Professional Considerations for English Majors


Engl 3000   Fall 2017




Instructor: Dr. Rick McDonald                                  Office Phone: 863‑8365

Office: CB 41OG                  Office Hours: M/W 1:00-2:15 and by appointment.

ENGL 3000-002         M/W 10-10:50                Room: LA 102


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Required Text

DeGalan, Julie and Stephen Lambert. Great Jobs for English Majors. 3rd ed. Chicago,

            VGM Career Books, 2006  Out of Print Ė Electronic Reserve.







Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

1 -

Recognize the various areas of expertise among the English & Literature department faculty.  

2 -

Identify career and graduate program options for English majors.  

3 -

Analyze differences between curricular emphases within the English program.  

4 -

Assess values, personality, interests, and skills through a self assessment as they relate to future career, educational, and life goals.  

5 -

Develop professional skills such as resume/ curriculum vitae writing, personal statement/ cover letter construction, and interview techniques, to name a few.  




Discusses various career choices for English majors. Familiarizes students with curricular emphases and department faculty. Emphasizes internships and other activities available to help majors professionalize. Features a regular rotation of English faculty guest speakers. English majors must take the course as early as possible, no later than their junior year.




This course features numerous sessions where outside speakers come to campus to discuss elements of the English Major and how to get a job with an English degree.  It is important to attend these sessions and be respectful to our presenters.  Feel free to ask them questions about their areas of specialty. 




Electronic Discussions

We will use discussion forums in Canvas to discuss the chapters we read and other readings and ideas covered within the class.  Remember to respond to the question on the Canvas site and engage in discussion with others on their responses as well.  Most conversations are open for one week only. There will be between 15-20 opportunities.  I will drop your five lowest Discussion Grades at the end of the course.


Career Research Paper:

Each student will write a 5-7 page research paper (Using MLA format) about a possible career path that interests them.  Outside sources and industry interviews must be part of the research included in this paper.





This class will be one in which we openly discuss our ideas, attitudes, and goals within the English Major.  You will be expected to discuss the readings for class and express your opinions about matters relating to the English Major.  Hopefully each of you will identify skills that you believe will help you within the major and in your future careers.





I accept both late work and rewrites of formal papers.  For late work, you will receive a five point deduction for each day the paper is late.  I encourage you to rewrite any paper with which you are not satisfied.  Talk to me about your paper before rewriting--NO EXCEPTIONS.  Rewriting is a great way to improve your overall writing skills.





I think coming to class is very important. I will take attendance every day.  Be to class on time.   Students who miss more than two classes (NO EXCUSED ABSENCES), will find their grades affected.  If you want to explain your absence, do so by talking to me outside of class.  You get two absences--do not use them except in an emergency--and donít have more than two emergencies.                               




Discussion Forum participation                                 30%

Long Career Paper                                                      50%

Attendance                                                                  20%





A                                 93+


C                                  76


A-                                90


C-                                   74


B+                                88


D+                               72


B                                  84


D                                 68


B-                                82


D-                                65


C+                                80







Below you will find an excerpt from the UVU Student Rights and Responsibilities Code concerning Plagiarism and Cheating. Either activity can result in a failing grade in this class.  Each student is expected to maintain academic ethics and honesty in all its forms, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism as defined hereafter:


Cheating is the act of using or attempting to use or providing others with unauthorized information, materials or study aids in academic work. Cheating includes, but is not limited to passing examination answers to or taking examinations for someone else, or preparing or copying other's academic work.


Plagiarism is the act of appropriating any other person's or group's ideas or work (written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof and passing them off as the product of one's own work in any academic exercise or activity.





If you have any disability which may impair your ability to successfully complete this course, please contact the Accessibility Services Department. Academic accommodations are granted for all students who have qualified, documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the Accessibility Services Department.



During class your cellphones should be off and put away.  Taking calls or texting during class is unacceptable.  If you believe you need your cell phone on for some emergency it must be in silent mode and you should leave the room to answer it.  This should happen only in emergencies.  As you will be possibly taking notes you may use a laptop to do so, but while you are in class it should only be used for classwork in this course.



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I am interested in seeing everyone pass my class.  If you have a problem, alert me to it early in the semester.   Talk with me before class or schedule an appointment. ( or 863-8365)