English (BA)


English majors read, discuss, and write about literature, film, popular culture and the law from a variety of perspectives. In doing so, they build skills in critical reading and analysis, verbal presentation, argumentation, and persuasive writing. In John Jay's unique English curriculum, students acquire a comprehensive and varied foundation in literary study, and then choose either an optional concentration in Literature and the Law or pursue the field of Literature in greater depth. The major prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate work in law, public policy, business, education, writing, and government.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

• Read a text closely, paying attention to the significance of words, syntax, and their contribution to the meaning of the text as a whole.
• Identify the key elements and terms of literature, such as tone, form, point of view, figurative language, and plot structure in their analysis of literature.
• Show awareness of a given genre and its conventions within a historical context.
• Use secondary and theoretical sources in support of literary analysis.
• Write critically on literature, including setting up a thesis, incorporating textual evidence, writing a coherent argument, and citing sources correctly according to a standardized format.
• Produces a paper that is edited for clarity and grammatical correctness.

Credits required: 36                            Four Year Academic Plan

Prerequisites: ENG 201 and one general education Literature course: ISP 235, ISP 236, ISP 273LIT 230, LIT 231, LIT 232, LIT 233, LIT 236, LIT 237.

Coordinator:
Professor John Staines (646-557-4555, jstaines@jjay.cuny.edu)

Honors Option: To receive Honors in Literature, a student must take both the Literature Seminar and an Independent Study that includes a research project, maintaining a GPA of 3.5 within the major. To receive Honors in Literature and the Law, a student must take both the Literature and the Law Seminar and an Independent Study that includes a research project, maintaining a GPA of 3.5 within the major.


PART ONE. CRITICAL SKILLS

Subtotal: 3 credits

Requried

LIT 260 Introduction to Literary Study

PART TWO. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES                           Subtotal: 12 credits

Choose four

LIT 370 Topics in Ancient Literature
LIT 371 Topics in Medieval Literature 
LIT 372 Topics in Early Modern Literature
LIT 373 Topics in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Literature
LIT 374 Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature
LIT 375 Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature
LIT 379 Selected Historical Topics in Literature

PART THREE. CRITICAL METHODS                                     Subtotal: 3 credits
 
Required

LIT 300 Text and Context

PART FOUR. LITERATURE AND THE LAW                          Subtotal: 3 credits

Required

LIT 305 Foundations of Literature and Law

PART FIVE. ELECTIVES

Subtotal: 12 credits

Choose any four courses from the list below; if concentrating in "Literature and the Law", choose at least two of the courses identified with asterisks. On 200-level general education literature or writing course (with the exception of ENG 201) can be used to satisfy an elective.

ENG 215 Poetry Writing and Reading
ENG 216 Fiction Writing
ENG 218 The Writing Workshop
ENG 233 News Reporting and Writing
ENG 235 Writing for Management, Business, and Public Administration
ENG 245 Creative Nonfiction
ENG 250 Writing for Legal Studies**
ENG 255 Argument Writing
ENG 260  Grammar, Syntax, and Style: Writing for All Disciplines
ENG 316 Advanced Argument Writing and Response: Theory and Practice
ENG 334 Intermediate News Reporting and Writing
ENG 350 Advanced Legal Writing: Advocacy and Oral Argument
ISP 321 Moral, Legal, and Ethical Dilemmas that Shape the USA**
ISP 322 Making Waves: Troublemakers, Gadflies, and Whistleblowers**
LIT 203 New York City in Literature
LIT 212 Literature of the African World
LIT 219 The Words as Weapon**
LIT 223/AFR 223 African-American Literature
LIT 265 Foundations of U.S. Latino/a Literature
LIT 275 The Language of Film
LIT 283 New York City in Film
LIT 284 Film and Society
LIT 287 Selected Topics in Literature (was LIT 290)
LIT 309 Contemporary Fiction
LIT 311 Literature and Ethics**
LIT 313 Shakespeare
LIT 314 Shakespeare and Justice**
LIT 315 American Literature and the Law**
LIT 316 Gender and Identity in Literary Traditions
LIT 319 Law and Justice in European Medieval Literature**
LIT 323 The Crime Film**
LIT 326 Crime, Punishment and Justice in U.S. Literature**
LIT 327 Crime and Punishment in Literature**
LIT 330 Alfred Hitchcock
LIT 332 Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee
LIT 340/AFR 340 The African American Experience in America: Comparative Racial Perspectives
LIT 342 Perspectives on Literature and Human Rights**
LIT 344 Caribbean Literature and Culture
LIT 346 Cultures in Conflict
LIT 353 Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Investigating a Literary Medium
LIT 357 Violence of Language: U.S. Latino/a Street Literature
LIT 360 Mythology in Literature
LIT 366 Writing Nature: Literature and Ecology
LIT 380 Advanced Selected Topics in Literature
LIT 383 Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Latino/a Literature
LLS 362 Entangled Tongues: Bilingualism in U.S. Latino/a Literature
LLS 363 Il-legal Subjects: U.S. Latina/o Literature and the Law**
LLS 364 Ethical Strains in U.S. Latino/a Literature

Two hundred level General Education literature and writing courses
Students can only use one general education literature courses from the section below to satisfy an elective.

LIT 230 Expression of the Living Past: Reading Ancient Worlds
LIT 232 Breaking with Tradition: Reading the Modern World
LIT 233 American Stories
LIT 236 Literary Perspectives on Culture and Globalization
LIT 237 Literature as Witness
ISP 235 Apples and Oranges: Form and Meaning in the Arts
ISP 236 Truth and Creativity
ISP 273 The Stories We Tell

Courses with asterisks [*] identify courses that can be counted toward the LIT and the LAW concentration. Students should consult the current course schedule for offerings.

PART SIX. MAJOR SEMINAR

Subtotal: 3 credits

Choose one (if concentrating in Literature and Law, choose Literature and the Law Seminar)

LIT 400 Senior Seminar in Literature
LIT 405 Senior Seminar in Literature and the Law

Total: 36 credits