Major Requirements – Track A

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.

Track A: Literary and Cultural Theory

ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
Select one of the following in English literature from before 1900 and one in pre-1800 literature:6
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 504
Studies in Literature, 1660-1800:
ENGLISH 505
Studies in Literature, 1800-1900:
ENGLISH 530
Studies in Shakespeare:
Select one of the following:3
ENGLISH 307
Survey of American Literature to 1865
ENGLISH 308
Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
ENGLISH 460
Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900:
Select one of the following:3
ENGLISH 378
Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
ENGLISH 390
Classical Film Criticism and Theory
ENGLISH 394
Theories of Digital Culture:
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:
Select two of the following:6
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 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:
Select one of the following:3
ENGLISH 415
Fiction Workshop
ENGLISH 416
Poetry Workshop
ENGLISH 430
Advanced Writing Workshop
ENGLISH 431
Topics in Advanced Communications:
ENGLISH 433
Creative Nonfiction for Publication
ENGLISH 434
Editing and Publishing
ENGLISH 435
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
ENGLISH 436
Technical Documentation
ENGLISH 437
Project Management for Professional Writers
ENGLISH 438
Advanced Research Writing
ENGLISH 615
Advanced Workshop in Fiction
ENGLISH 616
Advanced Workshop in Poetry:
Select one of the following capstone seminars (satisfies L&S research requirement): 3
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 Professional Writing:
ENGLISH 634
Seminar in English Language Studies:
ENGLISH 685
Honors Seminar:
9 credits in English electives are required for the major. Students can take 9 credits at the 300 level and above, or 6 credits at the 300 level and above, and 3 credits in 200-level literature course selected from the following:9
ENGLISH 221
English Writers to 1800
ENGLISH 222
English Writers, 1800 to the Present
ENGLISH 224
American Writers: 1900 to the Present
ENGLISH 229
Introduction to Modern Literature:
ENGLISH 243
Introduction to Literature by Women:
ENGLISH 245
The Life, Times, and Work of a Literary Artist:
ENGLISH 247
Literature and Human Experience:
ENGLISH 248
Literature and Contemporary Life:
ENGLISH 251
Fantasy in Literature:
ENGLISH 252
Mystery and Detective Fiction:
ENGLISH 253
Science Fiction:
ENGLISH 260
Introduction to Poetry:
ENGLISH 261
Introduction to Short Stories:
ENGLISH 262
Introduction to Drama:
ENGLISH 263
Introduction to the Novel:
ENGLISH 268
Introduction to Cultural Studies:
ENGLISH 269
Literary Forms and Genres:
ENGLISH 276
Introduction to American Indian Literature:
ENGLISH 277
Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature:
ENGLISH 278
Introduction to World Literatures Written in English:
ENGLISH 279
Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:
ENGLISH 280
Introduction to Asian-American Literature:
ENGLISH 281
Introduction to African-American Literature:
ENGLISH 285
Modern Irish Language and Literature in Translation
Total Credits36