PicMonkey CollageThe English Department offers a major, a major with creative writing emphasis, a minor, and a minor with creative writing emphasis.

I. Major Requirements

English majors take 39 hours, including:

  • 36 hours in English above ENG 112 or 115, and
  • One 3-hour allied course.

Of the 36 hours in English, 12 hours are required of all majors:

  • ENG 211 English Literature Survey I (3 hours)
  • ENG 213 English Literature Survey II (3 hours)
  • ENG 292 Introduction to Literary Analysis (1 hour)
  • ENG 414 Shakespeare (3 hours), and
  • ENG 482 Senior Seminar (2 hours).

The remaining 24 hours of English courses must include one class in each of four distribution areas (12 hours). Students also take 12 hours of electives.

Finally, all majors are expected to pass senior comprehensive examinations. The oral exam covers Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance (including Shakespeare), Restoration and Neo-Classical, Romantic, Victorian, pre-twentieth-century American, and Modern American and British literature. Students should bear these periods and the content associated with them in mind when they choose elective courses in the major.

Distribution Areas

Majors must take at least one class from each distribution area. The four distribution areas are: (1) American Literature, (2) English Literature before 1700, (3) English Literature 1700-1900, and (4) Comparative Literature.

1. Three Hours of American Literature (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 341 Survey of African-American Literature 1745-Present
  • ENG 343 American Literature to 1870
  • ENG 345 American Literature from 1870
  • ENG 347 American Novel
  • ENG 349 Southern Novel
  • ENG 445 Topics in American Literature
  • ENG 447 Topics in Multiethnic American Literature
2. Three Hours of English Literature before 1700 (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 311 Medieval Literature
  • ENG 313 Renaissance Literature
  • ENG 412 Chaucer
  • ENG  416 Milton
  • ENG 418 Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
3. Three Hours of English Literature between 1700-1900 (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 321 Neo-Classical Literature
  • ENG 323 Romantic Literature
  • ENG 327 Victorian Literature
  • ENG 329 English Novel
  • ENG 424 Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature
4. Three Hours of Comparative Literature (Choose at least 1 class)
  • ENG 296 World Literature Survey I
  • ENG 298 World Literature Survey II
  • ENG 401 Epic Poetry
  • ENG 403 Contemporary Poetry
  • ENG 407 Contemporary Fiction
  • ENG 409 Contemporary Drama
  • ENG 438 Topics in Women and Literature

Elective Courses

While generally not required, the following elective courses can count toward students’ 36-hour total of English classes:

  • ENG 331 Modern British Literature
  • ENG 352 Media Journalism*
  • ENG 354 Magazine Editing and Publishing
  • ENG 356 Linguistics*
  • ENG 361 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 363 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 365 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • ENG 375 Tutorial Topics (only available to students in the Oxford Program)
  • ENG 432 Special Topics in Literature
  • ENG 436 Irish Literature
  • ENG 440 Independent Study
  • ENG 452 Topics in the English Language
  • ENG 462 Topics in Writing and Literature

* required of those seeking secondary education certification

Allied Classes

In addition to 36 hours of coursework in English, students must take 3 hours (1 class) in an allied discipline from the list below. This course may not also be counted toward general education requirements.

American Studies
  • AMS 250 Introduction to American Studies
  • AMS 450 Senior Seminar
Classics
  • CLA 314 Mythology
  • CLA 316 Ancient Drama
  • CLA 370 Topics in Classical Literature
History
  • HIS 323 Renaissance and Reformation
  • HIS 335 History of England
  • HIS 337 Modern England
  • HIS 356 Medieval History
Philosophy
  • PHI 315 Existentialism and Idealism
  • PHI 355 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 412 American Philosophy
Theatre
  • THE 327 Directing
World Languages
  • Any upper-level literature course in a World Language

The Department Chair may at times approve other courses for use as allied classes.

II. Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

To complete a Creative Writing Emphasis within the English major, students take 12 hours of the 36 hours in English in Creative Writing courses, including 6-9 hours in workshop courses (ENG 361, ENG 363, and ENG 365) and 3-6 hours chosen from among ENG 354, ENG 403, ENG 407, or ENG 462. Like other English majors, majors with the Creative Writing Emphasis are expected to pass senior comprehensive exams.

III. Minor in English

Minors take 18 hours (six classes) in the English Department (not counting English 111, 112, and 115).

IV. Minor with Creative Writing Emphasis

Minors with a Creative Writing emphasis take 18 hours in the English Department above 211 or 213, including ENG 354 (3 hours), 6-9 hours in workshop courses, and 6-9 hours in ENG 403, ENG 407, ENG 409, and/or ENG 462.