Project is praised as the best part of the English major by 8 graduates, and 3 of them report liking the opportunity to concentrate on Senior Projects during January Term.
Here are a few typical remarks about the major:
“It is a wonderful program!”
“I loved the passionate faculty in the English Department.”
“I think that the Senior Project helped me immensely to prepare for graduate work.”
There are only two criticisms of departmental policies regarding Senior Projects: one graduate argues for more freedom in selecting a topic; another says that the process needs to be more “student-friendly” and less adversarial.
In the 1999 survey, graduates also praised English courses, faculty, and the Senior Project, and 27% praised business writing, journalism, and technical writing as useful in the work world. The most frequently expressed recommendation (10%) then was that there be more guidance in career preparation, which also was recommended in answers to Question 3 in this survey.
Courses praised by alumni
These two courses are praised by more than one graduate:
Creative Writing (3)
“American Ethnic Literature” (2)
The following 16 courses were each named by one respondent:
“A” courses “Advanced College Writing” “Anatomy of English” “Creative Writing Non-Fiction” Dramatic Literature “Film and Novel Noir” Internships “Jane Austen”
Native American Literature “Novel II” “On Keeping a Journal” Seminars “Sensation Novels” Tutorial Ulysses Seminar “Unruly Women”
Recommendations for expanding the English curriculum
Three individuals each suggest that we add more courses in one of these areas: genres, grammar, and writing. Three new topics courses also are suggested, each by a different graduate: humor, mystery novels, and utopian literature. One respondent suggests that we offer a greater variety of seminar topics. Another person urges the department to make editorial positions on Hilltops into a course.