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Bachelor of Arts in English
Interested in literature or creative and professional writing? The online Bachelor's Degree in English offers a vigorous curriculum in British and American literary traditions, plus an innovative mix of contemporary courses in non-traditional genres.
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Interested in the fields of literary studies or creative and professional writing? As a cornerstone of the humanities, a degree in English emphasizes clear writing and critical thinking.
UMass Lowell's online Bachelor's Degree in English offers a flexible and vigorous curriculum grounded in British and American literary traditions, in the study of contemporary critical methods, and in the regular practice of research and writing.
Our academic advisors and the English degree program coordinator will be happy to help you plan your course selections.
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- Program for students accepted prior to Fall 2015
- Number of Courses Required: 40 (120 credits)
A maximum of 12 courses/36 credits are allowed as English Department electives. At least 4 English Electives must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.Students may select their English Department elective courses from any of the above English courses not already used toward the requirements above, or from any other 2000-level or higher English courses. At least one of the student's English Department courses must fulfill the English Department's Diverse Literary Traditions requirement.
The above list is partial and subject to change. Check the program website each semester for the most up-to-date list of online English course electives (courses with the ENGL.xxxx prefix).
**Note: Some Science with Lab Perspective courses have a lab incorporated into a 3-credit course, while others require that a 1-credit lab be taken alongside a 3-credit course.
In addition to the above Breadth of Knowledge courses, you must fulfill all of the University's seven "Essential Learning Outcomes" (ELOs) as you progress through your degree program. The Essential Learning Outcomes and their abbreviations are:
Courses that fulfill the ELO requirement are coded with DCA, IL, SRE, WOC, QL, CTPS and AIL. TIP: Look for Breadth of Knowledge courses and courses required for your degree that offer more than one of these ELO designations, so you can conveniently complete these ELO requirements as you take your required courses.
See the list of Core Curriculum Courses currently available through Online and Continuing Education.
For additional information on the Core Curriculum requirement, visit https://www.uml.edu/Academics/undergraduate-programs/gened/Core-Curriculum/
Choose either the World Languages Track (Option 1; 4 courses) or the World Ready Track (Option 2; 5 courses). All BLA students must declare which language requirement track they will pursue upon acceptance into the degree program by completing the Language Requirement FAHSS Form.
Take 4 consecutive courses in a specific foreign language (e.g. Spanish 1 through 4 or French 1 through 4).
Take 2 consecutive courses in a foreign language at a level above your current language proficiency AND take 3 "World Ready" courses, which are conducted in English and focus on the culture, civilization, philosophy, literature, history, politics of the region(s) in which the language you are studying is spoken. Approved courses will be listed with either "SPANISH" or "FRENCH" among their Core Curriculum Codes in our semester course listing. Please check with your advisor for assistance in selecting courses that will meet this requirement.
To receive credit for World Ready Flex Courses, students must submit an Exception Form signed by the instructor by the end of the course acknowledging that the student completed substantive coursework related to their chosen language track. The following are examples of courses that have been approved as World Ready Flex courses in past semesters, however these courses were approved for specific semesters. Email your advisor for assistance when selecting World Ready Flex courses.
For additional details on the foreign language requirements, visit the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences website at https://www.uml.edu/FAHSS/Languages-Cultures/Language-Requirement.aspx.
All bachelor's degree candidates are required to earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA), to present a minimum of 120 semester hours, to fulfill the residency requirements, to conform to the general regulations and requirements of the University, to satisfy the regulations and academic standards of the colleges which exercise jurisdiction over the degrees for which they are matriculating, to satisfy the curriculum requirements established by the departments or programs in their major, and to complete the University's Core Curriculum requirements, which are listed within the program's curriculum outline. For additional information regarding the University's general policies and procedures, transfer credit information and residency requirements; please refer to our Academic Policies & Procedures.
The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.
At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.
A workshop course that thoroughly explores the writing process from pre-writing to revision, with an emphasis on critical thinking, sound essay structure, mechanics, and academic integrity. Students will read, conduct rhetorical analyses, and practice the skills required for participation in academic discourse. Students will write expository essays throughout the semester, producing a minimum of four formal essays. 3 credits.
A workshop course that thoroughly explores the academic research writing process with an emphasis on entering into academic conversation. Building on the skills acquired in College Writing I, students will learn to write extensively with source material. Key skills addressed include finding,assessing, and integrating primary and secondary sources, and using proper documentation to ensure academic integrity. Students will produce analytical writing throughout the semester, including a minimum of four formal, researched essays. 3 credits.
Much of what we consider contemporary was born out of the modernist period, roughly 1900-1950, and was considered radical, even salacious, in its time.This course provides a sampling of modernist literature. Students will explore this period by examining exemplary texts, numerous historical and social events, and a few films. 3 credits. LT
This course introduces students to the study of writing, literature, and culture in the digital environment and to skills necessary for courses in the English Studies option. The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Digital literacy and citizenship, including tools and skills only made possible in the digital environment. Students will read a variety of texts and write in a variety of genres. The course also introduces students to literary and cultural criticism, including close reading skills, various critical approaches, and the practical application of these skills. Emphasis will be placed on the research and writing processes, using MLA-style documentation. The course will also introduce students to the fields of creative writing, journalism, and professional writing. 3 credits.
Presents a study of plays from the classical period to the present. 3 credits. LT
Studies selections from the Renaissance through contemporary periods. 3 credits. LT
Studies the development of the short story from Poe and Chekhov to the present. 3 credits. AH
This course examines literary responses to science in England and the United States from the early Nineteenth Century to the present. Readings include novels--Frankenstein, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jurassic Park--essays, and poems. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits. AHE
Explores the genre from Poe to the present. 3 credits. AH
Presents the theory and practice of comedy from the Greeks to the present. 3 credits. LT
Studies the theory and practice of writing letters, memoranda and reports on specific business and technical problems. Registration preference for students enrolled in Business programs. 3 credits. Note: Students may not receive credit for both ENGL.2240 and ENGL.2260
Studies the theory and practice of letters, memoranda, reports and oral presentations on specific scientific and technical problems. 3 credits. Students may not receive credit for both ENGL.2240 and ENGL.2260; Students will learn about scientific and technical communication by engaging with lab reports, step-by-step instructions, technical manuals and so forth. This course gives students the opportunity to write two chapters in a technical manual by the end of the course. These chapters will include step-by-step instructions on how to fix, prepare, create, or describe a function or process related to a specific individual project.
Analyzes and discusses the techniques and styles of selected professional essayists as well as the preparation of student essays. Emphasis will be placed on the writing process from prewriting through drafting and revising. English majors and minors only. 3 credits.
Often when we encounter narratives (in the movies or in books) we tend to practice a "suspension of disbelief" letting the story unfold, following the conventions of film and fiction without question This course will direct our critical focus on the mechanisms through whic writers and filmmakers convey meaning to their audiences. 3 credits. LT
Designed to introduce students to understand science fiction and fantasy within the broader context of literature and literary theory. It attempts to develop and hone student's skills of critical analysis as it supplies them with the tools to contextualize their reading experience - i.e., to understand the origins and politics of the books that they read. 3 credits. AH
A course for aspiring creative writers among freshman and sophomores which offers an introduction to the craft of creative writing in its primary genres: poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction (emphases will vary depending upon instructor). The focus of this course will be on learning the fundamentals of craft techniques and peer review. 3 credits.
ENGL.1020, or instructor permission
Contemporary Women Writers introduces students to American women writers of the last fifty years. We examine the historical,socio-cultural, political, and personal influences on these writers' work by studying trends and events in recent American history and themes reflected in the works. By studying contemporary women's writing in this contextualized fashion, students can appreciate larger trends in our society, the role writing plays in examining such trends, and the value of literature as an exploration of human growth and struggle. Through discussion, group collaboration, critical analysis, and by designing their own graphic organizers, students gain a breadth of knowledge in the following areas: the themes and stylistic concerns of contemporary American women writers; the key historical events that influence contemporary American women's writing; the critical reading of literary texts. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. LT, AH
Explores the treatment of homoeroticism and homosexual love in literature from Antiquity to the present. Emphasis is given to texts reflecting the construction of a homosexual identity and recurring motifs among gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits.
A survey of British Literary history from the medieval through the modernist periods.
A survey of American Literary history from early contact between Native American populations and European colonists through contemporary American writing. 3 credits. LT
ENGL.1020, or English Majors
A survey course covering traditional and contemporary children's literature. Texts are selected to represent different historical periods and a diversity of authorial perspectives. Attention is given to changing views of children and childhood as reflected in selected texts. 3 credits.
An introduction to techniques of writing for the news media. 3 credits.
ENGL 1010,102, 227 or 229 or 2
Studies the theory and practice of fiction. Conducted as a workshop with close analysis of student work. 3 credits.
Discusses the theory and practice of poetry. Conducted as a workshop with close analysis of student work. 3 credits.
Explores the origins and structure of the English language, tracing the ways that English has evolved from Old English through Middle English to the varieties of Modern English in England and its former colonies, including the United States. We will also examine the literary, social, and political implications of these developments, for instance the evolution of Standard English or the use of dialects. The course does not assume any knowledge of Old or Middle English. 3 credits.
A study of English syntax examining traditional, structural, and transformational grammars. Attention to issues of dialect, usage, phonology, and morphology. 3 credits.
Pre-Req: ENGL.1010/102 College Writing I & II
A study of the writers, movements, and social culture of the South, from both the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. 3 credits. AH
This course is designed for students who are interested in writing their own mysteries. Part of the course time will be spent discussing and workshopping student writing with emphasis on structure, plot and character. Time also will be spent studying the work of established mystery writers. Prerequisites: ENGL.1020 3 credits.
Students will acquire reading knowledge of the Old English language, spending half the semester mastering grammar and vocabulary, and the second half translating texts such as The Wanderer, Dream of the Rood, and Beowulf. Attention will also be given to Anglo-Saxon culture. 3 credits.
A study of twentieth-century British short stories, poetry, and drama. 3 credits. LT
A workshop format encourages peer criticism of individual writings and discussion of models from various texts. 3 credits.
Writers throughout time have been thoroughly grounded in place. Students in this course will read and write on a variety of topics: travel, cities, suburbs, dwelling places, nature, environmental issues, etc., in a variety of genres: creative non-fiction, essays, journalism, short stories, poetry, journals. This course will be held in a workshop format with strong emphasis on revision. 3 credits.
ENGL 2270or 229or 238or 239 Pr
A study of the British novel in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries from DeFoe through Austen. 3 credits.
A Study of autobiographical writing from Colonial America to the present. Works from the 17th to the 21st century will allow students to explore the genre of autobiography and related sub-genres, including the captivity narrative, the slave narrative, and the immigration narrative. Readings will also explore literary and political autobiographies. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits.
A study of selected novels by American women. Focus on the female voice within the American tradition. Treatment of such issues as domesticity, education, and authorship. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits.
This course will consider works that fall under the very broad genre known as The Gothic. As this genre is one of highly contested boundaries, we will consider how to define the Gothic, and what exactly constitutes this form. We will look at texts from both England and America, and spanning from the late 18th century to our own times. Our study will focus on the form of the novel, and the development and emergence of the gothic novel from its beginnings in England to its contemporary manifestations in the United States. 3 credits.
A rigorous examination of a topic of current interests in film studies organized by particular themes, genres or filmmakers. 3 credits. AH
Will examine works in modern English translation from a variety of genres (romance, history, tragedy, epic) that tell stories of the mythical King Arthur and the knights and ladies of his courtly world. The course will focus primarily on texts of the medieval and renaissance periods, but will include attention to nineteenth- and twentieth-century versions in poetry, prose, art, music and film. 3 credits.
A study of English prose and poetry of the period excluding Milton. 3 credits.
Discusses novels and short fiction from World War II to the present. 3 credits. LT
A study of selected works by black American writers, such as Toomer, Wright, Ellison, Walker, and Morrison. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits.
This course will examine the history and theories of composition and rhetoric, studying the field from its inception to more recent developments and challenges. We will also explore our own writing processes and literary practices. The course is furthermore grounded on the idea that literary practices are shaped by our culture. The course introduces practical approaches to as well as theoretical frameworks beneficial for those interested in composition studies. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning (AIL). 3 credits.
When the peoples of Africa, India, the Caribbean, Ireland, and Canada finally gained, to a greater and lesser extent, independence from the British during the 20th century, they found that their national, cultural, and individual identities had been radically altered by the experience of colonization. In this course, we will examine how authors have related this postcolonial condition. We will examine a diverse body of texts--poetry which eloquently describe the heroic journey out of colonialism, drama which lays bare the conflicts of assimilation, and novels which fantastically present political struggle--as we determine how postcolonial theory and literature affects and possibly redefines all literature. 3 credits. LT
A survey of theatre in its historical and social contexts from the 19th century to the present, focusing on innovations in design and technology, the advent of the director, the emergence of modern schools of acting, and the creation of new forms of theatre to suit the changing needs of a modern world. 3 credits.
Training in writing theory for direct application in peer tutoring. Discussion supplemented by experimental exercises, class presentations, reading, and writing. Meets two hours each week. Students tutor four hours each week. 3 credits.
ENGL 2000,or 227,or 238,or 239
A study of selected works. Authors to be announced each semester. 3 credits.
A study of the major works of Chaucer in Middle English. 3 credits.
Pre-Req: ENGL.1010/102 College Writing I & II
A study of selected histories, comedies, and tragedies. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Information Literacy (IL) and Written & Oral Communication (WOC). 3 credits.
A study of selected histories, comedies, and tragedies not covered in 42.243. Shakespeare I is not a prerequisite. 3 credits.
A solid introduction to major trends in contemporary critical theory. Emphasis on producing a sample critical paper treating one or more current critical approaches to reading a literary text. 3 credits.
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|MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill||$835.00|
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