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Previous English Program (Available only to Majors who declared before Fall 2018)

If you declared your English major before Fall 2018, you may continue your major under the previous program requirements (see below). If you would like to switch to the new requirements, fill out this form (no signature required except your own) and drop it in Evana Ahsan's box in the English Department. If you have questions, please email Mark Schoenfield (the Director of Undergraduate Studies) or Elizabeth Covington.  
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Capstone Options for Graduating Seniors

The previous English curriculum offers  three distinct programs that allow students to individualize their studies while acquiring the breadth of knowledge and skills of the traditional English major. 

- Program I Literary Studies (30 credit hours)
- Program II Creative Writing
(30 credit hours)
- Program III Specialized Critical Studies (36 credit hours)
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Program I Literary Studies

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

1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study (3 credit hours)
2. 6 credit hours in History (literature before 1800)
3. 6 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
4. 3 credit hours in Approach
5. 9 additional credit hours of English electives - chosen from the courses that count toward the major.
6. Senior Capstone - any 3000-level English course (3 credit hours)

Courses that fulfill the requirements for numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 above are described below under "General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs."
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Program II Creative Writing

Students develop their creative writing while acquiring an overview of English literature. This program requires 30 total credit hours including:

1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study (3 credit hours)
2. 12 credit hours of 3000-level creative writing workshops in at least two different genres
(nonfiction: 3210, 3220; fiction: 3230, 3240; poetry: 3250, 326 0; admission to these courses is by consent of the instructor)
3. 3 credit hours in History (literature before 1800)
4. 3 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
5. 9 credit hours from courses above 2000-level (except English 2200) courses that count toward the English major. This may include one additional creative writing workshop (beyond the 4 required) or one course in another discipline (with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies).

Courses that fulfill the requirements for numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 above are described below under "General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs."
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Program III Specialized Critical Studies
Students develop their own specialized course of study with a descriptive name and develop a contract of courses for it. This program requires 36 total credit hours including:

1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study (3 credit hours)
2. 12 credit hours of course work concentrated in a particular period (e.g. nineteenth-century American literature), genre, or movement (e.g. the novel), and aspect of intellectual history (e.g. law and literature), or other area of special interest. Up to 9 credit hours may be taken in courses from other departments relevant to the concentration. In consultation with a major adviser, each student selects specific courses, which are listed in a contract that is completed after the student has formally declared the major.
3. 6 credit hours in History (literature before 1800)
4. 6 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
5. 3 credit hours in Approach
6. Senior Capstone - any 3000-level English course (3 credit hours)
7. 3 credit hours of any English course above 2000-level (except English 2200)

Courses that fulfill the requirements for numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 above are described below under "General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs."
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General Requirements and Advice for Majors and Minors in All English Programs

Students must take English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study for the English major. Ideally this course is taken during the freshman or sophomore year, or as soon as possible after declaring the major.  2200 will be offered through spring 2019.

All courses above 2000 (except English 4999 - Honors Thesis) count toward the English major.

The survey courses (2310, 2311, 2316, 2316W) are recommended for sophomores to provide background for more advanced courses.

The following courses may be repeated for credit as long as the topics are different:
1. 3890 / 3890W - Movements in Literature
2. 3892 / 3892W - Problems in Literature
3. 3894 / 3894W - Major Figures in Literature
4. 3898 / 3898W - Special Topics in English and American Literature

Students considering Program II Creative Writing may wish to take 1280 - Beginning Fiction Workshop or 1290 - Beginning Poetry Workshop as preparation during their freshman or sophomore year, although these courses do not count toward the major.

A course cannot be used to satisfy more than one requirement of the major.
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Courses that fulfill the History (literature before 1800) requirement are as follows: 2310, 2318, 2318W, 3310, 3314, 3316, 3318, 3330, 3332, 3335, 3335W, 3336, 3337, 3340, 3340W, 3346, 3348, 3360, 3361, 3364, and 3370

Courses that fulfill the Diverse Perspectives (ethnic American or Anglophone literature) requirement are as follows: 3650, 3650W, 3654, 3654W, 3658, 3662, 3662W, 3664, 3670, 3670W, 3674, and 3678

Courses that fulfill the Approach requirement are as follows: 3710, 3711, 3720, 3720W, 3726, 3728, 3730, 3734, 3734W, 3740, 3742, 3744, 3746, and 3748

Courses that fulfill the Program II Creative Writing requirement are as follows: 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3250, and 3260.

Detailed descriptions for courses being offered in the upcoming semester appear on the Department of English website. Click here for an overview of courses that satisfy the History, Diverse Perspectives, Approach, and Creative Writing requirements.

English majors are required to consult with their advisers during registration to identify what specific requirements the courses offered in that semester might fulfill. One course from another department, appropriate to the student's course of study, may be counted toward the requirements of any program with permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For Program II, this course may be in addition to the 9 credit hours already allowed from other departments.
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Honors Program

In order to be eligible for the Honors Program students must have a 3.4 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in the Major. 

To graduate with Honors in English, students must meet all major requirements and complete two Honors seminars in addition to the Colloquium and Thesis.  Successful completion of the Honors program involves 33 hours of English, in accordance with the college requirement that all Honors programs require an additional course beyond the major.  

Additional information may be obtained from  Mark Schoenfield , the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or your adviser.

Students need not be enrolled in the Honors Program in order to take the honors sections. The Honors sections are seminars open to any student beyond their freshman year who has completed the sophomore requirements of AXLE and has earned at least a 3.4 GPA overall. Students are encouraged to enroll in honors sections prior to applying to the Honors Program.

The honors seminars being offered for Spring 2019 are as follows:

- ENGL 3630 The Modern British Novel - MWF 10:10-11am

- ENGL 3890 Movements in Literature: The New Negro Movement - TR 11am-12:15pm
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Minor in English


At least 18 credit hours of course work in English is required for an English minor. These courses must include:
1. English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study
2. 3 credit hours in History (literature before 1800)
3. 3 credit hours in Diverse Perspectives (Ethnic American or Anglophone Literature)
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Licensure for Teaching

Candidates for teacher licensure in English at the secondary level should refer to the chapter of Licensure for Teaching in the Peabody College section of the Catalog.