English major

Requirements for English majors vary by student’s catalog year (year of entry to university). Below are the requirements as of fall 2019. If you are on an earlier catalog year, please consult with the chair or your advisor for specific requirements and the possibility of petitions or individual degree adjustments.

Program Foundation Courses

  • ENGL 3330 – Approaches to Literature
  • Students should take this course as early as possible upon entry into the English program (after the completion of Composition II and the Humanities University Core requirements).
  • ENGL 4199 – Seminar in Career Perspectives
  • Students should take this course in their senior year.

Study of Language (3 hours) Select One:

  • ENGL 3311 – History of the English Language
  • ENGL 3312 – Grammar, Morphology, & Syntax
  • ENGL 3313 – Introduction to the Study of Language

British Literature Requirement (6 hours):

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3331 – British Literature 1
  • ENGL 3332 – British Literature 2
  • ENGL 3333 – British Literature 3

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4311 – Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4312 – Chaucer
  • ENGL 4313 – Arthurian Literature
  • ENGL 4314 – Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 4321 – English Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 4324 – Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4325 – Topics in Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4328 – Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4331 – Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 4341 – English Romanticism
  • ENGL 4343 – Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 4351 – British Novel I
  • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

American Literature Requirement (6 hours):

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3321 – American Literature I
  • ENGL 3322 – American Literature II
  • ENGL 3323 – American Literature III

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4345 – Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4380 – Studies in Major American Writers
  • ENGL 4381 – American Fiction
  • ENGL 4384 – American Poetry
  • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

Diverse Perspectives Requirement (3 hours) Select One:

  • ENGL 3326 – African-American Literature I
  • ENGL 3327 – African-American Literature II
  • ENGL 3340 – Women in Literature
  • ENGL 4354 – Post Colonial Literature
  • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

Required ENGL Elective Courses (14 hours)

At least 14 hours of English elective credit. At least 11 hours must be upper-level courses (3000 and 4000). Up to but no more than six hours of elective credit may be applied from:

  • ENGL 4100 – Independent Study English Majors and Minors Only
  • ENGL 4200 – Independent Study English Majors and Minors Only
  • ENGL 4300 – Independent Study English Majors and Minors Only

Or

  • ENGL 4390 – Internship

Second Language Requirement

6-7 hours of study in a Second Language, 6 hours must be in the same language. Students who have a previous background in a language may take a placement test and then enroll in the appropriate level to begin the 6 hours. Computer Programming language may count for this requirement, in which case, 7 hours is required:

  • CPSC 1175 – Introduction to Computer Science Laboratory
  • CPSC 1375 – Programming I
  • CPSC 2376 – Programming II

Minor

Requirement:

  • Completion of a Minor (See a full list of available Minors at Undergraduate Programs.)

Or

  • Completion of a Secondary Concentration: an individually-designed area of concentration (minimum of 15 hours, of which at least 9 must be upper-level). The secondary concentration is proposed by the student in writing to the student’s major advisor along with a statement of explanation. The advisor and the department chairperson will evaluate the proposal and must approve it before it can become official. The secondary concentration should be organized in a coherent fashion and could include courses from any relevant program outside of the student’s major program (note that some courses have prerequisites, co-requisites, or other restrictions).

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.