Major and Minor Programs

English Department - Program
English and Theater Majors

Within the English department, students have a choice of two majors, English and theater. Within the English major, students 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.

The theater major focuses on drama within the context of the liberal arts, including dramatic texts, criticism, acting, directing, stagecraft, and writing.

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.

Theater Major Requirements

In consultation with a theater faculty adviser, a student chooses a program of study composed of Theater 107, four semesters of Theater 120 or 121 (0.25 credits) with at least one semester of each, Theater 207, two general theater electives, one 300-level dramatic literature elective, two 300-level performance electives, and Theater 400. The adviser will encourage students to work with mentors through independent study and internships. However, no more than one semester of internship may be counted toward the major.

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.

Theater Minor

In consultation with the director of theater, a student selects a minimum of eight courses, including Theater 107, four semesters of Theater 120 or 121 (0.25 credits) with at least one semester of each, and three theater electives approved by the director of theater. No more than one semester of internship may be included.

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.