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English > Major

Please note that the following plans of study were effective through academic year 2013-2014. Most students who declared a major in English during or prior to 2013-2014 will find their plan of study below.

Students who are interested in declaring a major or minor in English should know that the department's programs are in revision during academic year 2014-2015. To learn more, contact the Department of English or go here for the 2014-2015 transitional plans of study.

English (Liberal Arts) - 43 credits

Required courses......................................25 credits
ENG301 English Literature I (4)
ENG302 English Literature II (4)
ENG331 American Literature I (4)
ENG332 American Literature II (4)

Two of the following:
ENG355 The Bible (3)
ENG356 Greek and Roman Literature (3)
ENG404 Medieval Literature (3)
ENG405 Elizabethan Literature (3)
ENG406 Shakespeare I: Selected Works (3)
ENG407 Shakespeare II: Selected Works (3)
ENG408 Seventeenth-Century English Literature (3)
ENG413 Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)
ENG414 The Rise of the Novel (3)
ENG435 Early American Literature (3)
ENG470 Major Authors (3) (if appropriate)
ENG493 Special Topics (3) (if appropriate)

One of the following:
ENG420 Literary Criticism (3)
ENG423 Major Trends in Twentieth-Century Criticism (3)

Required course.......................................3 credits
ENG451 Senior Seminar (3)

Elective courses......................................15 credits
Five English courses. At least four of these courses must be in literature, and at least three of these literature courses must be at the 400 or 500 level. Most 400- and 500-level elective courses have 300-level survey course prerequisites (i.e., ENG301, ENG302, ENG331, ENG332) and therefore can be taken only after completion of the relevant 300-level course or courses (see individual course listings for details). 500-level courses are subject to the same prerequisites and are open by permission of the instructor only.

Students are strongly advised to maintain regular contact with their advisers as they plan their course selections. (See the Graduate Catalog for descriptions of 500-level courses.)

NOTE: Transfer students may have to take more than 15 credits of electives in order to compensate for 3-credit survey courses (as opposed to our 4-credit courses) taken elsewhere. All students must obtain at least 43 credits.

English (Graduate Preparatory) - 55 credits

Required courses......................................22 credits
ENG301 English Literature I (4)
ENG302 English Literature II (4)
ENG331 American Literature I (4)
ENG332 American Literature II (4)

One of the following:
ENG406 Shakespeare I: Selected Works (3)
ENG407 Shakespeare II: Selected Works (3)

One of the following:
ENG420 Literary Criticism (3)
ENG423 Major Trends in Twentieth-Century Criticism (3)

Required................................................3 credits
ENG451 Senior Seminar (3)

Elective courses......................................18 credits
Six courses in literature, offered by the English Department, of which at least four must be at the 400- or 500- level. Senior Seminar (ENG451) is usually taken in the last or penultimate semester. Most 400- and 500-level elective courses have 300-level survey course prerequisites (i.e., ENG301, ENG302, ENG331, ENG332) and therefore can be taken only after completion of the relevant 300-course or courses (see individual course listings for details). 500-level courses are subject to the same prerequisites, and are open by permission of the instructor only. Students are strongly advised to maintain regular contact with their advisers as they plan their course selections and consider their readiness to undertake graduate studies.

Language other than English......................12 credits
Graduate Preparatory majors are required to complete at least 4 college-level courses in a language other than English, or to demonstrate an equivalent reading knowledge of the language at the advanced intermediate level through examination.

NOTE: Transfer students may have to take more than 15 credits of electives in order to compensate for 3-credit survey courses (as opposed to our 4-credit courses) taken elsewhere. All students must obtain at least 55 credits.

English (Creative Writing) - 43 credits

Required courses......................................28 credits
Both English literature survey courses:
ENG301 English Literature I (4)
ENG302 English Literature II (4)

Both American literature survey courses:
ENG331 American Literature I (4)
ENG332 American Literature II (4)

Creative Writing 1 and 2:
ENG345 Creative Writing Workshop 1 (3)
ENG445 Creative Writing Workshop 2 (3) *

*Portfolio Review:
All Creative Writing majors are required to submit a portfolio for review after taking Creative Writing Workshop 1 and Creative Writing Workshop 2. You must pass the portfolio review before you are permitted to take the Craft courses. Instruction and dates for portfolio submission are available in the English Department office.

Any two of the following Craft courses (to be taken after passing PORTFOLIO REVIEW*):
ENG452 The Craft of Fiction (3)
ENG453 The Craft of Poetry (Prosody) (3)
ENG454 The Craft of Creative Nonfiction (3)
ENG455 The Craft of Dramatic Writing (3)

Electives.............................................15 credits
Five English courses. At least four of these courses must be in literature, and at least three of these literature courses must be at the 400 or 500 level. Most 400- and 500-level elective courses have 300-level survey course prerequisites (i.e., ENG301, ENG302, ENG331, ENG332) and therefore can be taken only after completion of the relevant 300-level course or courses (see individual course listings for details). 500-level courses are subject to the same prerequisites and are open by permission of the instructor only.

NOTE: Transfer students may have to take more than 15 credits of electives in order to compensate for 3-credit survey courses (as opposed to our 4-credit courses) taken elsewhere. All students must obtain at least 43 credits.