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English Undergraduate Major (BA, CRED, HBA)

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College of Liberal Arts | School of Writing, Literature and Film


Undergraduate English majors must attain proficiency in a foreign language, as certified by the School of Language, Culture, and Society, equivalent to that assumed at the end of a second-year language sequence (211/212/213).



A grade of C– or better is required for all courses used to complete major requirements.

Lower Division


From one of the following sequences, 8 credits:
ENG 204. *Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (4)
ENG 205. *Survey of British Literature: Restoration to Romantic Era (4)
ENG 206. *Survey of British Literature: Victorian Era to 20th Century (4)
ENG 210. *Literatures of the World: Asia (4)
ENG 211. *Literatures of the World: Africa (4)
ENG 212. *Literatures of the World: Meso/South America, Caribbean (4)
ENG 213. *Literatures of the World: Middle East (4)
ENG 214 *Literatures of Europe (4)
ENG 253. *Survey of American Literature: Colonial to 1900 (4)
ENG 254. *Survey of American Literature: 1900 to Present (4)

From the following, 12 additional credits (at least 4 credits pre-1800):
ENG 200. Library Skills for Literary Study (1)
ENG 201. *Shakespeare (4)
ENG 202. *Shakespeare (4)
ENG 204. *Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (4)
ENG 205. *Survey of British Literature: Restoration to Romantic Era (4)
ENG 206. *Survey of British Literature: Victorian Era to 20th Century (4)
ENG 207. *Literature of Western Civilization: Classical-Renaissance (4)
ENG 208. *Literature of Western Civilization: 18th Century to Present (4)
ENG 210. *Literatures of the World: Asia (4)
ENG 211. *Literatures of the World: Africa (4)
ENG 212. *Literatures of the World: Meso/South America, Caribbean (4)
ENG 213. *Literatures of the World: Middle East (4)
ENG 214 *Literatures of Europe (4)
ENG 221. *African-American Literature (4)
ENG 253. *Survey of American Literature: Colonial to 1900 (4)
ENG 254. *Survey of American Literature:1900 to Present (4)
ENG 260. *Literature of American Minorities (4)

Upper Division

ENG 345. Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory (4)

Pre-1800 Literature (Select a minimum of 2 courses, 8 credits)1
ENG 417. The English Novel: Defoe Through Scott (4)
ENG 425. Studies in Medieval Literature (4)
ENG 426. Studies in Chaucer (4)
ENG 430. Studies in Early Modern Literature (4)
ENG 433. Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century (4)
ENG 435. Studies in Shakespeare (4)
ENG 490. History of the English Language (4)

Post-1800 Literature (Select a minimum of 2 courses, 8 credits)1
ENG 317. *The American Novel: Beginnings to Chopin (4)
ENG 318. *The American Novel: Modernist Period (4)
ENG 319. *The American Novel: Post-World War II (4)
ENG 320. *Studies in Page, Stage, and Screen (4)
ENG 360. *Native American Literature (4)
ENG 362. *American Women Writers (4)
ENG 374. *Modern Short Story (4)
ENG 418. The English Novel: Victorian Period (4)
ENG 419. The English Novel: 20th Century (4)
ENG 434. Studies in Romanticism (4)
ENG 436. Studies in Victorian Literature (4)
ENG 438. Studies in Modernism (4)
ENG 440. Studies in Modern Irish Literature (4)
ENG 450. Studies in Short Fiction (4)
ENG 470. ^Studies in Poetry (4)
ENG 482. Studies in American Literature, Culture, and the Environment (4)
ENG 485. ^Studies in American Literature (4)
FILM 452. ^Studies in Film (4)

Electives (12 credits upper-division ENG or WR)

WIC Course (3)

Courses taken to satisfy major requirements may not be taken with an S/U grade.

Total=53


Sample Four-Year Plan: English Major


Year 1


Fall  (14)

ALS 199. Special Topics: U-Engage (2)
ENG 204. *Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (4)
   or ENG 205. *Survey of British Literature: Restoration to Romantic Era (4)
   or ENG 206. *Survey of British Literature: Victorian Era to 20th Century (4)
   or ENG 253. *Survey of American Literature: Colonial to 1900 (4)
   or ENG 254. *Survey of American Literature:1900 to Present (4)
Language 111 (4)
PAC Course (1–2)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
   or COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)

Winter (16)

ENG 200. Library Skills for Literary Study (1)
ENG 204. *Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (4)
   or ENG 205. *Survey of British Literature: Restoration to Romantic Era (4)
   or ENG 206. *Survey of British Literature: Victorian Era to 20th Century (4)
   or ENG 253. *Survey of American Literature: Colonial to 1900 (4)
   or ENG 254. *Survey of American Literature:1900 to Present (4)
Language 112 (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
   or COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
Bacc Core Course-Western Culture (4)

Spring (15)

Survey of Literature Elective (4)
Language 113 (4)
MTH Course (4)
Bacc Core Course-Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)

Year 2


Fall  (15)

Survey of Literature Elective (4)
Language 211 (4)
Bacc Core Course-Cultural Diversity (3)
Bacc Core Course-Physical Science with Attached Lab (3)

Winter (16)

Survey of Literature Elective (4)
Language 212 (4)
Bacc Core Course-Social Processes and Institutions (3)
Bacc Core Course-Biological Science with Attached Lab (3)

Spring (14)

HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
Language 213 (4)
WR II (4)
Bacc Core Course-Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)
Bacc Core Course-Literature and the Arts (4)

Year 3


Fall  (15)

ENG 345. Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory (4)
Bacc Core Course-Social Sciences (3)
Pre-1800 Upper-Division Literature (4)
Third Lab Science (4)

Winter  (16)

Post-1800 Upper-Division Literature (4)
Bacc Core Course—Non-Western Culture (3)
CLA Core Course—Fine Arts (3)
CLA Core Course, Additional—(3)
General Elective (3)

Spring (15)

Bacc Core Course—Science, Technology and Society (3)
CLA Core Course—Humanities (3)
Post-1800 Upper-Division Literature (4)
Pre-1800 Upper-Division Literature (4)
PAC (1–2)

Year 4


Fall  (16)

ENG or WR Upper-Division Elective (4)
Bacc Core Course—Contemporary Global Issues (3)
General Elective (3)
General Elective (3)
General Elective (4)

Winter (14)

ENG or WR Upper-Division Elective (4)
General Elective (3)
General Elective (3)
​General Elective (4)

Spring (14)

ENG or WR Upper-Division Elective (4)
General Elective (3)
General Elective (3)
​General Elective (4)

Total=180

Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
1 See advisor for additional pre- and post-1800 courses.



Major Code: 890

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