English Major Requirements

View the English Major requirements in the official course catalog.

The English Department offers instruction in interpreting and creating informative and imaginative texts, in the description and historical understanding of the English and American languages, and in the cultural understanding of world literatures written in English.

The English Major requires a minimum of 36/37 credits or twelve courses, including two required courses: ENGL 110: Introduction to Literature (formerly ENWR 220: Writing in the Major) and ENGL 300: Critial Approaches to English (formerly Pursuits of English); and at least one pre-1700 course, one pre-1800 course, two pre-1900 courses, and one post-1900 course. Courses in the major should cover at least three different genres: poetry, film, drama, and/or fiction. Courses in the major must cover international issues, ethnic studies, women's and gender studies, and class issues. (See program guides below for specific requirement details.)

Major requirements will be modified slightly beginning in Fall 2018.

The English Department has identified four learning goals for an undergraduate education in English. English majors should be able to

• read and interpret texts with attention to formal and theoretical issues;
• understand the social, historical, and political contexts in which literature and other cultural texts are written and read;
• possess an awareness of American, British, and other literary histories through the study of canonical and non-canonical texts, in national and transnational frameworks; and
• define their own intellectual interests, conduct research independently, and produce clear, coherent analytical essays.

Programs of Study 

Curriculum Guides detail the requirements for a course of study including General Education, World Languages and Cultures, the English Major, Teacher Education, and, where relevant, graduate coursework.  Requirements vary depending on when you declared as an English major, and whether you are pursuing certification in teacher education. Students enrolled in programs from earlier than 2011 should seek advice from their academic major advisor.

I. Current Curriculum Guides:

ENGL BA in English.pdf

EGBM English Major (BA) Dual Certification Program in Elementary (K-6) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.pdf

ENBM English Major (Combined B.A./M.A.T. with Teacher Cert in English Preschool - Grade 12) & Teacher of Students w/ Disabilities.pdf

ENED English Major (BA) with Teacher Certification Secondary.pdf

ENEL English (BA) with Elementary Education (K-6).pdf

II. Curriculum Guides Effective Fall 2018

Please note that students who have begun their program under current requirements may, beginning Fall '18, opt for the new requirements.

BA in English: 2018 Curriculum Guide ENGL
BA in English with concentration in Creative Writing: 2018 Curriculum Guide ENCW
BA in English with concentration in Film: 2018 Curriculum Guide ENFL
BA in English with P-12 Teaching Cert.:2018 ENED Curriculum Guide
BA in English with K-6 Teaching Cert.: 2018 ENEL Curriculum Guide
Combined Degree: BA/MA (BA + Masters in English): 2018 BA/MA Curriculum Guide
Combined Degree: BA + P-12 MAT in English + TSWD Cert: 2018 ENBM Curriculum Guide
Combined Degree: BA + K-6 MAT in English + TSWD Cert: 2018 EGBM Curriculum Guide

III. Recommended Four-Year Plans from Fall 2018 forward

Recommended Four-Year Plan: BA English (ENGL)

BA in English:Graduation Plan ENGL
BA in English with concentration in Creative Writing:Graduation Plan ENCW
BA in English with concentration in Film:Graduation Plan ENFL
BA in English with P-12 Teaching Cert.:Graduation Plan ENED
BA in English with K-6 Teaching Cert.:Graduation Plan ENEL
Combined Degree: BA/MA (BA + Masters in English):Graduation Plan BA/MA
Combined Degree: BA + P-12 MAT in English + TSWD Cert:Graduation Plan ENBM
Combined Degree: BA + K-6 MAT in English + TSWD Cert:Graduation Plan EGBM