English Requirements

Our Major and Minor Requirements

Note: Students seeking to major both in English and Creative Writing are advised to declare the “English Major with Emphasis in Writing,” which blends essential coursework in the two majors and requires two separate senior theses (one in literary analysis, one in creative writing).

English majors and minors are encouraged to download program worksheets, useful tools for tracking your progress toward your English degree. 

Updated worksheets, coming soon.

English Major Worksheet

Creative Writing Major
Worksheet

English or Creative Writing Minor Worksheet

The English Major (Literature)

Minimum of 14 courses, distributed as follows:

One gateway course (3 cr)

  • 190 Introduction to Textual Analysis & Criticism
    English majors must take this course within one semester of declaring their major.

Four Foundational Surveys (12 cr)
Prerequisite: 190 at C or above

  • 229 British Literature I: Beginnings to Milton
  • 231 British Literature II: Enlightenment to Contemporary
  • 270 American Literature: Beginnings to Contemporary
  • 390 History of Theory and Criticism

Three 300/400-level literature courses, as indicated (9 – 10 cr)

Author:

  • 331 Chaucer
  • 336 and 337 Shakespeare I and II
  • 350 Selected Topics in Literature
  • 367 British Authors
  • 368 Issues in British Literature and Culture
  • 380 Major American Authors
  • 470 Seminar in Literature

Culture:

  • 321 Drama to 1850
  • 323 Contemporary U.S. Drama
  • 325 The British Novel I
  • 330 Old English Literature
  • 331 Chaucer
  • 333 Middle English Literature
  • 336 and 337 Shakespeare I and II
  • 340 17th Century British Literature
  • 345 18th Century British Literature
  • 350 Selected Topics in Literature
  • 355 British Romantics
  • 368 Issues in British Literature and Culture
  • 380 Major American Authors
  • 470 Seminar in Literature

Genre:

  • 321 Drama to 1850
  • 323 Contemporary U.S. Drama
  • 325 The British Novel I
  • 331 Chaucer
  • 336 and 337 Shakespeare I and II
  • 345 18th Century British Literature
  • 350 Selected Topics in Literature
  • 355 British Romantics
  • 367 British Authors
  • 368 Issues in British Literature and Culture
  • 380 Major American Authors
  • 470 Seminar in Literature

One praxis/practicum course, from among the following (3 – 4 cr)

  • MEST XXX Intro to Media Studies
  • ENGL 250 Narrating Numbers
  • ENGL 350 Critical Game Studies
  • ENGL 350 Literary Editing
  • ENGL 391 Modes and Methods
  • *________________________

    *Majors may, in consultation with their faculty advisor, substitute a course—including a non-ENGL-department course—that is demonstrably a “praxis/practicum” course, i.e., and applied-knowledge course.

Three 400-level courses

  • 470 SIST/______________ (4 cr)
  • 489 Senior Project Methods (1 cr)
  • 490 Senior Project (4 cr)

Two 200/300-level electives, one of which may be ENGL-213 or ENGL-310 (6 – 7 cr)

With the exception of ENGL 489 (Senior Project Methods), only courses bearing 3 or more semester hours of credit satisfy major requirements.

Any one 300/400-level course can fulfill only one of the open 300/400-level course requirements (i.e., an “Author emphasis” course cannot also fulfill a “Genre emphasis” course requirement; a “Culture emphasis” course cannot also fulfull an “Author emphasis” course requirement, etc).

Degree audits must show that ENGL majors completed three 300/400-level each taught by a unique ENGL faculty member.


Creative Writing Major

Minimum of 14 courses, distributed as follows:

One gateway course

  • 190 Introduction to Literature and Criticism
    English majors must take this course within one semester of declaring their major.

Six literature courses at the 200/300 level, including one Approaches course, distributed as follows:

Three foundational courses in literary antecedents:

  • 230 British Literature: Beginnings through Milton
  • 231 British Literature: Enlightenment to Contemporary
  • 270 American Literature: Beginnings through the Civil War

Two 300-level courses, in two of the three given categories (i.e., “author,” “culture,” &c)

1 elective literature course, 200-level or above

200- and 300-level literature courses must be taken with at least two different literature faculty

Four creative writing workshop courses, as follows:

  • 213 Introduction to Creative Writing     
  • Three additional creative writing workshop courses at the 300/400-level

Three 400-level courses:

  • One 400-level workshop, either 411 Fiction Workshop or 412 Poetry Workshop
  • 489 Senior Project Methods (1 credit)
  • 490 Senior Project

English Major with Emphasis in Writing

Minimum of 19 courses, distributed as follows:

One gateway course (3 cr):

  • 190 Introduction to Textual Analysis & Criticism

Four foundational surveys (12 cr):
Prerequisite: 190 at C or above

  • 229 British Literature I: Beginnings to Milton
  • 231 British Literature II: Enlightenment to Contemporary
  • 270 American Literature: Beginnings to Contemporary
  • 390 History of Theory and Criticism

Three 300/400 level literature courses, as indicated (9 – 10 cr):

Author:

  • 331 Chaucer
  • 336 and 337 Shakespeare I and II
  • 350 Selected Topics in Literature
  • 367 British Authors
  • 368 Issues in British Literature and Culture
  • 380 Major American Authors
  • 470 Seminar in Literature

Culture:

  • 321 Drama to 1850
  • 323 Contemporary U.S. Drama
  • 325 The British Novel I
  • 330 Old English Literature
  • 331 Chaucer
  • 333 Middle English Literature
  • 336 and 337 Shakespeare I and II
  • 340 17th Century British Literature
  • 345 18th Century British Literature
  • 350 Selected Topics in Literature
  • 355 British Romantics
  • 368 Issues in British Literature and Culture
  • 380 Major American Authors
  • 470 Seminar in Literature

Genre:

  • 321 Drama to 1850
  • 323 Contemporary U.S. Drama
  • 325 The British Novel I
  • 331 Chaucer
  • 336 and 337 Shakespeare I and II
  • 345 18th Century British Literature
  • 350 Selected Topics in Literature
  • 355 British Romantics
  • 367 British Authors
  • 368 Issues in British Literature and Culture
  • 380 Major American Authors
  • 470 Seminar in Literature

One praxis/practicum course, from among the following (3 – 4 cr)

  • MEST XXX Intro to Media Studies
  • ENGL 250 Narrating Numbers
  • ENGL 350 Critical Game Studies
  • ENGL 350 Literary Editing
  • ENGL 391 Modes and Methods
  • *________________________

    *Majors may, in consultation with their faculty advisor, substitute a course—including a non-ENGL-department course—that is demonstrably a “praxis/practicum” course, i.e., and applied-knowledge course.

Three 400-level courses

  • 470 SIST/______________ (4 cr)
  • 489 Senior Project Methods (1 cr)
  • 490 Senior Project (4 cr)

One 200/300-level elective (3 cr)

With the exception of ENGL 489 (Senior Project Methods), only courses bearing 3 or more semester hours of credit satisfy major requirements.

Any one 300/400-level course can fulfill only one of the open 300/400-level course requirements (i.e., an “Author emphasis” course cannot also fulfill a “Genre emphasis” course requirement; a “Culture emphasis” course cannot also fulfull an “Author emphasis” course requirement, &c).

Degree audits must show that ENGL majors completed three 300/400-level each taught by a unique ENGL faculty member.

Emphasis in Writing

One gateway course (3 cr): 

  • 213 Introduction to Creative Writing

Two 300-level Writing Workshops (7 – 8 cr)
Prerequisite: 213

  • 310 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • 311 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
  • 312 Intermediate Poetry Workshop

Three 400-level courses (9 cr):

  • One 400-level workshop, either ENGL 411 (Advanced Fiction Workshop) or ENGL 412 (Advanced Poetry)
  • 489 Senior Project Methods in Creative Writing
  • 490 Senior Project in Creative Writing

One elective from the following (3 – 4 cr):

  • 200 Business Writing
  • 202 Technical Writing
  • 205 Journalism
  • 250 Introduction to Grant Writing (2 cr)
  • 250 Careers in Writing (2 cr)
  • 250 Narrating Numbers: Data Visualization in the Humanities
  • 300 Teaching Assistant in Composition (2 cr) 
  • 305 Advanced Journalism
  • 311 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
  • 312 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • 411 Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • 412 Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • 395/495 Internship
  • THEA 270 Playwriting

    (Two two-credit courses count as “one elective”)

Literature Minor Requirements

Minimum of six courses, distributed as follows:

One gateway course

  • 190 Introduction to Textual Analysis & Criticism

Two of four foundational surveys (12 cr) (of the English minor’s choosing):

  • 229 British Literature I: Beginnings to Milton
  • 231 British Literature II: Enlightenment to Contemporary
  • 270 American Literature: Beginnings to Contemporary
  • 390 History of Theory and Criticism

Three additional literature courses, one of which may be at the 200-level or above, to be selected in consultation with student’s advisor

All three of the additional literature courses must be distinct from those used to satisfy the Creative Writing major.


Writing Minor Requirements

Minimum of six courses, distributed as follows:

Five courses in Writing:

Two foundational writing courses:

  • 213 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • 310 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction

Two 300- or 400-level Writing Workshops: 

  • 311 Intermediate Fiction Worshop
  • 312 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • 411 Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • 412 Advanced Poetry Workshop

One or two elective courses totaling at least 3 credits: 

  • 200 Business Writing (3 credits)
  • 205 Journalism (3 credits)
  • 250 Introduction to Grant Writing (2 credits)
  • 300 Teaching Assistant in Composition (2 credits; can be taken twice for credit)
  • 305 Advanced Journalism (3 credits)
  • 311 Intermediate Fiction Workshop (4 credits)
  • 312 Intermediate Poetry Workshop (4 credits)
  • 411 Advanced Fiction Workshop (4 credits)
  • 412 Advanced Poetry Workshop (4 credits)
  • 295/395/495 Internship (3 credits)
  • THEA 270 Playwriting

One Literature course, either ENGL 190 or at the ENGL 200-level or above


Junior Review

Junior Review in the English major is a formal review of the courses you have taken to date and a conversation about your academic plans for senior year and your educational and career plans after graduation. Required prior to pre-registration in the spring of your Junior year, the review brings you, your advisor, and another full-time member of the department together to ensure that you are on track to meet all degree requirements, to agree upon your proposed course of study for your senior year, and to discuss possible senior project topics.

To prepare for the review, download the Junior Review Form, fill it out, and submit copies to your advisor and a consultant advisor of your choosing before the date that the three of you have set for the review.

Junior Review Form

In the spring of your junior year, you will begin developing your proposal for your Senior Project.

Literature Project Proposal Form

Creative Writing Proposal Form


Senior Project

As a senior English major, working in consultation with a faculty member in the department, you will produce a written senior project. It will be either a long paper exploring a particular author or subject or a manuscript of creative writing. As a rule, senior projects are written during the January term of senior year, though reading and research begin at an earlier date.

In the spring of your junior year, you will work with a faculty advisor to broadly define the project. Over the summer, you will read intensively in the subject area and begin to develop more specific ideas.

In the fall of your senior year, you will work with the advisor to develop a more focused and specific proposal. This proposal is then reviewed by a departmental committee and in some cases revised and clarified. You will then write the senior project under the direct guidance of the advisor, preferably during January term.

Finally, you will participate in a conference on the paper with the advisor and another department faculty member, known as the second reader. The grade for the project is assigned by the advisor in consultation with the second reader.

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