Curriculum Requirements

Requirements for the Major in English (with a concentration in Literature) are as follows:

1. Select ONE of the following (N.B., ENG 210 may NOT be used to fulfill this requirement):3
World Literary Masterpieces I
World Literary Masterpieces II
Jewish Literature
English Literature I
English Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
English and American Literature by Women
African-American Literature
Literature of the Americas
2. Select FIVE LITERATURE courses numbered 300 or above. At least TWO must be numbered 400 or above. The courses must be distributed as follows:15
Select two courses numbered 300 or above in literature before 1700
Select two courses numbered 300 or above in literature between 1700 and 1900
Select one course numbered 300 or above in literature since 1900
3. Select FOUR additional English courses other than freshman composition 112
Total credits required for the major: 30 (36 credits required for Departmental Honors)
4. Additional Graduation Requirements:
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (not needed by students who place into MTH 113)3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics (or any MTH course numbered 108 or higher)3
Language Requirement (3-9 credits, depending on the student's initial placement in the language chosen)9
Minor15
People & Society Cognate 29
STEM Cognate 39
Natural Science course 43
Advanced Writing & Communication 5
Electives 633
Total Credit Hours120
1

i.e., any four courses designated ENG and numbered 200 or above, excluding ENG 208.

2

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society," the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a People & Society cognate.

3

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM," the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a STEM cognate.

4

This requirement is waived if the STEM cognate includes a Natural Science course from the approved list.

5

Students satisfy this requirement by taking four writing courses, at least one of which must be in one of the student's major disciplines. Since all ENG courses, other than freshman composition, are designated as writing (WRIT) courses, all English majors satisfy this requirement by completing their major.

6

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Sufficient credits must be earned in electives to enable the student to complete this minimum of 120 credits. The exact number of elective credits required will vary depending on the number of credits needed to complete all other graduation requirements.

Suggested Plan of Study

This Suggested Plan of Study is a sample four-year plan, but an individual student's actual plan is likely to vary from this sample plan in a number of ways, depending on such factors as (1) AP, dual-enrollment, and transfer credits that a student brings in; (2) the student's initial placement in composition, mathematics, and foreign language; and (3) the minor chosen by the student, as well as any additional minor or major the student chooses to complete.  For example, a student is not required to complete a cognate in People & Society if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society," and similarly, a student is not required to complete a cognate in STEM if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM."

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students (if needed; otherwise, can be replaced by an elective) 3
Language (first course) 3
People & Society cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
ENG 201 World Literary Masterpieces I (or one of the other 200-level courses that satisfy requirement #1 of the major) 3
Language (third course) 3
People & Society cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 2xx 3
ENG 3xx (course in literature before 1700) 3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
ENG 3xx (course in literature 1700-1900) 3
ENG 4xx (course in literature since 1900) 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 3xx 3
ENG 4xx (course in literature before 1700) 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science course (if needed) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
ENG 3xx 2 3
ENG 4xx (course in literature 1700-1900) 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 4xx 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

Students who are considering the possibility of writing a six-credit senior thesis for Departmental Honors in English their last year should replace this elective course with an ENG course for their major.

2

Students who are writing a six-credit senior thesis for Departmental Honors in English should, ideally, have completed eight ENG courses for their major prior to their senior year, and should therefore be able to replace this course with ENG 497.

3

Students who are writing a six-credit senior thesis for Departmental Honors in English should replace this elective course with ENG 498 .