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

Required (3 credits)

English 215 - Introduction to English Studies

9 credits in

English electives at the 300 level or above

3 credits in advanced intensive writing selected from
  • English 415 - Fiction Workshop
  • English 416 - Poetry Workshop
  • English 430 - Advanced Writing Workshop
  • English 431 - Topics in Advanced Writing
  • English 433 - Creative Nonfiction for Publication
  • English 434 - Editing and Publishing
  • English 435 - Professional and Technical Writing
  • English 436 - Writing for Information Technology
  • English 437 - Project Management for Professional Writers
  • English 438 - Advanced Research Writing
  • English 615 - Advanced Workshop in Fiction
  • English 616 - Advanced Workshop in Poetry
6 credits in minority, women's or global literature selected from
  • English 306 - Survey of Irish Literature
  • English 332 - Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • 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 376 - Survey of African-American Literature to 1930
  • English 377 - Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the present
  • English 381 - World Literatures written in English
  • English 463 - Writers in African-American Literature
  • English 464 - Writers in Irish Literature
  • English 465 - Women Writers
  • English 517 - Studies in African-American Literature
  • English 518 - Studies in Irish Literature
  • English 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature
  • English 521 - Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature
  • English 522 - Studies in World Literature Written in English
  • English 523 - Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • English 524 - Studies in Asian-American Literature
  • English 622 - Seminar in Irish Literature
  • English 628 - Seminar in Literature by Women
  • English 629 - Seminar in Literature and Sexuality
  • English 631 - Seminar in African-American Literature
  • English 632 - Seminar in American Indian Literature
Additional requirements

All courses taken towards the major must be at or above the 300 level unless otherwise noted. Students must complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. 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.

3 credits in American literature before 1900 selected from
  • English 307 - Survey of American Literaure to 1865
  • English 308 - Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
  • English 460 - Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900
6 credits in English literature before 1900, including 3 credits in pre-1800 literature, which are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • 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 304 - Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
  • English 451 - Chaucer*
  • English 452 - Shakespeare*
  • English 454 - Milton*
  • English 455 - Writers in Drama*
  • English 456 - Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660*
  • English 457 - Writers in English Literature, 1660 - 1798*
  • English 458 - Writers in English Literature, 1798-1900
  • English 500 - Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature*
  • English 501 - Studies in Literature, 1500-1660*
  • English 502 - Studies in English Renaissance Drama*
  • English 503 - Studies in English Renaissance Literature*
  • English 504 - Studies in Literature, 1660-1800*
  • English 505 - Studies in Literature, 1800-1900
  • English 530 - Studies in Shakespeare*
3 credits in theory and criticism selected from
  • English 378 - Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
  • English 390 - Classical Film Criticism and Theory
  • English 392 - Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory
  • English 394 - Theories of Mass Culture
  • English 395 - Feminism Film Criticism Theory
  • English 402 - Theories of Language and Literature
  • English 432 - The Rhetoric of Argument
  • English 545 - Studies in the History of Literary Criticism
  • English 547 - Studies in Theory and Criticism
  • English 626 - Seminar in Critical Theory
3 credits in a capstone seminar selected from
(satisfies L&S research requirement)
  • English 620 - Seminar in the Art of Literature
  • English 621 - Seminar in the Literature of England
  • English 622 - Seminar in Irish Literature
  • English 623 - Seminar in American Literature
  • English 624 - Seminar in Modern Literature
  • English 625 - Seminar in Literary History
  • English 626 - Seminar in Critical Theory
  • English 627 - Seminar in Literature and Culture
  • English 628 - Seminar in Literature by Women
  • English 629 - Seminar in Literature and Sexuality
  • English 630 - Seminar in Literature and the Other Arts
  • English 631 - Seminar in African-American Literature
  • English 632 - Seminar in American Indian Literature
  • English 633 - Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing
  • English 634 - Seminar in English Language Studies
  • English 685 - Honors Seminar
Total English credits

36 credits