The study of English encourages students to share in an enriched experience of imaginative language by engaging in an energetic course of reading literary texts and producing critical and creative writing. English majors learn to sharpen their analytical and writing powers, while studying works of literature they can enjoy throughout their lives. Graduates with English majors and minors flourish in law, business, government, education, research, medicine, and writing professions. Students majoring in English may choose the literature, creative writing, or professional writing track.

Literature Track (Major)

1. Two 200-level gateway courses, one of which is the prerequisite to most 300 and 400-level courses.

These courses are recommended:
EN 214 Major British Writers
EN 222 Introduction to Shakespeare
EN 277 Major American Writers

2. Four of the following six historical surveys: two courses in literature before 1800, two after 1800.

Pre-1800:
A. EN 311 Old English or EN 312 Late Medieval
B. EN 320 Tudor or EN 321 Stuart
C. EN 330 Augustan or EN 331 Late 18th

Post-1800:
A. EN 340 Romantic or EN 351 Victorian
B. EN 360 Modern Brit or EN 361 Cont. Brit
C. EN 371 19 th American or EN 372 20th American

3. Seven elective courses; four electives must be on the 400 level and three must be literature courses. With the permission of the chair, students may have one course in literature offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages as an elective for the English major. Also with the permission of the chair, students may use EN 289, the internship course, for major credit.

4. In addition to the 39 hours of coursework (13 courses), all majors must take a comprehensive examination, given during their senior year.

 

Minor in English

A minor in English requires 18 credit hours from the following courses: two at the 200-level, two at the 300-level, and one at the 400-level. The sixth course is an elective.

1. Two 200-level literature courses, one of which is the prerequisite to most 300 and 400-level courses.

These courses are recommended:

  • EN 214 Major British Writers
  • EN 222 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • EN 277 Major American Writers

2. Two 300-level courses, with at least one historical survery literature course from the following:

  • EN 311 Old English Language and Literature
  • EN 312 Late Medieval Literature
  • EN 320 Literature in the age of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
  • EN 321 Literature in the age of the Stuarts and the Civil War
  • EN 330 Augustan Literature
  • EN 331 Late Eighteenth Century Literature
  • EN 340 Romantic Literature
  • EN 351 Victorian Literature
  • EN 360 Modern British Literature
  • EN 361 Contemporary British Literature
  • EN 371 19th American
  • EN 372 20th American
  • EN 383 20th Century Literature

3. One 400-level literature course.

4. One additional elective at any level.