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A liberal arts degree in English opens doors to a vast number of career opportunities. Through the study of a wide variety of literary materials, English majors deepen their understanding of history, culture, language, and human behavior. They also gain skill in writing, reading, and critical thinking. These skills are transferable to an array of occupations including administration, public relations, law, journalism, publishing, and education.
The faculty of the UNH Manchester English department specializes in 20th century poetry, poetry writing, women’s literary traditions, American literary folklore, New England culture, protest literature, nature writers, American and British fiction, Victorian literature and art, Renaissance drama, interdisciplinary studies, composition, journalism, grammar, and connections between American literature and American music.
Many upper-level courses are conducted as seminars, and individual conferences with professors are common. When possible, field trips to see local performances of drama and poetry readings are planned in conjunction with specific literature courses.
For more information about the English program, contact Susanne Paterson, program coordinator, (603) 641-4115, e-mail email@example.com. Or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the English major at UNH Manchester, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University’s Discovery Program and foreign language requirements and a minimum of 40 credits in major coursework. Introduction to Critical Analysis (ENGL 419) must be completed with a grade of C or better. Except for ENGL 419, all courses must be completed with a grade of C- or above in order to count toward the English major.
Major requirements include ENGL 419, two 500-level courses, six courses numbered 600 or above, one course numbered 500 or above, and, of these, one course which qualifies as a diversity offering, with an overall grade-point average in the major of 2.0 or better. The capstone will be Senior Seminar, ENGL 787. In selecting these courses, students must meet the following distribution requirements:
- ENGL 419, Introduction to Critical Analysis, or ENGL 529, Writing About Literature
- Literature before 1800: Either two advanced courses (numbered 600 or above), or one advanced course and ENGL 512 or 513
- Literature after 1800: Either two advanced courses, or one advanced course and one course from the following list: ENGL 514, 515, or 516
- Total English courses must include ENGL 419, two 500 level courses, six courses numbered 600 and above, one course numbered 500 level and above, and, of these, one must include a diversity course
A typical first-year program in the first semester consists of Freshman English and three Discovery Program requirements or electives. In the second semester, the student typically would take Introduction to Critical Analysis, an introductory literature course, and two Discovery Program requirements or electives.
Writing Focus for English Majors
The English department offers a writing focus for English majors interested in creative or other specialized types of writing. Students who might be interested include students with an interest in graduate school in English or writing; students thinking about teaching and teaching writing; students considering law school or journalism training; students looking for careers in marketing and advertising; students wanting to write for corporate in-house publications; students thinking about freelance writing for magazines; and students who enjoy creative writing.
Four of the following nine courses are required. Students should take at least one 500-level course before taking 600- and 700-level courses.
English 501, Creative Non-Fiction
English 502, Technical Writing
English 503, Persuasive Writing
English 623, Essay Writing
English 625/626, Writing Fiction
English 627/628, Writing Poetry
English 710, Teaching Writing
Special Studies in Writing courses will be offered on an occasional basis.
For the English minor at UNH Manchester, students must complete 20 credits with a minimum 2.0 average in these courses overall and with no individual grade lower than a C-.
Two (2) English courses must be taken at the 500 level and three (3) courses must be taken at the 600 or 700 level.
For more information contact Deborah Brown, English Minor Supervisor, at 603-641-4126.
Program Coordinator and Professor
Professor of English
Assistant Professor of English & Director of the First-Year Writing Program
Interim Division Chair and Associate Professor
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ENGL 400 - English as a Second Language
ENGL 401 - Freshman English
ENGL 401A - Freshman English for English as a Second Language Students
ENGL 419 - Introduction to Critical Analysis
ENGL 500 - Writing about Reading: Writing about Nonfiction
ENGL 501 - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 503 - Persuasive Writing
ENGL 511 - Major Writers in English
ENGL 512 - The Nature Writers
ENGL 513-514 - Survey of British Literature
ENGL 515 - Survey of American Literature
ENGL 516 - Survey of American Literature
ENGL 517 - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
ENGL 526 - Beginning Fiction Writing: From Personal Experience to Fiction
ENGL 531 - Introduction to Drama
ENGL 581 - Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English
Survey of contemporary Asian, African, and Caribbean fiction, drama, nonfiction, film, and poetry from the 1950s to the present. Introduces the political, cultural, and historical contexts within which these literary forms are produced. Key questions to be explored: What does it mean to be "colonized" and to be a "colonizer"? How are identities and values determined and maintained under colonial and postcolonial conditions? What effects do colonization and independence have on the traditions and relationships that define reality, freedom, family, gender, and community? How does this literature portray the ideas and feelings of alienation, belonging, and "home"?
Meets the Diversity requirement for the English Major