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English Major Requirements

General English Major

(40 credits) 

  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 225 Survey of English Literature 1 or ENGL 226 Survey of English Literature 2 
  • ENGL 235 Survey of U.S. Literature 1 or ENGL 236 Survey of U.S. Literature 2 
  • ENGL 305 Literary Theory and Writing 
  • ENGL 325 Chaucer or ENGL 334 Milton or ENGL 339 Shakespeare’s Drama 
  • ENGL 489 Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies
  • ENGL 499 Senior Portfolio** (0 credits)
  • Four ENGL electives* 

English Major With Secondary Certification

(40 credits)

  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 225 Survey of English Literature 1 or ENGL 226 Survey of English Literature 2 
  • ENGL 235 Survey of U.S. Literature 1 or ENGL 236 Survey of U.S. Literature 2 
  • ENGL 290 The English Language 
  • ENGL 305 Literary Theory and Writing 
  • ENGL 310 Race and Sex in Contemporary U.S. Texts or ENGL 356 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 325 Chaucer or ENGL 334 Milton or ENGL 339 Shakespeare’s Drama 
  • ENGL 489 Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies 
  • ENGL 499 Senior portfolio** (0 credits)
  • Two ENGL electives* 

English Major With a Creative Writing Emphasis

(40 credits)

  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 225 Survey of English Literature 1 or ENGL 226 Survey of English Literature 2
  • ENGL 235 Survey of U.S. Literature 1 or ENGL 236 Survey of U.S. Literature 2 
  • ENGL 305 Literary Theory and Writing 
  • ENGL 307 Fiction Workshop or ENGL 308 Poetry Workshop or ENGL 304 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENGL 325 Chaucer or ENGL 334 Milton or ENGL 339 Shakespeare’s Drama  
  • ENGL 425 Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature 
  • ENGL 489 Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies
  • ENGL 499 Senior Portfolio** (0 credits)
  • Two ENGL electives* 

Students must fulfill their EI Core Curriculum requirement by taking ENGL 149 or ENGL 150.

*HUMA 240 and CLAS / WOLT 325 may be taken as ENGL electives. Students may take more than one ENGL 289, ENGL 489 or ENGL 491 course with the approval of the advisor and course instructor.

**All English majors are required to collect and submit a senior English portfolio (one essay or writing assignment from each ENGL course taken and a self-evaluative introductory essay) to fulfill graduation requirements (ENGL 499). During their coursework, English majors will store essays and writing assignments electronically under the supervision of their academic advisor(s). Senior portfolios are due at the conclusion of the English major’s coursework. For more information visit the English portfolio web page.