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English

Major Requirements

Upon completion of the English major, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how meaning is constructed in different kinds of texts, through oral or written analysis of textual features or through creating the texts themselves.
  • Identify and articulate in papers, presentations, exams and other projects the connection between individual literary works and their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate skills in library and internet research, bibliography and multimedia formats.

Satisfying the requirements for the major in English includes completing a minimum of 38 credits in the major, according to one of the patterns described below.

Standard English Major

  1. Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 2050). Ordinarily, this requirement should be completed before the end of the sophomore year.
  2. Sophomore Seminar in English (ENG 2055). Ordinarily, this requirement should be completed during the second semester of the sophomore year.
  3. Three courses at the 3000 level or higher, distributed as follows: one course before 1800, one course after 1800, one course either before or after 1800.
  4. Three literature electives at the 3000 level or higher.
  5. One open English elective at the 3000 level or higher. A course at the 2000 level or below (exclusive of FYW 1050) may count as an English elective if taken before the end of the junior year or before the completion of a total of 24 courses. 
  6. Senior Seminar (ENG 4950W).

 English Major With Creative Writing Concentration

  1. Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 2050). Ordinarily, this requirement should be completed before the end of the sophomore year.
  2. Sophomore Seminar in English (ENG 2055). Ordinarily, this requirement should be completed during the spring semester of the sophomore year.
  3. Three courses at the 3000 level or higher, distributed as follows: one course before 1800, one course after 1800, one course either before or after 1800.
  4. Three creative writing courses.
  5. One open English elective at the 3000 level or higher. A course at the 2000 level or below (exclusive of FYW 1050) may count as an English elective if taken before the end of the junior year or before the completion of a total of 24 courses. 
  6. Senior Seminar (ENG 4950W).

 English Major With Film Concentration

  1. Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 2050). Ordinarily, this requirement should be completed before the end of the sophomore year.
  2. Sophomore Seminar in English (ENG 2055). Ordinarily, this requirement should be completed during the second semester of the sophomore year.
  3. Three courses at the 3000 level or higher, distributed as follows: one course before 1800, one course after 1800, one course either before or after 1800.
  4. Three film courses. One film course offered outside the English department may count toward this minor, subject to English department approval.
  5. One open English elective at the 3000 level or higher. A course at the 2000 level or below (exclusive of FYW 1050) may count as an English elective if taken before the end of the junior year or before the completion of a total of 24 courses. 
  6. Senior Seminar (ENG 4950W).

Major GPA

The GPA for the English major is calculated by taking the average of all ENG courses, with the exception of FYW/ENG 1050.