English

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Language & Literature
Grupp 105 • Phone (215) 968-8150
Curriculum Code No. 1200

This program is designed for students who seek a general education with a focus on the study of English. English majors investigate a variety of literatures and hone their academic writing skills, preparing themselves for transfer to a four-year institution or entry into the workforce in fields such as public relations, technical writing, and the non-profit sector.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate proficiency in written communication, including awareness of purpose and audience, ability to effectively compose documents for print and non-print environments, and facility with thesis and argument construction;
  • identify the distinguishing characteristics of literary genres and the historical and cultural environments in which literary texts have been created;
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills in the analysis of literary works;
  • demonstrate critical reasoning skills in the selection, identification, evaluation, and use of secondary sources needed in writing effectively about literature;
  • apply correct documentation and citation style to academic writing; and
  • use technology effectively to retrieve, evaluate, and incorporate information.
Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,2,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II B,2,4,10
3
CISC100
Digital Literacy 9
OR
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems B,9
3
LITR231
American Literature to 1865 1,2
3
LITR232
American Literature from 1865 1,2
3
LITR205
English Literature to the 19th Century 1,2
OR
LITR206
English Literature in the 19th & 20th Century 1,2
3
LITR254
World Literature I 1,2
OR
LITR255
World Literature II 1,2
3
Literature ElectiveC,1,2 3
Mathematics A,D,6 3
Science E,7 4
History F,3 3
Foreign Language G,1,3 6
Social/Behavioral Science H,8 3
General Electives I 14
Total Credit Hours 61

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMP110
English Composition I A,2,10
3
CISC100
Digital Literacy 9
OR
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems B,9
3
Mathematics A,D,6 3
Social/Behavioral Science H,8 3
General Elective I 3
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II B,2,4,10
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
LITR231
American Literature to 1865 1,2
3
LITR205
English Literature to the 19th Century 1,2
OR
LITR206
English Literature in the 19th & 20th Century 1,2
3
General Elective I 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
LITR232
American Literature from 1865 1,2
3
Science E,7 4
History F,3 3
Foreign Language G,1,3 3
General Elective I 2
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
LITR254
World Literature I 1,2
OR
LITR255
World Literature II 1,2
3
Literature ElectiveC,1,2 3
Foreign Language G,1,3 3
General Elective I 6
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Prerequisite or co-requisite required.
C Any LITR may be chosen.
D Choose from: MATH101, 115, 120, 122, 125, or 140.
E Choose from: SCIE103, BIOL101, CHEM101, or PHYS106.
F Choose from: HIST111, 112, 151, or 152.
G Any foreign language may be taken except AMSL.
H Choose from: ECON111, GEOG110, PSYC110, or SOCI110.
I Consult the list of courses approved for general elective credit:

  • For the base English major, any may be taken.
  • For the Writing Emphasis, any 8 elective credits plus 6 credits from COMP114, 115, 116, or any JOUR course.
  • For the Secondary Education Emphasis, any 8 elective credits plus PSYC190 & EDUC160.
  • For the Women’s Studies Emphasis, any 8 elective credits plus WMST110 & HLTH200.


1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing

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