|The English Department of The Ohio State University offers a varied and
comprehensive curriculum in literature, rhetoric, composition, language study,
critical theory, and creative writing. While both students and teachers generally
agree that such literary classics as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's
King Lear, Walt Whitman's Song of Myself, and Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse
are great human achievements worthy of study for their own sake, the study
of English provides other benefits as well.
|The analytical study of literature helps develop a capacity for logical
thought, a greater awareness of the complexity of value judgments, and a
better understanding of the imaginative possibilities of the mind itself.
|By exposing us to some of the greatest
minds our civilization has produced, the study of literature engages and
deepens all our faculties -- our minds, our emotions, our ability to make
moral and political judgments, and our aesthetic sensibilities.
||When combined with the study of
language and composition, literary analysis can expand our emotional and
creative capacities, sharpen our ability to make value judgments, and help
us to understand societies and times different from our own.
|Since the study of literature and
language involves learning how to think, the skills it teaches can make
us better able to respond to the personal, social and intellectual problems
that confront us throughout our lives.
an English major
|This information is intended to
help you shape your major program in English at The Ohio State University's
Mansfield regional campus. English Department courses involve many different
approaches to the study of literature, language, and writing, and our offerings
have proved useful to students with a variety of goals -- from employment
in business to professional preparation in fields like law and journalism
and graduate work in English. Students should consult the English Department
to construct a program of study.
Take English 367, the second-level
writing class, before 398 (Critical Writing). It is advised that English
majors try to take English 367 in their freshman year so that they will
be able to take the required third-level writing course, 398, in their
that English 398 is usually offered only once a year on our campus, in
the winter quarter, and plan accordingly.
Take as early as possible the core
courses: English 201, 202, 291 or 292, and 398 (after the English 367 prerequisite
has been met).