Major and Minor Programs

Lafayette College's English department offers a choice of two majors, English and theater, and within the English major, a concentrate in literature or writing is offered.
The English Major

Within the English department, students can choose to concentrate in literature or writing.

The literature concentration within the English major is the traditional English major. It reflects a strong commitment to the major periods, authors, and forms. Students explore various critical methods, theories, and cultural traditions.

The writing concentration within the English major allows students to concentrate on a variety of styles and forms, including creative writing, nonfiction, journalism, media, and rhetoric.

Literature Concentration Requirements (English major)

The major consists of at least nine English courses, including English 205; one course in literary history (206, 207, 210, 211, 212, or 213); and seven additional courses, five of them numbered 300 or above. No more than one semester of independent study or thesis may be counted among the seven. English 110 (College Writing), 202 (Writing Seminar), and 272/273 (Internship) do not count toward the literature concentration.

In consultation with a department adviser, a student should select courses that emphasize various genres, literary and cultural traditions, and theoretical approaches. The selections should demonstrate a balance between British and American literature and between literature before and after 1800.

Writing Concentration Requirements (English Major)

In consultation with a department adviser, a student chooses at least nine literature and writing- or language-focused courses, including English 205; one course in literary history (206, 207, 210, 211, 212, or 213); any two of English 231, 250*, 251, 255, 272/273 (internship); any three of English 320, 350*, 351, 361, 362, 365, 395; and any other two 300-or 400-level English courses. No more than one semester of independent study or thesis may be included. English 110 (College Writing) and 202 (Writing Seminar) do not count toward the writing concentration.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be repeated for credit when they address different topics. The adviser will authorize counting special topics courses toward the concentration when they are offered with a writing focus.

English Minor

In consultation with a department adviser, a student selects a minimum of five English courses, including 205, and at least three courses numbered 300 or above. One semester of internship may count toward the five; English 110 (College Writing) and English 202 (Writing Seminar) may not count.

Writing Minor

In consultation with a department adviser, a student chooses at least five English courses, including English 205 or 206; any two of English 231, 250*, 251, 255, 272/273 (internship); and any two of English 320, 350*, 351, 362, 365, 395.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be repeated for credit when they address different topics. The adviser will authorize counting special topics courses toward the minor when they are offered with a writing focus. English 110 (College Writing) and English 202 (Writing Seminar) do not count toward the writing minor. This minor is not open to English majors.