Course descriptions

To satisfy the English major, the student must present for the degree thirty credits of English courses numbered 2000 or above and including the following:

A. Introduction to Literary Studies

ENGL 2600 (Three credits). This course should be taken within a semester of declaring the major or at its next offering.

B. Literary Histories and Areas (Nine credits)

One course from each of the following three groups:

  1. British Literature: ENGL 2100, 2101, 3111/W, 3113/W, 3115/W, 3117/W, 3118/W, 3123/W, 3124/W.
  2. American Literature: ENGL 2200, 2201/W, 2203/W, 2214/W, 3207/W, 3210, 3212, 3213/W, 3215/W, 3218/W, 3220/W 3605, 3607.
  3. Anglophone and Postcolonial Literature: ENGL 2301/W, 3120, 3122/W 3318, 3319, 3320.

C. Genre (Three credits)

One from the following: ENGL 2401, 2405, 2407, 2408, 2409.

D. Major Author (Three credits)

One from the following: ENGL 3501, ENGL 3503, ENGL 3505, ENGL 3507, ENGL 3509.

E. Advanced Study (Three credits)

These courses satisfy the departmental requirements for Writing in the Major and Information Literacy. One from the following: ENGL 4101W, 4201W, 4203W, 4301W, 4302W, 4401W, 4405W, 4407W, 4600W, 4601W, 4613W, 4965W.

F. Electives (Nine credits)

In addition to courses used to satisfy requirements A-E above, nine credits must be chosen from English courses numbered 2000 or above. Course numbers used to satisfy requirements A-E may be used toward satisfaction of requirement F only when they designate a second or third section of a course repeated for credit with a change of topic.

Distribution Requirements

At least two courses in the major must concern literature written before 1800. Courses applied toward categories B-F may also apply toward this requirement. Courses satisfying this requirement are: ENGL 2100, 22003111, 3113, 3115, 3301, 3303, 3501, 3503, 3505, 3507, 3652, 4965W.

Concentrations offered for English majors

  • Irish Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Teaching English

Education Abroad in London

The Department of English sponsors programs in London occurring on an as-offered basis.

A minor in English is described in the Minors section.

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