Jul 26, 2021  
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Major (Ending Catalog Year: 2016-2017)

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Requirements for the Major (44 credits)

ENGL 150   and ENGL 210  must be taken before any upper-level courses.

I. ENGL 150 - Literary Analysis (4 credits)

II. ENGL 210 - Writing in the Discipline of English (4 credits)

III. Three Elective English Courses at Any Level (12 credits)

IV. Four Upper-level Courses Chosen from Among the Following (16 credits)

Any course at the 300 level.  ENGL 300-399.

VI. Capstone (4 credits)

Normally taken in the senior year, and must be taken in the department and may not be replaced by any course taken outside the department or by independent study.


Within the courses selected to meet major requirements, students must include:

  1. Two courses before 1900 (at least 50% of content before 1900)
  2. A Concentration (at least 10 credits)


The focus of the concentration - made up of three interrelated courses - should be chosen from the list of options below, though students may design alternatives. The focus, as well as the specific courses to fill the concentration, should be selected in consultation with the adviser.  Students must present a one-page proposal for the concentration to their adviser. Concentrations must be approved by the end of the junior year. One extra-departmental course may be counted in any concentration. Majors might consider the ways in which an interdisciplinary concentration could be a bridge between the major and a minor. Two courses must be at the upper level.


Possible Concentrations:

  • A Genre (three courses focusing on a specific literary genre such as narrative, poetry or drama)
  • A Period (three courses focusing on a particular period, such as Medieval, Renaissance, the Long 18th century, 19th century, Modernism or Contemporary.)
  • Literary Theory (three courses focusing on in-depth reading in theory or application of theory)
  • Post-Colonial and Anglophone Literature (three courses focusing on literature’s in relation to competing notions of colonialism, nationalism, and post-colonial cultures.)
  • A Literary Tradition Defined by a Particular Group Identity (such as African American, Asian American, Latino/a, Native American, LGBT, Disability, Women.)
  • Critical Race Studies (three courses focusing on literature’s and/or theory that thematizes or interrogates concepts of race and ethnicity.)
  • Disability Studies (three courses focusing on literature’s and/or theory that thematizes or interrogates concepts of ability/disability.)
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (three courses focusing feminist theory and/or on the study of literature’s that thematizes and interrogates notions of gender and sexuality.)
  • Language and Rhetoric/Writing Studies (focus on the history of the language/rhetoric, linguistics, literacy studies, writing center theory, or philosophy of language.);
  • Interdisciplinary (possible topics include Interart, Environmental Studies, Religion and Literature, Philosophy and Literature, History and Literature.)

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