English Major

The English major program seeks to expose students to a wide range of texts and methodologies, to develop an awareness of the forms, histories, and contexts of literary works, and to cultivate the fundamental skills of critical reading and writing.

The major consists of ten courses. A gateway course, ENLS 2000, is required. There are four additional distribution requirements: one early period course in literature before 1800, one course in American literature, one survey course (ENLS 2010, 2020, or 2030), and one capstone seminar (ENLS 5010). The remaining five courses are electives.

In addition to ENLS 2000 and the survey course, one other literature course may be taken at the 3000 level or below. The remaining seven must be advanced courses: literature courses at the 4000 level and above, and writing courses at the 2000 level and above. ENLS 2010 can simultaneously fulfill the pre-1800 requirement and ENLS 2030 can simultaneously fulfill the American literature requirement, in which case the student must choose one additional elective course to count towards the overall ten required courses. Honors theses can fulfill the capstone seminar requirement. Capstone seminars and honors theses both fulfill the universitys writing intensive requirement for English majors.

Students may, with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, count one course taken in another department as an elective within the English major. Internships (up to a maximum of three total credit hours) may count for credit in the major with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For students pursuing departmental honors, four of the credits for the honors thesis (the equivalent of one course) will count towards the major requirements. Up to four transfer courses may be counted for credit towards the major.


Also including the following writing courses: