To graduate with a major in English, you must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in a group of courses that satisfies the departmental requirements.

A major consists of at least ten courses and must include:

  • ENG 150 and 475
  • one course from Early Traditions:
    • ENG 301: Literature of the Later Fourteenth Century
    • ENG 302: Literature of Early Modern Britain
    • ENG 303: Early Modern Drama
    • ENG 304: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
    • ENG 307: Literature Before Print
    • ENG 311: Settling: Writing in America to 1830
  • one course from Kinds of Literature:
    • ENG 305 British Romantic Literature
    • ENG 320: Eighteenth-Century Novel
    • ENG 321: Victorian Novel
    • ENG 331: American Novel from Its Beginnings to World War 1
    • ENG 374: Stardom and Identity
    • ENG 377: Studies in the Essay
    • ENG 422: Literature of the South
  • one course from Literature and Global Society:
    • ENG 312: Emerson to Dickinson
    • ENG 323: Global Novel since 1960
    • ENG 423: Literature of the Irish Renaissance
    • ENG 434: What is Postcolonialism?
    • ENG 435: Writing Africa: Culture and Politics in African Literature
    • ENG 454: Caribbean Cosmopolitanisms
  • one course from Writers and their Worlds:
    • ENG 306: Victorian Literature and Culture
    • ENG 332: American Novel from World War I to the Present
    • ENG 401: Chaucer
    • ENG 403: Faulkner
    • ENG 404: Major Figures in Early Modern British Literature
    • ENG 412: Autobiographical Lives and Life
    • ENG 418: Shakespeare's Europe/England's Renaissance
  • one course from Theory in Practice:
    • ENG 362: English Language: How it Works
    • ENG 420: Animals in Medieval Literature and Culture​
    • ENG 452: Literary Feminisms
    • ENG 453: Slave Narrative to Slave Novel
    • ENG 461: Critical and Cultural Theory
    • ENG 462: The Stage, Social Struggle, and Theory
    • ENG 471: South Asian Cultural Studies: Literature and Film
  • four credits of writing instruction: ENG-210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 220, 221, 223 or 225
  • Elective courses in the major, totaling at least 8 credits (except ENG 503)

Fall 2014: ENG 475 Global Modernisms, TR 11-30-12:45
What are the various forms of realism and modernism in Western and non-Western works of literature?  What kinds of aesthetic experiments do we see in Western and non-Western literatures from the early twentieth century to the sixties? Do these experiments both promote modernity and critique it, sometimes through counter-realism (magical realism) that may be seen as a second wave of modernism?  Possible writers:  T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Rao, Chinua Achebe, Wilson Harris, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Gabriel García Márquez.

Spring 2015: ENG 475 Novel Economies, TR 1:00-2:15

Covering the long eighteenth-century, this seminar examines familiar genres like the novel and the philosophical treatise, as well as those less well-known, including it-narratives (stories written from the point of view of inanimate objects or animals), scandalous histories (sexually-charged narrative fictions), and others; we will inflect our discussion of these texts with a good dose of Marxism, psychoanalysis, and feminist criticism.

All requests for exceptions to major requirements must be approved by the department.

We recommend that ENG 150 be completed as early as possible in the major. The successful completion of ENG 111 may contribute only once to requirements for the major. Courses with an ENG-prefix completed during the May Experience or independent studies appropriate to the discipline may also contribute to the major.

If you plan to pursue a career in teaching you must also complete EDU 111, 120, 221, 350, 451, 452, 460, 472, and EDEP 670 in addition to prescribed experiences in the major. The requirements for certification will be completed on a post-baccalaureate, graduate credit basis, and you'll become eligible for certification at the end of fall term following graduation. Refer to the education section for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

If you intend to pursue graduate study in English you should complete more courses than are required for the major and should consult with your advisors about your overall programs.

Special opportunities for experience in journalism are available through work on the staffs of the student literary magazine, newspaper, and yearbook.

Every English course includes instruction and practice in composition.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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