Our English majors explore with their professors the broad and evolving sweep of English and American literature, honing their critical thinking skills as they go.

English Major Requirements

Required English Courses

(10 courses)

  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature 
  • 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, ENGL 334 Milton or ENGL 339 Shakespeare’s Drama 
  • ENGL 489 Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies
  • Four ENGL electives* 
  • ENGL 499 Senior Portfolio** (0 credits)


English Major with Secondary Certification

(10 courses)

  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature 
  • 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 The Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 325 Chaucer, ENGL 334 Milton or ENGL 339 Shakespeare’s Drama 
  • ENGL 489 Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies 
  • 2 ENGL electives* 
  • ENGL 499 Senior portfolio** (0 credits)


English Major with a Creative Writing Emphasis

(10 courses plus a modern language at least through 102)

  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature 
  • 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, ENGL 334 Milton or ENGL 339 Shakespeare’s Drama 
  • ENGL 307 Fiction Workshop or ENGL 308 Poetry Workshop 
  • ENGL 425 Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature 
  • ENGL 489 Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies 2 
  • 2 ENGL electives* 
  • ENGL 499 Senior Portfolio** (0 credits)

Special Note: Students must fulfill their Area 5 General Education requirement by taking ENGL 150 and their Area 7 requirement by taking a modern language through 102.

*HUMA 240, HUMA 262 and CLAS 325 / 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.

**AII 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 (ENGL 499) are due at the conclusion of the English major’s coursework. See www.snc.edu/english/ portfolio.html.