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Bachelor of Arts in English
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
— James Baldwin
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
— Joyce Carol Oates
Language is transformative. Our English students read widely and write intensively, studying the power of language to spark social change and communicate with diverse audiences. As writers and readers, our students learn the critical and sophisticated writing skills they need, not only to express themselves, but to explore ideas and to problem-solve through deep thinking and broad reading.
The English major introduces students to a broad range of literature written in English from around the globe through a flexible and challenging curriculum that interweaves the skills of the professional writer and the literary critic. Students pursue their interests as writers and readers by choosing courses from a wide range of literary periods, and a full range of craft, editing, publishing, and rhetoric courses.
As students progress through the major, they pursue more focused studies of genres, critical approaches, time periods, literary traditions, and professional or creative writing projects. Through upper level courses and seminars, students have the option of completing a senior honors essay, and will participate in experiential and service-learning projects.
Our literature and writing courses encourage and support student-driven collaborative learning, intellectual risk-taking, and the pursuit of challenging projects, thus exemplifying Regis’ mission to educate life-long learners who make a difference.
The study of English enables students to develop their skills as clear speakers, effective writers, and individuals who understand the value of literature as a powerful tool to challenge and to reflect culture. The English major will study complex texts and ideas using a variety of pedagogical approaches, including challenge-based and experiential learning, and a range of research from traditional to digital, to prepare him or her to succeed in an increasingly digital and global world as creative and analytical thinkers, problem-solvers, writers, and engaged members of the wider community.
Student Learning Outcomes
Regis College offers an undergraduate Bachelors of Arts in English degree in a university setting to students interested in studying the crafting, editing, and publishing of literature. Classes at Regis are kept small to ensure each student receives a personalized experience.
- demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of literature written in English as evidenced through coursework, exams, and the final Senior Major Portfolio.
- distinguish the unique characteristics of contemporary and traditional genres of literature in English through interpretive and analytical writing assignments, projects, and Senior Portfolio.
- contextualize literature through the use of a variety of theoretical, cultural, and historical lenses.
- generate clear, creative, and effective writing in a range of rhetorical modes.
- plan and produce both critical and creative projects that demonstrate literacy of digital and visual texts .
- execute at least one experiential or service-learning project that demonstrates an understanding of the primacy of literature and writing in the greater Regis community and beyond.
Program of Study
- ID2XX: Introduction to Digital Scholarship
- EN223: Rhetoric
- EN211: Writing About Texts
- 9 credits chosen among 200 level EN courses*
- at least 9 credits chosen among 300 level EN courses
- at least 1 400-level EN course other than the internship course to serve as the Major’s capstone experience. Students will produce their Senior Portfolio within the first month of this course to be assessed by the faculty of the Major.
- 1 Internship Experience + ID413