Department of English
113 Hamilton Smith Hall
95 Main Street
The English major has two chief objectives: to provide all students with a common core of literary experience and to provide each student with the opportunity of shaping a course of study to suit individual interests. The flexibility and freedom inherent in the second of these objectives places a responsibility upon students to devise a program that has an intelligent rationale. For example, students with a strong interest in creative writing or linguistics may wish to take only the minimum number of advanced literature courses required for the major and fill their upper-division requirements with courses in the writing of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or in the study of the English language, language formation, and other areas of linguistics. Students who intend to pursue graduate study in English should choose more than the minimum number of advanced literature courses and should seek a broad, historical background. For these students, the "English Literature major" would perhaps be a more appropriate choice than the standard "English major." All students should secure the assistance and approval of their advisers in formulating an early plan for the major program.
These requirements apply to students entering the major in Fall 2011 and beyond under the Discovery system. See below for requirements for those admitted in earlier semsters.
Download a Capstone Declaration Form for English Majors.
Completed with a minimum grade of C- (with the exception of 419, which must be completed with a grade of C or better).
Students must meet the following distribution requirements. Note that any one course may satisfy more than one requirement:
|Required||ENGL 419: Intro to Literary Analysis*|
Two pre-1800 literature courses
Either two advanced courses (600-level and above) or one advanced course and either English 512 or 513.
Choose from***: 512, 513, 657, 713, 741, 751, 753, 754, 755, 756, 758, 759, 763, 764, 765, 767, 768, 780, 781, 783
Two post-1800 literature courses
Either two advanced courses, or one advanced course and one of the following: English 514, 515 or 516.
Choose from: 608, 609, 650**, 681, 690, 714, 739, 742, 743, 744, 745, 746, 747, 748, 749, 769, 770, 771, 772, 773, 774, 777, 782, 784, 786
One course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories
Choose from***: 517, 540, 550, 609, 690, 738, 739, 740, 693R, 797RTable Cell Properties button
Two 500-level courses
Or one 500-level course and ENGL/LING 405
Two 500-level courses
Note: English 512, 513, 514, 515, 516 may be included here even if taken to fulfill one of the literature requirements above.
Six courses numbered 600 and above.
You may include any advanced-level courses even if taken to fulfill literature requirements above.
All writing courses numbered 600 and above may be included here. [ENGL 620, Applied Experience, and ENGL 788, Senior Honors (previously numbered ENGL 695), cannot be used to satisfy major requirements.]
500, 600, or 700-level English course of your choosing
|English Majors Capstone: ENGL 787 OR one 700-level class taken for capstone credit (see guidelines) OR a writing portfolio (see guidelines) OR one 700-level class in addition to the 10-course major (may not be double-counted with any other course on this sheet). Students should indicate to their advisor which of these choices they will undertake during registration of their Junior year. Download a Capstone Designation Form for English Majors.|
*This must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.” ENGL 419 is the only 400-level class that may count towards the English Literature major. English 403 will NOT count towards this major.
**If topic is appropriate. (Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.)
***Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement
Requirement Checklist (applies to students entering the major in fall 2010 or spring 2011 under the General Education system)
Requirement Checklist (applies to students who entered the major prior to fall 2010 but after fall 2008)
Students who entered the major prior to fall 2008 must fulfill the major requirements in effect at that time.