Starting a major

  • Most students do not begin the English major until the first semester of sophomore year, though a few begin in Interim or second semester of their first year.

Are there courses students MUST/CAN take their First Year?

  • Must:
    • English FYW or its equivalent (AP or IB credit or one semester of Great Con or Amcon) is a prerequisite for nearly all English courses.
  • Can:
    • Once a student completes FYW or its equivalent, he or she can take English 185 (the unofficial introduction to the major) or any Level II elective.
    • Even without FYW or equivalent, interested first year students can take English 108, 123, or 124 (offered during Interim).

Credit/placement for previous coursework

  • Students are given credit for FYW if they get a score of 5 on the AP English Literature or English Language test or if they score 5-7 on the IB English Language test.
  • Credit for AP or IB does not count toward the requirements of the English major.
  • Completion of the Great Conversation (all five courses) counts as the equivalent to one English elective.

Informational Events

  • Departmental Information Session (Week One)
  • Fall “Introduction to the Major” event (usually held in October)

Other Information/College Catalog Link/Website Link

Contacts and Department Location

The English Department is located in Rolvaag 526 (take the stairwell to the right of the library entrance)

To download and print, click on this link: English Information Sheet