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.

Regular English Major Concentration Requirements

Class of 2016: 
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 (Intro to Academic Writing), 202 (Writing Seminar), and 272/273 (Internship do not count toward the literature concentration.

Class of 2017: 
The major consists of at least ten English courses including English 205; one course in literary history, (206, 210, 211, 212, or 213); and eight 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 100 (Intro to Academic Writing), 202 (Writing Seminar), and 272/273 (Internship do not count toward the literature concentration.

Class of 2018 and beyond: 
The major consists of at least ten English courses including English 205; 206; and eight additional courses, five of them numbered 300 or above. One of the electives must be a course in literature prior to 1800. No more than one semester of independent study or thesis may be counted among the seven, English 100 (Intro to Academic Writing), 202 (Writing Seminar), and
272/273 (Internship) do not count toward the literature concentration.

English Major with Writing Concentration Requirements


Class of 2016: 
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 two other 300- or 400-level English courses. No more than one semester of independent study or thesis may be included. English 110 (Intro to Academic Writing) and 202 (Writing Seminar) do not count toward the writing concentration.

Class of 2017: 
In consultation with a department adviser, a student chooses at least ten literature and writing- or language-focused courses including English 205; one course in literary history (206, 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, 395; and any three other 300- or 400-level English courses. No more than one semester of independent study or thesis may be included. English 100 (Intro to Academic Writing) and 202 (Writing Seminar) do not count toward the writing concentration.

Class of 2018: and beyond 
In consultation with a department adviser, a student chooses at least ten literature and writing- or language-focused courses including English 205; 206; any two of English 231, 250*, 251, 255, 272/273 (internship); any three of English 320, 350*, 351, 361, 362, 395; and any three other 300- or 400-level English courses. One of the electives must be a course
in literature prior to 1800. No more than one semester of independent study or thesis may be included. English 100 (Intro to Academic 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.

Writing minor

At least five writing-focused English courses beyond ENG 110, including:

  • ENG 205 or 206
  • any two of ENG 231, 250*, 255, 272/273 (internship)
  • any two of ENG 320, 350*, 351, 360, 395 (351 and 395 pending Faculty approval)

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. The writing minor is not open to English majors.