To graduate with a major in English, you must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in a group of courses that satisfies the departmental requirements.

A major consists of at least ten courses and must include:
  • ENG-150 Interpretive Strategies
  • one course from Early Traditions:
    ENG-301  Literature of the Later Fourteenth Century 
    ENG-302  Literature of Early Modern Britain
    ENG-303  Early Modern Drama
    ENG-304  Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
    ENG-307  Literature Before Print
    ENG-311  Settling:  Writing in America to 1830
  • one course from Kinds of Literature:
ENG-305 British Romantic Literature
    ENG-320  Eighteenth-Century Novel
    ENG-321  Victorian Novel
    ENG-331  American Novel from Its Beginnings to World War 1
    ENG-335  Immersion Journalism
    ENG-374  Stardom and Identity 
    ENG-422  Literature of the South 
  • one course from Literature and Global 
    ENG-312  Emerson to Dickinson
    ENG-323  Global Novel since 1960
    ENG-423  Literature of the Irish Renaissance
    ENG-434  What is Postcolonialism?
    ENG-435  Writing Africa: Culture and Politics in African Literature
454  Caribbean Cosmopolitanisms
  • one course from Writers and their Worlds:
    ENG-306  Victorian Literature and Culture
    ENG-332  American Novel from World War 1 to the Present
    ENG-403  Faulkner
    ENG-404  Major Figures in Early Modern British Literature
    ENG-412  Autobiographical Lives and Life
    ENG-418  Shakespeare's Europe/England's Renaissance
    ENG-420  Animals in Medieval Literature and Culture
  • one course from Theory in Practice:
362  English Language: How it Works
    ENG-452  Literary Feminisms 
    ENG-453  Slave Narrative to Slave Novel
    ENG-461  Critical and Cultural Theory
    ENG-462  The Stage, Social Struggle, and Theory
    ENG-471  South Asian Cultural Studies: Literature and Film
  • at least 12 credits in any other ENG courses except ENG-503
  • ENG-475 Senior Seminar.
Fall 2014:  ENG-475  Global Modernisms, TR 11-30-12:45

Spring 2015:  ENG-475  Novel Economies, TR 1:00-2:15
Covering the long eighteenth-century, this seminar examines familiar genres like the novel

and the philosophical treatise, as well as those less well-known, including it-narratives

(stories written from the point of view of inanimate objects or animals), scandalous histories

(sexually-charged narrative fictions), and others; we will inflect our discussion of

these texts with a good dose of Marxism, psychoanalysis, and feminist criticism.


All requests for exceptions to major requirements must be approved by the department.

We recommend that ENG-150 be completed as early as possible in the major. The successful completion of ENG-111 may contribute only once to requirements for the major. Courses with an ENG-prefix completed during the May Experience or independent studies appropriate to the discipline may also contribute to the major.

If you plan to pursue a career in teaching you must also complete EDU-111, 120, 221, 350,
451, 452, 460, 472, and EDEP-670 in addition 
to prescribed experiences in the major. The requirements for certification will be completed on a post-baccalaureate, graduate credit basis, and you’ll become eligible for certification at the end of fall term following graduation. Refer to the education section for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

If you intend to pursue graduate study in English you should complete more courses than are required for the major and should consult with your advisors about your overall programs.

Special opportunities for experience in journalism are available through work on the staffs of
 the student literary magazine, newspaper, and yearbook.

Every English course includes instruction and practice in composition. ​​​​​​​​​

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