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Undergraduate: English

  • Program Overview

    English (EGL)

    Courses offered by the Department of English seek to develop students' understanding of important works of literature written in English, to provide a historical awareness of the range of thought and experience that has found expression in the English language, and to enlarge students' personal horizons by reflection upon cultural, social, and aesthetic experience. The de­velopment of this kind of knowledge also means a development of students' abilities to express themselves effectively in speech and in writing. Courses in En­glish instruct students in becoming more observant, thoughtful, and articulate in response to what they read.

    Students who graduate with a major in English pursue careers as writers, lawyers, journalists, librarians, academic and governmental administrators, and publishers, to name a few. Large businesses, for example, publish "in-house" newsletters and magazines, as well as material for the general public. News-papers seek copy editors able to write clear, accurate prose. The legal profession requires people skilled in the language arts. Many English majors go on to graduate or professional schools to educate themselves for professional careers.

    The Department offers courses in creative writing (EGL 285, EGL 286, EGL 385, EGL 386, EGL 387) and secondary education leading to provisional New York State certification (EGL 398, EGL 451, EGL 452, EGL 454).

     

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major and Minor in English (EGL)

    Requirements for the Major in English (EGL)

    The major in English leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses used to fulfill the English major/minor requirements must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.  

    Completion of the major requires 48 credits.

    A. Required Courses

    1. EGL 204 Literary Analysis and Argumentation 
    2. 4 Required Survey courses: Among the required survey courses, students must take at least one American and one British survey.
      1. One early literature survey course, either EGL 205 British Literature I or EGL 217 American Literature I.
      2. Two survey courses chosen from the following: EGL 205 (if not used above); EGL 206 British Literature II; EGL 217 (if not used above); EGL 218 American Literature II; EGL 224 20th-Century Literature in English; EGL 226 20th-Century American Literature; EGL 243 Shakespeare: The Major Works; EGL 260 World Mythology; EGL 274 African-American Literature
      3. EGL 207 History of the English Language
    3. One EGL 200- or 300-level elective.
    4. Upper Division Requirements (8 courses):  Among the eight 300-level courses, students must take at least one pre-1800 and one satisfying the diversity requirement.
      1. EGL 301 Intensive Writing in the Discipline
      2. EGL 303 Genre or Media
      3. EGL 308 Single-Author 
      4. EGL 309 Interdisciplinary Study of Literature
      5. EGL 311 Literary History and/or Critical Theory
      6. EGL 380 Senior Seminar
      7. Two elective courses from EGL 300–399

    Notes on Section A:

    1. No English course below the 200 level may be used to fulfill English major requirements. In addition, the following courses may not be used for the English major: EGL 440, EGL 441, EGL 449, EGL 450, EGL 451, EGL 452, EGL 454, EGL 475, EGL 476, EGL 488.
    2. At least 9 credits of the 36 credits in EGL courses offered for the major in English must be earned in 300-level courses at Stony Brook.
    3. Among the eight 300-level courses from among courses numbered 300-399, only one may be used from EGL 385. 386, or 387.

    B. Required non-English Courses: Interdisciplinary Concentration

    Six credits (two courses) in one other department of the student’s choosing (Foreign Language, History, Philosophy, Arts, etc.) above the 100 level. 

    C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: Satisfactory completion of EGL 301 with a grade of C or better.

    Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    English Secondary Teacher Education Program

    See the entry Education and Teacher Certification in the alphabetical list­ings of Approved Majors, Minors, and  Programs.

    The Honors Program in English

    To be admitted into the Honors Program, students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA in English courses of at least 3.5; they also must submit a sample paper evidencing an appropriate level of skill in literary analysis.  Honors students must maintain these grade point averages in order to remain in the program.  They will take three Honors Seminars, an Honors Practicum, and EGL 496. 

    Students should develop their plan for an Honors Thesis with an English faculty advisor, in consultation with the Honors Program Director.  Thesis topic must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee before the last week of the semester prior to the semester in which the student takes EGL 496.  The completed thesis will be evaluated by the thesis advisor, a member of the Undergraduate Program Committee, and a third reader. 

    Completion of the Honors program in English requires 45 credits.

    A. Required Courses

    1. EGL 204 Literary Analysis and Argumentation
    2. Four required survey courses: Among the required survey courses, students must take at least one American and one British survey.
      1. One early literature survey course, either EGL 205 British Literature I or EGL 217 American Literature I.
      2. Two survey courses chosen from the following: EGL 205 (if not used above); EGL 206 British Literature II; EGL 217 (if not used above); EGL 218 American Literature II; EGL 224 20th Century Literature in English; EGL 226 20th-Century American Literature; EGL 243 Shakespeare: The Major Works; EGL 260 World Mythology; EGL 274 African-American Literature
      3. EGL 207 The English Language
    3. One EGL 200-level elective. Students may opt instead to take an additional 300-level elective. 
    4. Upper Division Requirements (9 courses):  Among the upper-division courses, students must take at least two pre-1800 and one satisfying the diversity requirement.
      1. Fulfill the following categories:
        1. EGL 303 Genre or Media
        2. EGL 308 Single-Author
        3. EGL 309 Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 
        4. EGL 311 Literary History and/or Critical Theory
      2. EGL 301 Intensive Writing in the Discipline
      3. EGL 491 Honors British Literature
      4. EGL 492 Honors American Literature
      5. EGL 494 Honors Research Practicum
      6. EGL 496 Honors Senior Thesis 

    B. Required non-English Courses: Interdisciplinary Concentration

    Six credits (two courses) in one other department of the student’s choosing (Foreign Language, History, Philosophy, Arts, etc.) above the 100 level. 

    C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: Satisfactory completion of EGL 301 with a grade of C or better.

    Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    Notes:
    1. All courses used to fulfill the English major/minor requirements must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.  
    2. All 400-level English honors courses must be passed with a letter grade of B or higher for the student to graduate with Honors in English.  
    3. No English course below the 200 level may be used to fulfill English major requirements. In addition, the following courses may not be used for the Honors Program in English: EGL 440, EGL 441, EGL 449, EGL 450, EGL 451, EGL 452, EGL 454, EGL 475, EGL 476, EGL 488.

    Requirements for the Minor in English (EGL)

    All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

    Completion of the minor requires 18 credits. 

    Courses required of all minors:

    1. EGL 204 Literary Analysis and Argumentation
    2. Two 200–level English courses
    3. Two 300–level English courses
    4. One English course at the 100-300 level 

    Note:  At minimum, EGL 204 , an EGL survey, and a 300-level EGL course must be taken at Stony Brook.

     

     

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in English

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    SBC 3
    SBC 3
    SBC 3
    Elective
     Total  16
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    SBC 3
    SBC 3
    Elective  3 
    Elective 3
     Total 16
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    EGL 204 3
    EGL 205 or EGL 217 3
    EGL survey  3
    Foreign language  4
    SBC 3
     Total 16
     
    SPRING Credits
    EGL 207 3
    EGL survey   3 
    EGL 200-level or 300-level elective 3
    Foreign language or elective  4
    Upper-division elective  3
     Total 16
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    EGL 301 3
    EGL 308 3
    SBC elective 3
    outside concentration elective  3
    Upper-division elective  3
     Total  15
     
    SPRING Credits
    EGL 303 3
    EGL 309
    EGL 311
    Elective
     SBC 3
     Total 15 
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    EGL 300-level elective  3
    EGL 300-level elective   3 
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
    Upper-division Elective  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    EGL 380  3
    SBC Elective  3
    Elective   3 
    Elective  3
    Upper-division Elective  3
     Total 15 

     

  • Contact

    English (EGL)

    Major and Minor in English

    Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

    Chairperson: Celia Marshik

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Douglas Pfeiffer

    Assistant to the Chair: Lizabeth Rehn
    E-mail: Lizabeth.Rehn@stonybrook.edu

    U
    ndergraduate Advisor: Margaret Hanley
    E-mail: margaret.hanley@stonybrook.edu

    Office: English Department, Humanities 2096

    Phone: (631) 632-7400

    Web address: https://www.stonybrook.edu/english/

    Minors of particular interest to students majoring in English: Foreign Languages, Journalism (JRN)

     

     

     

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