English Major

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The major in English requires the completion of 39 credits and is organized to include the major core of 24 credits, plus 15 credits taken in one of two areas of concentration: Literature or Writing.

Required Courses

The English major consists of core classes taken in eight areas with additional courses taken in the student’s area of concentration. The core areas are:

Literature surveys (12 CR)

  • ENG 221/222 British Traditions I and II
  • ENG 231/232 American Voices I and II

Advanced Writing (3 CR)

  • Any writing course at the 200 or 300 level

British Literature (3 CR) See advisor.

American Literature (3 CR) See advisor.

Shakespeare (3 CR)

  • ENG 321 Shakespeare

Literary Theory (3 CR)

  • ENG 361 Literary Theory

Multicultural/Diversity (3 CR) See advisor.

Capstone (3 CR) See advisor.

Additional Required Courses for Literature Concentration

In addition to the English major core classes, students with a concentration in Literature must take the following:

  • British Literature (3 CR) See advisor.
  • American Literature (3 CR) See advisor.

Students with a literature concentration should also choose a capstone course in literature (in consultation with their advisor).

Additional Required Courses for Writing Concentration

In addition to the core classes, students with a concentration in Writing must take the following:

  • Advanced Writing (6 CR)
    • Any writing courses at the 200 or 300 level

Students with a writing concentration should also choose a capstone course in writing (in consultation with their advisor).

Supporting courses for the English major: All English majors must complete one year (two consecutive semesters) of a Modern Foreign Language with a grade of C or better.

Policy Statement Regarding the English Major Survey Courses

The four English survey courses—EN 221, 231, 222, and 232—are foundational to the English major and must be taken by every English major, irrespective of concentration, usually in his/her sophomore year. The courses must be taken in sequence over two semesters. Until they are completed, no upper-level literature course may be taken. Upper-level literature courses cannot be taken simultaneously with any one of the survey courses. Any writing course or non-literature course may be taken at the same time as the surveys.

Like all major courses, the four surveys must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher to count toward satisfying major requirements. These courses cannot be repeated. Students are given only one chance to pass them. (A student withdrawing within the first couple of weeks would not be deemed to have “taken” the course and consequently could sign up to take it at a later time.)

After passing all four of the surveys, students will be eligible to enroll in virtually any English course. A student failing to receive at least a grade of “C” in any of the survey courses should consult with the chair of the department.