Majors are required to choose a minimum of 36 credits at the 200 to 300 levels, including at least three 300-level seminars. Advanced independent work and/or a senior thesis are recommended for students considering graduate literary studies or who want to graduate with honors in the major. English 200 should be taken as soon as students have completed college writing proficiency and no later than the end of sophomore year. Majors should select ENG 211 and 212 as early as possible in their course of study.


Concentration in Literature

The concentration in literature requires the following courses:

  • ENG 200
  • ENG 211
  • ENG 212
  • ENG 215

One 200-level elective

One course from each of the following areas:

  1. Classical (ENG 230), Medieval (ENG 240), Renaissance (ENG 243), 1660-1800 (ENG 246)
  2. Romantic (ENG 257), Victorian (ENG 259), Later English Novel (ENG 264)
  3. Modernism (ENG 270), Post-Modernism (ENG 273), Modern Poetry (ENG 276), Contemporary American Poetry (ENG 277), Contemporary International (ENG 285)
  4. American Literature I or II (ENG 250 or ENG 254) 128

Three 300-level literature seminars

Concentration in Writing

Students whose primary objective is to develop their skills as writers may structure their major differently.

Required courses include:

  • ENG 200
  • ENG 211
  • ENG 212
  • ENG 215
  • ENG 232

One 200-level elective.
Note: starting in 2009-10, students who concentrate in writing are required to take one course in American literature (ENG 250 or ENG 254)

At least three of the following:

  • ENG 202
  • ENG 203
  • ENG 204
  • ENG 205
  • ENG 206
  • ENG 208
  • ENG 221
  • ENG 226
  • THE 232

Three 300-level seminars, including two literature seminars and one 300-level writing class from among the following courses:

  • ENG 300
  • ENG 305
  • ENG 306
  • ENG 307
  • ENG 315

Majors in other departments are also welcome to take writing courses at the 200 level. Students may find internships in journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising, and other fields in which writing skills are essential through the Career Development Office.

Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in English

Students who desire certification to teach English in the secondary schools should elect the literature concentration. See the secondary education requirements listed under the Education Department.

Concentration in Prelaw Studies

Students interested in pursuing a legal career are encouraged to complete the prelaw concentration in conjunction with the requirements of the major. The prelaw concentration is an 18- to 21-credit program designed to broaden the student's academic experience in preparation for law school. The prelaw concentration requires students to take courses outside of their major to expose them to methodologies and critical approaches not inherent to their own discipline but necessary for academic success in law school. A complete description of the prelaw concentration can be found under Prelaw Studies.