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Majoring and Minoring

The Major Program

We encourage our students to declare the major in their sophomore year.

The department requires that students interested in an English major take the two semester sequence Major Periods and Issues (English 205, 206) in the sophomore year, if possible — and no later than the junior year.

During this course and in close consultation with an advisor, the students should chart a program of courses that will satisfy major requirements.

During fall semester of the senior year, majors take a senior seminar. Each seminar gives students the experience of engaging in advanced research, developing independent critical perspectives, and sharing ideas with a small number of students in a seminar setting.

Concentrations

A concentration in writing and literature incorporates both creative writing courses and literature courses appropriate to a particular student’s interest.

A concentration in British and American literature combines courses calculated to strengthen the student’s understanding of literary history and the major writers in British and American literature.

These concentrations simply indicate two of the emphases possible within the English curriculum. They are not intended as binding tracks. On the contrary — students are urged to work out a major concentration that best suits their individual interests.

The Major Program

Students are encouraged to declare the major early in the sophomore year. The department requires that students interested in an English major take ENG 205 and ENG 206 Major Periods and Issues in English Literature in the sophomore year, if possible, and no later than the junior year. During this sequence and in close consultation with an advisor, students should chart a program of study that will satisfy major requirements.

During the fall semester of their senior year, majors take the senior seminar. Though seminars vary in focus and content, each addresses its subject in the context of current critical discourse and requires students to write a long research-based paper. Each seminar gives students the experience of engaging in advanced research, developing independent critical perspectives, and sharing ideas with a small number of students in a seminar setting.

Within the major itself, students may shape their program in a number of ways. A concentration in writing and literature incorporates both creative writing courses and literature courses appropriate to a particular student’s interest. A concentration in British and American literature combines courses calculated to strengthen the student’s understanding of literary history and the major writers in British and American literature. These concentrations indicate two of the emphases possible within the English curriculum, though they are not intended as binding tracks. On the contrary, students are urged to work out a major concentration that best suits their individual interests and goals.

 

Major Requirements

A minimum of 40 semester credits (10 courses), including the following:

  • ENG 205 Major Periods and Issues in English Literature
  • ENG 206 Major Periods and Issues in English Literature
  • At least four courses at the 300 level or higher. Two must be in British literature before 1800 and one must be in American literature. When the subject matter is appropriate, ENG 333 may be applied to either requirement. Majors may apply either ENG 331 or ENG 332 to the British pre-1800 requirement, but not both.


British Literature Before 1800

ENG 310 The Middle English Period  
ENG 311 Literature of the English Renaissance  
ENG 312 The Early English Novel  
ENG 313 Restoration and 18th-Century Literature  
ENG 330 Chaucer  
ENG 331 Shakespeare: Early Works  
ENG 332 Shakespeare: Later Works  

 

American Literature

ENG 320 Early American Literature  
ENG 321 Pre-Civil War American Literature  
ENG 322 Post-Civil War American Literature  
ENG 323 Modern American Literature, 1900 to World War II  
ENG 324 Modern American Literature, Post-World War II  
ENG 326 African American Literature  

 

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 semester credits (six courses), including the following:

  • One departmental core course, chosen from the following:
    ENG 205 Major Periods and Issues in English Literature  
    ENG 206 Major Periods and Issues in English Literature  
  • Two 300-level literature courses.
  • Three elective English courses at any level, including creative writing courses.