Major Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the English major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about our degree requirements.

Requirements

Total English Credits

36 credits

3 credits in

English 215 - Introduction to English Studies

3 credits selected from
  • English 233 - Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 234 - Writing Fiction: Structure and Technique
  • English 235 - Writing Poetry: Forms, Styles, Voices
9 credits selected from
  • English 414 - Special Topics in Creative Writing: (Subtitled)
  • English 415 - Fiction Workshop
  • English 416 - Poetry Workshop
  • English 418 - Literary Journal Production
  • English 611 - The Writer and the Current Literary Scene
  • English 612 - Poetry and the Creative Process
  • Please Note: In order to register for the English 615 or 616 capstone (see below), students must have completed successfully two 400-level workshops (English 414, 415, 416) as follows:
    • Prerequisites for English 615 fiction capstone: English 415 and one of the following: a second section of English 415 or English 414 or 416.
    • Prerequisites for English 616 poetry capstone: English 416 and one of the following: a second section of English 416 or English 414 or 415.
    • Students may not take the two required 400-level workshops in the same semester, and they may not take either of them concurrently with English 615/616.
6 credits selected from
  • English 325 - The Art of Fiction: (Subtitled)
  • English 326 - The Development of the Novel: (Subtitled)
  • English 327 - The Development of the Short Story
  • English 328 - Forms of Experimental Literature: (Subtitled)
  • English 329 - Film and Literature
  • English 341 - The Development of Drama: subtitle
  • English 342 - Comedy: subtitle
  • English 343 - Tragedy: subtitle
  • English 344 - Modern Drama: subtitle
  • English 360 - The Art of Poetry: (Subtitled)
  • English 361 - The Development of Poetry: (Subtitled)
  • English 378 - Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
  • English 417 - Readings for Writers: (Subtitled)
  • English 515 - Literature and the Other Arts: (Subtitled)
  • English 547 - Studies in Theory and Criticism: subtitle
3 credits in pre-1800 literature, selected from
  • English 301 - Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500
  • English 302 - Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660
  • English 303 - Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798
  • English 451 - Chaucer
  • English 454 - Milton
  • English 456 - Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660: (Subtitled)
  • English 457 - Writers in English Literature, 1660-1798: (Subtitled)
  • English 500 - Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature: (Subtitled)
  • English 501 - Studies in Literature, 1500-1660: (Subtitled)
  • English 504 - Studies in Literature, 1660-1800: (Subtitled)
  • English 530 - Studies in Shakespeare
6 credits selected from
  • English 304 - Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
  • English 305 - Survey of English Literature: 1900 to the Present
  • English 306 - Survey of Irish Literature: 1900 to Present
  • English 307 - Survey of American Literature to 1865
  • English 308 - Survey of American Literature 1865-1965
  • English 309 - Survey of Contemporary American Literature
  • English 332 - Gay and Lesbian Literature: subtitle
  • English 372 - Survey of American Indian Literature
  • English 373 - Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
  • English 374 - Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • English 375 - Survey of Asian American Literature
  • English 377 - Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
  • English 381 - World Literatures written in English: subtitle
  • English 455 - Writers in Drama: subtitle
  • English 458 - Writers in English Literature, 1798-1900: (Subtitled)
  • English 459 - Writers in English Literature, 1900 to the Present: subtitle
  • English 460 - Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900: subtitle
  • English 461 - Writers in American Literature, 1900 to the present: subtitle
  • English 463 - Writers in African-American Literature: subtitle
  • English 465 - Women Writers: subtitle
  • English 505 - Studies in Literature, 1800-1900: (Subtitled)
  • English 507 - Studies in Literature, 1900 to the Present: subtitle
  • English 517 - Studies in African-American Literature: subtitle
  • English 518 - Studies in Irish Literature: subtitle
  • English 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature: subtitle
  • English 521 - Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature: subtitle
  • English 522 - Studies in World Literature Written in English: subtitled
  • English 523 - Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature: subtitle
  • English 524 - Studies in Asian-American Literature
  • English 525 - American Indian Literature, Culture and Creative Arts
3 credits in

an upper-level English elective

3 credits in a capstone experience selected from
(satisfies L&S research requirement)

English 615 - Advanced Workshop in Fiction
or
English 616 - Advanced Workshop in Poetry


Additional requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.