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

Required courses, 3 credits
  • English 215 - Introduction to English Studies
6 Credits In

upper-level (300 or above) English electives

6 credits selected from

  • English/FilmStd 290 - Introduction to Film Studies
  • English 291/FilmStd - Introduction to Television Studies
  • English 294/FilmStd - Game Culture

* Course counts as part of the 15 credits in the area if it were not selected as part of 6 credits selected from English/FilmStd 290, 291, 294



15 credits in media, cinema, & digital studies (at least 3 credits per area)

Media

  • English/FilmStd 286 - Writing About Film and Television
  • English/FilmStd 291 - Introduction to Television Studies (if not selected above) *
  • English/FilmStd 293 - Literature and Media
  • English/FilmStd 380 - Media and Society
  • English/FilmStd 391 - Television Criticism and Theory
  • English/FilmStd 393 – Entertainment Industries
  • English/FilmStd 394 - Theories of Mass Culture
  • English 414 - Special Topics in Creative Writing (Zines and Self Publishing)
  • English 431 - Topics in Advanced Writing (Contact Track H coordinator)
  • FilmStd 212 – Intermediate Topics in Film Studies

Cinema

  • English/FilmStd 286 - Writing About Film and Television
  • English/FilmStd 290 - Introduction to Television Studies (if not selected above) *
  • English/FilmStd 295 - Women and Film
  • English/FilmStd 312 - Topics in Film Studies
  • English/FilmStd 316 - World Cinema
  • English/FilmStd 320 - Studies in Film Authorship
  • English/FilmStd 329 - Film and Literature
  • English/FilmStd 383 - Cinema and Genre
  • English/FilmStd 390 - Classical Film Criticism and Theory
  • English/FilmStd 392 – Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory
  • English/FilmStd 395 – Feminist Film Criticism and Theory
  • English 414: Topics in Creative Writing (Screenwriting)
  • FilmStd 212 – Intermediate Topics in Film Studies
  • FilmStd 350 – Global Jewish Film and Television
  • FilmStd 412 – Global Cinemas
  • FilmStd 669 – Screening Sexuality
  • FilmStd 690 – Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media

Digital Studies

  • English/FilmStd 294 - Game Culture
  • English/FilmStd 312 - Cinema and Digital Stuides
  • English 414 - Topics in Film Studies (Cinema and Digital Studies)
  • English 436 - Writing for Information Technology
  • English 515 - Literature and the Other Arts (From Dada to the Web)
  • FilmStd 212 – Intermediate Topics in Film Studies

* Course counts as part of the 15 credits in the area if it were not selected as part of 6 credits selected from English/FilmStd 290, 291, 294



3 credits in writing or 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 304 - Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
  • English 305 - Survey of English Literature, 1900 to Present
  • English 306 - Survey of Irish Literature
  • English 307 - Survey of American Literaure to 1865
  • English 308 - Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
  • English 309 - Survey of Contemporart American Literature
  • English 325 - The Art of Fiction
  • English 326 - The Development of the Novel
  • English 327 - The Development of the Short Story
  • English 328 - Forms of Expiremental Literature
  • English 332 - Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • English 366 - Non-Fiction Prose: Subtitled)
  • English 370 - Folk Literature: Subtitled)
  • 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 378 - Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
  • English 381 - World Literatures Written in English: Subtitled
  • English 414 - Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • English 415 - Fiction Workshop
  • English 416 - Poetry Workshop
  • English 417 - Readings for Writers
  • English 425 - Advanced Business Writing
  • English 428 - Strategic Writing for Organizations
  • English 429 - Technical Communications and Professional Leadership
  • English 430 - Advanced Writing Workshop
  • English 431 - Topics in Advanced Writing
  • English 432 - The Rhetoric of Argument
  • 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 447 - The Essay as Genre
  • 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 459 - Writers in English Literature
  • English 460 - Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900
  • English 461 - Writers in American Literature
  • English 463 - Writers in African-American Literature
  • English 464 - Writers in Irish Literature
  • English 465 - Women Writers
  • English 499 - Ad Hoc
  • English 500 - Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature: (Subtitled)
  • English 501 - Studies in Literature, 1500-1660
  • English 504 - Studies in Literature, 1660-1800
  • English 505 - Studies in Literature, 1800-1900
  • English 507 - Studies in Literature, 1900 to the Present
  • English 514 - Literature in Context
  • English 515 - Literature and the Other Arts
  • English 517 - Studies in African-American Literature
  • English 518 - Studies in Irish Literature
  • English 519 - Studies in Irish American 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 525 - American Indian Literature
  • English 530 - Studies in Shakespeare
  • English 545 - Studies in the History of Literary Criticism
  • English 547 - Studies in Theory and Criticism
3 credits in a capstone seminar experience
(satisfies L&S research requirement)

  • English 690 - Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media**
  • FilmStd 690 - Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media**

** To satisfy prerequisites for the English/FilmStd 690 Capstone, students must complete English/Film Studies 390 or English/Film Studies 391.



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.