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College of Arts and Sciences

The English undergraduate degree is designed to build a sound foundation in general literacy for a variety of possible professions, from editing and writing to teaching and law. An English major provides unusually strong preparation for graduate study as well, through the core of required courses.

Program Offerings

  • English major
  • English major combined with another major, chosen by the student, with or without certification to teach
  • English/Language Arts major with certification to teach

The Lucille Cobb Lecture Series 

The annual Lucille Cobb Lecture Series provides students the opportunity to meet and interact with prominent writers. Previous authors who have appeared in the series include:

  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Hayden Carruth
  • Alan Cheuse
  • Desmond Egan
  • Patricia Hampl
  • Miroslav Holub
  • Marlene Norbese
  • Tom Robbins
  • Philip W.D. Snodgrass
Three-Year Graduation Program

School of Arts & Sciences

Three-Year Graduation Plan

Bachelor of Arts in English - With or Without Creative Writing Emphasis

Recommended Program Plan beginning Fall 2014 (even year)

(Subject to change depending on credits transferred in by student)

English Program Plan Coordinator:  Dr. Liam O. Purdon


Prior to Year #1

9 credit hours (minimum)


Year #1


Fall—18 Credits                                                               Spring—17-18 Credits

LAR 101—Liberal Arts Seminar (3)                               ENG—237—Introduction to

                                                                                                        Fiction (3)

ENG 101—Writing Seminar (3)                                     ENG—231—Linguistics (4)

ENG xxx—Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction Writing (3) FAK—Core Requirement (3/4)

FAK—Core Requirement (3)                                          ELECTIVE (3)

FAK—Core Requirement (3)                                          ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)                                                                   ATV 136 (1)


Summer after Year #1


6 credits—approved with guidance of faculty advisor


Year #2

Fall—18 Credits                                                           Spring—17-18 Credits

LAR 202—Liberal Arts Seminar (3)                           ENG 393—Chaucer (4)

ENG 305—19th-Century American (3)                     ENG 316—Modern Poetry (3)

ENG 312—Novel (3)                                                   FAK—Core Requirement (3/4)

FAK—Core Requirement (3)                                      ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)                                                               ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)                                                               ATV 136 (1)


Summer after Year #2

6 credits—approved with guidance of faculty advisor


Year #3


Fall—18 Credits                                                           Spring—17-18 Credits

LAR 303—Liberal Arts Seminar (3)                           ENG 495—Senior Seminar (5)

ENG xxx—English Elective (2)                                   ENG 4xx—Seminar in Poetry,

FAK—Core Requirement (3)                                                   Fiction, or Nonfiction (3)

FAK—Core Requirement (3)                                      ENG 3xx—English Elective (3)

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING (3)                                    ENG 342/351—Romantic/

ENG 393—Shakespeare (4)                                                     Renaissance (3)

                                                                                       ELECTIVE (3)

                                                                                       ATV 136 (0/1)


1. Maximum number of credit hours, 129, including 9 credit hours of pre-matriculation transfer credit.

2. 123 credit hour graduation requirement; 21 transfer credit hours; minimum credit hours, 125.

3. Undergraduate Core requires, 3 LARs, 7 FAKs, and 1 Experiential-Learning course, met by above.

4. A minor can be completed through Electives; English courses are included in 5 FAK categories.

5. One Summer “6 credit hours” can be dropped if 18 credit hours taken during each semester.

Learning Environment

The Communications Building houses faculty offices, classrooms, computer labs, the library, and art gallery.

Gaylord Hall houses classrooms, faculty offices, and production studios for television, radio, and the student newspaper. It is one of three Doane buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.



Doane students may participate in month-long or semester-long internships, gaining hands-on work experience for college credit. English students have completed internships at such organizations as:

  • Mary Ripma Ross Film Theatre
  • NEBRASKAland Magazine
  • Prairie Schooner

Study Abroad

Every four years, the English Department selects approximately 15 students for a semester in east and central Africa. Students travel to six countries and engage in a semester of courses, including Introduction to African Studies, African Literature and Culture, Linguistics, Swahili, writing, and independent study.

Interterm/Field Trips

Periodic trips to Japan, England and Greece are offered as an interterm class. English students have also traveled to The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., The Oriental Institute, the Field Museum, and The Art Institute in Chicago to supplement course work.

Specialized Program Opportunities

English majors in the Summer Research Program have been published in national undergraduate journals and have presented papers at local and national conferences. Some examples include:

  • “Aristotle and Howells: Old and New Ways of Storytelling,”  William Anderson, 2005 (published in the Oswald Review, 2007). 
  • “Familial and Marriage Relations in Selected Southworth Novels,” Heather Hoffart, 2005 (Winner of the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Student Prize for Scholarly Excellence, 2006). 

Faculty in the English department actively publish and present papers in their areas of expertise.


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Requirements for the English Major:

Complete 1 or 2.

Option 1

Complete one of the following emphases:


One foreign language literature course may be counted as an English literature course but cannot be substituted for a specific course requirement.

One additional teaching major

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education