English Requirements

English majors and minors are encouraged to download the English Major Worksheet, a useful tool for tracking your progress toward your English degree.

The English Major (Literature)

Minimum of 13 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.

Nine courses at the 300/400 level, including one Approaches course, distributed as follows:

Two foundational courses in literary antecedents:

  • 329 British Literature: Beginnings through Milton
  • 370 American Literature: Beginnings through the Civil War

Two courses in literature before 1800, selected from:

  • 321 Drama to 1850
  • 325 The British Novel I
  • 330 Old English Literature
  • 331 Chaucer
  • 333 Middle English Literature
  • 335 English Renaissance
  • 336 and 337 Shakespeare I and II
  • 340 17th Century British Literature
  • 345 18th Century British Literature
  • 350 Selected Topics in Literature Before 1800
  • 355 British Romantics
  • 367 British Authors Before 1800
  • 368 Issues in British Literature and Culture Before 1800
  • 378 American Indian Literature
  • 470 Seminar in Literature Before 1800

Two additional courses in literature at the 300 level.

Three 400-level courses:

  • 470 Seminar in Selected Topics
  • 489 Senior Project Methods (1 credit)
  • 490 Senior Project

Three elective literature courses, at least two at or above the 200-level.
In the major in literature, one creative writing course is allowed, but expository writing and public speaking courses are not, with the exceptions that student teachers and students with an Emphasis in Writing may substitute English 210, Advanced College Writing, for one literature elective.


 

English Major with Concentration in Creative Writing

Minimum of 14 courses

Thirteen courses, distributed in the same fashion as those for the major, except that the electives must be distributed as follows:

  • 213 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Two 300-level creative writing courses

One 400-level workshop, either 411 Fiction Workshop or 412 Poetry Workshop.


 

English Major with Emphasis in Writing

Minimum of 17 courses, distributed as follows:

Thirteen courses, distributed in the same fashion as those for the major, with 210 Advanced College Writing or 310 Creative Writing Non-Fiction in place of one literature elective at that level.

Four additional courses in writing, at least two at the 300/400 level, selected from the following. Three semester hours of 300 Teaching Assistant in Composition may be counted toward the emphasis:

  • 200 Business Writing
  • 205 Journalism
  • 213 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • 250 Topics in Creative Writing
  • 300 Teaching Assistant in Composition
  • 305 Advanced Journalism
  • 310 Creative Writing – Nonfiction
  • 311 Creative Writing – Fiction
  • 312 Creative Writing – Poetry
  • 411 Fiction Workshop
  • 412 Poetry Workshop
  • 295, 395, 495 Internship

 

Literature Minor Requirements

Minimum of six courses, distributed as follows:

One gateway course

  • 190 Introduction to Literature and Criticism

One 300-level course in Literature before 1800:

From list under major in Literature, to which may be added 329.

One 300-level course in Literature after 1800, selected from:

322, 323, 326, 350, 360, 365, 367, 370, 372, 373, 374, 375, 380, 382, 384, 385, and 386

Also ENGL 350, 367, 368, and 470 in literature after 1800

Three additional Literature courses to be selected in consultation with student’s advisor


 

Writing Minor Requirements

Minimum of six courses, distributed as follows:

Five courses in Writing:

210 Advanced College Writing OR 310 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction

Four additional courses in writing, at least two at the 300/400 level, selected from the list under the major with an emphasis in writing

One Literature course above the 100 level


 

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.

You can find the proposal form for projects in literature here and that for projects in creative writing here.


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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