English Major Course Requirements
All English majors fulfill the following requirements over the four years. Most requirements are not for a specific course but for a type or level of course. This allows maximum flexibility as each student, in regular consultation with an English faculty advisor, works out an appropriate sequence of courses.
- One course in world literature or literature focusing on race or gender; any of the following, most appropriately to be taken in the first year:
Literary Studies in Gender
Middle Eastern Literature
African American Literature
- History of English Literature: a British literature survey course, prerequisite for Literary Analysis, to be taken in the first or second year; the prerequisite is any college-level literature course.
- Literary Analysis: a theory and methods class, preparing students for upper-level work, best taken in the second year; a prerequisite for seminars. The prerequisite is History of English Literature.
- Three upper-level English courses (courses numbered 335 or above), to be taken in the second, third, and fourth years. The prerequisite is any college-level literature course.
- Two additional English courses, one of which may be in creative writing; these can be taken at any point in the major.
- Two seminars, to be taken in the junior and senior years. Intensive work on a single author, period, or topic, culminating in a long paper that combines research with original critical analysis and incorporates secondary criticism. The prerequisite is Literary Analysis.