This spring faculty, under the direction of Professor Samaine Lockwood, is finalizing the first major revision to the undergraduate B.A. in English in nearly two decades. The major revision focuses on educating English graduates who are clever, creative and curious, but also adaptable problem solvers. Working with the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (http://oscar.gmu.edu), we have created a major that offers undergraduates a clearer path through the undergraduate major and culminates with a senior capstone project that allows all students to develop original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
We are also introducing a new gateway course: English 301: Fields of English. This course explores the multidisciplinary focus of our distinct English Studies program and will feature guest speakers from the department as well as creative writers, storytellers, and Mason alumni who have used their English degree to chart distinct paths in the world of work. We will be posting the schedule of speakers and topics in late August on our website; alumni are welcome to visit the class.
We hope to see many of your at the upcoming New Leaves Literary Conference or at Fall for the Book in September.