A major in English leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires 11 three or four credit courses, exclusive of ENGL 101, 105, and 201. The credits must include:
- One or two English courses numbered between 202 and 295
- ENGL 299 (should be completed by the end of the sophomore year)
- Eight or nine additional courses numbered at the 300-level or above, with the optional inclusion of one course from a list of approved cognate courses from designated departments and programs
- Completion of the capstone writing requirement with either ENGL 413 (3) or 493 (3-3)
- At least two courses must be chosen from each of the following areas. ENGL 370 can be used in any area.
- Early British Literature: ENGL 311, 312, 313, 318, 319, 320, 326, 330, 333, 334, 335, 358, 370, and when the topic is appropriate, 380 and 403
- Later British Literature and World Literature in English: ENGL 334, 335, 341, 342, 345, 348, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 358, 370, 384, 386, 387, 388, and when the topic is appropriate, 380 and 403
- American Literature: ENGL 354, 359, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 367, 368, 369, 370, and when the topic is appropriate, 380 and 403
The English faculty urges majors to craft their courses of study to include lyric poetry, narrative, nonfiction prose, and drama.
Students may petition the chair to include one cognate course at any level in the English major; this elective credit cannot count in a distribution area. If a student has not taken ENGL 202, THTR 220 may be used as a cognate course. Courses that may be appropriate for such credit, such as some literature courses in languages other than English, must focus on reading literature closely and recognizing subtle and complex differences in language use; and require at least 15 formal graded pages of writing about literature or a substantial portfolio of creative writing.