Concentration in English, Bachelor of Arts Degree
Why Study English at SMC?
While studying English Spartanburg Methodist College, you will learn how to read texts critically; analyze non-fiction, fiction, and visual texts; and write effectively and persuasively.
Your time spent in composition and literature courses at SMC will ensure that you succeed in upper-level English classes.
And the close relationships you form with your English professors will provide you with the support, encouragement, and push to succeed in college and beyond.
Spartanburg Methodist College offers a wide range of English courses, including:
- Creative Writing
- British and American Literature
- World Literature
All of the English faculty at SMC hold advanced degrees in their field and bring their specialized knowledge of rhetoric and literature to the classroom.
Because SMC maintains small class sizes, English faculty are able to work closely with you as you develop your skills as a writer and grow as a student of the liberal arts.
English Course Descriptions
AA in Arts Degree Requirements
ENGL-100: ENGLISH BASICS. (3 hours) Provided for students who lack the basic writing skills needed for English 101. The course is designed to remove students’ skill deficiencies and enhance chances for academic success through review and instruction in grammar, usage, word choice, punctuation, mechanics, paragraph development, and essay development. Placement is dependent upon established criteria. (May not be used for elective credit toward graduation from SMC. Quality points for 100 level courses are not calculated into grade point averages. This course does not transfer to other colleges.)
ENGL-101: ENGLISH COMPOSITION I. (3 hours) Instruction in the academic skills of English composition including a review of basic English grammar, spelling, and punctuation. By critically reading and utilizing the writing process of prewriting, writing, revising, and editing essays, students should increase the ability to use written language effectively. Library orientation is required. Placement is dependent upon meeting established criteria or a grade of C or better in ENGL-100.
ENGL-102: ENGLISH COMPOSITION II. (3 hours) Instruction in the critical/persuasive skills of English composition and an introduction to literature. By composing essays and a research paper in edited standard American English and in an acceptable format, students will demonstrate the ability to think critically and express themselves persuasively. For a review of basic grammar, spelling, punctuation, and exposition, students may be referred to the Writing Center at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL-101 or its equivalent.
ENGL-201: BRITISH LITERATURE I. (3 hours) Survey of British literature from the Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century with emphasis on historical movements, tracing the development of the thought of each period as expressed by representative authors. Prerequisite: ENGL-102 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor.
ENGL-201T: BRITISH LITERATURE I WITH SMC ABROAD (3 hours) Survey of English Literature from the Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century, with emphasis on historical movements, types of literature, principal authors, and outstanding works of each period. This course requires several readings and assignments prior to the embedded trip abroad to Great Britain for two weeks. Prerequisite: English 102 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor.
ENGL-202: BRITISH LITERATURE II. (3 hours) Survey of British literature from the Romantic Period (c. 1785) to the present time, with emphasis on historical movements, tracing the development of the thought of each period as expressed by representative authors. Prerequisite: ENGL-102 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor.
ENGL-203: AMERICAN LITERATURE I. (3 hours) Survey of American Literature from Colonial times to the Civil War era with emphasis on historical periods, showing literary developments through representative authors and works. Prerequisite: ENGL-102 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor. ENGL-204: AMERICAN LITERATURE II. 3 hours Survey of American Literature from the Civil War era to present with emphasis on historical periods, showing literary developments through representative authors and works. Prerequisite: ENGL-102 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor.
ENGL-206: CREATIVE WRITING. (3 hours) Designed to develop perceptions, skills, and disciplines fundamental to writing short stories, poems, personal essays, and plays. Readings in contemporary literature are used chiefly as models. The literary magazine is compiled and published through this class. Prerequisite: ENGL-101 and permission of the instructor.
ENGL-210: READINGS IN WORLD LITERATURE. (3 hours) Survey of literature of both western and non-western cultures from ancient to modern times. Literary works may be selected based on a thematic approach or a major authors approach. Prerequisite: English 102 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor.
ENGL-211: JOURNALISM WORKSHOP I. (1 hour) The basics of writing for a newspaper with emphasis on news and feature articles, proofreading, and newspaper layout as well as the group dynamics of publishing a newspaper. The college newspaper is compiled and published through this class.
ENGL-212: JOURNALISM WORKSHOP II. (1 hour) Continuation of Journalism Workshop I. The college newspaper is compiled and published through this class.
ENGL-213: JOURNALISM WORKSHOP III. (1 hour) Continuation of Journalism Workshop II. The college newspaper is compiled and published through this class.
ENGL-214: JOURNALISM WORKSHOP IV. (1 hour) Continuation of Journalism Workshop III. The college newspaper is compiled and published through this class.
English classes are small, your professors know you well and are able to foster your individual growth as a student.
Being an English major offers you flexibility when you graduate. As an English major, you will be well prepared to enter a wide range of fields, including:
- public service
- and business.
English majors develop superb critical thinking, reading, and writing skills that attract potential employers. English majors are also often competitive candidates for graduate school, law school, and medical school.
Career opportunities for English majors include:
- K-12 Teacher
- English as Second Language (ESL) Instructor
- Educational Administrator
- Grant Writer or Technical Writer
- Public Relations Executive
- Advertising Executive
- Television or Radio Production Assistant
- Creative Writer
- Congressional Aid
- Non-Profit Organization Administrator or Researcher
Student Organizations and Opportunities
The Write Place
The Write Place (formerly the Writing Center) gives students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a member of the English faculty on written assignments for any class. Visit the Write Place page
The Trailblazer, SMC’s student newspaper, is published six times per year and covers matters of interest to SMC’s students, faculty and staff as well as the community at large. Visit the Trailblazer page