What Every English Major Should Know

Information Sheet for English Majors: FALL 2013

Advisement:  Every Molloy student has an advisor for registration and other help. The list of advisors for English majors is posted on the English bulletin board opposite room K-15 and on the door of the English office (S-103). During advisement, please sign up for a session with your advisor. The advisors post their appointment times on sheets by the door of S-103.  Sign in at least a day early, come on time, bring your status sheet, and let the advisor know what courses you prefer. The evening advisor on Thursdays is Robert Kinpoitner. 

Alumni Supper: Each September, the English department invites English faculty, alumni, guests-and present majors-to a buffet supper in the Reception Room in Kellenberg Hall.   Admission to the supper is $20 per person.  Family members are welcome.  Proceeds go to the Sister Mary Verity McNicholas English Scholarship Fund, and English scholarship winners are honored at the supper.  Current majors are welcome.  It is a very informal affair, an opportunity to meet with alumni who have employed their English skills in the workplace.  This year's supper will be on Friday, September 20, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Reception Room.  For information, contact the English chairman, ext 3261.  

Bulletin Boards:  The English department has two bulletin boards: one outside the department's offices in Siena Hall 103 and one across the hall from room K-15 in Kellenberg Hall.  These boards list the schedule of current and upcoming semester courses, graduate school information, news of Lambda Iota Tau International Literary Honor Society, scholarship information, minutes of department meetings, and other items of interest to majors.  

Facebook:  The Royal English Department has a Facebook page. Visit us at Molloy: Royal English Majors.  

Film Festival:  The English Department sponsors the Molloy College Film Festival Cabaret in fall and spring. Dr. Deidre Pribram of the Communications Department  directs the festivals. The films are shown Tuesday in the Hays Theatre. Admission is free. 
The theme of this fall's festival is "Quirky Comedies," and the dates and times for the films are October 1st, 5 p.m. (Moonrise Kingdom), and November 12th, 5 p.m. (The World's End). Come and enjoy!  

Grammar Examination: Molloy College English majors take a grammar examination, which serves as a diagnostic evaluation of their basic knowledge of the English language.  Students must take the examination in their first semester at Molloy. All English majors must pass the examination with a grade of 70 or better. The test will be given on Thursday, October 17, at 6 p.m., and Friday, October 18, at 8 a.m., each in the library. There is no fee. A special opportunity for questions will be held on Thursday, October 10, at 5 p.m. in Room S-103.  Grammar notes are available in the English office and online on the English website. Students failing this test must register for ENG 070: ENGLISH GRAMMAR (0 credits).  Students taking ENG 222 must pass the test or take the grammar course before taking ENG 222. 

Lambda Iota Tau: The English department sponsors Molloy's chapter of the International Literary Honor Society, Lambda Iota Tau. The chapter, Gamma Pi, meets monthly on a Wednesay at 5 p.m. Students present a paper - usually one written for a class - and members offer responses. The chapter meetings for fall 2013 are:
September 18 (Reception Room) , October 16 (S-107), November 13 (Reception Room). 
English majors are strongly advised to join this society.  For information on membership, please contact Dr. Jeffry Massey, Moderator. Induction of new members is Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in the Reception Room.  

Majors' Meetings:  At least once during each semester, the department schedules a meeting for majors to discuss issues of and plans for the department.  In Fall 2013, majors meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, in the Reception Room. Attendance is mandatory.

Office Hours: The English Office is in Room 103 of Siena Hall. The office opens Monday through Friday at 7:15 a.m. It is open on Thursday evenings until 6:30 p.m. for evening advisement. Robert Kinpoitner serves as evening advisor and has posted evening hours on Thursdays.  Faculty advisement office hours are posted outside of the English office. The English Administrative Assistant is Mrs. Trisha O'Neill. 

Poetry Series: Professor Barbara Novack, Molloy's Writer-in-Residence, directs a series of poetry readings each semester in the Reception Room of Bishop Kellenberg Hall on Sundays at 3 p.m.  Click on Writer-in-Residence  for more information.   

Students planning to register for the English Seminar (ENG 491) in Spring 2013 should submit to Professors Damian Hey or Barbara Young in the English Office (S-103) a sample research paper from any course (but using MLA format) no later than November 15, 2012. The purpose is to see if the students need preparation in grammar and composition before beginning the seminar. Those who fail to submit a paper must write a five-page research essay at the beginning of the class. 

Student Representatives: Each academic department is required to have one or two student representatives to the Molloy student government. These students attend department meetings and bring students' concerns and suggestions to the faculty. The English department's representative is Travis Williams. Please contact him at tgibson08@lions.molloy.edu if you wish to offer comments or suggestions about the English program. He will bring them to department meetings.

Writing Center: The English department supports and works closely with the Molloy Writing Center, Room C-16, Casey Hall. Pamela Kenley-Meschino directs the Center. The telephone number is 516.323.3293. Please make use of this free service to help improve your writing.

English Department Scholarships Available for 2013-2014

The following scholarships are available to English majors for study in the 2013-2014 academic year.  Forms are available in the English Office, Siena Hall, Room 103.  The deadline is JANUARY 10, 2013, at noon. The English faculty will determine the recipients  on January 17, 2013. Winners will receive notification by mail. Formal awarding is at the Founder's Day Honors Convocation Tuesday, April 23, 2013.  Recipients are welcome at the English Alumni Supper in September 2013. Applicants must complete a FAFSA form for all scholarships. 

Applicants must be enrolled for at least 12 credits for the fall 2012 semester, must have completed at least one year full-time at Molloy, must be English majors concentrating in education, and must have a cumulative index of 2.5 or better, and must submit a photograph of themselves. 
Applicants must be part-time English majors, must have completed at least 30 credits at Molloy College, must have an index of 3.0 or higher, and must register for at least 3 credits in the semester for which the award is granted.  
Applicants must be full-time sophomore English majors with a cumulative index of 3.50 or better.
Applicants must be a full-time female English major in sophomore status or higher, earning at least a 3.0 cumulative index and must be in the first generation of her family attending college.  
Applicants must be full-time traditional English majors entering junior year in fall 2012 and must have a cumulative index of 3.00 or higher.  

Please be aware of the following requirements which the English faculty created to help you pass the New York State Content Specialty Test:

1.  All English Education majors must pass either the Grammar Examination or ENG 070: ENGLISH GRAMMAR before taking ENG 222: INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS.  C is the minimal passing grade for the courses.
2.  English Adolescence Education majors must take ENG 231: ADVANCED COMPOSITION as their advanced writing course. 
3.  English Adolescence Education majors should take PHI 102: LOGIC. 
4.  Students in all literature courses should exercise critical thinking to discern patterns, influences, themes, and other literary elements in the works they are studying.  
5.  English Adolescence Education majors should complete all or nearly all their English courses before beginning Phase 1 of the education program.  The one exception may be ENG 491: ENGLISH SEMINAR.  Students planning to student teach in England in Phase 3 should complete the seminar before beginning Phase 3.
6.  All English Adolescence Education majors must take the English Content Specialty Test Preparation Course (ED-7300) given through Continuing Education before taking the English Content Specialty Test.
7.  All English Adolescence Education majors should take the English Content Specialty Test IMMEDIATELY after completing their English program (except for the Seminar).