English Major, English Concentration

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

English majors in all three concentrations must take three courses focusing on the fundamental skills of reading, writing, and debate.

  • ENGL 200: Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 301: Introduction to Critical Theory
  • ENGL 350: Writing about Literature, Text, and Culture

Historical Surveys (6 credit hours)

English students must take two of the following three surveys covering the study of literary form and history across time and space—the sooner after taking ENGL 200, the better.

  • ENGL 209: Early British Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 255: Early American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 259: Early African American Literature and Culture

Period Courses (15 credit hours)

In addition to the broad sweep of the historical surveys, English students are required to take five courses providing in-depth encounters with the texts of a given era. These five courses must be spread across British, American, and Anglophone literary history:

Electives (9 credit hours)

English students are free to explore whatever aspect of English studies interests them as part of their elective coursework. The three courses satisfying this requirement must be either controlled by the English Department or cross-listed with BTW, CW, or ENGL.

Difference & Diaspora

To deepen their understanding of the historical and contemporary disparities in society and culture, all English majors must make sure that one of the classes they take to fulfill their requirements is a Difference & Diaspora course—a course focusing on race, ethnicity, indigeneity, postcoloniality, gender, or sexuality.