Basic Requirements

  • English majors must complete a minimum of ten upper-division English courses (3000 level or above).
  • Eight of these ten must be at the 4000 level.
  • Seven of the ten major courses must be taken in residence.
  • English majors must show competency in a foreign language through the fourth semester.
  • Students must achieve at least a "C" in all major courses.

Course Distribution Requirements

  • Please note recent changes to the major requirements.
     
  • 2 classes from Group 1, English and American Literature before 1800 ( Each course must come from a different area of British and American Literature )
  • 1 class from Group 2, British and Postcolonial Literature after 1800
  • 1 class from Group 3, American Literature
  • 1 class from Group 4, Language, Criticism, and Culture
  • 5 Major Electives, chosen from any major group. No more than two electives may be at the 3000 level.

 

Areas of Emphasis

Courses by Area

 

1A. EARLY LITERATURE OF THE BRITISH ISLES

4060/6060 - Old English

4210/6210 - Old English Literature

4220/6220 - Beowulf

4222 - Topics in Early Literature of the British Isles

4295/6295 - Topics in Celtic Studies

4296 - Literature of Medieval Wales

 

 

1B. MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

4197 - Middle Welsh

4225/6225 - The Age of Cathedrals: Literary Culture in the High Middle Ages

4230 - Medieval Literature

4230W - Medieval Literature, writing intensive

4240/6240 - Chaucer

4240W - Chaucer, writing intensive

4270 - Medieval Romance

4290 - Topics in Medieval Literature

 

 

1C. EARLY MODERN BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE

4300/6300 - Elizabethan Poetry

4300W - Elizabethan Poetry, writing intensive

4320/6320 - Shakespeare I: Selected Works

4320E/6320E - Shakespeare I: Texts and Contexts

4320W - Shakespeare I: Selected Works, writing intensive

4330 - Shakespeare II: Special Topics*

4330E - Shakespeare II: Special Topics

4330W - Shakespeare II: Special Topics, writing intensive*

4331-4331L - Shakespeare on Film (students must sign up for lab along with 4331)

4332 - Shakespeare and Media

4332W - Shakespeare and Media, writing intensive

4340/6340 - Renaissance Drama

4350/6350 - Seventeenth-Century Poetry

4360 - Renaissance Prose

4370 - Milton

4390 - Topics in Renaissance Literature

4390W - Topics in Renaissance Literature, writing intensive

*4330/4330W - Shakespeare II: Special Topics (3 hours) is repeatable for 6 credit hours, but may only be counted once towards the English and American Literature before 1800 requirement

 

1D. RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE

4400/6400 - Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Drama

4420/6420 - Early Eighteenth-Century Prose and Poetry

4430 - The Eighteenth-Century English Novel

4440/6440 - The Age of Johnson

4450 - The Global Eighteenth Century

4460 - Women in the Eighteenth Century

4480/6480 - Scottish Literature of the Eighteenth Century

4490 - Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature

4491-4491L - the Eighteenth Century on Film (students must sign up for lab along with 4491)

4700 - People of Paradox: American Colonial Voices

 

GROUP II. BRITISH AND POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE AFTER 1800

 

4500 - Romantic Literature

4501 – Romantic Circles

4505 - Single Author Study: Jane Austen

4510 - Nineteenth-Century British Prose

4520 - Nineteenth-Century British Novel

4520W - Nineteenth-Century British Novel, writing intensive

4525W - Charles Dickens, writing intensive

4530 - Victorian Literature

4540 - Victorian Poetry

4590 - Topics in Nineteenth-Century British Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4650 - Modern Drama

4660 - Twentieth-Century British Poetry

4670 - Twentieth-Century British Novel

4675 - Twenty-First Century British Fiction

4680 - Modern Irish Literature

4685 - Postcolonial Literature

4690 - Topics in Twentieth-Century British Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4695 - Topics in Postcolonial Literature

4695S - Topics in Postcolonial Literature, service learning

4698 - Single Author Study: James Joyce

 

GROUP III. AMERICAN LITERATURE

 

4620 - African American Poetry

4630 - African American Fiction

4642/6642-4642L/6642L - Films about the American South

4710 - Emancipated Imagination: American Renaissance

4712 - Edgar Allan Poe

4720 - American Realism and Naturalism

4721 - Mark Twain

4723 - Herman Melville

4730 - American Novel to 1900

4740 - Southern Literature

4750 - American Modernism

4760 - Contemporary American Literature

4770 - Twentieth-Century American Poetry

4780 - Twentieth-Century American Novel

4790 - Topics in American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4791 – American Autobiography

4795 - Single Author Study: William Faulkner

4860 - Multicultural Topics in American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4874 – Literature and the Civil War

4880 - Topics in African American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4880E - Topics in African American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

4884W - Contemporary African-American Writing

 

 

GROUP IV. LANGUAGE, CRITICISM, AND CULTURE

 

4005/6005 - History of the English Language

4010/6010 - American English

4040 - Language Use in African American Community

4050/6050 - Structure of African American English

4060/6060 - Old English

4100/6100 - Lexicography

4110/6110 - English Grammar

4170/6170 - Second Language Acquisition

4180/6180 - ESL Error Analysis

4190 - Topics in English Language

4195/6195 - Celtic Languages

4295/6295 - Topics in Celtic Studies [repeatable once for credit]

4640 - Film as Literature

4800W - Advanced Creative Writing [ NOTE: You may receive up to 12 hours of credit for English 4800, however, only 6 hours can be used toward satisfying English major distribution requirements. The other 6 credit hours will appear in your general electives.]

4810 – Literary Magazine Editing and Publishing

4820 - Literary Theory

4821 – Poetics

4822 – Tests, Sex, and Gender

4825 - Topics in Literary Theory

4826 – Style: Language, Genre, Cognition

4830W - Advanced Studies in Writing [repeatable once for credit]

4831W - Advanced Studies in Writing: The Critical Essay

4832W - Writing for the World Wide Web

4833W - Composition Theory and Pedagogy

4835 - Environmental Literature

4836W/6836W - Writing About Health and Medicine

4837W/6837W - Digital Storytelling

4850W - Rhetoric, Literature, and Textuality

4864 - History and Theory of the Novel

4865 - Studies in the Novel Before 1900

4866 - Studies in the Novel After 1900

4870 - Folklore Studies [repeatable once for credit]

4876 – Fantasy Literature

4885 - Introduction to Humanities Computing

4886 - Text and Corpus Analysis

4888 - Humanities Computing I: Knowledge Representation

4889 - Humanities Computing II: Applied Design

4890 - Topics in Criticism and Culture [repeatable once for credit]

4892/6892 – Literature in the Archives

4895 - Topics Literature and Arts

4896 - Comics and Graphic Narratives

4897 - Science Fiction

4898 – Comics Theory and Practice

4995 - Senior Seminar

LING(AFAM)(ENGL) 4050/6050 - Structure of African American English

 

 

INTRODUCTORY COURSES

3010 - Introduction to Folklore

3030 - Introduction to English Language

3050 - Introduction to Poetry

3050H - Introduction to Poetry (Honors)*

3055 – Poetry and Popular Song

3100 - Introducton to British Culture

3150 - Generative Syntax

3230 - Development of African American Literature

3300 - Women in Literature

3330 – Literature and Human Rights

3400 - Literature and Evolution

3410 - Literature and Media

3420 - Literature and the Mind

3430 - Literature and Childhood

3440 - Literature and Philosophy

3450 – Literature and War

3500 – Jane Austen’s World

3530 - Introduction to Victorian Studies

3590W - Technical and Professional Communication

3600W - Advanced Composition

3610 - Introduction to Fiction

3610H - Introduction to Fiction (Honors)*

3650 - Introduction to Drama

3650H - Introduction to Drama (Honors)

3800W - Introduction to Creative Writing

3800H - Introduction to Creative Writing (Honors)*

3801 - Intermediate Creative Writing [NOTE: You must have had 3800 to take this course.]
*Requires permission of Honors College

3820W - Critical Approaches to Literature

3850S - Writing and Community

3860W - Science Writing for General Audiences

3880S - The Modern Civil Rights Movement in Literature and Culture

3892S - Literature in the Library

 

OTHER ENGLISH COURSES

4001 - Careers for English Majors [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4810 - Literary Magazine Production [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4834/4834E - Electronic Writing Portfolio Workshop [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4840 - Internship in Literary Media [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4841 - Internship in Teaching and Pedagogy [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]

4842 - Internship in Professional and Technical Communications [NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Group IV requirement. It can only be taken as a general elective.]