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    Literature Major

    Introduction to the Yeshiva College English Major and Minor (Revised 2013)

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    Note to Non-Majors
    All courses designated as T2000 under the new curriculum will satisfy the same College Literature requirement ("Literature 1") as the following courses listed under the previous curriculum: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2201, 2202, 2611, 2612. E 2010 continues to satisfy that same requirement as well. Any English course ("T" or "F," 2000 or 3000) will satisfy the College's 2nd Literature requirement "(Literature 2"). For the sake of breadth, however, an "F" or 3000 level course is recommended. Under the new curriculum, the only prerequisites for English courses are as follows: 1) Any 3000 level course requires that you have already taken a 2000 level course. 2) Advanced writing courses require 1101/1102, 1107, or 1931H/1932H.

    Note on Literature Minor
    8 credits REQUIRED. ENG 1101 and 1102 or 1931H and 1932H; ENG 2010 and 15 additional ENG literature credits. All of the courses must be taken in residence.

    Note on Writing Minor
    16-18 credits REQUIRED. ENG 1101 and 1102 or 1931H and 1932H plus 12 additional credits in advanced writing courses.

    Writing Minor

    The Writing minor, which requires four "W" courses devoted primarily to each student's development as a writer, serves the following purposes:

    • to prepare for a career as a professional writer of some kind (journalist, technical writer, business writer)
    • to prepare for a higher chance of admission to, and higher level of achievement within, any graduate or professional program
    • to prepare for a higher level of achievement within almost any career pathway
    • to offer as a value-added skill set for employers
    • to enjoy writing for its own sake

    The mission of the Writing minor is to enable each student who successfully completes it:

    • to develop into effective, confident, creative writers, self-editors, revisers, and editors
    • to develop a voice and a sense of authorship
    • to write for various audiences in a number of genres (e.g., fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, reports, briefs, analyses, arguments, technical writing, and writing for the internet
    • to develop a substantial repertoire of strategies for invention, writing, and revision
    • to practice and to appreciate writing as art, as craft, as rhetoric, as application of theory
    • to develop interpretive skills, then apply them to writing, so that "reading" and "writing" reinforce one another
    • to enhance enthusiasm in writing
    • Each course devoted primarily to each student's development as a writer should be labeled W rather than T or F.
    • A writing course may include a theoretical component based on composition studies, rhetorical theory, etc.
    Directed and Independent Study

    Such courses can be taken by students with individual faculty, but only when a clear warrant exists, e.g., for advanced students who wish to pursue an area of study not typically covered by course offerings, and only with endorsement from the Department Chair before the request is forwarded to Academic Standards for final approval. Because such courses tend to be labor intensive and the schedules of junior faculty are particularly busy, students are strongly urged to approach senior faculty with their requests first. General instructions that apply to Guided Projects for whole college can be found on page 59 of the Ayecah handbook and should be consulted.

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