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, SHOULD, or 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 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.


Director of Writing (for questions related to FYW placement): Diane Leblanc (leblanc@stolaf.edu), x3438

Informational Events

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

Jonathan T Naito (he, him, his)

Associate Professor of English; Department Chair of English; Director of Race Matters Learning Community

Rølvaag Memorial Library 526C

Office Hours: Mon 11:30-1:00, Tues 11:30-1:00, and by appointment

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