Curriculum Requirements - English Major

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

Curriculum Requirements - 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
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 19
STEM Cognate 29
Natural Science course 33
Advanced Writing & Communication 4
Electives 533
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements - Concentration in Creative Writing

1. Select either the FICTION TRACK or the POETRY TRACK:12
Fiction Track
Beginning Fiction Workshop
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Select one of the following options to complete the FICTION TRACK:
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
and Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) (ENG 404 to be taken twice)
OR
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
and Creative Writing Special Topics (taken in either order)
OR
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
and Writing Autobiography (taken in either order)
Poetry Track
Beginning Poetry Workshop
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Select one of the following options to complete the POETRY TRACK:
Creative Writing (Poetry)
and Creative Writing (Poetry) (ENG 406 to be taken twice)
OR
Creative Writing (Poetry)
and Creative Writing Special Topics (taken in either order)
OR
Creative Writing (Poetry)
and Writing Autobiography (taken in either order)
2. Select one of the following (N. B., ENG 210 may NOT be used toward 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
3. Select FOUR LITERATURE courses numbered 300 or above, at least TWO of which must cover literature earlier than 1900. At least TWO of the four courses must be numbered 400 or above.12
4. Select one additional LITERATURE course numbered 200 or higher3
Total credits required for the major: 30 (36 credits required for Departmental Honors)
5. 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 19
STEM cognate 29
Natural Science course 33
Advanced Writing & Communication 4
Electives 533
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements - 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
Select 3 of the following courses:6
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:
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 39
STEM Cognate 49
Natural Science course 53
Advanced Writing & Communication 6
Electives 733
Total Credit Hours126

Suggested Plan of Study - English Major

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

Suggested Plan of Study - 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
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 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 - 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
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 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 - 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
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 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.