A minimum of 36 credits, appropriately distributed, is required in English department courses. Students may not exceed the maximum of 45 credits of English department courses (not counting College Writing I II) within the first 120 credits presented toward graduation. At least 75 credits must be earned outside of the major.
1Three foundations courses: Critical Methods, British Literary Traditions, and American Literary Traditions.
2See requirements for period electives, Theory/Composition/Language, and capstone below.
3Required of all freshmen.
4World Ready Language Track (WRtrack) requires successful completion of the Beginning 1 and 2 courses of a language and 3 courses related to the history/government/literature/culture of that same country. (15 credits)
Refer to the General Education website for General Education requirements.
Restriction on off-campus study:
Each of the following 2000 level foundation courses is required (9 credits):
Six approved English electives are required (18 credits):
Students take six 3000/4000 level literature electives, with a minimum of one course from each category below (lists of approved courses for period categories may be found in the Literature AR on SiS):
One of the following Theory/Composition/Language courses is required (3 credits):
One of the following is required (3 credits):
One capstone course is required (3 credits):
The capstone is meant to provide a culminating activity, providing majors with an opportunity to complete a substantial research project. Students should discuss their research interests with their academic advisor to plan ahead for the capstone. Choose one of the following:
Three optional free English electives may be taken (0-9 credits):
Additional English courses (up to three courses within the 45 credit limit) may be taken in literature, theatre, or writing. For students contemplating graduate school in the discipline, additional 3000 or 4000 level literature courses are recommended. Students who are not sure of plans after completing the BA are encouraged in the spring of junior year or fall of senior year to seek an experiential learning opportunity such as the Practicum (Internship) or Community Writing 1 or 2, depending on the student's career goals and interests. Students planning a career in secondary teaching should consider the Undergraduate Seminar on the Teaching of Writing.
Not counting required courses such as the three 2000 level courses listed in the first category above, students may not take more than two courses at the 2000 level.
Literature students are not required to take a minor, but they are encouraged to do so. Depending on the student's career goals and interests, several different minors may be appropriate. All students are encouraged to discuss possible minors with their academic advisors.
Last updated: 10/26/2017