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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors and Minors

In successfully completing a major in Literature, students will have:

  • a clearer understanding of the ways literature at once articulates and reflects social, political, and cultural contexts;
  • deeper aesthetic appreciation of poems, drama, fiction, nonfiction, and/or films as manifestations of imagination;
  • familiarity with the methods, theories, and issues of literary criticism;
  • the ability to advocate critical responses in classroom discussion and to listen to and consider the critical analyses of others;
  • the ability to analyze narrative and literary motifs and to present those understandings in critical papers; and

Goals for the Creative Writing Major

In completing courses for the creative writing major, students will develop and deepen these abilities and understandings:

  • conduct close reading of a variety of literary texts, seeking a deep and broad understanding of the range of worldwide literary precedent;
  • name literary techniques across the genres, and make use of them both in analyzing the work of others and writing original texts;
  • compose, revise, edit and share original work in several genres, seeking a distinct style and distinctive, personal material;
  • give, receive, and make use of pertinent, constructive critique;
  • display curiosity about literary questions and pursue wellfounded answers to those questions, using textual and other evidence, in critical essays or reviews;
  • interrogate and develop one’s own imagination and habits of mind and craft within an often messy, challenging and rewarding writing process;
  • generate, revise, effectively order and reflect upon a sustained capstone project of original work;
  • display a command of standard English in writing, with the skill to address various goals and audiences.

In successfully completing a major in Creative Writing, students have:

  • Writing skills in a variety of literary genres and familiarity with the craft of writing in its formal aspects.
  • Substantial experience with group discussion and writing work-shops and the ability to benefit from workshop discussion.
  • Broad familiarity with literature, with emphasis on English and American but not excluding world literature, and recognition of the influence of literary precursors on contemporary writing.
  • The ability to critique a manuscript-in-progress in a constructive way and apply editing skills at each stage of the writing process.
  • Familiarity with various stages of the writing process, from gathering of material and free writing to revision and completion of a final polished manuscript.
  • The ability to complete successfully a polished, sustained manuscript in the genre of a student's choice and to present that manuscript in an appropriate format.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The literature and creative writing majors are available as bachelor of arts degrees only, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major in Literature: 42 credits including 240, 241, 250, 275, 279, 285, 385, 479, 486; one upper division British literature class (e.g. 340, 341, 343, 344, 345, 350, 351, 365); one course addressing U.S. pluralisms (e.g. 270, 285, 385); one course addressing global pluralisms (e.g. 260, 300, 301, 305, 345, 365). One creative writing course may be counted toward the literature major. Up to 2 credits in 120 may be counted toward the major.

For a minor in English: 20 credits, to include at least one methods class (250 or 275); one historical introduction (241 or 285); and a 300-level course. Students may include one creative writing course in the minor.

40 credits plus 2 portfolio credits (279 and 479). The 40 credits must include 16 credits in creative writing courses; 20 credits in literature, including 275 and at least one course in U.S. literature; and 485. One 3-5 credit course in an allied field (art or mass communication) may be included in the total of 40 credits. Creative writing courses may be chosen from the following: 200, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321. ENGL 316, 317, 318, 319, and 321 may be repeated once for credit. (Independent study courses may be substituted at the department’s discretion.) Up to 4 credits may be counted toward the major. Strongly recommended in addition to course work: internship in a related field.

Students intending to major in creative writing must complete a formal application to the director of the program in the semester in which they will be declaring their major officially. This becomes the first document in their ENGL 279 portfolios.

20 credits in creative writing courses. A creative writing minor may include the senior thesis (485) as part of that 20, provided the student notify the creative writing advisor during the academic year preceding composition of the thesis.

For Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Language Arts, a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later than his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.