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English Major and Minor

The English Department offers a major and a minor in both English and Creative Writing. Our courses explore the power and resonance of the written word and consider how literature can at once reflect the world around us and imagine into being a more just world.

In the spring of 2016, the English Department revised the requirements for the English major and minor. Incoming students who wish to complete an English major must fulfill the requirements of the revised major. Current students (those who entered Coe before August 2016) may choose to complete either the previous or the revised major.

The Previous English Major
(available to students who entered Coe before August 2016)

  1. Any ENG course that ends in -6, -7, or -8
  2. ENG-280 History of English Literature
  3. ENG-290 Literary Analysis
  4. Three ENG courses numbered 335 or above
  5. Two additional English course credits, one of which may be in Creative Writing or in French, German, or Spanish literature in translation (FRE-145, FRE-146, FRE-148, GER-148, or SPA-148).
  6. Two seminars

The Revised English Major
(required of all students entering Coe in the fall of 2016 or after)

  1. ENG-101 Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing
  2. ENG-281 Literatures in English to 1800
  3. ENG-291 Literatures in English after 1800
  4. ENG-301 The Art of Literary Research
  5. Three ENG courses numbered 305 or above, one of which must be in British literature before 1800.
  6. Two additional English course credits, one of which may be in Creative Writing or in French, German, or Spanish literature in translation (FRE-145, FRE-146, FRE-148, GER-148, or SPA-148).
  7. ENG-701 or ENG-707 Seminar in Literature

The English Minor

The minor in English consists of five course credits, including ENG-101 Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing and two courses numbered 305 or above. One course in Creative Writing (CRW-) or in French, German, or Spanish literature in translation (FRE-145, FRE-146, FRE-148, GER-148, or SPA-148) may count toward the five course credits.