When you enroll at Susquehanna, you’ll be paired with an advisor and application tool to guide you in your course planning and scheduling. The following is an excerpt from the complete course catalog. Enrolled students follow the requirements of the course catalog for the academic year in which they declare each major and/or minor, consult with their advisor(s) and the Academic Planning Tool.
English and Creative Writing Studies
Students in English and Creative Writing study literature from three different perspectives: as writers, readers, and editor-entrepreneurs. Foundational courses taken by all students in the first and second years show how literary history, literary theory, and literary diversity are integral to formal concerns and to emerging digital contexts. These provide a common learning experience. After the foundational courses, English-Literature and English-Secondary Education majors take advanced seminars in literary history and theory; English-Publishing & Editing majors take advanced courses in literary criticism and professional skills; and Creative Writing majors take advanced writing workshops. Coursework in each major is completed through a capstone experience. English-Literature and English- Secondary Education majors pursue an independent research project; English-Publishing & Editing majors take a course in which they reflect on the cultural, political, and commercial functions of publishing; and Creative Writing majors prepare a portfolio of their original work.
- Critical thinking: originality and appreciation of nuance
- Interpretation: history, theory and criticism
- Literacy: reading, intertextuality and cosmopolitanism
- Style: rhetoric, genre and audience
English - Publishing & Editing
The English-Publishing and Editing major prepares students for careers in a digitally mediated publishing industry and for related careers in marketing, public relations, arts journalism, library and information science, and media management. Courses focus on both the intellectual and practical uses of literary study, especially the technologies of writing and reading, the businesses of literature, and craft.
Students in the English - Publishing and Editing major complete the following 42 - 46 semester hours with grades of C- or better.
4 ENGL-190 Introduction to Modern Publishing
4 WRIT-270 Small Press Publishing and Editing
4 COMM-331 Editing
2-4 ENGL-540 Internship
4 MGMT-280 Marketing
or ENGL-375 History of the Book
4 ENGL-388 Publishing: Ethics, Entertainment, Art, Politics
2-4 One course from:
ENGL-297 Writing and Editing Podcasts
COMM-211 Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations
ENGL- 298 Book Reviewing
ENGL-299 Professional Writing.
8 ENGL-265 Surveys in Forms of Writing (students may not repeat the same form)
2 ENGL-269 English Grammar and the Writing Process
4 ENGL-290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
4 One ENGL course at the 300 level other than ENGL-375 and ENGL-388
Major GPA Calculation
For the purposes of calculating the required 2.00 minimum GPA in any of the three majors offered by the department, the English and Creative Writing Department uses all of the major courses with the ENGL and WRIT prefixes.