Major Requirements – Track O

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 O: Open Focus

At least 3 credits in literature must be in a period before 1900. They can be taken in American Literature, British Literature or any other literature course in the English department. Students can take up to 9 credits in 200-level English courses to satisfy the 36 credits for the major. This includes ENGLISH 215 which is a requirement and non-substitutable. ENGLISH 192 can be substituted for 3 of the 9 credits in 200-level courses. 

Students must also complete a 3 credit capstone seminar at the 600 level (612, 615 - 616, 620 - 633, 685, 690), which may be in any of the areas listed below.

ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
American Literature 3
Select one of the following courses in American Literature
ENGLISH 223
American Writers to 1900
ENGLISH 224
American Writers: 1900 to the Present
ENGLISH 269
Literary Forms and Genres:
ENGLISH 274
Literature and the Other Arts:
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 307
Survey of American Literature to 1865
ENGLISH 308
Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
ENGLISH 309
Survey of Contemporary American 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 460
Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900:
ENGLISH 461
Writers in American Literature, 1900 to the Present:
ENGLISH 463
Writers in African-American Literature:
ENGLISH 517
Studies in African-American Literature:
ENGLISH 520
Studies in American Indian Literature:
ENGLISH 521
Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:
ENGLISH 523
Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
ENGLISH 524
Studies in Asian-American Literature:
ENGLISH 623
Seminar in American Literature:
ENGLISH 631
Seminar in African-American Literature:
ENGLISH 632
Seminar in American Indian Literature:
British Literature 3
Select one of the following courses in British Literature
ENGLISH 221
English Writers to 1800
ENGLISH 222
English Writers, 1800 to the Present
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 the Present
ENGLISH 451
Chaucer
ENGLISH 452
Shakespeare
ENGLISH 530
Studies in Shakespeare:
ENGLISH 633
Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing:
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 621
Seminar in the Literature of England:
Minority, Women's or World Literature3
Select one of the following courses in Minority, Women’s or World Literature
ENGLISH 243
Introduction to Literature by Women:
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
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 627
Seminar in Literature and Culture:
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:
Theory and Criticism3
Select one of the following courses in Theory and Criticism
ENGLISH 378
Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
ENGLISH 390
Classical Film Criticism and Theory
ENGLISH 391
Television Criticism and Theory
ENGLISH 393
Entertainment Industries:
ENGLISH 394
Theories of Digital Culture:
ENGLISH 545
Studies in the History of Literary Criticism:
ENGLISH 547
Studies in Theory and Criticism:
ENGLISH 626
Seminar in Critical Theory:
Rhetoric, Professional, Technical or Creative Writing6
Select two of the following courses in Rhetoric, Professional, Technical or Creative Writing
ENGLISH 201
Strategies for Academic Writing
ENGLISH 205
Business Writing
ENGLISH 206
Technical Writing
ENGLISH 207
Health Science Writing
ENGLISH 210
Global Englishes
ENGLISH 212
Grammar and Usage
ENGLISH 214
Writing in the Professions:
ENGLISH 233
Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGLISH 240
Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture:
ENGLISH 310
Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century
ENGLISH 400
Introduction to English Linguistics
ENGLISH 401
History of the English Language
ENGLISH 402
Theories of Language and Literature:
ENGLISH 403
Survey of Modern English Grammar
ENGLISH 404
Language, Power, and Identity
ENGLISH 414
Special Topics in Creative Writing:
ENGLISH 415
Fiction Workshop
ENGLISH 416
Poetry Workshop
ENGLISH 418
Literary Journal Production
ENGLISH 425
Advanced Business Writing
ENGLISH 426
Professional and Technical Communications Research
ENGLISH 427
Writing for Nonprofits
ENGLISH 428
Strategic Writing for Organizations
ENGLISH 430
Advanced Writing Workshop
ENGLISH 431
Topics in Advanced Communications:
ENGLISH 432
The Rhetoric of Argument
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 439
Information Design
ENGLISH 442
Writing Center Tutoring Practicum
ENGLISH 443
Grant Writing
ENGLISH 444
Technical Editing
ENGLISH 445
The Composing Process:
ENGLISH 446
Global Business Communications
ENGLISH 448
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
ENGLISH 449
Internship in the Humanities
ENGLISH 612
Poetry and the Creative Process
ENGLISH 615
Advanced Workshop in Fiction
ENGLISH 616
Advanced Workshop in Poetry:
ENGLISH 633
Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing:
Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies6
Select two of the following courses in Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
ENGLISH 286
Writing about Film and Television
ENGLISH 290
Introduction to Film Studies
ENGLISH 291
Introduction to Television Studies
ENGLISH 292
Classic Dramas in Film:
ENGLISH 294
Game Culture
ENGLISH 295
Women in Film, Television, and Digital Media
ENGLISH 312
Topics in Film, Television and Digital Studies:
ENGLISH 316
World Cinema:
ENGLISH 320
Studies in Film and Television Authorship:
ENGLISH 329
Film and Literature
ENGLISH 380
Media and Society:
ENGLISH 383
Cinema, Television, and Genre:
ENGLISH 390
Classical Film Criticism and Theory
ENGLISH 391
Television Criticism and Theory
ENGLISH 393
Entertainment Industries:
ENGLISH 394
Theories of Digital Culture:
FILMSTD 212
Intermediate Topics in Film and Television Studies:
FILMSTD 350
Global Jewish Film and Television:
FILMSTD 412
Global Cinema and Media:
FILMSTD 669
Screening Sexuality:
FILMSTD 690
Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media:
English Electives9
9 credits in English electives are required for the major.
Total Credits36