Mar 02, 2024
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English consists of a minimum of 39 credits as distributed below. The major offers two tracks: (1) literature and (2) communication and technology. These tracks share a common core of two courses and the same elective and diversity requirements. Students completing a certificate in English Secondary Education should follow the Literature Track. Creative Writing and Journalism students may choose either track.
Additional requirements are listed under the separate tracks.
All courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C or better.
Common Core Courses (6 credits)
Students should take these two courses as soon as they declare their major as English. They are considered Gateway courses.
ENGL 300 should be taken before ENGL 324 and ENGL 301 before ENGL 302.
Common Elective Requirements (12 credits)
These electives must be English courses at the 300- or 400-level, although students may, with their advisor’s permission, include one 200-level course as part of this requirement.
Students in either track may use Creative Writing courses to satisfy elective requirements.
Literature Track (21 Credits)
English majors in the Literature Track develop skills of close reading, critical thinking, and analysis of literary texts. Students also develop an extensive historical knowledge of British, American, and world anglophone literatures in their cultural and social contexts. Students will be prepared for graduate study in English as well as careers in such fields as education, business, law, journalism, publishing, and public relations.
It is recommended that students complete ENGL 301 in their first semester as a major and prior to taking ENGL 302.
Historical Period Courses
One 300- or 400-level course from four of the five historical periods. These courses need not be taken in chronological order, and they may be taken concurrently with any other major courses:
- Medieval and Early Modern
- Restoration to Romantic
- Victorian and Modern
- American Literature to the Civil War
- American Literature from the Civil War to Present
Two 400-level Literature courses, one of which must be a seminar (open to juniors as well as seniors)