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Majoring and Minoring

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. The major calls for three electives at any level and allows for choice within requirements at the 300 and 400 levels. Our offerings include structured sequences in both fiction writing and poetry; courses in British, American, and global literature in English; courses focused on historical periods, particular authors, and special topics; and courses featuring a variety of methodologies ranging from manuscript study to considerations of the relationships between literature and philosophy, law, gender, race, ethics, and the visual arts. Students are encouraged to design a major curriculum that suits their particular 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
  • Two 300-level courses chosen from Category I (literature from the medieval period through the 18th century, up to but not including Romantic literature). ENG 333 and ENG 334 may be applied to this requirement when the subject matter is appropriate. Majors may apply either ENG 331 or ENG 332 toward this requirement, but not both.

Category I

ENG 310

Medieval Literature

 

ENG 311

Literature of the English Renaissance

 

ENG 312

The Early English Novel

 

ENG 313

Satire and Sentiment, 1660-1780

 

ENG 320

Inventing America: Literature of Colonialism and the Early Republic, 1540-1830

 

ENG 330

Chaucer

 

ENG 331

Shakespeare: Early Works

 

ENG 332

Shakespeare: Later Works

 
  • Two 300-level courses chosen from Category II (Romantic literature through the literature of the present, including creative writing).  ENG 333 and ENG 334 may be applied to this requirement when the subject matter is appropriate. Majors may apply either ENG 300 or ENG 301 to this requirement, but not both.

Category II

ENG 300

Fiction Writing 2

 

ENG 301

Poetry Writing

 

ENG 314

The Romantics

 

ENG 315

The Victorians: Heroes, Decadents, and Madwomen

 

ENG 316

Modern British and Irish Literature

 

ENG 317

20th-Century British Literature, Post-World War II

 

ENG 318

Modern Poetry

 

ENG 319

Postcolonial Literature: Anglophone Africa, India, Caribbean

 

ENG 321

National Sins, National Dreams: American Literature 1830-1865

 

ENG 322

Getting Real: Post-Civil War American Literature

 

ENG 323

American Modernism

 

ENG 324

Mirrors, Maps, Mazes: Post-WWII American Literature

 

ENG 326

African American Literature

 

ENG 340

Topics in Literary Theory/Criticism

 

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.