The English major consists of a total of 10 required courses*
*Courses in which a student receives a D or F will not count toward the major.
All majors are required to take "Theory for English Majors" (ENGL 3045) or "Theories of Comparative Literature" (COLI 3000). These courses introduce the English major to debates in literary and critical theory. The goal of these courses is to reflect on reading strategies, textual practices and language itself. Students will engage with a range of critical, theoretical and social issues shaping the field of literary studies today.
From the nine remaining elective courses, at least three must be designated in a historical period before 1800. While the English curriculum grants students considerable freedom to pursue their individual interests, the department urges majors to consult regularly with their advisers in selecting their electives, in order to ensure historical diversity in their course of study.
Creative Writing Courses
English majors may apply up to two writing courses (either English creative writing courses at the 3000-level or above, or communication courses cross-listed with English) toward their elective requirements. Majors who wish to take more creative writing courses may do so as electives outside the English major, or they may wish to consider declaring a creative writing minor in addition to their English major. For creative writing options for both English majors and non-English majors, please see Undergraduate in Creative Writing.