The English major program seeks to expose students to a wide range of texts and methodologies, to develop an awareness of the histories and contexts of literature, and to cultivate the fundamental skills of critical reading and writing. The major consists of ten courses.
There are two distribution requirements: Students must take two courses whose primary emphasis is in literature before 1800, and one course in American or Anglophone (literature in English other than British or American) literature. A single course cannot fulfill both requirements. At least seven of the ten major courses must be courses at the 400-level or above,
One 500-level seminar is required, preferably taken in the junior or senior year. As these courses will vary in content each semester, students should consult the new course descriptions for the semester that are posted on the English Department website and available in the department office before enrolling. Students may, with the approval of their major adviser and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, count one course taken in another department as an elective within the English major. Up to two Internships may be taken for credit towards the major. For students pursuing departmental honors, only 4 credits of the credits for the honors thesis are to be counted towards the major requirements.