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Majoring and Minoring

For complete information about majoring and minoring, see the online catalog.

The major requires 40 credits, including:

  • English 205/206. A two-semester survey of literature in English from the medieval period through the present.
  • Two 300-level courses in earlier literature. Options include Chaucer; Shakespeare: Later Works; Satire and Sentiment, 1660-1780; and The Early English Novel.
  • Two 300-level courses in more recent literature. Options include The Romantics; National Sins and National Dreams: American Literature 1830-1865; American Modernism; Postcolonial Literature: Anglophone Africa, India, and the Caribbean; Fiction Writing II; and Poetry Writing.
  • Three electives at any level. Options include Experimental Fiction; Literature and Animal Rights; From Scroll to Codex: Working with Medieval Manuscripts; Gender and Aesthetic Expression; Fiction I; and Introduction to Poetry and Poetry Writing.
  • English 450. A one-semester senior seminar. Recent topics have included John Keats; Virginia Woolf; and the Literature of American Slavery.

Creative Writing

  • We offer structured sequences of courses in both fiction and poetry as well as a class in creative nonfiction.
  • You may count up to four creative writing courses towards the major and/or add a concentration in creative writing to your degree.

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors will be awarded by the department to students who produce an outstanding senior thesis. Students who have produced exceptional work in the senior seminar and who have earned a major GPA of 3.500 or above may be invited by their seminar professor to submit a detailed honors-thesis proposal, due near the start of spring semester. If the department approves an honors proposal, it selects a three-member committee to guide the writing and research. Each candidate for honors may then enroll in ENG 490 Honors Thesis (4 credits, non-major elective), and in early April submits the finished thesis to the department for approval. If the honors thesis is approved, the student presents a summary at a departmental forum.