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.

 

English Major – Literature Concentration Requirements

The major with a literature concentration consists of at least ten English courses. These include:

  • English 205
  • English 206
  • Eight additional courses, five of them numbered 300 or above.
  • No more than one semester of independent study (390/391) or thesis (495/496) may be included.
  • One of the electives must be a course in literature prior to 1800

In consultation with a department adviser, a student will 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.

**English 100 (Introduction to Academic Writing) and English 202 (Writing Seminar), and 272/273 (Internship) do not count toward the literature concentration.

 

English Major – Writing Concentration Requirements

In consultation with a department adviser, a student chooses at least ten literature and writing- or language-focused courses. These must include:

  • English 205
  • English 206
  • Any two of English 150, 151, 231, 250*, 251, 252, 254, 255, 256, 257, 272/273 (internship must be writing-focused)
  • Any three of English 320, 350*, 351, 361, 362
  • Any other three 300-or 400-level English courses
  • No more than one semester of independent study (390/391) or thesis (495/496) may be included.
  • One of the electives must be a course in literature prior to 1800

**English 100 (Introduction to Academic Writing) and English 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 100 (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, 254, 255, 256, 272/273 (internship); and any two of English 320, 350*, 351, 361, 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 100 (College Writing) and English 202 (Writing Seminar) do not count toward the writing minor. This minor is not open to English majors.