The English Major

The English Department offers two different versions of the English major. This page outlines the requirements for our standard major and includes a helpful worksheet for English majors and prospective English majors.

In addition to our standard English major, we also offer a modified version of our standard major for students who wish to receive a teaching license: the English major with Communication Arts/Literature Teaching Licensure. Click on the “English major with Teaching License” tab for more information on that option.

English Major Worksheet

The English major requires a minimum of ten courses to complete. These courses must fulfill the following requirements:

Level I: English 185 (Literary Studies)

Level II: 3 courses: one from Cross-Cultural Studies, one from Literary History, and one from either Cross-Disciplinary Studies or Genre.

  1. Cross-Cultural Studies
    –Treat literature as a human expression that embraces both commonality and differences within and across cultures.
    –Focus on global literatures in English and/or multicultural literatures within a single nation.
  2. Literary History
    –Trace the process of literary change, examining the development of literary styles, conventions, and forms.
    –May focus on one national literary tradition or examine literature from two or more nations.
  3. Cross-Disciplinary Studies
    –Approach a topic, author, genre, or period from at least one disciplinary perspective in addition to that of literary study.
    –Recognize disciplinary perspectives as distinct ways of knowing.
  4. Genre
    –Require students to think critically and creatively about the formal qualities of literature.
    –Address for through writing, the study of literature, or both.

1800 requirement: Among all courses taken at level II (category-specific and elective), one must be a literature before 1800; one must be in literature after 1800.

Six electives, two of which must be at Level III. Here you can give your major the emphasis you choose: authors or historical periods; genres, topics and theoretical approaches; creative writing itself.

Level II Classes

Our 200-level courses fulfill categories as described below:

Cross-cultural Studies
Engl 200 – Topics in Cross-Cultural Literature
Engl 201 – Transatlantic Anglophone Literature
Engl 203 – Asian American Literature
Engl 204 – South Asian Literature
Engl 205 – American Racial and Multicultural Literatures
Engl 206 – African Literature
Engl 207 – Women of the African Diaspora
Engl 208 – Black and Asian British Literatures
Engl 209 – Arab American Literature and Film
Engl 210 – Post-Colonial Literature
Engl 211 – Hemingway in East Africa (abroad)
Engl 212 – Literature of the Eastern Caribbean (abroad)
Engl 251 – Major Chicano/a Authors

Literary History
Engl 220 – Topics in Literary History
Engl 221 – Literatures in English to 1650
Engl 223 – Old and Middle English Literature: The Weird and the Wonderful
Engl 225 – Neoclassical and Romantic Literature
Engl 227 – English Renaissance Literature
Engl 228 – Romantic/Victorian/Modern British Literature
Engl 229 – Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
Engl 232 – Writing America 1588-1800
Engl 271 – Literature and the Scientific Revolution

Engl 246 – Women’s Literature
Engl 250 – English Language and Linguistics
Engl 252 – New York New York! Mapping Place and Material Culture in N.Y.C. Lit
Engl 253 – Authors in English
Engl 255 – Backgrounds to Lit in English: Allusion, Influence, and Intertextualit
Engl 256 – Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Engl 258 – Folklore

Cross-Disciplinary Studies
Engl 260 – Topics in Cross-Disciplinary Literary Studies
Engl 261 – The Beat Generation
Engl 262 – Topics: Literature and History
Engl 263 – Narratives of Social Protest
Engl 264 – Topics in Gender and Literature
Engl 266 – Romanticism and Rock Music
Engl 267 – Monsters: Myths and Movies from the 19th to 21st Centuries
Engl 268 – Literature and Modern Philosophy
Engl 269 – Art, Design, and Literature in Britain Since 1950
Engl 271 – Literature and the Scientific Revolution
Engl 273 – Imagining Urban Ecologies
Engl 275 – Literature and Film
Engl 276 – Literature and the Environment
Engl 279 – Psychopathy in American Culture
Engl 290 – Exploring Literary Publishing
ID 258 – Theater in London (Abroad)

Engl 242 – Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Engl 280 – Topics in Genre
Engl 282 – Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing
Engl 283 – Crime Fiction
Engl 284 – Epic and the Novel
Engl 285 – Digital Rhetorics and New Media Literacies
Engl 286 – Topic: Rhetoric and Composition
Engl 287 – Professional and Business Writing
Engl 288 – Reading and Writing the Personal Essay
Engl 289 – Journalistic Writing
Engl 291 – Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Writing
Engl 292 – Intermediate Poetry Writing
Engl 293 – Intermediate Fiction Writing
Engl 294 – Academic Internship
Engl 296 – Screenwriting
Engl 298 – Independent Study