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Requirements for the English Major

Basic Requirements

  • English majors must take one 2000-level Survey in British Literature and one 2000-level Survey in American Literature.
  • English majors must complete a minimum of ten upper-division English courses (3000 level or above).
  • Six of these ten must be at the 4000 level.
  • Seven of the ten major courses must be taken in residence.
  • In keeping with Franklin College’s language requirements, English majors must show competency in a foreign language through the third semester.
  • Students must achieve at least a "C" in all major courses.

Course Distribution Requirements

Areas of Emphasis

If you wish to concentrate your studies within the English Major in a particular Area of Emphasis, click here for more information.

Courses by Area


Group I: British and American Lit before 1800


4060/6060: Old English

4210/6210: Old English Literature

4220/6220: Beowulf

4295/6295: Topics in Celtic Studies*

4296: Literature of Medieval Wales 


4197: Middle Welsh

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

4230: Medieval Literature

4240/6240: Chaucer

4270: Medieval Romance

4290: Topics in Medieval Literature*


4300/6300: Elizabethan Poetry

4310: Tudor Literature

4320/6320: Shakespeare I: Selected Works

4330: Shakespeare II: Special Topics*

*Special Topics is repeatable for 6 credit hours, but may only be counted once towards the English and American Literature before 1800 requirement.

4331 and 4331L: Shakespeare on Film. Students must sign up for 4331L along with 4331.

4332: Shakespeare and Media

4333E/6333E: Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century, an online learning course

4334/6334: Shakespeare through Multicultural American Literature and Performance

4335S/6335S: Shakespeare in the Classroom, service learning

4340/6340: Renaissance Drama

4350/6350: Seventeenth-Century Poetry

4370: Milton

4390: Topics in Renaissance 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

4470: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Black Atlantic

4480/6480: Scottish Literature of the Eighteenth Century

4490: Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature*

4491 and 4491L: The Eighteenth Century on Film. Students must sign up for 4491L along with 4491.

4700: Early American Literature


Group II: British, Irish, and Postcolonial Literature After 1800

4500: Romantic Literature

4501: Romantic Circles

4505: Jane Austen

4510: Nineteenth-Century British Prose

4520: Nineteenth-Century British Novel

4525W: Charles Dickens, writing intensive

4530: Victorian Literature

4540: Victorian Poetry

4550: Britain, Empire, and the Global Nineteenth Century

4590: Topics in Nineteenth-Century British Literature*

4650: Modern Drama

4660: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry

4670: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Novel

4675: Twenty-First Century British Fiction

4680: Modern Irish Literature

4685: Postcolonial Literature

4690: Topics in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature* 

4695: Topics in Postcolonial Literature*

4698: James Joyce 


Group III: American Literature

4620: African American Poetry

4630: African American Fiction

4642/6642-4642L/6642L: Films about the American South. Students must sign up for the lab along with 4642/6642.

4710: 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

4742: Georgia Literature

4745: CircumCaribbean Literature

4750: American Modernism

4760: Contemporary American Literature

4770: Twentieth-Century American Poetry

4780: Twentieth-Century American Novel

4790: Topics in American Literature*

4791: American Autobiography

4795: William Faulkner

4860: Multicultural Topics in American Literature *

4874: Literature and the Civil War

4880: Topics in African American Literature*

4882W: Black Film Matters: Studies in African American Film

4883W: From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop: Essential Voices in Modern Black Music

4880: Topics in African American Literature

4884: 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

4080: Language and Complex Systems

4100/6100: Lexicography

4110/6110: English Grammar

4170/6170: Second Language Acquisition

4190: Topics in English Language*

4195/6195: Celtic Languages

4295/6295: Topics in Celtic Studies* 

4640: Film as Literature

4800W: Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction

4801W: Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry

4802W: Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction

4803W: Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry

4804W: Topics in Advanced Creative Writing

4805: Editing and Publishing

4810: Literary Magazine Editing and Publishing

4820: Literary Theory

4821: Poetics: History and Theory of the Modern Lyric

4822: Texts, Sex, and Gender

4823: 20th-Century Poetics: Imagism to the Black Arts Movement

4824: Special Topics in Poetics

4825: Topics in Literary Theory*

4826: Style: Language, Genre, Cognition

4830W: Advanced Studies in Writing, writing intensive. Repeatable once for credit.

4831W:  Advanced Studies in Writing: The Critical Essay, writing intensive

4832W: Writing for the World Wide Web, writing intensive

4833W: Composition Theory and Pedagogy, writing intensive

4835: Environmental Literature

4836W/6836W: Writing About Health and Medicine, writing intensive

4837W/6837W: Digital Storytelling, writing intensive

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.

4875: Aesthetics and Politics

4876: Fantasy Literature

4877: Fantasy Literature on Film

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*

4891S/6891S: Literature in Local Schools, service learning

4892/6892: Literature in the Archives

4895: Topics in Literature and Arts*

4896: Comics and Graphic Narratives

4897: Science Fiction

4898: Comics Theory and Practice

4899: Topics in Science Fiction

4912S: Writing Center Theory and Practice

4995W: Advanced Seminar


3000-Level Courses

3007: Spy Fiction

3010: Introduction to Folklore

3030: World Englishes: Language, Literature, Pedagogy

3050: Introduction to Poetry

3050H: Introduction to Poetry, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3055: Poetry and Popular Song

3100: Introduction to British and Irish Culture

3230: Development of African American Literature

3250: Latinx Literature

3300: Women in Literature

3320: Shakespeare and His World

3330: Literature and Human Rights

3330H: Literature and Human Rights, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3340: Literature and Crime

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

3460: Literature and Utopia

3470: Contemporary World Literature in English

3480: Literature and the Black Atlantic

3490: Literature and Revolution

3500: Jane Austen’s World

3530: Introduction to Victorian Studies

3590W: Technical and Professional Communication, writing intensive

3600W: Advanced Composition, writing intensive

3610: Introduction to Fiction

3610H: Introduction to Fiction, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3650: Introduction to Drama

3650H: Introduction to Drama, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3700W: Introduction to Writing in the Disciplines

3800W: Introduction to Creative Writing, writing intensive

3800H: Introduction to Creative Writing, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3820W: Critical Approaches to Literature, writing intensive

3826: Language and Social Media

3835: Literature and the Natural World

3835S: Literature and the Natural World, service learning

3836: Literature and the Health Humanities

3850S: Writing and Community, service learning

3851S: Writing for Social Justice: The Prison Writing Project, service learning

3860W: Science Writing for General Audiences, writing intensive

3880S: The Modern Civil Rights Movement in Literature and Culture, service learning

3892: Literature in the Library

3892S: Literature in the Library, service learning

The following English courses do not satisfy the Group IV requirement. They can only be taken as general electives.

4001: Careers for English Majors

4834: Electronic Writing Portfolio Workshop

4834E: Electronic Writing Portfolio Workshop, an online learning course

4840: Internship in Literary Media

4841: Internship in Teaching and Pedagogy

4842: Internship in Professional and Technical Communications

4843: UGA at Oxford Internship 

4844: Internship in Libraries and Museums

4913: Internship in Writing Center Pedagogy 

*Topics courses are repeatable once for credit.

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