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English Major with Writing Concentration

The English Major with Writing Concentration (40 hours) includes a strong literature component along with the focused hours in writing. Writing Concentration majors acquire a knowledge of different writing genres, study both the craft and theory of writing, and explore and practice selected modes in greater depth. In addition to critiquing and critically reading poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, students will learn skills to edit various genres; advanced courses include training and guidance on the publishing process. As part of the program, writing majors are expected to complete a professional portfolio of their writing. The Writing Concentration also challenges students to explore how their faith informs their writing and to be aware of professional issues in writing as they relate to their own aesthetic and moral development as Christians.

The English major with a Writing Concentration requires a minimum of 40 hours, but students, may count up to 52 hours in English toward graduation. Additional hours are encouraged for students planning graduate work.


Note:  These are new requirements that will apply to incoming new majors effective Fall 2020.  Please contact us at english@wheaton.edu if you have questions.

Foundational Courses - 8 hours

ENGL 155 Reading Writers: Introduction to Literary Studies (4)
ENGL 156 Reading Writers: Introduction to Literary Studies (Shakespeare) (4)
With focus on Shakespeare. Required for Teaching Concentration Students. Open to other major concentrations as space allows.
ENGL 215 Classic and Early British Literature (4)

Historical Framework - 16 hours

4 hours in Pre-1800 British literature  (330-340 range)
ENGL 331 Medieval (4)
ENGL 336 Renaissance (4)
ENGL 337 Seventeenth Century (4)
ENGL 338 Eighteenth Century (4)
4 hours in Post-1800 British Literature or World Literature (350-370 range)
ENGL 355 Romantic (4)
ENGL 361 Victorian (4)
ENGL 364 British Modernism: 1900 to 1939 (4)
ENGL 365 British Literature after 1939 (4)
2 hours in a Figure Course- British or World
 ENGL 384  Shakespeare
 ENGL 385  Figure Course (2)
 ENGL 386  Figure Course (4)
 ENGL 387  C.S. Lewis
 ENGL 388  Jane Austen
 ENGL 485  Wade Center Collection (2)
 ENGL 486  Wade Center Collection (4)
6 hours in American Literature
*The six hours must include at least one period course with the remaining hours coming from another period course or an author course from a different historical grouping.
Period Courses
ENGL 341 American Literature: Beginnings to Romanticism (4)
ENGL 342 American Literature: Realism to Modernism (4)
ENGL 343 American Literature: Modernism and Beyond
Author Courses
ENGL 381 American Authors: Beginnings to Romanticism (2)
ENGL 382 American Authors: Realism to Modernism (2)
ENGL 383 American Authors after 1945 (2)
ENGL 391  American Authors: Beginnings to Romanticism (4)
ENGL 392  American Authors: Realism to Modernism (4)
ENGL 393 American Authors after 1945 (4)

Writing Concentration - 16 Hours

Prerequisite: ENGW 103, ENGW 104 or completion of Wheaton's writing proficiency requirement. Please see the catalog or consult with the Registrar if you have questions on the general education writing requirement.
Foundational Courses: 2-6 hours
ENGW 213 Creative Writing (4)
Prerequisite for Upper Level Creative Writing Courses
ENGW 214 Rhetorical Writing (2)
Upper Level Writing Courses: 4-8 hours
ENGW 332 Creative Non-Fiction  (4)
Prerequisite: ENGW 213 or ENGW 214
ENGW 333 Writing for Social Change (4)
Pre-requisite: ENGW 213 or ENGW 214
ENGW 335 Poetry Writing (4)
Prerequisite: ENGW 213
ENGW 336 Fiction Writing (4)
Prerequisite: ENGW 213. For English majors only.
ENGW 471 Composition Theory, Pedagogy (4)
Prerequisite: Completion of general education writing requirement; must have Junior status
Special Topics: 2-4 hours
Open to Writing Concentration students or with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: completion of at least one 200 level writing course (2-4), unless specified by the instructor.
Topics offered may include the following (2-4):
ENGW 444 Memoir (4)
ENGW 444 Short Story (2)
ENGW 444 Novella (4)
Prerequisite: Fiction Writing
ENGW 444 Lyric (2)
ENGW 444 Writing and Community Art (2) 
ENGW 444 Long Form Fiction
ENGW 444 Writing Projects
Senior Seminar: 4 hours
ENGW 494 Senior Seminar in Writing (4)

Internship: ENGW 496