Transfer orientation

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WELCOME TO
THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
TRANSFER STUDENT
O R I E N T AT I O N
JUNE 2014
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT FACULTY
Dr. Marci Carrasquillo (US Literature; Latino/a Literature)
Dr. Tanya Clark (African-American Literature; Women’s
Literature)
Dr. Joseph Coulombe (US Fiction; Native American Literature)
Dr. Claire Falck (Early Modern British Literature; Shakespeare)
Dr. William Freind (US Lit; Modern and Contemporary Poetry)
Dr. Zena Meadowsong (British Lit; Modernism)
Dr. Catherine Parrish (US Literature)
Dr. Bruce Plourde (U.S. Literature; Grammar)
Dr. Kate Slater (Children’s/Adolescent Lit – begins Sept. 2014)
Dr. Timothy Viator (British Lit; American Drama)
FACTS ABOUT OUR MAJORS:
• 201 English Liberal Arts majors
• 76 English coordinate majors in Elementary
Education
• 80 English coordinate majors in Subject-Matter
Education (P-12) – advised by Sheri Rodriquez
in James Hall effective 8/01
TOTAL: 357
ADDITIONAL STUDENTS:
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3 English minors – 24 credits
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89 English sequencers majoring in Liberal Studies:
Humanities/Social Sciences – 21 credits
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97 American Studies majors
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113 American Studies sequencers (Liberal Studies: H/SS)
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49 Liberal Studies: Literacy Studies (CoE) – 9 credits
[Plus, 500 General Education (LIT) students.]
WHY MAJOR IN ENGLISH?
 Learn how literature reflects and shapes the society within
which it is written.
 Learn how literature offers critical awareness of the world
outside the classroom.
 Learn to conduct independent research.
 Learn to communicate effectively in writing and speech.
 And have fun, of course!
PRACTICAL REAL-WORLD SKILLS:
 Critical reading
 Analytical thinking
 Persuasive argumentation
 Clear writing
IMPORTANT ADVISING LINKS:
English Department:
http://www.rowan.edu/colleges/chss/departments/english/
• program guide
Section tally:
http://banner.rowan.edu/reports/reports.pl?task=Section_Tally
• course availability
REQUIRED ENGLISH MAJOR COURSES:
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Literary Studies for English Majors (02.101)
U.S. Literature to Realism (02.313)
U.S. Literature Since Realism (02.315)
British Literature to Romanticism (02.309)
British Literature Since Romanticism (02.311)
Shakespeare 1 (02.345)
[. . . there’s more . . . ]
SURVEYS
US Literature to Realism (Fall only)
US Literature since Realism (Spring only)
British Literature to Romanticism (Fall only)
British Literature Since Romanticism (Spring only)
• Prepares students for Praxis 2 in subject matter and for
GREs.
ADDITIONAL ENGLISH MAJOR COURSES:
• 200-level English Elective
• 200-level English Elective
 Education majors substitute American English
Grammar (AEG)
• 300/400-level English elective
• 300/400-level English elective
• Seminar I (WI) – 02.393
• Seminar II (WI) – 02.394
SOME 200-LEVEL ELECTIVES
• Modern Short Story (ENGL 02228) – note numbering
• Women in Literature (Multicultural/Global)
• African-American Literature to Harlem Renaissance
(M/G)
• US Latino/a Literature (M/G)
• World Mythology
• Adolescent Literature
• Genre Studies: Drama
ADVICE: If you haven’t transferred in a 200-level
elective, take a 200-level Multicultural/Global (M/G)
English elective.
SOME UPPER-LEVEL ELECTIVES
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American Novel (ENGL 02423)
Modern American Poetry
Literature of the American Renaissance
American Drama
Victorian Literature
African-American Literature Since H.R. (M/G)
Contemporary Literature
Modern European Literature
“ROWAN EXPERIENCE” REQUIREMENTS
• Composition I and II
• Public Speaking
• Arts and Creative Experience (ACE) course
• 4-credit lab science course
• College-level math course
• Multicultural/Global (M/G) course
• “LIT” course (waived for English majors)
• Writing Intensive course (WI)
English majors must also take:
• Western Civilization to 1660
• Western Civilization Since 1660
POSSIBLE SCHEDULE FOR LIBERAL ARTS
ENGLISH MAJOR (NO EDUCATION)
FALL TERM
SPRING TERM
JUNIOR YEAR
• Literary Studies
• US Lit to Realism
• British Lit to Romanticism
• US Lit Since Realism
• British Lit Since Roman.
• 200-level English elective
SENIOR YEAR
• Shakespeare I
• 200 level English elective
• Seminar I
• Seminar II
• 300/400 English elective
• 300/400 English elective
POSSIBLE SCHEDULE FOR DUAL MAJOR
ENGLISH/EDUCATION
FALL TERM
SPRING TERM
JUNIOR YR
Literary Studies
American English Grammar
200-level English elective
US Lit Since Realism
British Lit Since Romanticism
Seminar I
SENIOR YR
US Lit to Realism
British Lit to Romanticism
Shakespeare I
Seminar II
300/400 English elective
300/400 English elective
ALTERNATE SCHEDULE FOR DUAL MAJOR
IN ENGLISH/EDUCATION
Fall Term
Spring Term
JUNIOR YEAR
Literary Studies
US Lit to Realism
British Lit to Romanticism
US Lit Since Realism
British Lit Since Romanticism
200-level English elective
SENIOR YEAR
Shakespeare I
American English Grammar
Seminar I
300/400 English elective
300/400 English elective
Seminar II
AMERICAN ENGLISH GRAMMAR
(ENGL 02301)
All dual majors in Education/English are required to take
American English Grammar.
For non Education majors, this course counts as an upperlevel (300/400) English elective
OTHER VITAL INFORMATION
• Read Rowan email regularly.
• Come to advising every term!
• Use the GRAD program on Banner to chart your
progress towards graduation.
ROWAN SUCCESS NETWORK/STARFISH
• RSN allows faculty members, advisors, and professional
staff to contact you.
• Faculty members use it to raise flags if you are in academic
trouble.
• Faculty members can send you “kudos” for work well done.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ROWAN
• If you are transferring from a community college, the English
major courses will be more demanding than the courses you
have taken with non-majors.
• Our writing expectations are almost always higher.
• You must do the reading assigned for each class period.
Otherwise you risk failure.
• Do NOT take more than two (or possibly three) English
courses in your first semester.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
The English Department does not tolerate plagiarism.
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Do not cut-n-paste. Revising another writer’s prose –
even revising it substantially – is plagiarism (unless you
properly cite your original source).
 If students commit academic fraud, they typically fail.
We report all instances of academic dishonesty to the
Provost’s office.
We report proven cases to the College of Education if the
infraction involves a dual major.
PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR
• Arrive to class on time.
• Do not come and go during class.
• Respect deadlines.
• Use complete sentences (and words) as well as proper
punctuation in emails.
COMMON QUESTION:
CAN I TAKE MAJOR CLASSES ELSEWHERE?
No. Once you are a Rowan major, you cannot take English major
classes elsewhere.
o The only exception is if we approve English courses
through Study Abroad.
COMMON QUESTION:
WHY DIDN’T MY CREDITS TRANSFER IN?
• They almost certainly did.
• County colleges can only offer courses at the 100 and
200 level. We take most 200-level English courses as
“200-level English electives.”
UPDATE YOUR TRANSCRIPT!
• If you’ve recently completed courses at a county college,
make sure you send your transcripts to our Registrar’s
office.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES:
• Coffeehouse gatherings
• Theater trips to Philadelphia:
• recent trips included The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth,
and August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
• We have author readings once or twice a year
• Fall 2012 -- Junot Diaz
• Spring 2014 – Neil Gaiman
Any questions??
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