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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, BA

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Courses that fulfill requirements for the English major and the core curriculum have the following code designation in the course description:

A American
BE British & European Literature, 1800-Present
Co Core
CW Creative Writing
EM Early Modern, 1500-1800
NW U.S. Ethnic/Non-Western
PM Pre-Modern Literature to 1500


In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in English, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits, with a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 2.00, including the following:

I. Core Curriculum Requirements

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Language 115, 125, 135, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 135 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 115, 125, and 135. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages Department  for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill English major requirements.

Then choose one 300-400 level course from each of five required areas, below:

At least one of these 300- level courses must include 300, 301, 302, 303, or 306. In addition, among the five required area courses and three elective courses, at least one must be at the 400 level.

  • Pre-modern Literature, to 1500 (5)
  • Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800 (5)
  • British & European Literature, 1800-Present (5)
  • American Literature (5)
  • U.S. Ethnic & Non-Western Literature (5)
  • English Electives (300-400 level) (see course descriptions) 15


  1. A required course may not be used to satisfy two requirements simultaneously. Moreover, requirements of the core (for example, ENGL 110, ENGL 120, interdisciplinary courses and senior synthesis) do not satisfy requirements for the English major.

Additional Information

Literature (200-level)

200-level Readings Courses are foundational to the advanced study of literature and creative writing. Students will learn to identify different literary genres and conventions, and to develop close reading skills while developing a coherent sense of the sweep of English and American literary history.

Literature (300-level)

300-level courses build on the skills of close reading developed in 200-level courses, extend students’ repertoire of interpretive strategies, and teach sound habits of scholarship needed for success in 400-level courses. 300-level courses offer a wide range of approaches to literature. Instructors’ teaching strategies and course assignments aim to help students read with sophistication, develop theoretical awareness, and understand disciplinary methods of inquiry and analysis. 300-level courses are designed for both majors and non-majors. English Majors are advised to complete 300, 301, 302, 303, or 306 before taking a 400-level literature course.

Literature (400-level)

Courses with a 400 number are advanced studies in literature and writing that build on the research writing skills developed in 300-level courses. 400-level courses have three goals: first, to help students gain a depth of understanding of a focused series of texts, e.g. on a major theme, by one or two authors, or in a particular genre; second, to help students gain an understanding of various theories and methods of literary criticism, as well as learn to apply them to the central texts of the course; and third, to assist students in the writing of a major scholarly paper or creative portfolio. The literary paper will demonstrate close reading, the raising of a   literary question in relation to debates among the critics, and the pursuit of an extended and persuasive literary argument.

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