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English majors choose to concentrate in literature, writing (creative or expository), or editing and publishing. The major consists of a minimum of forty (40) semester hours of course work within the department with a grade point average of ‘C’ (2.0) or above, exclusive of EN 121, Principles of Writing.

Students may not count more than eight hours of 200-level literature toward the major.

All majors in English must complete satisfactorily the Senior Seminar, the department’s capstone course.

Literature concentration: ten courses, including at least five 300-level literature courses and meeting these distribution requirements:

  • English Studies (EN 201)
  • Two of Global Literatures (EN 171, 173, 238, 335, 339, 356, 358, 359, 373)
  • Two of Literary Traditions (EN 131, 132, 141, 142, 172, 176, 310, 311, 326, 354, 355, 357, 368, 388)
  • One Genre/Concept course (EN 145, 225, 230, 236, 245, 262, 263, 322, 331, 304, 305, 307, 308, 309)
  • Three electives, at least two of which must be 300-level literature courses (the other could be a writing course, a 100/200-level literature course, an additional 300-level literature course, or an internship).
  • Senior Seminar (EN 430)

Writing concentration: ten courses, including at least five courses within a Creative or Expository Focus and meeting these distribution requirements:

  • English Studies (EN 201)
  • Three literature courses (two of which must be 300-level literature courses, one of which must be a Global Literatures course, and one of which must be a Literary Traditions course)
  • Five of either Creative or Expository Focus
    • Creative Focus: EN 207, two 300-level creative-writing courses (one of which must be EN 304 or 305; EN 307; or EN 309), and two elective courses from 200- or 300-level writing courses or an experiential-learning course (EN 388, 410, 461/462, 463/464, IS 201/202)*
    • Expository Focus: A 200-level nonfiction writing course, two 300-level nonfiction writing courses (one of which must be EN 309), and two elective courses, from 200- or 300-level writing courses or an experiential-learning course (EN 388, 410, 461/462, 463/464, IS 201/202)*
  • EN 430, Senior Seminar and a public reading of one’s creative work

Editing and publishing concentration: ten courses with a focus on understanding quality, understanding publishing, and the capstone course:

  • English Studies (EN 201)
  • Two 300-level Literature Courses
  • 200-level Writing or Professional Writing Course
  • 300-level Writing Course
  • Editing and Publishing I (EN 280)
  • Editing and Publishing II (EN 380)
  • Visual Communication (AR 204)
  • Publication Project (EN 461/462) or Editing Internship (EN 463/464/IS 302)
  • Senior Seminar (EN 430)

Minor, with literature concentration: five courses, including:

  • English Studies (EN 201)
  • One Global Literatures or Literary Traditions course
  • Three 300-level literature courses, from two or more cultural tradition

Minor, with writing concentration: five courses, including:

  • English Studies (201)
  • A 200-level writing course (EN 205, 207, 208, or 212)
  • Two 300-level writing courses
  • One elective, from 300-level literature courses or an experiential-learning course (EN 388, 410, 461/462, 463/464, IS 201/202)
    • Any student who completes this requirement with IS 201/202 must submit a departmentally approved portfolio of at least ten pages of travel essay(s), story or stories, or poems to the department chair.

Minor, with combined concentration**: six courses, including:

  • A 100- or 200-level literature course (EN 131, 132, 172, or 173 are recommended)
  • A 200-level writing course (EN 205, 207, 208, or 212)
  • Two 300-level writing courses (EN 304, 305, 308, 309); at least one must be an expository writing course
  • Two 300-level literature electives (at least one English or Global Literatures and one American literature course)

** This minor is the appropriate choice for students opting for a Middle School endorsement.

English majors who choose to undertake a program in secondary education coordinate their studies in English with the course work required for teacher certification, as outlined by the Department of Education.

Students interested in a secondary education track should visit the English Department chair as soon as possible. The chair will direct them to the best English advisor for their needs.

Students with a minimum 3.5 grade point average in English and a minimum 3.0 GPA overall can apply to enroll in the English Honors Program, working independently to complete an honors thesis over the final two semesters of enrollment.