The English Major

Department Chair: Stephanie Callan, Ph.D.


The English major requires 10 courses/30 hours of upper-division coursework and has four main emphases:

1) Breadth and Depth

English majors are expected to have breadth of knowledge and depth of knowledge; thus, we offer a core set of courses for the major that emphasize a broad-based exposure to British and American literary traditions and that develop capacities for intensive literary study. Students are required to take 12 hours, broken down in the following way:

ENG 308 British Literature to 1798 (3)
ENG 318 American Literature to 1865 (3)
ENG 309 or British Literature from 1789 to the Present, or
ENG 319 American Literature from 1865 to the Present (3)
ENG 320 or Literary Movement or Period, or
ENG 321 Major Authors (3)

Students may take more than 4 of the above courses; the additional courses will be counted as English electives.

2) Diversity

Because of the globalized world in which we live and the rich literary traditions representing non-Western, non-dominant cultures, English majors must take one course that gives them exposure to diverse literature.
ENG 496 Special Topics in Diversity (3)

3) Electives

Students also need the flexibility to shape their course of study, pursuing their own intellectual interests. English majors take 12 hours of elective credits in English at the 300 or 400 level. One of these courses can be an upper division WRI or THR course.
ENG 3xx-4xx English Electives (12)

4) Senior Synthesis Seminar

This seminar involves an independent research project undertaken in the senior year under the direction of a faculty mentor, culminating in a substantial research paper and a presentation to the faculty.
ENG 498 Senior Synthesis Seminar (3)


ENG 3xx - 4xx English Electives (12)