Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in English

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in English. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all English courses. For one possible breakdown of the English major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 English  30
      ENG 103. Writing for Literature
      ENG 203. English Literature I
      ENG 204. English Literature II
      English electives: seven advanced courses*
      Comprehensive examinations**
3
3
3
21
0
 History***  6
 Foreign Language  312
      One modern or classical language course at the 202 level or above**** 3–12
 Mathematics  3
      One mathematics course at the 121 level or higher 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  3342
 Total  120

* ENG 210, 211, 212, 213 and 230 may not be counted as advanced courses except at the discretion of the department head. ENG 380. World Literature and upper-division survey courses are strongly recommended electives.

** In the spring of the student's senior year, an English major must pass oral comprehensive examinations in British and American literature.

*** Recommended: HIST 101. Europe to 1815 & HIST 102. Europe since 1815, or
HIST 201. United States History to 1865 & HIST 202. United States History Since 1865.

**** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. English majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

Secondary Education Certification

New York state requires 36 hours in English for the temporary teaching certificate. Englsih majors who seek certification to teach secondary school English must take the following courses:

Master's Degrees

For especially well-qualified students, a special program makes it possible to earn both the B.A. and M.A. in English in four years and two summer sessions. In addition, there is a program offering properly qualified students the opportunity to earn both the B.A. in English and the Master of Business Administration in as little as five years of study. For details, call or write to:

Dr. Patrick Panzarella (Chair)
Department of English
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Phone: 716-375-2449
E-mail: panzarel@sbu.edu 

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in English

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111  3
ENG 103  3 ENG 204  3
ENG 203  3 History** 3
Language*/General Elective 3 Language*/General Elective 3
CLAR 101  3 Core Area Course (Clare) 4
Total 15 Total 16
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
English Elective*** 3 Language*/General Elective 3
Language*/General Elective 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
History** 3 Mathematics Course 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 General Electives 6
General Elective 3    
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
English Elective*** 3 English Electives*** 6
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
General Electives 6 General Electives 6
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
English Elective*** 3 English Electives*** 6
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
CLAR 401  2 General Electives 6
General Electives 6    
Total 14 Total 15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** Recommended: HIST 101. Europe to 1815 & HIST 102. Europe since 1815, or
HIST 201. United States History to 1865 & HIST 202. United States History Since 1865.

*** ENG 210, 211, 212, 213 and 230 may not be counted as electives except at the discretion of the department head. ENG 380. World Literature and upper-division survey courses are strongly recommended electives.

Comprehensive Examinations

In the spring of the student's senior year, an English major must pass oral comprehensive examinations in English and American literature.

Requirements for a Minor in English

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in English: six English courses (18 credits), of which a maximum of three courses (9 credits) are at the 200 level and a minimum of three courses (9 credits) are at the 300 level or above. Note: ENG 230, 250 and 260 may NOT be used. Our Course Descriptions page lists all English courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.