Department of English

West Chester University

Contact Info
Dr. Vicki Tischio
532 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2822
VTISCHIO@WCUPA.EDU


Minors

The English Department offers programs in eight areas of minor concentration: African/African American Literature, Business/Technical Writing, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Film Criticism, Journalism, Linguistics, and Literature. Any degree candidate may earn a minor concentration by pursuing one of the following courses of study. (With one exception, of course: English and B.S.Ed. majors can not also take a minor in Literature.)

Minor in African/African American Literature.................................................. 18 credit hours Coordinator: Dr. Cherise Pollard (x2959, cpollard@wcupa.edu)

The African/African American Literature Minor is a program in literary and cultural theory and criticism. This minor can be combined with any WCU undergraduate major. The minor in African/African American Literature should enhance the career opportunities of students in view of the growing need for multicultural and global understanding in the workplace.

  1. Required Courses (6 credit hours) CLS 351 and LIT 202 or LIT 203
  2. Elective Courses (12 credit hours). LIT 202 or 203 (whichever is not taken as requirement), 204, 205, 206, 309, or CLS 365, ENG/LIT/CLS 400

Business and Technical Writing.......................................................... 18 credit hours
Coordinator: Dr. Judith Scheffler (x3101, jscheffler@wcupa.edu)

The Business and Technical Writing Minor prepares students for writing and editing in business, industry, government, and technical settings. It is also suitable preparationBusiness and Technical Writing Minor for graduate studies in writing, rhetoric, and technical communication. Prerequisite: WRT200, 204, 205, 206, 208, or 220.

  1. Required Courses (12 credit hours) ENG 320, 368, 371, 375
  2. Elective Course (3 credit hours) Choice of ONE of the following: ART 113, COM 220, SPK 230, CSC 141 (or higher), ENG 270, JRN 355, MGT 100, MIS 300, MKT 200 (or other elective approved by the director of the minor)
  3. An additional three credit hours to be earned through ENG 395, a supervised internship in business or technical writing.

Comparative Literature....................................................................... 18 credit hours
Coordinator: Dr. Linda Myrsiades (x2959, lmyrsiades@wcupa.edu)

The Comparative Literature Minor enhances programs in the humanities by introducing students to diverse literatures and cultures and challenging their ethnocentric assumptions about identity, society, language, and culture. It encourages them to focus on connections between film and literature, art and mythology, and computers and literature.

  1. Required courses (6 semester hours) CLS 165 (LIT 165 can be substituted) and ENG 400 (ENG 400 must be a Comparative Literature Seminar as designed by the CLS committee.)
  2. Elective courses (12 semester hours) Any 12 semester hours from the following courses:CLS 201, 203, 225, 258, 259, 260, 261, 270, 297, 304, 310, 350, 351, 352, 361, 362, 365, 367, 368, 369, 371, 400, 410, 411; ESP 311, 333, 334, 335

Creative Writing.................................................................................. 18 credit hours
Coordinator: Dr. Luanne Smith (x2671, lsmith@wcupa.edu)

The Creative Writing Minor allows aspiring authors to write poems, plays, essays, short stories, and novels under critical supervision.

  1. Required Course (3 credit hours): CRW 201
  2. Elective Courses (15 credit hours) Any five of the following: CRW 202, 203, 301, 302, 303, 304, 400, 490, 491.

Film Criticism...................................................................................... 18 credit hours
Coordinator: Dr. Paul Maltby (x2425, pmaltby@wcupa.edu)

In this 6-course/18-credit program, the student will be trained in cineliteracy and will become familiar with formalist, historical, political, socio-cultural, and other critical approaches to film. Film courses fulfill two General Education requirements: (1) They count as a distributive requirement under "Arts;" (2) FLM 200, 201, 202 are taught as writing emphasis courses. Introduction to Film (FLM 200) is a required course. Students must then choose 5 electives from the following courses, all recognized as counting towards the minor:

  1. Required Course (3 credit hours): FLM 200
  2. Elective Courses (15 credit hours): Any five of the following selected with the approval of the advisor: FLM 201, 202#, 301, 400#; CLS 304, 365, 369; COM 217, 317; EFR 350*/FRE 350, EGE 404*/GER 404, EGE 405*/GER 405, EGE 409*/GER 413; EIT 360*/ITA 360; ESP 305*/SPA 305, ESP 309*/SPA 313; SPA 415; HIS 376; PHI (02)**.

# Variable-topic courses, which may be repeated for credit

* Prefixes that start with an "E" designate courses taught in English. The prerequisite for the advanced-language version of the course (paired above with the English-language version) is a minimum of 4 semesters of language study.

** A special topics course which must carry the section number "02" to qualify as a film course.