Programs

English

Students studying

Read, Write, Think, Lead.

The English department at Cottey College offers courses in writing, literature, rhetoric, and critical theory.  We believe that the careful study of language and literature is not only at the heart of a liberal arts education, but also is crucial to becoming a broadly-educated, multi-faceted human being.

Doing English

Doing English at Cottey means you will

  • engage in critical, meaningful discussions in and out of the classroom;
  • travel to readings by well-known writers;
  • explore notable literary sites such as The WWI Museum in Missouri, Willa Cather’s Childhood Home and Memorial Prairie in Nebraska, The Emily Dickinson Museum in Massachusetts, and Jane Austen’s House in England;
  • participate in such academic organizations as Sigma Kappa Delta;
  • attend and present papers at national conferences;
  • submit papers to Cottey’s academic writing contest;
  • edit and publish in Cottey’s literary magazine, newspaper, or yearbook;
  • participate in internships and service learning projects;
  • discover who you are, what you think, and what you are capable of achieving.

Customize Your Experience

At Cottey, English majors who pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree in English can choose between two rigorous, broad-based concentrations: (a) the traditional English major and (b) the Women Writers emphasis.  On the traditional English track, students explore the history, theory, and place of literature and language in the English-speaking world, and are challenged by courses in English literature, American literature, Shakespeare, transatlantic literature, cultural studies, and critical theory.  The concentration on Women Writers combines the flexibility of a traditional English major with courses that invite students to think specifically about the roles women have played-and continue to play-in shaping literature, theory, culture, politics, civic engagement, and social identities.

The Write Stuff

We believe that learning to write well is about much more than just correcting essays.  Through sustained writing, inquiry, and revision, students develop the complex forms of awareness, habits of thought, and rhetorical responsiveness that are essential for any global citizen in the 21st century.

The minor in Writing and Rhetoric combines the sustained study of the foundations of Western thought with the contemporary importance of writing for diverse audiences and media.  Open to all students regardless of either major or degree program, the minor includes courses on creative writing, environmental writing, advanced writing, the history of rhetoric, business and technical writing, writing for the professions/disciplines, and much more.  In addition to their coursework, students pursuing a minor in Writing and Rhetoric will also develop a professional portfolio of their work comprised of both traditional and new media texts.

The Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Academic Writing Contest

Interdisciplinarity

The Bachelor of Arts in English program is a highly interdisciplinary degree program that links English, Environmental Studies, and International Relations and Business.  Students can pursue a hybridized course of study that combines interdisciplinary coursework from these disciplines.  In addition to a wide array of interdisciplinary courses, all Bachelor of Arts students take coursework specifically designed to introduce them to the diverse content and methodology of the academic disciplines.

Regardless of which direction you choose, the dynamic interdisciplinary focus of the Cottey Institute for Women’s Leadership and Social Responsibility will help you become a globally-aware leader in your community.  Moreover, the diverse, international student body at Cottey will give you a challenging peer group as well as a set of supportive friends.

Faculty Advising

Preparing a class schedule, investigating majors, and researching transfer institutions can be confusing for a first-year student.  At Cottey, academic advisors assist individual students in clarifying and achieving their educational goals.

Each student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an academic advisor.  Together the advisor and student devise a balanced academic program, which encompasses the student’s educational and career ambitions.  The advisor reviews all registration decisions, the advisee’s academic progress, and suggests transfer and career options.

This personalized approach to student advising allows the student to take ownership of her own academic success, while utilizing the experience and expertise of our faculty.

For more information contact:
Enrollment Management
Phone: 1-888-5-COTTEY
E-mail: enrollmgt@cottey.edu

ENG 103 Introduction to Literature (f)
Examines fiction, poetry, and/or drama from a variety of perspectives. Covers components, devices, and vocabulary that characterize various literary genres. 3 credits

ENG 200 Introduction to the English Major (xf)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Introduces students to the discipline of English. Considers issues in the profession of English, and career options for English majors. Introduces students to academic journals, literary criticism, and literary theory. 3 credits

ENG 201 English Literature 1 (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Study of works by selected British writers who represent significant literary movements up to Romantic period. Includes some writing about British literature. 3 credits

ENG 202 English Literature 2 (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Study of works by selected British writers who represent significant literary movements from Romantic period to present. Includes some writing about British literature.
3 credits

ENG 205 American Literature 1 (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Study of works by selected American writers who represent significant literary movements up to the Civil War. Includes some writing about American literature. 3 credits

ENG 206 American Literature 2 (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Study of works by selected American writers who represent significant literary movements after the Civil War to present. Includes some writing about American literature. 3 credits

ENG 211 Excursions (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Faculty-led excursions enable students to “experience and do English” so they may understand issues in a more sophisticated and critical way. Excursions require a minimum of 15 hours of
academic commitment in and out of the classroom per credit hour. Topics vary. 1-2 credits

ENG 215 Shakespeare (xs)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
In-depth study of selected plays and poems, with some consideration of historical and critical conexts. Includes some writing about Shakespeare’s work. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 220 American Women Writers (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Introduces students to American women writers in traditional and nontraditional genres. Focuses on the way women explore or subvert gender. Includes writing about women and literature.
3 credits

ENG/WGS 222 British Women Writers (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
Introduces students to British women writers from the 17th century to the present. Focuses on obstacles faced by British women writers and the way women historically have explored
or subverted gender. Includes writing about women and literature. 3 credits

ENG 230 Studies in Ethnic Literature (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102, ENG 103, or permission of instructor
The content of this course varies, consisting of selected works of ethnic groups within or outside the United States. Includes consideration of the historical and cultural contexts in which the literature is produced. 3 credits

ENG 231 Studies in Ethnic Literature: AfricanAmerican
Literature (y)
This course will survey the history of African-American Literature from the eigtheenth century to the present. We will read a wide range of literary texts, as well as cultural and political documents. In analyzing these works, we will also consider art and music, literary and critical theory, and social responsibility. 3 credits

ENG 232 Studies in Ethnic Literature: Ethnic Women Writers (y)
This course will focus on ethnic literature by women writers in the U.S. and abroad. We will read a number of novels; however, we will also consider stories, poems, and theoretical essays. In addition, we will discuss issues of women’s leadership, social responsibilty, and global awareness. 3 credits

ENG 290 English Grammar and Usage (xf)
This course will provide a review of the basics of grammar and mechanics for the purpose of knowing and explaining how English grammar and language works. Students will learn the Reed-Kellogg system of diagramming to understand the deep structure of language. Grammar will be presented from both a prescriptive and descriptive perspective. Ideal for students interested in language and writing, studying a foreign language, or wanting to teach English or a foreign language. 3 credits

ENG 308 Young Adult Literature (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course introduces students to Young Adult Literature in a variety of genres. Includes discussion of various pedagogical methods for response-based teaching and issues in literary censorship. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 310 Women in Shakespeare (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course stresses the plays where women play prominent roles, wield political power, or strongly determine the play’s outcome. Some writing about Shakespeare required. Fulfills pre-1900 BA English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 312 History of the English Language (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except
ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course investigates the three phases of the English language – Old, Middle, and Modern English – and the relation of language to history and culture. 3 credits

ENG 320 Topics in Fiction (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except
ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course focuses on an in-depth study of the novel from a thematic, generic, or developmental perspective. Topics vary. Close reading, active discussion, and researched analysis will be central to the class. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 321 Topics in Fiction:
Eighteenth-Century British Women Writers (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except
ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This class surveys the novels of a variety of British women writing during the long 18th century. Works will be studied in context and, where applicable, in dialogue with one another and with other fiction of the time. Also examines select works of literary criticism and excerpts from contemporaneous nonfiction. Fulfills pre-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 322 Topics in Fiction – Future Women:
Science Fiction by American Women (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course covers science fiction by American women from 1900 to the present. Emphasizes genre, gender issues, and theoretical models of science fiction. Some writing required. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 323 The Modern Global Novel (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course covers diverse novels since 1900 that encourage global awareness. Some readings will be translations of novelists who published work in foreign languages. Some writing on the global novel required. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 324 On Location: British Women Writers at Home (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course explores how a writer’s environment shapes literary output. Texts covered include novels, theoretical essays, and literary criticism. In addition to classes on campus throughout the semester, students travel to England to visit the homes, hometowns, or other relevant sites closely linked to various British women novelists. In addition, the class promotes strategies of sustainable tourism such as public transportation, use of local hotels/bed and breakfasts, etc. Fulfills pre-1900 B.A. English requirement and excursion requirements. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 325 Topics in Fiction: The Transgender Novel (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course covers transgender themes, characters, and sexualities. Students will consider transgender theory and a wide range of literary texts and films. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 330 Topics in Poetry (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
Thematic, stylistic, or period study of poetry. Topics vary. 3 credits

ENG 331 Topics in Poetry: Victorian Poetry (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
Survey of British poetry written during the Victorian period, covering authors such as Tennyson, the Brownings, Christina Rossetti, and Thomas Hardy. Explores the cultural, political, and social milieus of the time in order to gain a deeper understanding of the many themes and stylistic innovations of the period. Fulfills pre-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 332 Topics in Poetry: The Greening of American Poetry: 1945 to Present (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course will explore the attention post-World War II American poets gave to nature, renewal of habitats, and poetic perceptions of planetary wholeness. The rise of ecopoetics and writing as activism will be considered. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 333 Topics in Women’s Poetry: “Her Kind”: Twentieth-Century American Women Poets (Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath) (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course will explore the poetry of four important midtwentieth-century American women poets: Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, and Sylvia Plath. We will employ close readings of their work, feminist literary theory, and interdisciplinary approaches to understand their position in literary history, their response to American culture, and their “revisioning” (to use Adrienne Rich’s term) of women’s experience. Special attention will be given to women’s leadership and social responsibility. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 350 Topics in Pre-1900 Literature (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
Thematic, stylistic, or period study of poetry, narrative (fiction or nonfiction), or drama. Topics vary. 3 credits

ENG 351 Topics in Pre-1900 Literature: The Gothic Revival (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course covers Gothicism as a literary movement, mode, and ideology. Traditional and contemporary theories related to the Gothic will be included, and drive research projects. Fulfills pre-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 352 Topics in Pre-1900 Literature: American Realism and Naturalism (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
Course will consider American literature written between the Civil War and World War I. The class will analyze its literary, historical, cultural, social, and theoretical contexts, and special attention will be given to gender, race, class, and sexuality. Fulfills pre-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 360 Topics in Post-1900 Literature (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
Thematic, generic, stylistic, or period study of post-1900 literature. Topics vary. 3 credits

ENG 363 Topics in Post-1900 Literature: World War I (y)
Prerequisites: ENG 103, second-year standing, OR permission of instructor
World War I marked a pivotal moment in world history as technology and industrialization led to the first large scale use of heavy artillery and other weapons of mass destruction. In this course, we will trace these developments and their effects on the human psyche. Readings include poetry, novels, journals, letters, and other nonfiction. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 364 Topics in Post–1900 Literature: “Make it New!’: Women and Literary Modernism (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course surveys the wide range of Modernist literature that responds to the social, artistic, technological, intellectual, and economic changes that took place in the early 20th century. Students will use literary theory and criticism, as well as other cultural artifacts, to understand the ways in which writers make sense of their rapidly changing world. Special attention will be given to women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 370 Major Authors (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
In-depth study of a single author or a pair of authors. Topics vary. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 371 Major Authors: Jane Austen (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
Class will explore the development of Jane Austen’s literary career through a focus on her six major novels and some of the juvenilia. Background information on Austen’s life and times will enable students to appreciate the many themes and subtexts of these works. Fulfills pre-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG/WGS 372 Major Authors: Toni Morrison (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
Exploration of the development of Toni Morrison’s literary career, focusing primarily on her novels and criticism. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG/IDS 380 Interdisciplinary Topics in Literature (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course focuses on the ways in which English can work with other disciplines to gain a better understanding of literature and the world. Topics vary. 3 credits

ENG/IDS 382 “Where the Truth Lies”: Mad Men, Gender, and the American Dream (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 103, any 200-level ENG course (except ENG 290), or permission of instructor
This course will consider the award-winning AMC series Mad Men from a variety of perspectives. We will examine the cultural and historical context of the show, analyze key scenes, and discuss topics such as advertising, identity, nostalgia, design, fashion, visual style, race, class, gender, and sexuality. Fulfills post-1900 B.A. English requirement. 3 credits

ENG 410 Critical Theory (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 200, second-year standing, OR permission
of the instructor Provides a historical and thematic survey of critical theory and an interdisciplinary theoretical framework for the analysis and understanding of literature and the world beyond the text. 3 credits

ENG 490 Capstone Research Project (s)
Prerequisite: Open only to senior English majors.
Culmination of the student’s work in the major. Allows student to complete a thesis under the direction of an English faculty member. Class meetings will guide and support the thesis writing process by creating regular writing workshops for students and allowing for various kinds of feedback during each stage of the process. Students will also develop résumés, application letters, and portfolios, and they will present their theses to the campus community. 3 credits


First-Year Writing Seminar

English B.A. Plan: Women Writers Focus

Year 1 Fall Spring
First Year Writing Seminar 3 College Writing 3
MAT 103 3 ART 101 3
Foreign Language 4 Foreign Language 4
WST 105 3 PHI 112 3
CSC 101 3 Elective 3
Total: 16 Total: 16
Year 2 Fall Spring
ENG 200 3 ENG 211 1
ENG 202 3 ENG/WST 220 3
ENG 210 3 PSY 101 3
Lab Science (BIO 120) 4 FLM 252 3
History Elective 3 ENV 125 3
Dance 1 P.E. 1
Total: 17 Total: 14
Year 3 Fall Spring
ENG 211 1 ENG 199 1
ENG/WST 3xx (pre-1900) 3 ENG/WST 3xx (post-1900) 3
ENG/IDS 380 (post-1900) 3 ENG/IDS 390 3
PSY/WST 331 3 Non-lab Science (ENV 315) 3
WST 350 3 Electives 6
Elective 3
Total: 16 Total: 16
Year 4 Fall Spring
ENG 410 3 ENG 490 3
Electives 12 Electives 9
Total: 15 Total: 12
Total Hours: 122

English B.A. Plan: General Focus

Year 1 Fall Spring
First Year Writing Seminar 3 College Writing 3
MAT 103 3 ART 101 3
Foreign Language 4 Foreign Language 4
WST 105 3 PHI 112 3
CSC 101 3 Elective 3
Total: 16 Total: 16
Year 2 Fall Spring
ENG 200 3 ENG 211 1
ENG 202 3 ENG/WST 220 3
ENG 210 3 PSY 101 3
Lab Science (BIO 120) 4 FLM 252 3
History Elective 3 ENV 125 3
Dance 1 P.E. 1
Total: 17 Total: 14
Year 3 Fall Spring
ENG 211 1 ENG 199 1
ENG 3xx (pre-1900) 3 ENG 3xx (post-1900) 3
ENG/IDS 380 (post-1900) 3 ENG/IDS 390 3
PSY/WST 331 3 Non-lab Science (ENV 315) 3
Electives 6 Electives 6
Total: 16 Total: 16
Year 4 Fall Spring
ENG 410 3 ENG 490 3
ENG 3xx 3 Electives 9
Electives 9
Total: 15 Total: 12
Total Hours: 122

The English faculty is dedicated to offering you excellence in instruction.  Small class sizes enable an uncommon level of personal attention in first-year writing as well as in advanced classes.  Faculty members promote student research, sponsor student organizations and trips, and keep up with current scholarship and academic trends.  You can follow the English department on Facebook, too.

Trisha Stubblefield, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Program Coordinator Department of English
131 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2274
tstubblefield@cottey.edu

Michael Emery, Ph.D.
Professor of English
218 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2232
memery@cottey.edu

Kathryn Pivak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
132 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2272
kpivak@cottey.edu

Melody Denny, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Writing Center Director
137 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2245
mdenny@cottey.edu

Mary Laughlin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
138 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2183
mlaughlin@cottey.edu

English @ Cottey

www.english2.org (Sigma Kappa Delta, the National Two-Year English Honor Society)

What our Students are Saying

“You are immediately required to think for yourself and come to your own conclusions about literature rather than simply rephrasing what you found in an article somewhere.”

“I have constantly felt that others that were educated elsewhere did not have the same quality of education in … English.”

“The ‘Cottey Advantage’ of smaller class sizes and approachable professors really helped me feel more comfortable.”

“I loved getting to know everyone in my classes, and some of my best friendships were born in the English Department.”

“I was able to take what I learned at Cottey with me to my transfer school, and was praised for my polished work.he “Cottey Advantage” of smaller class sizes and approachable professors really helped me feel more comfortable asking questions to learn what I needed to fix and how I could grow. I loved getting to know everyone in my classes, and some of my best friendships were born in the English Department. Cottey English classes actually aim to teach excellence and style, whereas other English departments in larger schools barely enforce proper grammar and MLA rules. I was able to take what I learned at Cottey with me to my transfer school, and was praised for my polished work.”

Cottey “makes you want to be someone important.”

“At Cottey, right away you are told that your ideas are valid and worth discussing”

English majors read, discuss, and write about literature. Literary works include poetry, prose, and drama but may also be drawn from film, journalism, and television. Study focuses on the critical, historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts of these works. In addition, you practice your own writing and develop your language-use and composition skills.

Is This Major For You?

You might like this major if you also like: reading; writing; discussion; languages; film; music; theatre; dance; working independently

Consider this major if you are good at: attention to detail; critical reading/thinking; research; writing; persuading; active learning

Employment Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Forensic labs and hospitals
  • Government and non-profit agencies
  • Libraries and historical societies
  • Corporations or consulting firms
  • Public and private research groups

Sample Occupations

  • Associate Editor
  • Writer/Editor/Reporter/Journalist
  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Human Resources
  • Sports Writer
  • Advertising Writer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Leadership Consultant
  • Grant Writer
  • Paralegal
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

Academic Assistance Center Resources

Opportunities in Writing Careers
100 Jobs in Words
Opportunities in Technical Writing Careers
Opportunities in Journalism Careers

Typical Courses In This Major

  • English Composition I & II
  • Creative Writing
  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry
  • Critical Theory

Other Majors You Might Like

  • Women’s Studies
  • Communications
  • Classics
  • Drama and Theatre
  • History
  • Journalism

Websites To Visit

The Association for Writers and Writing Programs
www.awpwriter.org

The Society for Technical Communication
www.stc.org

National Writers Union
www.nwu.org

Association of American Publishers
www.publishers.org

For more information on this and other majors, visit the Transfer and Career Planning Office located in the Academic Assistance Center, RBAC 164, ext. 2132.