Majoring & Minoring
Major requirements ensure that majors are exposed to a broad range of issues and texts representative of the discipline.
The major features courses that present the historical and cultural range of literary production in English, a deliberate encounter with interpretive strategies under the heading of critical theory, and, under “emergent literatures or popular cultures,” a set of courses that exceed established, national canons of literature. Special topics courses (10-304) are frequently offered that, where designated, fulfill these requirements.
English 10-284 is strongly recommended to the prospective major or minor, as is one or more courses among 10-154, 164, and 174.
Major in English
9 courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.) English 10-284; one course in English literature written before 1785 from 10-154, 604, 614, 624, 634, 654; one course in English literature written since 1785 from 10- 164, 664, 674, 684; one course in American literature from 10-174, 714, 734, 754; one course in emergent literatures and popular cultures from 10-514, 524, 534, 544, 574, 594; one course in critical theory from 10-404, 444, 474; 10-934 (Capstone); enough additional hours of English to total 30 hours overall, and at least 18 hours above the introductory level.
Minor in English
5 courses (Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credits.) English 10-284; one survey or period course in English literature written before 1785 from 10-154, 604, 614, 624, 634, 654; 3 additional courses in English, with sufficient upper-level courses such that the student will take at least three upper-level courses in the minor.
It is possible to complete a 15-course paired major in English and Feminist Studies by double counting three of the five courses cross-listed in English and Feminist Studies: Feminist Film Studies (10-474), Topics in Women’s Literature (10-574), Topics in Romanticism (10-664), and Topics in Victorian Literature and Culture (10-674). The department frequently offers other, more specialized, cross-listed courses that might substitute for one of these cross-listed courses with the approval of both the English and Feminist Studies chairs.
Tutorials and Independent Study (10-901, 902, 903, 904 and 10-951, 952, 953, 954) are open to majors and minors who wish to develop special projects.
See the Education Department for information regarding teacher certification in English.
Courses for Spring 2014
See the course schedule on Webadvisor for details
10-284 Literary Analysis & Methods (required for major & minor)
Courses that fulfill the requirement in British literature before 1785
10-654 The Queer 18th Century
Courses that fulfill the requirement in British literature after 1785
10-664 British Romanticism
10-684 Best Recent Fiction: Booker Prize Winners
Courses that fulfill the requirement in American literature
10-174 Survey of American Literature
10-734 Critical Approaches to Dickinson and Whitman
10-764 American Ethnic Literature
Courses that fulfill the requirement in emergent literatures & popular cultures
10-504 Shakespeare in Hollywood
10-514 World Cinema
10-764 American Ethnic Literature*
Courses that fulfill the requirement in critical theory
10-404 Literary Theory/Literary Criticism
10-954 Capstone: “The Wasteland” and Intertextuality
Additional Elective Offerings
10-004 Introduction to Creative Writing
10-304 Writing for Stage and Screen
10-324 Advanced Creative Writing
Courses for Fall 2014
10-114 College Writing
10-154 Survey of British Literature I
10-174 Survey of American Literature
10-474 Feminist Film Studies
10-524 American Movies
10-534 Postcolonial Literature
10-654 Restoration & 18th-century Drama
10-684 20th-century British Literature
10-934 Capstone Seminar
The fall semester 2014 capstone will be taught by Dr. Evans-Hoffpauir
The spring semester 2015 capstone will be taught by Dr. Meyers
*May be taken in fulfillment of this category with a substitution card signed by the department chair.