ERIC Number: ED439442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Shakespeare File: What English Majors Are Really Studying.
Martin, Jerry L.; Neal, Anne D.; Nadel, Michael S.
A study examined a national trend towards dropping Shakespeare and other Great Authors from college English major requirements, and asked what new courses are taking their places. Programs from 70 representative schools were analyzed. Results indicated that 23 schools require a course in Shakespeare, which may include other authors as well, but that 47 schools do not have this requirement. Results also indicated that courses in topics such as popular culture and sexuality are replacing standard literature courses. Findings suggest that familiarity with great literature is necessary for a well-rounded education, for English majors seeking employment, and for its cultural value. Appendix A describes standard literature requirements (or absences) and alternative courses for all 70 colleges; Appendix B presents a sampling of courses typical of new trends in the English curriculum. (EF)
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), Course Content, Cultural Education, English Curriculum, English Teacher Education, Higher Education, Required Courses
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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