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Course Requirements - English

English Course Requirements

The study of English allows you to explore a wide range of literary and cultural productions from varied parts of the world. Our courses develop habits of mind that are fundamental to liberal education, including the ability to read critically, think creatively and write clearly and with verve. In consultation with their advisors, English majors are able to design personalized programs of study that attend to the historical and geographical range of literatures in English. If you are considering graduate work in literature, consult with English faculty to plan a rigorous course of study that would typically include an honors thesis and coursework in a foreign language.

Four-Year Plan

The following represents one of many paths you can take to complete a major in English. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog to review all of your options.

1st Year

  • ENG-101 Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing
  • ENG-281 Literatures in English to 1800 (offered every spring)
  • An English elective such as ENG-117 Asian American Literature

2nd Year

  • ENG-291 Literatures in English after 1800 (offered every fall)
  • An English elective such as ENG-208 Gender and Literature

3rd Year

  • ENG-301 The Art of Literary Research (can be taken anytime in the second or third year).
  • ENG-337 American Realism and Naturalism
  • ENG-382 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances

4th Year

  • ENG-385 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENG-464 Seminar in Literature