Requirements for the English Major

  • 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.

    Please note: Since ENGL 4000W is no longer offered, for students whose Bulletin editions list this course as a major requirement, the faculty have decided that they may substitute another 4000-level ENGL class (excluding Internships and the Writing Certificate ePortofolio courses) for Introduction to English Studies. Please see Ms Norris in the Undergraduate Office with questions.

    Areas of Emphasis

    Courses by Area

    GROUP I: ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE BEFORE 1800

    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
    4230 - 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 
    4320W - Shakespeare I: Selected Works, writing intensive
    4330 - 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) 
    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 
    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
    4505 - Single Author Study: Jane Austen 
    4510 - Nineteenth-Century British Prose 
    4520 - Nineteenth-Century British Novel 
    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 
    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
    4720 - American Realism and Naturalism 
    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]
    4795 - Single Author Study: William Faulkner 
    4860 - Multicultural Topics in American Literature [repeatable once for credit] 
    4880 - Topics in African American Literature [repeatable once for credit]

    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.] 
    4820 - Literary Theory
    4821 - Poetics 
    4825 - Topics in Literary Theory 
    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 
    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] 
    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]
    4895 - Topics Literature and Arts
    4896 - Comics and Graphic Narratives
    4897 - Science Fiction
    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)*
    3100 - Introducton to British Culture 
    3150 - Generative Syntax 
    3230 - Development of African American Literature
    3300 - Women in Literature
    3400 - Literature and Evolution
    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

    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.]