The department offers a program broad enough base to provide a sound basis in literature, in writing (critical, professional, and creative), and in the history and structure of the English language.
The curriculum is designed to develop a wide variety of skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, computer use, and research.
The goals are breadth and depth of learning, development of aesthetic awareness, and preparation for graduate study or for careers in teaching, writing, and other professions.
Midland University's English department provides many opportunities for hands-on, comprehensive learning:
- The Writing Center - English students can hone skills by giving peer-to-peer instruction in Midland's Writing Center.
- English Language Learning tutoring - Students get a chance to take part in an English tutoring program at Washington Elementary School.
- Bits of Flint - This literary journal is written, edited and published annually by students.
Traditional English Major: This major is intended to prepare the student to enter a graduate English program.
Major Requirements: 36 credit hours beyond ENG 120 (Composition): ENG 110 (Introduction to Literature); ENG 203 (Making of America I) and 204 (Development of Modern America II); ENG 220 (Advanced Writing) (“W” course); ENG 290 (Linguistics); ENG 315 (Battle Fields to Cemeteries I) and 316 (Revolutionaries to Terrorists II); ENG 350 (Shakespeare); ENG 380 (Literary Criticism) (“C” course); ENG 460 (Senior Thesis); and two additional courses approved by the department.
Compressed English Major Requirements: 30 hours of English department courses with the English prefix, excluding ENG 120 (Composition). Credits are open except English 220 (Advanced Writing) and English 380 (Literary Criticism). Compressed major includes 9 credits at the 300 or 400 level. For example, the student may take English 315, English 316, and English 350. Also, a senior thesis could be written.
English 7-12 Endorsement: 30 credit hours beyond ENG 120 (Composition): ENG 110 (Introduction to Literature); ENG 203 (Making of America) and 204 (Development of Modern America II); ENG 220 (Advanced Writing)(“W” course); ENG 230 (Introduction to Creative Writing); ENG 290 (Linguistics); ENG 315 (Battle Fields to Cemeteries I) and 316 (Revolutionaries to Terrorists II); ENG 350 (Shakespeare); ENG 380 (Literary Criticism) (“C” course); and EDU 409 (Special Methods). Students will also complete a one-credit thesis. Refer to the Education section of the catalog for education courses and general education requirements necessary for Nebraska certification.
English Minor Requirements: Beyond English Composition and Blue and Orange Humanities, the student will take 18 hours of courses with the ENG prefix, including at least two at the 300 level.
All courses for the endorsement, major or minor must be graded on the A-F basis with no grade below a C-.
Writing Minor: The minor in Writing is an interdisciplinary program designed for students contemplating careers emphasizing writing and/or the teaching of writing or who merely wish to enhance their written communications skills.
In addition to the first-year interdisciplinary courses required by the student’s major and ENG 220 (Advanced Writing), students will earn 12 credit hours from the following:
ENG 240 – Wordsmiths (3 hrs)
ENG 290 – Linguistics (3 hrs)
ENG 230 – Introduction to Creative Writing (3 hrs)
HIS 440 – Historical Research and Writing (3 hrs)
JOU 222 – Digital Photography (3 hrs)
JOU 121 – Writing for Media (3 hrs)
SOC 345 – Writing about Social Issues (3 hrs)
In addition to the above course requirements, students in their senior year would be expected to offer 28 hours of service in the Writing Center each semester. Students must earn a minimum of “B” in all courses applied toward the Writing Minor.
The English Department offers courses which integrate academic skills and help students succeed in a variety of careers as well as appreciate and enjoy literature and language. The English Department has an excellent record of placing people in a variety of careers, including secondary teaching, library science, ministry, law, social work, writing, editing, insurance, advertising and public relations.
- Government Service
- Insurance Agent
- Advertising Manager
- Arts & Humanities Council Director
- Literary Agent
- Assignment Editor
- Management Trainee
- Manuscript Reader
- Movie Critic
- Book Critic
- Public Relations Officer
- Copy Writer
- Research Assistant
- Crossword puzzle maker
- Bookstore Manager
- Greeting Card Writer
- Script Reader
- Institutional Advancement Officer
- Special Agent (FBI)
- News Writer
- Stock Broker
- Publications Editor
- Story Editor
- Free-lance Writer
- Teacher (high school or college)
- Technical Writer
- Editorial Assistant
- Fund Raiser
- Public Relations Specialist