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Requirements for the Degree Program for students declaring the major beginning February 20th, 2021.

NOTE: If you are already declared under the 2013 or prior requirements, you should follow those requirements, but you may switch to the new requirements if you wish. To do that, please see your English advisor.

English - BA (42 credits, including ENGL 22000)


The English Department offers students five concentrations: (1) Literatures and Criticism, (2) Creative Writing, (3) English: Foundations for Adolescent Education, (4) English Language Arts (ELA), and (5) Linguistics and Rhetoric. After taking ENGL 22000 Introduction to Writing about Literature, required of all students and a pre-requisite for all other courses in the major, students take thirty-nine credits (13 classes) of courses at the 300- and 400- level, with the exception of the following 200-level courses which are part of the major:

  • ENGL 25200 Introduction to Literary Studies, required of all English majors and to be taken within one semester of declaring the major
  • ENGL 28000 The Structure of Modern English, required for ELA, Linguistics and Rhetoric, and Adolescent Ed students.
  • ENGL 28500 Introduction to Creative Writing, required of all Creative Writing students.

All majors are required to take one 400-elective course, chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 49000 Advanced Seminar in Literatures and Criticism
  • ENGL 49200 Advanced Seminar in Linguistics and/or Rhetoric
  • ENGL 48400 Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing

Students may take any 400- level seminar for which they meet the prerequisites. See the individual concentration descriptions and requirements for details. If eligible, students may take the Honors Seminar (ENGL 49400) in place of or in addition to one of the Advanced Seminars. In rare cases, students may take ENGL 48500 Individual Tutorial Project instead of an Advanced Seminar, but only by permission of an advisor and the professor supervising the project.

Note: Up to 6 credits in the major sequence may be taken for CR/NC.

Here are some links to checklists for courses required in each concentration for those who have declared their majors beginning in Spring 2021

For English Majors who declared from Fall, 2013 to February 19th, 2021. (39 Credits):

Students who declare the major Fall 2013 or later have the option to take one approved 300-level course in another department to satisfy one of their elective requirements.  For details and a complete list of Eligible Elective Courses in Other Departments, please click here.


English Departmental Honors:

Departmental Honors are awarded to students who pursue a more intensive and rigorous course of study.

English Minor (12 Credits)

Non-majors are encouraged to pursue a minor in English.


  1. Use close reading skills and critical thinking to analyze and construct arguments about primary texts.
  2. Acquire broad and specialized knowledge about historical contexts of literature, the relationship between literature and history, and literary genres.
  3. Write scholarly research papers that use appropriate primary and secondary sources.
  4. Apply literary and/or rhetorical and/or linguistic theory to primary texts.
  5. For students in creative writing, incorporate peer and instructor feedback through the workshop process.
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