English (major)

What you will study

Studying English at Alverno means building your program of study to match your professional goals and personal passions. As a major in English choose your courses from the following tracks – Literary Studies, Film Studies, Creative Studies in Writing –  or focus your minor on one area for a more intensive experience. If teaching is your goal, the English Language Arts programs prepare you to be a successful K-12 educator.

Literary Studies

Books matter and the people who read them develop a set of sought after critical abilities–excellent communication, creative thinking, strong close reading, sharp synthesizing and a keen understanding of the role of the language and literature in the world. Whether you’re participating in a mock trial on moral dilemmas in a class on the novel or reading and writing memoirs, literary studies prepares you for a variety of traditional careers and any number of emerging ones.

Film Studies

Explore the history and techniques of film and engage in creative personal and cultural interpretations and analysis in this exciting program. Core courses explore fiction into film, influential genre films, and world film while also introducing you to storyboarding and the basics of film production and editing. This program gives you the opportunity to respond to film at a highly informed and active personal level.

Creative Studies in Writing

Whether you want to write creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, comics or Manga, this program nurtures your creative thinking, heightens your distinctive voice and style, while developing your narrative skills and a sophisticated use of language. The program also teaches you how to navigate the challenging world of publishing if your interests are in that area.

Internships for the English Student

English students have completed internships with the following organizations: WTMJ’s The Morning Blend, Harley Davidson, Reiman Foundation, The Shepherd Express, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Journal Sentinel, Metro Parent Magazine, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee State Public Defender’s Office and Milwaukee International Film Festival.

English Major Beginning
Take one group from the following: 14
Group 1:
Perspectives on Literature
or EN-211
The Graphic Novel
Life Love Literature/Making Choices
Group 2:
Oprah's Books
Group 3:
Introduction to Creative Writing
English Major Intermediate
EN-252Fiction Into Film4
EN-330Imagination & Identity in Literary Stds4
EN-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Take 15 credits of English Courses above EN-33015
English Major Advanced
Take one HUM-350 series course from the following:4
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Latin American Civilizations
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
The Two Koreas
Middle Eastern Civilization
Take one upper level Humanities course (320 and above) from subjects EN, HS, HUM, PL, RL or SLC3-4
HUM-410Senior Humanities Seminar4
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
Take one 400-level English course above EN-4503-4
EN-430External Assessment for Majors1
Total Credits44-46

This major requires one minor and follows the general education requirements for standard majors-not science related. 

Whether your professional goals are in publishing, marketing, new media, business, journalism, technical writing or teaching, Alverno’s programs offer a rigorous foundation on which you can build your career – and a degree in English can also lead to success in graduate and professional schools. In Alverno’s English programs, you’ll receive one-on-one guidance from a full-time faculty member through your coursework and career planning. Using a hands-on digital portfolio process that includes publication and production possibilities in AlvernoINK, the college’s online literary site, faculty will mentor your development as a reader, writer and creative communicator.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FSS-125 First Semester Seminar 2
HUM-150 Express/Interpretn Human Experience 4
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
FA-110 Intro to the Arts 4
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
Life Span Development
or Introduction to Social Science
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
Second Year
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
Perspectives on Literature
or The Graphic Novel
or Oprah's Books
or Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduction to Social Science
or Life Span Development
General Education Science Course 4
ADV-299 Intermediate Level Event 0
EN-252 Fiction Into Film 4
EN-330 Imagination & Identity in Literary Stds 4
General Education Science Course 4
PPS-229 Career & Internship Planning 1
General Education Elective  
Third Year
Humanities & Fine Arts Elective
or Humanities & Fine Arts Elective
GEC-300 The Globally Effective Citizen 3
General Education Elective 3
EN 300 Level Courses 6
EN-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work 0
Humanities & Fine Arts Elective
or Humanities & Fine Arts Elective
EN 400 Level Course 4
HUM-350 Alternate World Views 4
Fourth Year
EN 300 Level Course 3
EN 400 Level Course 4
EN-430 External Assessment for Majors 1
HUM-410 Senior Humanities Seminar 4
INTERN-383 Internship Seminar 2
 Total Credits94-96