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Requirements:

The major in English consists of 10 courses given by, or approved by, the department. The following courses are required of all majors:

• ENGL 199 Approaches to Literature
• ENGL 200 Introduction to Theory

ENGL 199 is an introduction to the major and is open to all students thinking about majoring in English. All potential majors are urged to take it no later than the beginning of their sophomore year. While ENGL 199 and 200 constitute a sequence and must be taken in that order, this sequence is not necessarily consecutive. ENGL 199 is a class appropriate for incoming first-year students, while ENGL 200 is an advanced course in critical theory, open only to students with sophomore standing and above who have taken 199. Students will thus typically take 199 at the beginning of their first year, and they will take 200 no earlier than the beginning of their second year. ENGL 199 is the prerequisite for all 300-level literature classes offered by this department. Some 300-level classes may have additional prerequisites; see course descriptions below.

Students may choose either the writing or literature option for their English major. Described below are additional requirements for each option.

The Writing Option

• One course covering Literature before 1610 (ENGL 111, 112, 121, 321, 326)
• One course covering English Literature from 1610—1800 (ENGL 243, 307*, 332, 342)
• One course covering 19th Century English Literature (ENGL 254, 304, 306, 307*, 311, HONS 304, HONS 305)
• One course in American Literature before 1900 (ENGL 138, 161, 162, 235, 312, 320, 331)
• One course in Multi-Ethnic Literature (ENGL 163, 176, 178, 220, 250, 275, 276, 308, 316, 317, 323, HONS 205)
• Two Creative Writing courses (ENGL 105, 107, 109, 305, or 350)
• Any other Literature or Creative Writing Course
Note: Two of these 10 courses must be 300-level literature seminars.

*307 can satisfy the English Lit 1610-1800 requirement OR the 19th Century English Literature requirement, not both.

**323, Special Topics, in its various versions may satisfy one of these requirements; check with the Chair.

The Literature Option

• One course covering Literature before 1610 (ENGL 111, 112, 121, 321, 326)
• One course covering English Literature from 1610—1800 (ENGL 243, 307*, 332, 342)
• One course covering 19th Century English Literature (ENGL 254, 304, 306, 307*, 311, HONS 304, HONS 305)
• One course in American Literature before 1900 (ENGL 138, 161, 162, 235, 312, 320, 331)
• One course in Multi-Ethnic Literature (ENGL 163, 176, 178, 220, 250, 275, 276, 308, 316, 317, 323, HONS 205)
• Any Three other English courses (one of which may be a creative writing course)
Note: Two of these ten courses must be 300-level literature seminars.

In consultation with her departmental advisor, each student is encouraged to choose required and elective courses to extend the range of her familiarity with literature or to explore in greater depth areas of particular interest: historical periods, comparative literature studies, genres, themes, or individual figures.

In the Department of English, some or all of the College's independent learning requirement can be met by any student in the following ways: ENGL 350, 355, 370, or 380 or a special project in an appropriate 300-level course, elected after consultation with the instructor regarding its suitability for this purpose. Alternatively, English majors may meet the requirement by taking appropriate courses or completing projects in an area other than English.