English Major Requirements

Core Competencies

The English Department has identified seven 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 genre and form, and to social, historical, global, and political contexts;
  • that students possess a knowledge of literary history, including canonical and non-canonical texts;
  • that students have significant study of texts created by authors from groups historically under-represented within the tradition of English studies;
  • that students have significant study of texts from the American and British traditions as well as from global and transnational traditions;
  • that students can think theoretically about language and culture, recognizing the relationship of texts to wider social, political, and intellectual contexts;
  • that students are able to construct effective written analyses and produce coherent essays;
  • that students can define their own intellectual interests within the English disciplines and conduct research independently.

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)

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

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

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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)

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