English Major Requirements

Core Competencies

The English Department has identified goals for an undergraduate education in English.  These include both skills and content knowledge.  We call these "core competencies," and the major is designed to educate students in a way that they develop these competencies.  They are: 

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

Programs of Study 

Requirements vary depending on when you declared as an English major, and whether you are pursuing certification in teacher education.

I. Fall 2011 and forward (For students who entered Montclair State University as of Fall 2011 and declared the English major Fall 2011 and later)

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ONE-PAGE PDF: English Major Curriculum Guide (2011- present)

Click here for English Major Requirements for Teacher Education K-12 Education (Fall 2015 and later)

Click here for English Major Requirements for Teacher Education K-12 (2011-15)

ONE-PAGE PDF 2015: ENED Curriculum Guide 2015 (Fall 2015- )

ONE-PAGE PDF 2011: ENED Major Curriculum Guide (2011-2105)

Click here for English Major Requirements for Elementary Education

ONE-PAGE PDF: ENEL Major Curriculum Guide (2011-present)

 II. Fall 2004 to Summer 2011 (For students who entered Montclair State University prior to Fall 2011 and who declared the English major prior to Summer 2011)

Click here for English Major Requirements (OLD MAJOR)

Click here for English Major Requirements for Teacher Education K-12 (OLD MAJOR)

Click here for English Major Requirements for Elementary Education (OLD MAJOR)