Requirements for a Major in English

Forty-two (42) hours in English beyond Writing 101 or Honors 201

12 hours from Cultural Perspectives

These courses emphasize the study of a broad range of literature within historical and cultural contexts. They are designed to give students a foundation for the more advanced courses that focus on particular periods and authors.

  • ENGL 201 – The Literary Culture of Great Britain I
  • ENGL 202 – The Literary Culture of Great Britain II
  • ENGL 203 – The Literary Culture of the United States I
  • ENGL 204 – The Literary Culture of the United States II

9 hours from Conceptual Perspectives

These courses offer a conceptual approach to literature, introducing students to some of the religious, social, scientific, and philosophical ideas that inform authors and enrich their work.

  • ENGL 205 – Concepts of of Post-Colonialism
  • ENGL 210 – The Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 215 – Myth and Folklore
  • ENGL 220 – Concepts of Diversity
  • ENGL 225 – Film as Literature
  • ENGL 230 – Literature into Film
  • ENGL 235 – Concepts of Gender
  • ENGL 240 – Concepts of Progress
  • ENGL 245 – Concepts of Tragedy
  • ENGL 255 – Concepts of Nature
  • ENGL 260 – Concepts of Place

15 hours from Specialized Perspectives

at least one of which must be pre-19th century. These courses enable a more narrowly focused study of authors, genres, and critical theory.

  • ENGL 320 – Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 322 – Representative American Writers I
  • ENGL 323 – Representative American Writers II
  • ENGL 324 – African-American Literature
  • ENGL 336 – Studies in the Early American Novel
  • ENGL 337 – Studies in the Later American Novel
  • ENGL 342 – Representative British Writers I
  • ENGL 343 – Representative British Writers II
  • ENGL 350 – Shakespeare
  • ENGL 356 – Studies in the Early British Novel
  • ENGL 357 – Studies in the Later British Novel
  • ENGL 360 – Studies in British and American Poetry
  • ENGL 362 – Topical Perspectives in Literature
  • ENGL 364 – Topical Perspectives in Film Study
  • ENGL 372 – Literary Theory

3 hours from Perspectives in Writing

These advanced writing courses represent a variety of types, strategies and styles.

  • WRIT 290 – Introduction to Creative Writing
  • WRIT 301 – Short Fiction Workshop
  • WRIT 302 – Creative Nonfiction
  • WRIT 303 – Poetry Workshop
  • WRIT 305 – Business Writing
  • WRIT 306 – The Rhetoric of Science
  • WRIT 307 – Technical Writing
  • WRIT 308 – Persuasive Writing
  • WRIT 310 – Self-Expression
  • WRIT 312 – Topical Perspectives in Writing

3 hours Senior Perspective

The final course for the major requires that students put into practice what they have learned about literary criticism, research, and writing.

  • ENGL 410 – Senior Seminar

 

Requirements for a Minor in Literature

Six hours from English 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, or 255 and 12 hours of 300- level literature courses.

Creative Writing Concentration

To earn a Creative Writing Concentration, students must complete the requirements for the English major plus nine hours of writing courses (in addition to the Perspectives in Writing course required for the English major), including WRIT 290 and any two from among WRIT 301, 302, and 303.