Sep 28, 2021  
Catalog 2021-2022 
Catalog 2021-2022


Chair of the Department of English: Barbara Black

Associate Chair: Michael Marx

Director of the Writing Center: Caitlin Jorgensen

Professors: April Bernard; Barbara Black; Robert Boyers; Janet Casey, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Diversity and Faculty Affairs;
Catherine Golden, The Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters; Susannah Mintz; Mason Stokes

Associate Professors: Andrew Bozio, Margaret Greaves, Kate Greenspan, Linda Hall, Michael S. Marx, Tim Wientzen, Melora Wolff

Assistant Professors: Paul Benzon,
Joseph Cermatori, Bakary Diaby, Nicholas Junkerman, Wendy Lee, Jamie Parra

Teaching Professors: Olivia Dunn, Caitlin Jorgensen, Ruth McAdams

Distinguished Writer-in-Residence: Greg Hrbek

Visiting Distinguished Writer-in-Residence: Calvin Baker

Lecturers: *Peg Boyers, Jennifer Fawcett, Matthew Gellman, *Marla Melito, Thaddeus Niles, Brenda Pashley-Rabbitt, Lori Soderlind, Eileen Sperry, Archana Suresh, *Marc Woodworth

Resources: Salmagundi Magazine

* = part time


Department Overview

What is literature? What constitutes a literary education in the twenty-first century? How many ways are there to read and write about the same text, and how do we decide among various interpretations? How does our understanding of a work change when we consider its context, whether biographical, historical, cultural, or political? Why might we ask questions in literature classes about race, class, gender, and sexuality? Why should a student of literature study language? Why should a student interested in creative writing read literature? How does writing enable us to discover and shape our ideas? How does the English major prepare students for living in, and thoughtfully engaging with, the world?

The Skidmore English department invites students to consider such questions and to frame their own. Throughout the curriculum, English majors learn to read closely, think critically, challenge assumptions, practice methods of interpretation and research, analyze the formal qualities of texts, approach texts from various perspectives, place texts in various contexts, and write with clarity, coherence, and precision. As the English major progresses from introductory to capstone courses, students are offered increasingly sophisticated and elaborate writing and analytic tasks and are called upon to perform steadily more original, inventive, independent work.

Through class meetings, lectures, panels, and symposia, English department faculty and students, as well as distinguished visitors, create and nourish a vital intellectual environment. In addition, publications such as Folio (edited and produced by students) and the nationally recognized Salmagundi extend our community’s ongoing discussions and debates.

ENHANCED COURSES: Selected English courses that ordinarily carry three credit hours may carry four credit hours when designated as enhanced courses, developing particular student skills and offering a distinctive approach to learning. Enhanced courses are so designated in the master schedule and follow one of these models:

Research in Language and Literary Studies (designated xxxR): students develop research questions, establish bibliography, review relevant literature, assess sources, and present research findings in written reports and/or oral presentations.

Collaborative Learning in Language and Literary Studies (xxxL): students work collectively or independently to contribute to group projects, make group presentations, and/or present collaborative papers.

Writing in Language and Literary Studies (xxxW): students spend additional time drafting, revising, and critiquing to hone their strategies of argumentation and analysis, to assess their writing in the context of professional literary criticism, and to attend not only to content but also to style and voice in their critical papers.

Critical Perspectives in Literary Studies (xxxP): students study critical and/or theoretical perspectives and apply them to particular literary works.

Major Requirements


Minor Requirements




Course Listing


Courses in Expository Writing

EN 095 , EN 100 , EN 103 , EN 105 , EN 105H , EN 110 , EN 303H  

Courses in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Writing

EN 280 , EN 281 , EN 282 , EN 377 , EN 378 , EN 379 , EN 380 , EN 381  

Forms of Language and Literature

 , EN 211  , EN 215 , EN 217 , EN 219 , EN 228  ,     

Language and Literature in Context

    ,  , EN 227 , EN 229 , EN 230 ,  ,   

Advanced Courses in Language and Literature

EN 311 , EN 312 EN 313 EN 314 EN 315 , EN 316 , EN 322 ,  ,  , EN 325    , EN 341 EN 342 EN 343 EN 344 EN 345 , EN 346 EN 347 EN 348 , EN 350 , EN 351 , EN 352 ,    , EN 362 , EN 363  , EN 365 , EN 371 EN 377  

Capstone Experience

EN 375 , EN 376 , EN 381 , EN 389 , EN 390  


EN 399 A-D