Major Requirements

The undergraduate curriculum in English offers study in literature, writing, linguistics, and rhetoric as these represent and constitute the experiences and cultures of people of England and the United States, as well as the Anglophone world more generally conceived. Although courses and specializations within the major may vary widely, they all focus in common on the processes of creating, interpreting, analyzing, and producing texts in English. The curriculum’s goals are to enable students to do the following:

  • Interpret and analyze texts
  • Conduct independent research
  • Write effective expository prose
  • Acquire theoretical perspectives on language, rhetoric, and literature

The Curriculum

  • ENGL 1400: Introduction to English Studies
  • ENGL 2100: Backgrounds to English and American Literature
  • Five Literary Period courses:
    • Three¬†Pre-Nineteenth-Century
    • One Nineteenth-Century
    • One Twentieth-Century
  • Two Transhistorical/Transnational courses
  • One Criticism, Linguistics, or Rhetoric Course
  • One Capstone Seminar
  • Two English Electives
  • One Experiential Education Course

See the Registrar’s Website for complete information about program requirements.