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English majors choose to concentrate in literature, writing, 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 104: Writing Foundations or EN 121: Writing.

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

Major, with literature concentration: ten courses, meeting these distribution requirements:

  • EN 201: English Studies
  • Five literature courses at the 300-level (or 4 300-level lit and an internship [EN 463/464] or independent study [EN 461/462])
  • Three electives (100/200-level literature courses or writing courses at any level)
  • Of the literature courses, students must take:
    • One course focused on literature before 1900 (EN 123, 131, 326, 342, 351, 354);
    • One course focused on literature post-1900 (EN 124, 132, 145, 171, 172, 173, 176, 180, 230, 236, 245, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 368, 373);
    • One course focused on British Literature (EN 123, 124, 245, 326, 331, 342, 351);
    • One course focused on American Literature (EN 131, 132, 172, 176, 354, 355, 356, 357, 368, 373);
    • One course with a global or multicultural focus (EN 145, 171, 173, 180, 230, 236, 339, 358, 359).
  • (Courses can count in more than one category; see Department Chair with questions.)
  • EN 430: Senior Seminar

Major, with writing concentration: ten courses, meeting these distribution requirements:

  • EN 201: English Studies
  • Three literature courses (two must be at the 300-level)
  • Five writing courses:
    • EN 207
    • EN 182, 208, or 281
    • Two courses from EN 304, 305, or 309
    • One additional 300-level writing course from EN 304, 305, 307, 309, and 380, or EN 461/462 Independent Study, or EN 463/464 Internship
  • EN 430: Senior Seminar

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

  • EN 201: English Studies
  • Two 300-level literature courses
  • 200-level writing course
  • 300-level writing course
  • EN 280: Editing and the English Language
  • EN 380: Writing for Publication
  • AR 204: Visual Communication
  • Publication Project (EN 461/462) or Editing Internship (EN 463/464/IS 302)
  • EN 430: Senior Seminar

Minor, with literature concentration: five literature courses, with at least two at the 300-level.

Minor, with writing concentration: five courses:

  • Four writing courses with at least two at the 300-level
  • One literature course at any level

Minor, with combined literature and writing concentration: six courses, including:

  • Two literature courses, with one at the 300-level
  • Two writing courses, with one at the 300-level
  • Two English electives

Minor, with editing and publishing concentration: six courses:

  • One 200-level writing course
  • One literature course
  • One 300-level writing workshop
  • AR 204: Visual Communication
  • EN 280: Editing and the English Language
  • EN 380: Writing for Publication

Professional Writing Minor: five courses:

  • EN 182: Journalistic Writing or English 281: Professional Writing
  • EN 208: Persuasive Writing
  • EN 280: Editing and the English Language
  • One course from AR 204, CO 210, CO 381, EN 380, or EN 463/464
  • One creative-writing elective course (EN 181, EN 304, EN 305, or EN 309)

English students interested in earning a teaching license should plan to double major in English and education and student teach their final semester. These students should enroll in ED 101 their first semester or as soon as possible thereafter and work closely with their advisors in both departments to ensure all State of Illinois requirements for licensure are met.

Students with a minimum 3.5 grade point average in English and a minimum 3.0 GPA overall can apply for Honors in English, working independently to complete an honors thesis over the final two semesters of enrollment. (For further details, see the course description below for English 410: English Honors Thesis.)