Majors in the Department of English

The Department of English offers a number of English Majors. On this page you will find information about the "English Major (General)" and the "English Major with a Writing Minor." For information about the "English Major of Teacher Certification," along with information about the optional "Teacher Certification in Broadfield Language Arts," click on this link.

Course Descriptions

English Minor

 English Major (General)

The English Major consists of 38 credits beyond freshman English including 18 credits taken in courses numbered 300 and above, and our curriculum offers a core of relatively traditional period courses in American and English literature and a wide range of subtitled electives embodying current approaches to literary study.

Requirements:

1. English 201.
2. Survey of British literature, 6 credits from 211 (or 321, 323a, 323b, 366) aad 212 (or 324, 325, 327).
3. Survey of American literature, 6 credits from 213 (or 329, 313a) and 214 (or 313b, 320, 360, 382).
4. Ethnic literature, 3 credits: English 284.
5. Theory, 3 credits from 379, 380.
6. Language, 3 credits from 240, 342, 344, 346.
7. Masters, 6 credits from 330, 333, 334, 336, 385, 386.
8. Senior Project, 1 credit: 494 (1 credit of 496 may substitute).
9. Electives: 7 credits including one 3-credit 300 level literature course beyond the requirements above, and at least 4 credits of electives from:

  • Courses listed above that are not used for those requirements.

  • Other English courses: English 303, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 314, 319, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 357, 358, 359, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 374, 376, 377, 379, 380, 383, 395, 496, up to 3 credits of 498.

  • Maximum of 3 credits of English 157, 257, 357, 399.

 English Major with a Writing Minor

Requires 54 credits beyond freshman English including:

  • Requirements for the English major.

  • Writing: 15 credits from the writing minor.

  • Electives: a minimum of 9 credits from English offerings and approved comparative literature courses.

 Four Year Sequence

1. The outline below suggests only one possible distribution of courses over four years, and does not include possible summer, Interim, Winterim, or extension classes.

2. The schedule's flexibility in the first two years will vary according to placement in Freshman English, Math, or Foreign Language and according to degree type (BA or BS).

3. ENGL 157 is suggested in fall of year 1, but may be taken in spring or ENGL 257 and/or ENGL 357 may be chosen at the appropriate level to earn exactly the required 38cr. Alternatively, you may take an additional seminar and so total 40cr.

4. The outline includes 15cr each semester for a total of 120cr in your college career, including 38cr in the English Major. The remaining 82cr are sufficient to accomodate the required General Education courses (approximately 45cr) and a Minor, or even a second Major.

5. You must complete Freshman English (either 101 and 102 or 150) before beginning your English Major.

Year 1 - Fall​ ​
ENGL 101
​3cr
​ENGL 157 ​3cr
​Electives/Gen Ed ​11cr
TOTAL 15cr


Year 1 - Spring​ ​
ENG 102​ ​3cr
​Electives/Gen Ed
​12cr
TOTAL 15cr


Year 2 - Fall​ ​
​Choose ENGL 201 or ENGL 284, and
one period survey from ENGL 211,
212, 213, 214
6cr​
​Electives/Gen Ed ​9cr
TOTAL 15cr


Year 2 - Spring
​Choose either ENGL 201 or ENGL 284, and
one period survey from ENGL 211,
212, 213, 214
6cr​
​Electives/Gen Ed ​9cr
TOTAL 15cr


Year 3 - Fall
​Period course in English or American
Literature at 300 level
3cr​
English Language course (fall or spring)​ ​3cr
​Electives/Gen Ed ​9cr
​TOTAL 15cr


Year 3 - Spring​ ​
​Period course in English or American
Literature at 300 level
​3cr
​Literary Theory: ENGL 330
​3cr
​Electives/Gen Ed
​9cr
TOTAL ​15cr


Year 4 - Fall​ ​
​Major Authors: choose from ENGL 330,
333, 334, 336, 385, or 386
3cr​
​English Electives ​3cr
​Electives/Gen Ed ​9cr
TOTAL 15cr


Year 4 - Spring​ ​
​Literature or composition
​3cr
​Major Authors: choose from ENGL 330,
333, 334, 336, 385, or 386
​3cr
Senior Project: ENGL 494​ ​1cr
​Electives/Gen Ed ​8cr
​TOTAL 15cr
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