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Writing Certificate


 

Department Chair – Dr. Susan Wells
Director, Undergraduate English – Dr. William Van Wert
Undergraduate English Office – 1030 Anderson Hall
215 204–7561
engugrad@temple.edu  

Description of Department and Major

The English major helps students develop as readers of complex, interesting texts, including literary texts. Majors read writing from a variety of historical contexts and cultures; this experience builds their understanding of the relation between society and language. English majors become critical and reflective readers, aware of the history and development of writing in English. They are also good, inventive writers, able to analyze problems, to do careful and inventive research, to argue and to evaluate the arguments of others.

The English major is good preparation for a career in writing or editing—of stories, speeches, legal documents, advertising, research projects, poems, grant proposals, essays, or letters. English majors also find careers in publishing and journalism, public relations, business, industry, management, and marketing, social services and government. English is a strong pre-professional major for law, medicine, library science, or teaching.

The English department has a distinguished faculty of nationally known critics, writers, and scholars who will teach you, usually in small classes. You will be personally mentored and challenged. You will choose from a range of exciting courses (about 40 English courses each semester), and from interdisciplinary programs such as the Five-year Program in English and Education, Temple’s special minor in Business, or a double major in English and any other department throughout the University. Internships are offered with area institutions such as the Temple Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the Urban League, WHYY public radio, Philadelphia Magazine, United Way, the Red Cross, Bread and Roses, J. B. Lippincott Publishers, First Union Bank, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. The department offers community-based projects, such as the New City Press and our Institute for the Study of Literature, Literacy, and Culture. There is an active program of readings by resident and visiting writers and artists. Students are active in writing and producing literary magazines: Hyphen is published on the main campus, and The Parable at Ambler.


 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENGLISH MAJOR

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

English

0100

Introduction to English Studies

3

 

English

0114

Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660

3

 

English

0115

Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900

3

 

English

W116

Survey of American Literature I

3

WI

English

0117

Survey of American Literature II

3

 

English

100 level courses

Three: Upper-Level English Electives

9

 

English

200 level courses

Three: English Electives

9

 

English

W300 level courses

One Senior Capstone Course

3

WI*

Total 36  

 

REQUIREMENTSFOR THE ENGLISH MINOR

Department Course # Course Name Hours Core Indicator

English

0114, 0115, W116, or 0117 Surveys of Literature

6

 

English

100 or 200 level courses Four: Upper-Level Electives

12

 
Total    

18

 

* No more than two courses in writing (creative, technical, or business)


WRITING CERTIFICATE

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

English

W101, W102, W103, W104, 0200, 0201 Advanced Expository and Professional Writing Electives 3 - 9  

English

0107, 0108, 0109, 0202, 0203, 0204, 0205 Creative Writing 3 - 9  

English

W105, W106, W112, 0212, 1284, W310 Writing Theory 3 - 9  

Total

15

 

Note: Students earn the Certificate by receiving an average of B or above in five of the writing courses listed, including at least one from each of the three certificate areas. 

 


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