General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.
Students who complete four courses from among the Department's Creative Writing offerings (ENGL 227, 228, 325-328, 434) will receive a B.A. in English with a Focus in Creative Writing noted on their transcripts.
Course offerings in the department are organized in the following way.
These courses satisfy university Core requirements and do not satisfy English major or minor requirements.
Courses under this heading examine literary traditions in relation to the historical, social, cultural, political, and intellectual contexts in which they are situated. Courses may be thematically or historically based, and introduce students to significant questions raised by the reading of imaginative literatures from a variety of traditions. Specific themes, texts, and genre vary by instructor; please check the department website each semester for specifics. These courses satisfy the Humanistic Approaches Core Requirement.
Courses in this category emphasize the study of literary aesthetics with particular attention to the formal aspects of literary/cultural production and craft. Students consider the relationship between textual form and content, examining different aesthetic traditions and their formal manifestations. These courses attend to both analysis and production as means of understanding the workings of text, broadly defined. Specific emphases, genres, traditions, or themes vary by instructor; please check the department website each semester for specifics. These courses satisfy the Artistic Approaches core requirement.
This course serves as an introduction to the English major and minor and provides a foundation for the study of literature through reading, analyzing, and writing about a variety of literary and non-literary texts.
The English Department's introductory creative writing offerings acquaint students with fundamental concepts in the respective genre each course considers. Introductory creative writing courses cultivate student writing through the simultaneous study of canonical and contemporary authors. Courses often incorporate readings by visiting writers and relevant performances on campus or in the local community; additionally, courses may feature a public reading of student work.
These courses offer comparative overviews of significant historical, cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic developments in the areas that make up English Studies--including British, American, and Anglophone literatures, rhetorical studies, visual rhetoric, and film--and thus provide students with a contextually sensitive understanding of a broad field. Themes and texts vary by instructor; please see department website for current information.
Students are expected to complete ENGL 220 and a minimum of one other Foundations course before registering for courses at the 300 level.
The English Department's advanced creative writing offerings facilitate upper-level work in each course's respective focus in poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, memoir, or special topics genres. Advanced creative writing courses facilitate the production of student work, building upon the fundamentals emphasized in the introductory classes and culminating in a significant project or portfolio of student writing. Each advanced creative writing course has a prerequisite and requires a registration code from the professor teaching the course. Courses often incorporate readings by visiting writers and relevant performances on campus or in the local community; additionally, courses may feature a public reading of student work. These courses are open to all majors who have completed the appropriate prerequisites.
Courses in this category explore genres or sub-genres as they have evolved over time or as they are practiced through a particular medium. Through reading and writing within the genre as well as engaging with relevant critical and/or theoretical texts, students develop an understanding of genre as a system not only for producing and classifying texts but also for responding to evolving social conditions.
Courses in this category engage texts across traditional periods, geographic bounds, or generic constraints in ways that complement traditional English Studies topics and approaches. Developed in keeping with emerging trends in the field and specific faculty expertise, these courses encourage students to consider innovative ways of approaching the study of texts. Please consult the department website for more detailed information on the offerings in this category during any given term.
These courses engage with cultural traditions and collective identifications within literatures. Approaches consider how social forces and circumstances impact these literatures and their study, and explore the literatures' relationship to inherited cultural values. Of equal importance are the political dimensions that these texts assume in national discourses. Themes and texts vary by instructor; please see department website for current information.
Courses in this category have their basis in major concepts and theories within literary and rhetorical traditions. Students examine theoretical readings that conceptualize and mediate cultural and aesthetic issues within such genres/media as novels, films, essays, comics, and hypertext. In emphasizing a reciprocal relationship between theory and related texts and experiences, these courses investigate the cultural, ideological, and rhetorical forces that shape a reader's encounter with text.
These courses explore the pivotal roles that authors play in shaping and defining aesthetic, literary, philosophical, or cultural movements. In joining close analysis with critical and contextualizing readings, students consider a series of texts with respect to an oeuvre, a circle of writers, the Zeitgeist, or the influence of a writer over time.
Students should consult their major advisors regarding preparation for these courses. Students are advised to complete their Foundations courses and a minimum of two courses in Constructing Knowledge before registering for a Senior Experience Seminar.
The Senior Experience seminars comprise courses (see numbers below) in broad categories. Please consult the English department website or the professor scheduled to teach the course to determine the specific topic offered in a given semester. All Senior Experience seminars must be completed on the Puget Sound campus. Senior Experience seminars are offered both for students pursuing an analytical or scholarly project and those pursuing a substantial project in creative writing.
Seminars in literary scholarship or cultural and rhetorical analysis involve students in an in-depth examination of a specific topic selected by the professor, and guide them in crafting a scholarly project that engages the critical literature on that topic. The early part of the semester emphasizes building a shared base of knowledge that will inform the independent projects, while the latter part emphasizes independent research, engaging sources, drafting, workshopping, and refining a final product. Each student in these seminars should expect to emerge with a substantial piece of scholarly analysis.
The creative writing seminars facilitate the writing and revision of an original work: a collection of short stories, a novel or novella, a chapbook or volume of poems, a play, a film script, or other substantial piece of student writing. Like the literary scholarship seminars, the creative writing seminars devote the early part of the semester to building a shared expertise that will inform creative projects in multiple genres; the latter part of the semester emphasizes independent research, engaging sources, drafting, workshopping, and refining a final product. The expectation is that each student will complete the creative writing seminar with a polished manuscript.
The Writing Internship has two components, fieldwork and classwork. Students work as writing interns in advertising, public relations, journalism, television, and in other areas. The classroom component is conducted as a senior seminar. Students make presentations on a variety of topics, discuss internship experiences, and receive information on publishing and professional writing.
Students preparing to take ENGL 430-439 or 497 should keep in mind the following: