Majors, Minors & Requirements

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Requirements for a Major in English

A total of 11 courses (forty-four credits) as follows:

Track I: Concentration in Literature:

  1. English 285, normally taken by the end of the sophomore year.
  2. English 385, normally taken in spring of the junior year (students abroad may take this course in senior year).
  3. English 485, normally taken in the senior year.
  4. Eight (8) additional courses in English, 190 or above, at least 6 of which must be in literature.
  5. Of the eleven required courses, a minimum of seven (7) must be numbered 300 or above. (English 460 does not fulfill this requirement.)
  6. Of the eleven required courses, a minimum of three (3) must be in literature written before 1800 (i.e., 219, 230, 260, 315-345, 359, 485 where topic is appropriate) with at least two (2) numbered 300 or above.

Track II: Concentration in Literature and Creative Writing:

  1. English 285, normally taken by the end of the sophomore year.
  2. English 385, normally taken in spring of the junior year. (Students abroad may take this course in the senior year.)
  3. One of the following sequences of major genre workshops (three courses):
    1. English 200, 300, 400 (Poetry Workshops)
    2. English 201, 301, 401 (Fiction Workshops)
  4. One additional course chosen from English 200, 201, 203, 204, 300, 301, 400, 401
  5. English 485, normally taken in the senior year.
  6. One course in literature written before 1800 numbered 300 or above (English 315, 319, 320, 322, 323, 325, 332, 335, 336, 340, 345, 359, 485 where topic is appropriate).
  7. Two (2) additional literature courses numbered 300 or above. (English 460 does not fulfill this requirement.)
  8. One additional course in literature, 190 or above. (One film course or internship may be counted in this category.)

Note: Those considering the concentration in writing should contact one of the creative writing professors for early advising, preferably by the end of the first year.

Requirements for a Minor in English

A total of 5 courses (20 credits) as follows:

  1. Two courses at the 190 or 200 level
  2. Three additional courses in English numbered 300 or higher.

Honors in English

  1. Courses required: fulfillment of the requirements for a major in English; English 495-496.
  2. A substantial, in-depth thesis.
  3. Approval by the English Honors Committee.