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THE ENGLISH MAJOR

The major emphasizes the historical reach of literary study through its historical distribution requirement. The theory requirement introduces influential concepts and debates underlying the study of language, literature, and their cultural impact. The range of electives and seminars that make up the bulk of the curriculum allows for flexibility in designing individual majors while ensuring a comprehensive grasp of the varieties of literary study.

How to Declare an English Major

  • Email your campus Associate Chair to set up a meeting to discuss declaration of major.  You can find the list of contacts here.
  • Fill out the Contact Information Form for Majors and bring this to your meeting with your campus Associate Chair.
ENGLISH MAJOR Requirements


The English major consists of a total of 10 required courses
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*Courses in which a student receives a D or F will not count toward the major.


Junior Theory
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.
 
Historical Distribution
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 English creative writing courses (3000 level and above) toward their elective requirements.

  • One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here.
  • 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.
Recommendations for english major
  • Although seniors may enroll in the course, Theory for English Majors or Theories of Comparative Literature should ordinarily be taken during junior year.
  • English majors should take a seminar (4000-level) during their senior year. 
  • English majors are permitted to take one or two courses with an interdisciplinary or comparative literature focus, including cross-listed courses offered by other programs or departments (termed "Cognate Courses"). English Major students who wish to take Cognate Courses must fill out the Cognate Course Approval Form and submit it to the Associate Chair of English for approval.
  • The department seeks to accommodate students who study abroad. Up to two courses taken abroad with content clearly related to literary study may be considered for credit toward the major.
Core Curriculum for ENGLISH MAJORS 

All future English majors are required to fulfill the first-level core English requirements (ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2000) before beginning the major, but neither ENGL 1102 nor ENGL 2000 counts toward the major. However, if an English elective is taken toward the core requirement in Advanced Disciplinary Courses in Literature, History, and Social Science, that elective will count as one of the ten courses in the major.

Core Curriculum Requirements:  Students in the class of 2013 and beyond should follow the updated core requirements.
Students in the class of 2012 and earlier should make sure that they follow the old core requirements.

English Courses and Advanced Placement Credits: AP Credits in English Literature and in English Language count toward a student’s total number of credits in the college but not within the major. A score of 4 or 5 in AP English Literature will count towards elective credits. All students are required to take Texts and Contexts / Eloquentia Perfecta 2.

 


THE ENGLISH MAJOR WITH A
CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING

 
Premised on the belief that the study of literature and the practice of writing are mutually reinforcing, the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration emphasizes the inter-relations among creative writing, digital media, criticism, and scholarship. As a concentration with a dual focus on literature and creative work, fully integrated within the English department, this degree offering combines literature courses, small writing workshops, and practical industry training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in writing, media, and publishing. In addition, our concentrators benefit from the resources provided by a creatively accomplished faculty whose work is distinguished and whose practical knowledge of the institutions that support creative writing is extensive, and New York City itself, a worldwide center for literary publishing.

Application

Admission to the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration is competitive and is based primarily on the strength of the submitted writing sample.  Fifteen students will be admitted each year. 

Applicants must:

  • Be in their sophomore or junior year
  • Have and maintain a 3.0 overall G.P.A.
  • Attend 3 Creative Writing events each semester
  • Submit an application and Writing Sample by completing this Application form by November 1st
Notification on application status will go out by email to all applicants by December 1st.


the english major WITH A CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING Requirements


The English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration consists of a total of 11 required courses
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*Courses in which a student receives a D or F will not count toward the major.


One Junior Theory Course
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.


Five Literature Electives (at 3000 level or above)
At least two courses 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.

Five Creative Writing Courses
One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here.

One (Non-Credit) Capstone Course
This course is the exit requirement for English Majors concentrating in Creative Writing.  To take this course, students must have completed 7 of their 11 courses toward their degree. They also must be in their Senior year. Students will work collaboratively to put together a public exhibition of a creative writing project as a culminating experience.


Advising

Faculty advisors will guide students in choosing courses in a manner that provides a coherent focus across writing genres and historical periods, at the same time allowing students to pursue an interest-driven, individualized course of study. Advisors, all full-time creative writing faculty, will initially be assigned at random. Students will have the opportunity to adjust their advisor assignment as faculty-student relationships develop during the course of study.


Publications

Students are encouraged to be involved with one of the publications on campus, including CURA, The Observer (and its literary section, “The Comma”) and The Ram.  Class credit may be earned by working on any of these publications. 


Internships

Students are also encouraged to explore internships relevant to their course of study.  However, internships will not be offered for credit toward the degree and will not
substitute for course work.


 

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THE ENGLISH MINOR

ENGLISH MINOR Requirements
The minor in English consists of any six English courses beyond the first-level core English requirements (ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2000), at least four of which must be literature courses (rather than creative writing courses or cross-listed communications courses).

How to Declare an English Minor
  • Email your campus Associate Chair to set up a meeting to discuss declaration of major.  You can find the list of contacts here.
  • Fill out the Contact Information form for minors located here and bring this to your meeting with your campus Associate Chair.
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The Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing Minor Requirements

For English Majors

The Creative Writing minor for English majors allows students to take 4 creative writing classes.  This increases the total number of required courses for the English Major from 10 to 14. A typical course of study for this option is:
  • 1 Theory course
  • 3 Pre-1800 courses
  • 4 English Creative Writing courses (at 3000 level or above). 
    • One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here.
  • 6 Literature Electives (At 3000 level or above). Two of these courses may be Cognate Courses.

For Non-English Majors

The minor in Creative Writing, available to students in majors other than English, will consist of:

  1.  Four (4) four-credit courses which must be drawn from 3000-level and above English Creative Writing courses. 
  • One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here.
  • Independent studies, approved by the Director of Creative Writing, are also accepted.  
Please note:  Students minoring in Creative Writing may count no more than 2 courses [or 8 credits] applicable to the Creative Writing minor for their major.
      
   2. Two (2) advanced courses (3000-level and above) in Literature offered through the English department.
Cognate Courses (3000-level and above)and courses meeting literature requirements in the Classics department, the Literary Studies program, or the Modern Languages department may be utilized to fulfill this requirement.

How to Declare Creative Writing Minor:

To declare a Creative Writing Minor, fill out the online Creative Writing Minor Declaration form.

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