The English Major provides students with the opportunity to design their own course of study. The major includes courses in a broad range of subjects, from creative writing to professional writing, fiction to journalism, memos to poetry, blogs to film. Students learn how to create, analyze, contextualize, and explain a broad range of texts, from classic literature to the documents that drive the corporate world. They learn about the diverse cultural traditions that are fundamental to American history, and they acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive as global citizens.
Today's professional skills might be outdated quickly, but the ability to read and write effectively, to analyze and explain, to see through deceptive rhetoric, to interpret complex narratives, and to shape new possibilities – such skills will always be in demand. The English Major helps students develop these skills by focusing on critical literacy in a wide range of professional and historical contexts, engaging students in the history and practice of expressive culture, the ways in which people have tried to make sense of the world, or the ways in which people have responded to the sense that others have made – on the page, screen, or stage, in the classroom and beyond. Students learn to read both texts and contexts, to interpret both intended and unintended meanings, to identify both deliberately crafted and emerging patterns, and to explain their findings in ways that others will understand and appreciate. English Majors learn how to tell their own stories, how to be independent citizens of a demanding but rewarding world.
Of the 36 credits required for the English Major, nine are to be from courses distributed across three categories — "Literary History," "Textual Analysis and Production," and "Cultural Diversity" — as well as a 3-credit capstone experience. The remaining 24 credits can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of individual students.
Students should work with faculty advisors and mentors to determine the best course of study for their personal and professional plans.
Required: 9 credits (3 courses)
Choose one course from each of the three categories listed below.
Literary History (one course required)
ENGL202 – Biblical and Classical Literature
ENGL204 – American Literature
ENGL205 – British Literature to 1660
ENGL206 – British Literature 1660 to Present
ENGL216 – African American Literature Survey
Textual Analysis and Production (one course required)
ENGL215 – Introduction to Cultural Theory and Difference
ENGL222 – Introduction to Professional Writing
ENGL225 – Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing Studies
ENGL227 – Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL294 – English Language: Grammar and Usage
ENGL300 – Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory
ENGL361 – Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory
ENGL394 – English Language: Rhetorical and Cultural Contexts
Cultural Diversity (one course required)
ENGL214 – Literature and Gender
ENGL278 – Studies in Diversity
ENGL344 – African American Literature I
ENGL345 – African American Literature II
ENGL348 – Contemporary Jewish-American Literature
ENGL350 – Studies in Jewish Literature
ENGL376 – World Literature
ENGL378 – Caribbean Literature
ENGL381 – Women in Literature
ENGL382 – Studies in Multicultural Literature in English
ENGL390 – English Linguistics
Electives: 24 credits (8 courses)
- Up to two ENGL 200-level courses (a maximum of six credits)
- Any ENGL 300- or ENGL 400-level courses (18 credits)
You're free to take an exciting variety of courses that appeal to you that are not necessarily related, or you can focus your electives with a defined emphasis or in a personalized program of study. You'll work closely with your advisor, each semester, to choose courses that best fit your career goals.
Capstone Experience: 3 credits (required)
Taken in your senior year. Options include:
- ENGL 462-Experiential Learning. Special topics vary each semester
- ENGL464-Internship in Professional Writing
- ENGL 480-Literary Studies Symposium. Special topics vary each semester