*Many, though not all students interested in the English major take an English course in their first year. Prospective English majors may want to enroll in ENGL 185 (our introduction to literary studies; a required course for all majors) and/or ENGL 150 (our introduction to creative writing; not a requirement for the major or for further creative writing study, though it does serve as an English elective).
Note that both of these courses require completion of the FYW GE requirement OR concurrent enrollment in a course that satisfies FYW (such as WRIT 111 or a relevant conversation program). Another option is to take a 100-level ENGL course that does not have any prerequisites. These are usually offered during interim. Finally, first-year students who have completed FYW (including students who have satisfied FYW with transfer credit or AP/IB credit) are welcome to take most of our offerings at the 200-level.
Note that there are two different versions of the English major: a standard major and an English education major (for students who want to earn a teaching license). Students who are interested in a teaching license should consult with faculty in the Education Department as well as the English Department early in their college careers, as this major has a more rigid set of requirements.
CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
- 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 (email@example.com), 507-786-3438
Fall “Introduction to the Major” event (usually held in October)
Chair, Department of English – Jon Naito (firstname.lastname@example.org)