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Department of English

Academic Programs

The Department of English offers a Baccalaureate Degree in English Language and Literature. The program helps English Majors to acquire competence in the various skills of the English language and a comprehensive knowledge of English literature. The Department of English also offers a program of service courses to all non-major freshmen and sophomore students at Bethlehem University.

Credits needed for the degree

A student majoring in English needs to earn a total of 125 credits distributed as follows.

 

Category

Major

Minor

University Requirements

Electives

Credits

58

24

37

6

Total

 125

 

Major in English

The English Major consists of a total of 58 credits as in the following table:

ENGL 203

English Writing Skills I (3)

ENGL 301

Introduction to Linguistics (3)

ENGL 204

English Writing Skills II (3)

ENGL 310

Sociolinguistics (3)

ENGL 205

Oral Communication (3)

ENGL 313

The Novel (3)

ENGL 206

English Grammar I (3)

ENGL 325

Literary Criticism (3)

ENGL 214

Prose Fiction (3)

ENGL 330

Discourse Analysis (3)

ENGL 215

Drama (3)

ENGL 335

Individual Author (3)

ENGL 216

Poetry (3)

ENGL 338

Colonial English Literature (3)

ENGL 227

Research in Literature (3)

ENGL 389

Senior Seminar (1)

 

 

 

Major Electives (12)


Elective English Major Courses (12 Cr)

ENGL 218

Reading for Acad. Purposes (3)

ENGL 326

English for Advocacy (3)

ENGL 231

English Business Communication (3)

ENGL 327

Learning Strategies (3)

ENGL 303

English Grammar II (3)

ENGL 328

Women in Literature (3)

ENGL 304

Contrastive Study of Arabic and English (3)

ENGL 329

Professional Communication (3)

ENGL 305

Second Language Acquisition (3)

ENGL 333

Holy Land in Travel Writings (3)

ENGL 307

Error Analysis (3)

ENGL 334

Palestinian Literature (3)

ENGL 320

Literature of Romantic Period (3)

ENGL 336

Literature Mod. & Post Mod. (3)

ENGL 322

Adv. Oral Communication (3)

ENGL 337

Topics in American Literature (3)

ENGL 323

Oral Interpretive Reading (3)

ENGL 399

Topics in Language and Literature (3)

ENGL 324

Literature of Victorian Age (3)

 

 

 

The University Requirements for English Students total 37 credits. ENGL 213 is met by ENGL 203.

Students majoring in English are provided the opportunity to minor in a discipline of their interest. Minor programs consist of 24 credits and are offered starting in the Fall of the student’s second year.

For Acceptance to Major Criteria refer to #9 under Academic Regulations


Paradigm of Courses

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature


First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Language Skills II

3

MATH 111

Fundamentals of Math

3

SCIE 111

General Science

3

HIST 120

Hist. of Modern Palestine

3

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

 

General Elective

3

 

Fine Arts Requirement

2

LIBR 101

Library Skills

 R

 

General Elective

3

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

 CR

SPRING SEMESTER

 

CR

ENGL 203

English Writing Skills I

3

ENGL 204

English Writing Skills

3

ENGL 205

Oral Communication

3

ENGL 206

English Grammar I

3

ENGL 214

Prose Fiction

3

ENGL 215

Drama

3

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

ENGL 227

Research in Literature

3

 

Minor (1)

3

CMSR

Community Service

1

 

 

 

 

Minor (2)

3

 

 

15

 

 

16

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

 CR

 SPRING SEMESTER

 

CR

ENGL 301

Introduction to Linguistics

3

ENGL 310

Sociolinguistics

3

ENGL 216

Poetry

3

ENGL 325

Literary Criticism

3

ENGL

Major Elective (1)

3

ENGL

Major Elective (2)

3

POLS 300

Themes in Political Science

3

ENGL 228

Research in Language

1

 

Minor (3)

3

 

Minor (5)

3

 

Minor (4)

3

 

Minor (6)

3

 

 

18

 

 

16

 

Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

ENGL 330

Discourse Analysis

3

ENGL 313

The Novel

3

ENGL 335

Individual Author

3

ENGL 338

Colonial English Literature

3

ENGL

Major Elective (3)

3

ENGL

Major Elective (4)

3

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

ENGL 389

Senior Seminar

1

 

Minor (7)

3

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

 

 

 

 

Minor (8)

3

 

 

15

 

 

16

 

Description of Courses

ENGL 100 Intensive English (Cr. 4)

This course is offered for students who have failed the English component of Bethlehem University Entrance Exam. The course aims to help students attain the language proficiency required for ENGL 120. It covers the basic language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

ENGL 120 English Language Skills I (Cr. 3)

This course aims to improve students language skills in preparation for their university study. It focuses on the reading skills necessary in an academic environment.

ENGL 121 English Language Skills II (Cr. 3)

This course is a continuation of ENGL 120. It aims at furthering the students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills required at university level.

ENGL 203 English Writing Skills I (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce prospective English majors to the processes of writing, namely pre-writing, writing and rewriting. Focus is placed on the characteristics of good essay writing. Students practice writing cause/effect, classification, and narrative essays. Readings are used as source materials for the writing activities.

ENGL 204 English Writing Skills II (Cr. 3)

This course is a continuation of ENGL 203. Students practice writing comparison/contrast, argumentation, and literary essays. Academic articles are used as source materials for the writing activities.

ENGL 205 Oral Communication Skills (Cr. 3)

This course aims to improve the effectiveness and fluency of the students’ oral communication skills in a variety of settings. Students engage in a number of activities such as role-play, dialogues, group discussions, interviews, informative and persuasive speeches.

ENGL 206 English Grammar (Cr. 3)

This course aims to review the fundamental syntactic categories of English grammar. It also aims at raising students awareness to grammatical correctness in their written production.

ENGL 213 English Language Skills III (Cr. 3)

The course aims at providing students with additional opportunities to improve and apply the reading, writing, listening and speaking sub-skills and strategies introduced in ENGL 120 and ENGL 121. It focuses on the study skills and critical thinking skills necessary for success in an academic setting using materials from the student’s field of study. The course also aims at expanding the learner’s vocabulary.

ENGL 214 Prose Fiction (Cr. 3)

This course aims to equip students with the tools they need to engage in critical/analytical reading and interpretation of fiction. Emphasis is on close and in-depth analysis, and interpretation of individual stories. It also emphasizes the cultural, historical, religious contexts of the works, and the elements of fiction.

ENGL 215 Drama (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to the study of drama. It covers a range of time periods and various movements and genres. The focus is on a study of the structural elements of plot, character, thought, and verbal style in selected plays from the classical periods to the present.

ENGL 216 Poetry (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to poetry as a genre. Selections are made thematically. The study of the selected works fosters in students a critical understanding and appreciation of poetic arts as well as a broad knowledge of the characteristics of the various literary periods.

ENGL 218 Reading For Academic Purposes (Cr. 3)

This course aims to improve students critical reading ability by developing the skills required for reading at university level. It also aims to provide practice in a variety of reading sub-skills and strategies.

ENGL 227 Research In Literature (Cr. 2)

This course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts and procedures of conducting research in literature.

ENGL 231 English Business Communication (Cr. 3)

This course is intended for business students. It aims to improve their business communication skills. Students engage in a number of written and oral business communication tasks.

ENGL 301 Introduction To Linguistics (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of modern linguistics. It also aims at raising students awareness of the complexity and regularity of language. Emphasis is given to an analysis of the English language phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.

ENGL 303 English Grammar II (Cr. 3)

This course aims to provide a review and practice of the basic grammar structures. It aims to lead students away from a concern with forms and dependence on memorization to a new awareness of the meanings and uses of structures.

ENGL 304 Contrastive Study of Arabic and English (Cr. 3)

This course focuses on English as the target language. It involves a contrastive study of Arabic and English phonological, morphological and syntactic structures.

ENGL 305 Second Language Acquisition (Cr. 3)

This course aims to provide students with an overview of the most recent theories that account for the ability of human beings to acquire and learn their L1 and L2. It also explores individual differences that affect language learning.

ENGL 307 Error Analysis (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to the concept and procedures of Error Analysis and to heighten their awareness of grammatical correctness. Students utilize their knowledge of English grammar to identify and reconstruct the performance errors of Arab learners of English as a foreign language.

ENGL 310 Sociolinguistics (Cr. 3)

This course aims to give students an appreciation of the relationship between language and society and language and culture. It also aims to expose students to a variety of topics dealing with the general theme of language in its social context.

ENGL 313 The Novel (Cr. 3)

This course aims to focus on reading analytically, critically, and thoroughly novels by pre-modern, modern, and contemporary authors. It exposes students to the variety of the modes, traditions, conventions of the novel and its sub-genres.

ENGL 320 Literature of The Romantic Period (Cr. 3)

This course aims to expose students to a detailed study of the major pre-Romantic and Romantic poets, novelists and essayists, from 1775 to 1824. It focuses on the different trends, elements and influences that characterize the period.

ENGL 322 Advanced Oral Communication (Cr. 3)

This course aims to improve the effectiveness and fluency of students oral communication both at the receptive and the productive levels in a variety of settings. Theory on important forms of communication is analyzed and is reinforced with practical projects.

ENGL 323 Oral Interpretive Reading (Cr. 3)

This course aims to develop skills for recreating an author's experience recorded in a literary piece and for communicating that experience to an audience through oral reading. It also focuses on augmenting students ability of literary interpretation and on increasing their skills in public performance.

ENGL 324 Literature of The Victorian Age (Cr. 3)

This course aims to expose students to a detailed study of representative works of Victorian poets, novelists and essayists within the social and intellectual context of the age. It focuses on the various trends, elements and influence that characterize the period.

ENGL 325 Literary Criticism (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to the various schools and approaches of literary criticism. It also introduces principal issues, concepts, terms, and methods currently employed in literary criticism. Emphasis on applied criticism is incorporated on adopted literary texts.

ENGL 326 English For Advocacy (Cr. 3)

This course aims to advance the English language skills of students in the field of advocacy. A variety of theories and sample cases of advocacy and conflict resolution will be introduced. Students advocate orally and in writing selected topics relevant to their social, economic and political contexts.

ENGL 327 Learning Strategies (Cr. 3)

This course aims to help students develop an awareness of the learning processes and strategies that can improve their understanding, production, and learning of a language. Students will be provided with opportunities to use a variety of learning strategies.

ENGL 328 Women In Literature (Cr. 3)

This course aims to examine literature by and about women, including poetry, essays, novellas and novels. Readings include twentieth-century literature by celebrated Arab, European, and American women writers. It also introduces feminist literary theories, including feminist psychoanalytic theory, feminist stylistics, and minority women’s theory.

ENGL 329 Professional Communication (Cr. 3)

The course aims to expand and to strengthen the students’ speaking, listening, and writing skills in situations encountered in professional environments. Students will engage in a variety of communicative tasks. They will also practice a number of professional skills.

ENGL 330 Discourse Analysis (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to the concepts and methods of discourse analysis. It examines the contextual features of the communicative act, the information structure, and the familiar and formal levels of language use. It also examines the features of variety of discourses: religious, political, feminist, etc., both spoken and written.

ENGL 333 The Holy Land In Travel Writings (Cr. 3)

This course aims to examine a variety of Western Literature of Travel in the Holy Land, with emphasis on the writings of the 19th century. Readings include voyages of discovery and self-discovery, confrontations with the ‘Other’, as well as westerners perspective and impressions on Palestine and Palestinian history, religious practices, environment, dress codes and culture.

ENGL 334 Palestinian Literature (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to the riches of Palestinian Literature and to acquaint them with critical responses it receives in the Arab World and beyond. It discusses historical, political, cultural, and religious influences that helped shape the various trends in Palestinian Literature written by Palestinian authors in their homeland and in exile. The course covers selections from different genres originally written in English or in an authorized English translation.

ENGL 335 Individual Author (Cr. 3)

This course aims to focus on selected works of a single author. Students concentrate on reading, interpreting, and analyzing an author’s selected works and relating them to his/her life and times and critical traditions around him/her. The author varies each semester, with a balance of renowned British, American and other world writers, novelists, poets, and playwrights.

ENGL 336 Literature of The Modern & The Post Modern Period (Cr. 3)

The course aims to investigate the cultural and political contexts of modern and post-modern literature, and the two major literary movements of modernism and post-modernism. Selected English literary works and texts of world literature in authentic English translation are closely discussed.

ENGL 337 Topics In American Literature (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to major American writers from the 17th century to the early part of the 20th century. It also aims to expose students to the American tradition in literature and to trace cultural and literary developments in the tradition.

ENGL 338 Colonial English Literature (Cr. 3)

This course aims to introduce students to selected critical and literary works from the vast body of Colonial and Post-Colonial writings in English. It addresses the historical, cultural, religious and political contexts of selections by several colonial or/and post-colonial authors. Readings cover various geographical regions including Africa, the Middle East, Far East, and South America.

ENGL 389 Senior Seminar (Cr. 3)

This course aims to encourage students to select an area of interest for a deeper study. The study should focus on a research topic in language or literature. An outline of the proposed study project will be approved by a supervising instructor and the completed study will be submitted orally and in writing at a set date.

ENGL 399 Topics in Language and Literature

A student may select an area of interest for deeper study. The student may work on a research topic, do original writing, or study in depth a specific period or literary genre. An outline of the proposed study project must be approved by the supervising instructor with whom the student must meet for regular conferences. The completed study must be submitted by the end of the semester.

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