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Programs of Study

Major Concentrations and Minors
Literary Studies

Sample Four-Year Schedules for the English Major, Literary Studies Concentration

Major Requirements

Requirements: 36 credit hours*

Core Curriculum - 12 credit hours (4 classes), including:

ENGL 300W: Critical Issues in Literary Studies (Prerequisite for ALL 400-level English courses)
9 credit hours of 200/300-level English Survey courses

Distribution Requirements - 15 Credit hours (5 classes) at the 400-level, that fulfill the following distribution requirements:

Pre-1700
1700-1900
Post-1900
Diversity

Electives:

9 credit hours (3 classes) of English courses, with no more than two at the 100-level 
(UCOR 101 & 102 may not count as electives)

*A 400-level course may fulfill three distribution requirements.
**A Capstone Course will be offered once a year by invitation/application only and will fulfill a 400-level distribution requirement.

The list of course descriptions issued each term by the English Department will indicate which course offerings may meet the above requirements.

Writing

Sample Four-Year Schedules for the English-Major, Writing Concentration

Major Requirements

Requirements: 36 credit hours*

Core Requirements - 12 credit hours (4 classes), including:

ENGL 300W: Critical Issues in Literary Studies (Prerequisite for ALL 400-level English courses)
9 credit hours of 200/300-level English Survey courses.

Distribution Requirements - 18 credit hours (6 classes), including:

9 credit hours of 300/400 Writing courses in at least TWO genres (Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Critical, or Professional Writing)
3 credit hours of a 400-level Writing course (Creative, Critical, or Professional Writing)
6 credit hours of a 400-level Course

Electives:

6 credit hours (2 classes)
(UCOR 101 & 102 may not count as electives.) 

The list of course descriptions issued each term by the English Department will indicate which course offerings may meet the above requirements.

English Education

Students pursuing a dual degree in English and Education complete a 51-credit program, and will earn a concentration in both Literary Studies and Writing

Requirements: 51 credit hours (dual degree, dual concentration)

Core Requirements - 12 credit hours (4 classes), including:

ENGL 300W: Critical Issues in Literary Studies (Prerequisite for ALL 400-level English courses)
9 credit hours of 300-level English Survey courses

Distribution Requirements, Literary Studies - 15 credit hours (5 class) at the 400-level, that fulfill the following distribution requirements:

Pre-1700
1700-1900
Post-1900
Diversity

Distribution Requirements, Writing - 15 credit hours (5 classes) at the 300- and 400-level in at least TWO genres

Electives - 9 credit hours (3 classes)

Within these 51 credits students must incorporate:

ENGL 433 History and Structure of the English Language
A course in World Literature beyond the 100 level (ENGL 322 Survey of Global Literature is recommended)
A course in Film and Media Studies

Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 317 Survey of British Literature 1 to fulfill one of their survey requirements

Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing At Duquesne University

To complete the minor, students must complete the following:

6 credits of 300-level creative writing courses
6 credits of 300/400-level creative writing courses
3 credits of 400-level creative writing courses

Students must take creative writing courses in at least two genres (such as fiction, poetry, creative-nonfiction, playwriting, etc.)

ENGL 101 Multi-Genre Creative Writing may be used instead of one of the 300-level courses. However, the course will not satisfy a genre requirement.

English majors with a literature concentration may declare a Creative Writing minor since English literature and Creative Writing are distinct disciplines. However, no more than one course may count for both the Creative Writing minor and the English literature major. English majors with a writing concentration may not declare the Creative Writing minor.

Certain courses - fiction writing workshops, poetry writing workshops, etc. - will always count toward the minor. Any additional courses that may count toward the minor (e.g. Life Writing, Screenwriting, etc.) will require approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the English Department Chair.

For more information about the Creative Writing minor, please contact Dr. Sarah Wright or Prof. John Fried

Film Studies Minor

Film Studies at Duquesne University

Requirements: 15 Credits

Course Requirements:

3 Credits of ENGL 205 (Introduction to Film)
3 Credits of ENGL 308 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers***
9 Credits of Film Studies Electives

3 of these 9 credits may be taken at Pittsburgh Filmmakers depending on availability

3 of these 9 credits may be satisfied by a film class taken outside the English Department

The English Department will determine whether film-oriented classes offered by other departments will count toward the Film Studies minor.

***Though courses in filmmaking are not taught at Duquesne University, courses in this field may be taken at Pittsburgh Filmmakers (477 Melwood Ave. / 412-681-5449).

No more than one course may count for both the Film Minor and a student's Major.

English majors may opt for the Film Minor, since English (literature and writing) and Film are distinct disciplines.

If you would like more information on the minor, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sarah Wright. To declare a Film Studies minor, please contact your academic advisor for further instructions.

Minor in English

English Minor at Duquesne University:

Requirements: 15 credits

Course Requirements:

3 Credits of ENGL 300W: Critical Issues in Literary Study
One 3 credit 400-level literature course
9 Credits (3 classes) of elective English courses (one of which can be at the 100-level)