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2019-2020 Course Catalog

Required for the major in English

Students who major in English will learn to generate insightful and original analysis of both literary and non-literary texts, engaging with pertinent theory and criticism in that analysis, and to acknowledge the relationship between the texts and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were produced.

The major in English requires the following:

  1. ENG 150: Literary Analysis (or the equivalent)
  2. Two courses from the intermediate group:
    1. ENG 230: British Writers I
    2. ENG 240: British Writers II
    3. ENG 250: American Writers
    4. ENG 260: African American Writers
    5. ENG 280: Postcolonial Writers
    6. ENG 281: History of the Book in London
  3. Two courses focusing on periods before 1800:
    1. ENG 410: Newtonian Lit: Chronicles of a Clockwork Universe
    2. ENG 420: Studies in Medieval Literature
    3. ENG 425: Shakespeare (or ENG 170: Shakespeare in London, but not both)
    4. ENG 430: Renaissance Literature
    5. ENG 435: Renaissance Drama - no longer offered
    6. ENG 440: Milton and the 17th Century
    7. ENG 441: John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets
    8. ENG 443: New England Puritan Poetry
    9. ENG 445: Restoration and 18th-Century Comedy
    10. ENG 446: Gender and Enlightenment
    11. ENG 447: Eighteenth-Century Terrors
    12. ENG 448: Enlightenment Selves
    13. ENG 450: Eighteenth-Century Literature - no longer offered
    14. ENG 451: The Revolutionary Eighteenth Century
    15. ENG 452: Samuel Richardson's Clarissa
    16. ENG 470: Early American Writing - no longer offered
    17. ENG 527: History of the Book
  4. One course focusing on the nineteenth century:
    1. ENG 455: Romanticism
    2. ENG 460: The Victorian Age
    3. ENG 465: The English Novel
    4. ENG 474: American Poets of the Nineteenth Century
    5. ENG 476: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers
    6. ENG 477: Dickinson
    7. ENG 478: Nineteenth-Century African-American Writers
  5. One course focusing on the twentieth or twenty-first centuries:
    1. ENG 480: Modernist British Fiction
    2. ENG 481: Joyce's Ulysses
    3. ENG 483: American Autobiography
    4. ENG 485: Modernist Poetry - no longer offered
    5. ENG 490: Modern Drama
    6. ENG 495: Modernist American Fiction - no longer offered
    7. ENG 498: Representing War in American Writing - no longer offered
    8. ENG 500: Contemporary American Fiction
    9. ENG 501: The Graphic Novel
    10. ENG 502: Contemporary Jewish-American Literature
    11. ENG 503: Contemporary American Poetry
    12. ENG 504: Multiethnic American Literature
    13. ENG 506: Contemporary African-American Women Poets
    14. ENG 510: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
    15. ENG 515: Gender and Modernist British/American Literature
    16. ENG 516: Literature and Human Rights
    17. ENG 517: Topics in Human Rights
    18. ENG 518: Narratives of Inequality
    19. ENG 521: Narratives of International News
    20. ENG 522: Literature and the Environment
  6. One additional course in English
  7. In completing requirements 2 through 6, students must take at least one course from each of the following literary and cultural traditions:
    1. British: ENG 170 (London Centre), 230, 240, 281, 410, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440, 441, 445, 446, 447, 448, 450, 451, 452, 455, 460, 465, 480, 481, 515, 527
    2. American: ENG 250, 260, 443, 470, 474, 476, 477, 478, 483, 485, 495, 498, 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 506, 510, 522
    3. African American: ENG 260, 478, 504, 506, 510; OR postcolonial: ENG 280, 517, 518, 521. A course in African-American literature may satisfy either category b or c but not both.
  8. The English department’s Senior Experience described below

Senior Experience in English

The English department’s Senior Experience may be fulfilled through one of several options:

  1. ENG 600: Senior Seminar in English: a seminar involving analysis of theoretical, historical, critical, and literary readings at an advanced level in conjunction with students' research and writing of an original, substantial paper (taken during the senior year or, in some cases, during spring term of the junior year);
  2. An advanced course in creative writing with additional work determined by the instructor (taken during the junior or senior year); students should plan ahead so that they complete the necessary prerequisite for the advanced course in creative writing;
  3. Student teaching in English, along with a paper co-directed by the student's academic advisor in English and a faculty member in the education department; or
  4. An honors project in English (or adequate progress toward completing an honors project as approved by departmental petition); Students pursuing double majors or double degrees are encouraged to consult with faculty from the English department and the other major department prior to taking ENG 600 if they wish to undertake a research topic that draws upon both of their majors. Students pursuing double majors or double degrees also have the option of doing an honors project that is interdisciplinary in nature, as long as one of the directors of the project is a professor in the English department.

Required for the minor in English

  1. Two courses from the introductory and intermediate group:
    1. ENG 150: Literary Analysis
    2. ENG 230: British Writers I
    3. ENG 240: British Writers II
    4. ENG 250: American Writers
    5. ENG 260: African American Writers
    6. ENG 280: Postcolonial Writers
    7. ENG 281: History of the Book in London
  2. One course focusing on periods before 1800:
    1. ENG 410: Newtonian Lit: Chronicles of a Clockwork Universe
    2. ENG 420: Studies in Medieval Literature
    3. ENG 425: Shakespeare (or ENG 170: Shakespeare in London, but not both)
    4. ENG 430: Renaissance Literature
    5. ENG 435: Renaissance Drama - no longer offered
    6. ENG 440: Milton and the 17th Century
    7. ENG 441: John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets
    8. ENG 443: New England Puritan Poetry
    9. ENG 445: Restoration and 18th-Century Comedy
    10. ENG 446: Gender and Enlightenment
    11. ENG 447: Eighteenth-Century Terrors
    12. ENG 448: Enlightenment Selves
    13. ENG 450: Eighteenth-Century Literature - no longer offered
    14. ENG 451: The Revolutionary Eighteenth Century
    15. ENG 452: Samuel Richardson's Clarissa
    16. ENG 470: Early American Writing - no longer offered
    17. ENG 527: History of the Book
  3. One course focusing on the nineteenth century:
    1. ENG 455: Romanticism
    2. ENG 460: The Victorian Age
    3. ENG 465: The English Novel
    4. ENG 474: American Poets of the Nineteenth Century
    5. ENG 476: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers
    6. ENG 477: Dickinson
    7. ENG 478: Nineteenth-Century African-American Writers
  4. One course focusing on the twentieth or twenty-first centuries:
    1. ENG 480: Modernist British Fiction
    2. ENG 481: Joyce's Ulysses
    3. ENG 483: American Autobiography
    4. ENG 485: Modernist Poetry - no longer offered
    5. ENG 490: Modern Drama
    6. ENG 495: Modernist American Fiction - no longer offered
    7. ENG 498: Representing War in American Writing - no longer offered
    8. ENG 500: Contemporary American Fiction
    9. ENG 501: The Graphic Novel
    10. ENG 502: Contemporary Jewish-American Literature
    11. ENG 503: Contemporary American Poetry
    12. ENG 504: Multiethnic American Literature
    13. ENG 506: Contemporary African-American Women Poets
    14. ENG 510: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
    15. ENG 515: Gender and Modernist British/American Literature
    16. ENG 516: Literature and Human Rights
    17. ENG 517: Topics in Human Rights
    18. ENG 518: Narratives of Inequality
    19. ENG 521: Narratives of International News
    20. ENG 522: Literature and the Environment
  5. One additional course in English

Required for the minor in creative writing

  1. Three courses in literary studies at any level in the English department (for English majors completing the creative writing minor, these can be courses from the major).
  2. Three courses in creative writing at any level, including work in at least two different literary genres. Courses in creative writing include:
    1. ENG 350: Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
    2. ENG 360: Creative Writing: Fiction
    3. ENG 370: Creative Writing: Poetry
    4. ENG 550: Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction
    5. ENG 560: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
    6. ENG 562: Advanced Creative Writing: Novel Writing
    7. ENG 565: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
    8. ENG 568: Poetry as Practice
    9. THAR 427: Playwriting

Teacher certification in English language arts

Students who major in English can seek certification to teach English language arts at the secondary level. Students seeking certification must satisfactorily complete at least one course in writing (e.g., ENG 350, 360, or 370), at least one course in linguistics (LING 150) or the English language, a tutorial in literature for adolescents, and a course in literature by writers of color in America (e.g., ENG 260, 506, or 510). Students can add an endorsement for a second area (such as English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.

Teacher certification in English as a second language (K-12)

Students can seek certification to teach English as a second language at the elementary and secondary levels by completing the Teaching ESL minor in linguistics and other certification requirements. Interested students should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.

Advanced placement

All students who have earned a 4 or better in the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam will be given credit for one course in English; for majors, this credit will fulfill the requirement of “one additional course in English.” All students who have earned a 4 or better in the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam will be given credit for one course in English and will receive advanced placement in courses at the intermediate level (ENG 230, 240, 250); for majors, this credit will fulfill the requirement of ENG 150. Questions about exemption and placement should be addressed to the department chair. The application of AP credit towards the general education requirements for either the B.A. or the B.Mus. degrees will be determined by university policy. Please see the following link for more information about university credit for AP Examinations.
AP Examination Information (PDF)

Departmental advisors

When students officially declare themselves English majors, they should choose a departmental advisor who will be responsible for guiding them in planning and completing their major course of study. Questions about the advising of English majors should be addressed to the department chair.

Graduate school

Students considering graduate work in English are advised that they should try to take two or more English department classes with at least two different members of the department. They will likely want to do more English coursework than the minimum that is required for the major. For the master's degree, most graduate schools require demonstrated proficiency in at least one modern language in addition to English. For the doctorate, the usual requirement is demonstrated proficiency in two modern languages, and, in some cases, also an ancient language. ENG 525: Contemporary Critical Theory is also an asset when preparing for graduate school. College work leading toward graduate study should be planned with these considerations in mind.