The English Department offers a curriculum featuring critical study of literature, ancient through contemporary, in poetry, prose, and drama. Students will become familiar with major figures and forces, but also with non-traditional writers outside the established canon. Courses in literary theory will give students a sense of the wide variety of approaches that can be applied to the interpretation of texts. In all courses, students practice a number of different types of analytical and critical writing.

Effective Fall 2015

For graduation, an English major must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in upper-division composition and English courses.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
E 240Introduction to Poetry 3
E 270Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2)3B3
Arts and Humanities13B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Mathematics1B3
Electives 5
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
E 276Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2)3B3
E 277Survey of British Literature II (GT-AH2)3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Philosophy2 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
English electives3 3
Liberal Arts/History electives4 3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
E 341Literary Criticism and Theory4A,4B3
Select one from the following: 3
Shakespeare I  
Shakespeare II  
Second field5 6
Upper-Division English/Composition electives6 6
Electives 9
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Chaucer4C 
Topics in Literature and Language4C 
Individual Author4C 
Second field5 6
Upper-Division electives6 12
Electives7 9
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Excludes E subject code courses.

2

Select PHIL course from English Department checksheet.

3

Select any lower or upper-division E subject code course.

4

Select either one other course from the list of courses in All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) 3D or one from the list of courses on the English Department checksheet.

5

The department requires majors to complete a second field. This may be met by completing the equivalent of the second semester of the second year course in a foreign language or by completing 12 hours of upper-division credit in a coherent field of study outside English.

6

The department requires literature concentrators to take 18 credits of upper-division E and/or CO subject code courses:

  • 3 credits must be in literatures of the British Isles before 1830 or in American or European literatures before 1900;
  • 3 credits must be in literatures of the British Isles after 1830 or in American or European literatures after 1900;
  • 3 credits must be in breakthroughs (ideological, racial, cultural, gendered);
  • 3 credits must be in genre courses.

See the department check sheet for the courses that fulfill these 4 categories.

7

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). 

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
English majors must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in upper‐division composition and English courses.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
E 270Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2)  3B3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Mathematics X1B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 240Introduction to Poetry X 3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Electives   5
AUCC 1B (MATH) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 276Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2) X3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Liberal Arts/History Elective (Select from AUCC 3D or Department Checksheet)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 277Survey of British Literature II (GT-AH2)X 3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
E*** Elective   3
PHIL*** Philosophy Course   3
Elective   3
AUCC 3A (Biological and Physical Sciences), AUCC 3B (Arts and Humanities), AUCC 3C (Social and Behavioral Sciences), E 240, E270, E 276 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3) X2 
E 341Literary Criticism and Theory X4A,4B3
Second Field Course   3
Upper-Division English/Composition Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Shakespeare I X  
Shakespeare II X  
Second Field Course   3
Upper-Division English/Composition Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   6
E 341 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Chaucer X4C 
Topics in Literature and Language X4C 
Individual Author X4C 
Second Field Course   3
Upper-Division Electives   6
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Second Field CourseX  3
Upper-Division ElectivesX  6
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120