Curriculum Requirements

BA in English

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 First Year writing/composition 112
Total credits required for the major: 30 (36 credits required for Departmental Honors)
4. Additional Graduation Requirements
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
ENG 106Writing About Literature and Culture3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (not needed for students who place into MTH 113)3
Quantitative Skills Proficiency Requirement:
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 WRS 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.

Curriculum Requirements

BA in English: Concentration in British Literary History 

1. Complete the two-semester survey of British literature:6
English Literature I
English Literature II
2. Select EIGHT English courses numbered 300 or above, at least FOUR of which must be numbered 400 or above. These courses must be distributed as follows:24
Select one course numbered 300 or above on Shakespeare
Select one course numbered 300 or above on literary theory or the history of criticism
Select two additional courses numbered 300 or above in British literature (or a combination of British and other literatures) before 1800
Select two additional courses numbered 300 or above in British literature (or a combination of British and other literatures) after 1800
Select two ENG electives numbered 300 or above
3. Recommended Courses:
Select ancillary courses in Art History, Music, History, and Philosophy, in consultation with a departmental advisor
Total credits required for the major: 30 (36 credits required for Departmental Honors)
4. Additional Graduation Requirements:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
ENG 106Writing About Literature and Culture3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (not needed by students who place into MTH 113)3
Quantitative Skills Proficiency Requirement:
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 19
STEM Cognate 29
Natural Science course 33
Advanced Writing & Communication 4
Electives 533
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements

BA in English: Concentration in Creative Writing

1. Complete the following FOUR courses:
ENG 290Beginning Fiction Workshop3
ENG 292Beginning Poetry Workshop3
ENG 390Intermediate Fiction Workshop3
ENG 392Intermediate Poetry Workshop3
2. Select ONE of the following courses:3
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
Creative Writing (Poetry)
3. Select ONE of the following courses:3
Any ENG literature course at the 400 level
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
Creative Writing (Poetry)
Creative Writing Special Topics
Writing Autobiography
4. Select one of the following literature courses (ENG 210 may NOT be used towards the fulfillment of 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
5. Additional Literature Requirements: *at least one of the 300 or 400 level ENG literature courses must cover literature before 1900.9
Select TWO English Literature courses at the 300 level or higher
Select ONE English Literature course at the 400 level
Total credits required for the major: 30 (36 credits required for Departmental Honors)
6. Additional Graduation Requirements:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
ENG 106Writing About Literature and Culture3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (not needed by students who place into MTH 113)3
Quantitative Skills Proficiency Requirement:
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 19
STEM cognate 29
Natural Science course 33
Advanced Writing & Communication 4
Electives 533
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements

BA in English: Concentration in Women's Literature

ENG 215English and American Literature by Women3
Select FOUR literature courses numbered 300 or above, at least TWO of which must be numbered 400 or above. These courses must be distributed as follows:12
Select two courses in literature before 1700
Select two courses in literature between 1700 and 1900
Select FIVE additional English courses other than freshman composition 115
At least 3 must be from the following courses:
Women Writing: Theory and Practice
Literary Representations of Women
Women Writers
Studies in Women and Literature
Feminist Literary Theory
Any 200 level course except ENG 215
Recommended Courses:
Select ancillary courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, in consultation with a departmental advisor
Total credits required for the major: 30 (36 credits required for Departmental Honors)
Additional Graduation Requirements:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
ENG 106Writing About Literature and Culture3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (not needed by students who place into MTH 113)3
Quantitative Skills Proficiency Requirement:
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 39
STEM Cognate 49
Natural Science course 53
Advanced Writing & Communication 6
Electives 733
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

BA in English

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
WRS 105 First-Year Writing 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 Writing About Literature and Culture 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 .

Suggested Plan of Study

BA in English: Concentration in British Literary History

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
WRS 105 First-Year Writing 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 Writing About Literature and Culture 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
ENG 211 English Literature I 3
Language (third course) 3
People & Society cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 212 English Literature II 3
ENG 319 Shakespeare 3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
ENG 3xx (course in British literature before 1800) 3
ENG 4xx (course in British literature after 1800) 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 3xx (course in literature) 3
ENG 4xx (course in British literature after 1800) 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science course (if needed) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
ENG 3xx (course in literature) 3
ENG 4xx (course on literary theory or the history of criticism) 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 4xx (course in literature before 1800) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

BA in English: Concentration in Creative Writing

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
WRS 105 First-Year Writing 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 Writing About Literature and Culture 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
ENG 290 or 292 Beginning Fiction Workshop
or Beginning Poetry Workshop
3
Language (third course) 3
People & Society cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 390 or 392 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
or Intermediate Poetry Workshop
3
ENG 201 World Literary Masterpieces I (or one of the other 200-level courses that satisfy requirement #2 of the major) 3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
ENG 404 or 406 Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
or Creative Writing (Poetry)
3
ENG 3xx (course in literature before 1900) 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 404 or 406 Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
or Creative Writing (Poetry)
3
ENG 3xx (literature course; students seeking Departmental Honors in Creative Writing must take this literature course at the 400-level) 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science course (if needed) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
ENG xxx (any literature course numbered 200 or higher) 2 3
ENG 4xx (course in literature before 1900) 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 4xx (literature course) 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

BA in English: Concentration in Women's Literature

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
WRS 105 First-Year Writing 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 Writing About Literature and Culture 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
ENG 215 English and American Literature by Women 3
Language (third course) 3
People & Society cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG xxx (course in Women's Literature) 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 before 1700) 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG xxx (course in Women's Literature) 3
ENG 4xx (course in literature 1700-1900) 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science course (if needed) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
ENG xxx (course in Women's Literature) 3
ENG 3xx 2 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 4xx (course in literature) 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

The mission of the English Department undergraduate program is to lead student learning in literary form and history; Standard English expression; critical thinking, writing, and research skills; and ethical reflection via the study of literature and other cultural productions. Students who complete an undergraduate degree in English will be prepared for graduate study in areas such as English and law, or for employment in any position requiring skills in critical thinking and in writing.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student demonstrates broad and select knowledge of literary form, of works written in or translated into English, and of literary history.
  • Student achieves critical and expressive fluencies relevant to GERs in writing-intensive courses, including control of Standard English, and demonstrates ability to integrate quotations and ability to edit his/her own work.
  • Student demonstrates ability to analyze literature, ability to formulate and sustain an argument with appropriate evidence and documentation, and appropriate knowledge of relevant scholarship and criticism.