Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Lower Division Requirements (16 semester hours):

Two courses in Genres:

  • ENGL 2200 Genres: Drama 4 semester hours
  • ENGL 2201 Genres: Poetry 4 semester hours
  • ENGL 2202 Genres: Fiction 4 semester hours
  • ENGL 2296 Special Studies in Genres 4 semester hours

Two courses in Histories:

  • ENGL 2203 Histories: British Literature I 4 semester hours
  • ENGL 2204 Histories: British Literature II 4 semester hours
  • ENGL 2297 Special Studies in Histories 4 semester hours

Note: A grade of C (2.0) is required in each premajor course before qualifying for upper division status as an English major. Students transferring into the Department after their sophomore year may enroll in upper division courses in the major concurrently with the premajor courses. Students must complete all upper division courses in the major with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in order to maintain status as English majors. Failure to maintain this standard or failure to make sufficient progress toward completion of the major will result in probation or disqualification from the Department.

Upper Division Requirements (28 semester hours):

Explorations (16 semester hours):

  • One Author(s) course

Includes courses on single authors such as Shakespeare, and other special studies. Check with your advisor to determine which courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.

  • One Critical/Theoretical course

Includes most English and American literature courses and literary theory courses. Check with your advisor to determine which courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.

  • One Comparative course

Includes any course in multi-ethnic literature, gender-based literature, world literature, or foreign language literature in translation. Check with your advisor to determine which courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.

  • One Creative/Artistry course

Includes courses in creative writing and journalism. Check with your advisor to determine which courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Specialization (12 semester hours):

In consultation with your advisor, pursue upper-division coursework in a specific area to develop a specialization within English studies. Areas of possible specialization include: multi-ethnic literatures, creative writing, literary theory, literary criticism, rhetorical theory. With advisor approval, one course toward the specialization may be taken outside English. One course may include the Capstone seminar.

Note: A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be obtained in each course in the major.