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English Majors Advising Sheets
BA English Writing Option
BA English Literature Option
BA English Literature and Writing Options

BA English Literature Option (Catalog Years 2011-15)
BA English Major, Literature and Writing Options (Catalog Years 2011-15)

Keene State College Advising Resources
Keene State College Academic and Career Advising
Keene State Catalog Archive: 2002-12: English Program Description and Requirements:
Program Planning sheets:

Program Planning Document Archive
Advising Sheet for the Literature Option
Advising Sheet for the Writing Option
Advising Sheet for Completing Option in Literature and Writing
Advising Sheet for English and Secondary
Advising Sheet- Literature Option

Advising Sheet-Writing Option

4-Year Plan for English and Secondary Education Majors
4-Year Plan for the Literature Option in English
4-Year Plan for the Writing Option in English
4-Year Plan for English and Elementary Education
4-Year Plan for English and Secondary Education Majors




2008-09 Program Planning Sheet for Major in English

2008-09 Program Planning Sheet for Minor in English

Transitional General Education Planning Sheet

English Advising Plan (2012) The English Department’s English Advising Plan outlines the roles and responsibilities for faculty advisors and student advisees.

What can you do with an English major? In addition to fostering a lifelong appreciation of literature and language, a degree in English provides a range of personal and professional opportunities. Surveys of employers consistently stress the value of the intellectual skills we teach: the ability to read carefully, to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to write with clarity and purpose. Keene State College English majors have gone on to graduate and professional schools; they are working in the field of teaching; they work as writers; and they are employed in publishing, journalism, business, public relations, library science, and many other fields. For more information about careers for English majors and writing minors, visit the Keene State College Career Resources Library or click on the Alumni Page.

What can you do with a Writing Minor? A writing minor can help to develop an essential skill in ways applicable to any major, and offers students a means of pursuing their own interests in the field. Students may choose to focus primarily on fiction and poetry, may concentrate on nonfiction writing, or may combine these genres. All students are required in the last year of their program to complete and submit a portfolio of revised and selected work.

For more information on career planning, and for a list of useful resources, visit Keene State College’s Center for Academic and Career Advising .

The Center for Writing The Center for Writing is located at 81 Blake Street, is open to all Keene State College students, working in any discipline. Students can visit the center any stage of the writing process – from brainstorming to revising for your final draft. The Center highly recommends that students call in advance for an appointment to ensure that a tutor will be available. For questions about the Center for Writing, or to make an appointment, please call 358-2412l. You can access the Center and its many online resources at The Center for Writing.

The Writing Task Force
For over ten years the Task Force on Writing has sought to transform the culture of writing at Keene State College. The Task Force is an interdisciplinary group committed to facilitating a conversation about writing on campus; supporting and advancing writing-across-the curriculum projects; supporting faculty development and training that improves the practice of teaching writing; and collaborating with the Writing Center staff.

Given Keene State’s mission as a public liberal arts college, the teaching and learning of effective writing is the primary mission of the Task Force on Writing. Students at Keene State should be able to use writing for a variety of purposes: to wrestle with complex ideas; to compose well-supported arguments; to express themselves creatively; to communicate effectively; to demonstrate learning; and to better understand what it means to write both as members of an academic discipline and as liberally educated people. In order for Keene State students to learn how to use writing for a variety of purposes, they must be provided with sustained writing instruction. Writing should permeate the curriculum rather than remain relegated to English 101 and the few discipline-specific writing courses now offered. Thus, enabling the entire college to be committed to the effective and consistent teaching of writing is the primary mission of the Task Force.

Each year the Task Force sponsors workshops to assist faculty around such issues as creating good writing assignments, preventing plagiarism, and solid techniques for commenting on students’ papers. In addition, the Task Force has engaged in campus-wide research projects, newsletters, and two editions of the Keene State College Guide to Writing.

The Calderwood Institute for the Teaching of Writing
From 2003-2013 the Institute for the Teaching of Writing engaged faculty participants in the kind of reading, reflection and dialogue that can result in more effective ways to teach, assign, and evaluate student writing. Institute participants began their work with a week-long summer workshop that offers the time, space, and information to consider more effective ways to incorporate writing into the classroom, even if the course or discipline does not traditionally involve a lot of writing . Participants examined the connection between writing and learning, and why teaching writing is important in all disciplines; and work closely with faculty in other disciplines to find ways to use writing as a tool for learning and not just a method of evaluation.

The Calderwood Institute continued through the fall and spring semesters with monthly meetings to help participants apply theory to pratice, to design and refine and reflect on the uses of writing in learning, to discover the opportunity to design new writing assignments, and to establish new criteria for evaluating student writing. If you have questions about the Institute, please contact one of the Institute facilitators: Phyllis Benay (Interdisciplinary Studies), Mark C. Long (English), or Kirsti Sandy (English).

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