervisor.

  5. Any course that considers more than one national literature or period fulfills only one requirement for the Honours degree in English.

  6. No courses at the 4000-level may be chosen from courses offered by another department.

  7. The 60 credit hours shall include:

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the 1000-level;

    2. English 2000 and 2001;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. English 2122 or 3160;

    5. English 2160;

    6. 3 credit hours in Canadian literature;

    7. 3 credit hours in American literature;

    8. English 4100 and 4101;

    9. English 4900 or 4901;

    10. 3 credit hours in pre-19th century literature (excluding 3200 and 3201);

    11. 3 credit hours in 19th century literature;

    12. English 2600 or 3500 or 3600;

    13. 12 credit hours in additional English courses, of which 3 credit hours must be at the 3000-level or above, and 6 credit hours must be at the 4000-level; and

    14. English 4999.

14.6.4.2 Joint Honours Degree in English and Another Major Subject

See Bachelor of Arts (Honours Degree) Regulations.

  1. A student’s program for Joint Honours must be approved by each Head of Department and conform to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences General Regulations for Joint Honours degrees.

  2. Students shall complete at least 45 credit hours in English, of which at least 27 credit hours shall be at the 3000-level or above.

  3. English courses at the 4000-level may not be chosen from those offered by another department.

  4. Any course that considers more than one national literature or period fulfills only one requirement for the Honours degree in English.

  5. Students will write their Honours Essay for only one of the two departments from which they are taking Joint Honours.

  6. The 45 credit hours shall include:

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the first-year level;

    2. English 2000 and 2001;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. One of English 2122, 2160, or 3160;

    5. 3 credit hours in Canadian literature;

    6. English 4100 and 4101;

    7. English 4900 or 4901;

    8. 3 credit hours in pre-19th century literature (excluding English 3200 and 3201);

    9. 3 credit hours in 19th century literature; and

    10. 9 credit hours in additional English courses, of which 3 credit hours must be at the 3000-level and 6 credit hours must be at the 4000-level.

14.6.5 Major in Communication Studies

The Major in Communication Studies is administered by the Department of English

The Major in Communication Studies draws upon a variety of disciplines to provide students with a critical understanding of the role media and communication technologies play in culture and society. Courses focus on the analysis of media and communication technologies, the mass circulation of ideas and information, the relationship between communication and society, and the transformation of mass forms of popular culture. In addition to exploring the historical developments of media and communication, the program introduces students to emerging theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of contemporary media. Core courses in Communication Studies provide students with knowledge of key traditions in communication studies and cover a series of critical themes that are intended to guide students throughout the program.

Communication Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, English, Communication Studies and are designated by CMST.

14.6.5.1 Advising

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the program's designated academic advisor. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit.

14.6.5.2 Declaring the Major in Communication Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major in Communication Studies shall consult with the program's designated academic advisor to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

14.6.5.3 Regulations for the Major in Communication Studies

A Major in Communication Studies consists of all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses in Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies below, as follows:

  1. 18 credit hours in courses designated as Communication Studies, including 2000, 2001, 3000, 4000; and

  2. 18 additional credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies. This may include up to 6 credit hours in non-Communication Studies courses eligible for the Certificate in Film Studies chosen from Table 1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Certificate in Film Studies.

  3. Of the 36 total credit hours, a minimum of 15 must be at the 3000 level or above, including at least 6 credit hours at the 4000 level.

A student is expected to enroll in the Communication Studies section of any applicable crosslisted courses.

As per the Degree Regulations, General and Honours Degrees, The Major Program, Major Programs of Study, students completing a Major in Communication Studies are ineligible for an interdisciplinary Minor in any program. Credit hours in a course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of two Major programs, of both a Major and a Minor program, or the program requirements all three of a Major, diploma and certificate.

14.6.5.4 Course List

Not all courses are necessarily offered each year. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is cross-listed with different departments. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies

1000 and 2000 Level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

14.6.5.5 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, candidates for a Major in Communication Studies will normally follow regulations in effect in the academic year in which the student first completes a course in that subject at the 2000-level or above which may be applied to the major or minor program respectively. However, the student may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during the student's tenure in a program. These "grandparented" students are encouraged to consult the program’s designated academic advisor for assistance with course selection.

In the case of departmental regulations for a major or minor, a student will normally follow regulations in effect in the academic year in which the student first completes a course in that subject at the 2000 level or above which may be applied to the major or minor program respectively. However, the student may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during the student's tenure in a program.

14.6.6 Regulations for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

In addition to completing the normal requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and one of a Joint Honours, Honours, Major or Minor in English, students may elect to complete requirements for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA). As part of the minimum 120 credit hours, a student may use eligible credit hours in English to jointly satisfy other requirements of the iBA degree. When selecting courses, a student is encouraged to consult with an academic advisor early in the program, to consider Table 2 Possible Course Sequencing for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) (First 60 Credit Hours), and to consider English courses listed in Table 3 International Studies (IS) Designated Courses. Up to 12 credit hours in English IS courses may be used towards the International Studies (IS) Courses Requirement.

14.6.7 Diploma in Creative Writing

The Department of English administers the Diploma in Creative Writing. Credit hours in English may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a diploma. For further information about this program, see Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.

14.6.8 Former Diploma in Performance and Communications Media

The Department of English administers the Diploma in Stage and Screen Technique. Credit hours in English may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a diploma. For further information about this program, see Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.

14.6.9 Certificate in Film Studies

The Department of English administers the Certificate in Film Studies. Credit hours in English and Communications Studies may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a certificate. For further information about this program, see Certificate Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.