Skip to Content

English Department

Undergraduate Programs

 

 CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEW ENGLISH MAJOR
Freshmen enrolling in Fall 2014 will do the new major.

Program I: Literary Studies (30 hours)

Students pursue a broad range of interests through a flexible approach to the study of literature. 30 total hours including:

116W or 117W or 118W is required and should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.
Nine (9) hours in literature before 1800 and three (3) hours in ethnic or non-Western literature.
Fifteen (15) additional hours of electives in English, chosen from the courses that count toward the major, as described in the section "General Requirements and Advice for majors in all programs" of the Undergraduate Course Catalog. English 199, Foundations of Literary Studies (3 credit hours) may also be taken as an elective. In Fall 2014, students will have the option of registering for a revised curriculum which is described at this link.

Program II: Creative Writing (30 hours)

Students concentrate on developing their creative writing abilities while acquiring an overview of English literature. 30 total hours including:

116W or 117W or 118W is required and should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.
12 hours of creative writing courses from at least two different genres: 200, 201, 204, 205, 206, 207. Admission to these courses is by the consent of the instructor.
9 hours in literature before 1800 and 3 hours in Ethnic or non-Western literature.

3 additional hours of electives in English, chosen from the courses that count toward the major, as described under General Requirements and Advice. English 199, Foundations of Literary Studies (3 credit hours) may also be taken as an elective.

Program III: Specialized Critical Studies (36 hours)

In coordination with their major advisor, students design their own specialized course of study. The Interdisciplinary Major Form must be completed and approved. Program III requires 36 total hours including:

116W or 117W or 118W is required and should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year. Eighteen hours of course work concentrated in a particular period (e.g., 19th-century American or the Enlightenment), genre or movement (e.g., the novel, romanticism), an aspect of intellectual history (e.g., law and literature, literary theory) or other area of special interest. Up to 9 hours may be taken in courses from other departments relevant to the selected concentration. Specific courses are selected and contracted for, in writing, at the time of the declaration of the major in consultation with the student's advisor, who can make available samples of previous contracts as well as discuss appropriate courses in other departments.
9 hours in literature before 1800 and 3 hours in Ethnic or non-Western literature. All of these courses may count towards the 18 hours concentration. Three additional hours in electives in English are required, they may be chosen from the courses that count toward the major, as described under General Requirements and Advice. English 199, Foundations of Literary Studies (3 credit hours) may also be taken as an elective.

Minor in English:

At least 18 hours of courses in English are required. These courses must include 3 hours from Pre-1800 literature and 3 hours of Ethnic or Nonwestern literature. Students may count 116W or 117W or 118W, 199, and all 200-level courses toward the minor.


©