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1 Welcome to the English Department! Freshman Orientation 2012

2 Facts about English Department 10 Permanent Faculty Members: Dr. Marci Carrasquillo (US Lit and Latino/a Lit) Dr. Tanya Clark (African-American Literature; Women’s Lit) Dr. Joseph Coulombe (US Literature; Twain; Native American Lit) Dr. William Freind (US Lit; Modern and Contemporary Poetry) Dr. Zena Meadowsong (British Lit; Modernism) Dr. Glenn Odom (African Drama; Drama) Dr. Catherine Parrish (US Literature) Dr. Lee Talley (Victorian Literature; Children’s/Adolescent Lit) Dr. Timothy Viator: British Lit; Shakespeare; Latino/a Lit; Drama Dr. Cindy Vitto (currently serving as the Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences) Medieval Lit; American English Grammar

3 Temporary Faculty 2012/2013: Dr. Melinda DiStefano: US Lit (3/4 time) Ms. Jackie Garlitos: Poetry and Non-Western Lit (3/4 time) Ms. Dana Harrison: British Literature, Grammar (3/4 time) Dr. Bruce Plourde: US Literature (full-time temporary line)

4 Facts about our students Approximately 470 English majors. Roughly half to 2/3 are dual majors in Education. Roughly half of our majors enter as transfer students. Our majors have had great success in a wide variety of careers and in graduate school. Our majors score above state average on Praxis 2 in subject matter. Two recent graduates earned a perfect score on Praxis. Three students have recently won Fulbright Awards, to South Korea (2007), Spain (2009), and South Africa (2010) One 2010 graduate earned a prestigious book contract (Alice Ozma, The Reading Promise). See our Department Website (prospective student link) for information on careers for English Majors.

5 Our Student Learning Outcomes Rowan English Department’s Student Learning Outcomes Upon completing their Bachelor of Arts degree English majors should be able to: Think and write critically about literature, building arguments that are supported with textual evidence; Work with the formal elements of literature (plot, setting, style, figurative language, symbols, etc.); Perform accurate and insightful close readings of literary texts; Understand how issues of nation, culture, and social status help shape literary texts; Realize how schools of literary theory can offer new perspectives from which to read literary and non-literary texts; Find, evaluate, and incorporate critical sources to expand their understanding of a literary text; Comprehend the evolution of the American and British literary traditions; Participate in class: speaking cogently as well as listening carefully and responding to others’ ideas; Demonstrate an understanding of correct spoken and written English; Understand and demonstrate academic integrity. Adopted May 29, 2009

6 Academic Integrity The English Department does not tolerate academic fraud. We teach our students what constitutes plagiarism, and if students are proven to have committed academic fraud we may fail them. We report all instances of academic dishonesty to the Provost’s office (and to the College of Education if they are dual majors). In addition to failing the course, students may be expelled from the University for proven violations of our Academic Integrity policy. See our Departmental website for more information. See the Provost’s website for University policy and procedure regarding academic integrity and the RAIV process.

7 Three Major Tracks Liberal Arts English Major Dual Major in Secondary Education/English (SME) Dual Major in Elementary Education/English

8 Other Options Liberal Arts: Humanities/Social Sciences sequence in English (you can combine a sequence in English with other sequences). See CLAS website for more details. Minor in English

9 “Rowan Experience” requirements College Comp 1 and 2, Public Speaking “lit” course (waived for English majors) Arts and Creative Experience (ACE) course 4-credit lab science course College-level math course Writing Intensive course (Seminars count) Multicultural/Global (M/G) course

10 Departmental Requirement Since our surveys are historically based, we require all English majors to take (or transfer in) Western Civilization to 1660 and Western Civilization Since We strongly recommend (but do not require) that all majors take at least one year of a foreign language. If you are headed for graduate school, take two years of the same foreign language.

11 Schedule (very flexible) FALL TERMSPRING TERM FRESHMAN YEARLiterary Studies200-level English elective (if dual major in Elem Ed, choose M/G) SOPHOMORE YEARUS Lit to Realism British Lit to Romanticism US Lit Since Realism British Lit Since Rom. JUNIOR YEARShakespeare level English elective (or American English Grammar) Upper-level English elective SENIOR YEARSeminar 1Seminar 2

12 Consider a dual major, minor, or concentration Coming in as a freshman, you have lots of room to develop academic interests. We strongly recommend studying a foreign language. If you are planning on graduate school, take a minimum of two years in one language. Explore your options: the Registration Information Guide on the Registrar’s website lists all our degree programs.

13 Our Curriculum Literary Studies for English Majors: – Our cornerstone course: take this as a freshman – A techniques course – Class size 20 – Heavy reading load; heavy writing load – Focuses on the genres (fiction, poetry, and drama), – Focuses on literary terminology – Introduces literary theory – Focus on analytical writing about literature (as opposed to merely summarizing or describing)

14 Our Electives Liberal Arts majors take two 200-level electives; dual majors in Education take one. How can you tell what is a 200-level elective? All our lit courses are coded ENGL 02. The next number tells you the level of the course. ENGL , Modern Short Story, is a 200- level elective. The final number tells you this is the first section of this course (we might have many sections). If you are a dual major in Elementary Ed, take a Multicultural/Global (M/G) elective. Take a 200-level elective (or two) your freshman year.

15 200-level English electives Modern Short Story Women in Literature (Multicultural/Global) African-American Literature to Harlem Renaissance (M/G) Hispanic/Latino Lit of the US (M/G) World Mythology Adolescent Literature Genre Studies: Drama

16 Our US/British Surveys: take these your sophomore year US Literature to Realism (fall only) US Literature since Realism (spring only) British Literature to Romanticism (fall) British Literature Since Romanticism (spring) Historically based “surveys” of literature Classes are limited to English majors, minors, sequencers, and a related majors (Theatre, History). Prepares students for Praxis 2 in subject matter and for GREs. Class size 25 Grades depend on tests, papers, and on regular participation in class discussion.

17 Shakespeare 1 Shakespeare 1 is required of all English Majors. It is offered only in the fall. For those who are interested, we offer Shakespeare 2 as an upper-level elective in the spring. This is highly recommended for students interested in drama or for students who will be teaching at the secondary level. Take Shakespeare 1 first. Take Shakespeare your junior year.

18 American English Grammar All dual majors in Education/English are required to take American English Grammar. This class starts by reviewing the basics of grammar and syntax. You will learn all the sentence types. You will learn to diagram sentences. This class prepares you careers not only in teaching but also in business, journalism, or editing. For non Education majors, this course counts as an upper-level English elective

19 Upper-level electives Upper level electives are at the 300 and 400 level. ENGL , for instance, is Literary Theory. Wait and take upper-level electives until you have taken most or all of our survey courses; Lit Studies and the surveys prepare you for our upper level electives and for Seminars. These electives assign heavy reading and writing loads.

20 Some of our upper-level electives American Novel Modern American Poetry Literature of the American Renaissance Chaucer American Drama Victorian Literature African-American Literature Since H.R. (M/G) Literary Theory Contemporary Literature Modern European Literature Classical Literature

21 Upper-level electives, cont. Shakespeare 2 Children’s Literature Special Topics in Literature Special Topics in Non-Western Literature (M/G) American English Grammar (elective only for Liberal Arts majors; required for dual majors in Education We have more upper-level electives; most are offered every two years. Check the on-line catalogue for a full listing and course descriptions.

22 Seminar 1 Seminar 1 is a small (15 student) reading- and writing- intensive class. Each Seminar focuses on a special topic (the American Dream; Environmental Literature; Children’s Literature) You must have passed Literary Studies with a grade of C-minus or above (no Incompletes) before taking Seminar 1. Seminars rely on student-led discussion. In Seminar 1 you will write several short papers incorporating secondary sourcework, leading up to one long (15 page) research paper.

23 Seminar 2 You must have passed Seminar 1 with a grade of C-minus or above (no Incompletes) before you take Seminar 2. You will write several shorter papers using secondary sourcework, leading up to a long (20 page) research paper based on the course material.

24 Other Vital Information It is vital that you read your Rowan regularly. We will contact you about vital information (like when to come in to seek advising, or register for classes, or apply to graduate). You MUST come in to see your English Advisor every term in order to get into the right classes and graduate on time. If you are a dual major, you must see both advisors. Use Banner to check your transcripts regularly; you can also use the GRAD program to chart your progress towards graduation.

25 What to Expect DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN TWO ENGLISH CLASSES in at term. When you enter a freshman, you can take Literary Studies and a 200-level elective your first year, and then 2 classes a term each following semester. Transfer students have to take three classes a term to finish in two years, but you do not. Once you are our major, you cannot take English major classes elsewhere. We certify your major courses for graduation. The only exception is if we approve English courses for Study Abroad (see your advisor first).

26 Workload Be realistic about the work expected of you. If you are working outside the classroom, assess what is most important to you (income, or the education). You cannot work full time and expect to be in school full time. If you have to work (and we realize many do), cut back on the number of classes you take. Our class schedule must cover the grid (i.e., we must offer courses 5 days a week, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm). If your work schedule means that you are restricted to taking classes 2 or 3 days a week, expect to take much more time to graduate.

27 Career Plans English majors have strengths in critical reading, analytical writing, scholarly research, and oral presentation. Many careers require such skills. See our Career page on department website. Work with our Career Management Center (CMC) in Savitz to develop a career plan. They will work with you on resumes, internships, and interviewing skills.

28 We have all sorts of fun activities for majors, as well: we have coffeehouse get- togethers regularly. We are planning competitive Grammar Slams, Open Mic Nights, and Shakespeare Read-Throughs for the future. We take students to see plays in Philadelphia each semester. This past year we saw The Merchant of Venice and August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. We have poetry readings once or twice a year. Our poetry specialist, Dr. Bill Freind, brings both famous and newly emerging poets to campus regularly as part of our Norton Poetry Series. Last fall novelist Junot Diaz came to read from his work and talk to students about his career and about the importance of a liberal arts education. See our English Department website for more information: The Chair, Dr. Catherine Parrish, will be in the office on very limited hours in July and August. Please or call if you need to contact her. (856)


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