Chair: Nathaniel D. Perry
Professors Davis, Hardy, K. Weese;
Associate Professors Perry, Varholy;
Assistant Professor Horne;
Visiting Assistant Professor Whitney


The requirements for a major in English are 34 hours. These hours must include one semester of History of English Literature (211 or 212); one semester of American Literature (221 or 222); one focused perspectives course (English 224, 226, 228, 230, or 340); one semester of Shakespeare or Chaucer or Milton at the 300 level (330, 334, or 335); a period course (English 300, 301, 302, 303, or 304); any two upper-level elective literature courses, including author, genre, or special topics courses at the 300 level; Literary Theory and Criticism (English 380); and two elective courses (one in literature before 1900; one elective may be in creative writing). It is strongly recommended that students take Literary Theory and Criticism in the junior year. Each major must enroll in English 480, the Capstone Seminar, and take as a corequisite English 481, the Research Methods Seminar. Students should take 480/481 during their senior year unless they are considering Departmental Distinction, in which case they should talk to their advisor about taking 480/481 during the second semester of their junior year. It is recommended that students complete 380 and two other 300-level courses before enrolling in the capstone. Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to take a literature course numbered at the 100 level in their freshman year. English courses taken at other institutions and presented for major credit must be approved in writing by the Department of English; for current students this approval must be secured in advance, and for transfer and former students it must be secured at entrance.

The requirements for a minor in Creative Writing are 15 hours, including a minimum of three creative writing courses from among English 250, 252, 350, and 352. A Creative Writing minor must specialize in either poetry or fiction by taking both workshops in that genre as well as a literature course that focuses on the genre of choice. In addition, each student must take Rhetoric 301. English majors who elect to complete this minor are allowed to count one course towards both the English major and the Creative Writing minor. Students completing the Creative Writing minor who elect also to complete the Rhetoric minor (see under Rhetoric) are allowed a one course overlap (Rhetoric 301).

English Course Catalogue

updated 7/11/18

English Major Checklist

Major Requirements Offered Fall 2019
211 or 212 One British Lit. Survey 211: History of English Lit I
221 or 222 One American  Lit. Survey 221: American Lit to the Civil War
224, 226, 228, or 230 One focused perspectives 224: Intro to African-American Lit
380 Literary Theory & Criticism 380: Lit Theory and Criticism
480 (3 hours) Capstone seminar* 480: Capstone
481 (1 hour) Research methods seminar 481: Research Methods
Additional Requirement: Six English Electives Offered Fall 2019
Four 300-level courses Four 300-level literature courses (two of which must be pre-1900)

317: English Novel (pre-19th)

323: Contemporary Poetry

385: Byron (pre-19th)

Two Electives

1 elective any choice

and 

1 elective above 222 (this may not be Creative Writing)

Any English course, including

185: Heroes and Villains

191: Lit of the American Road

192: Lit and Medicine

250: Poetry Writing

252: Fiction Writing


245: Satire

257: Fiction into Film

300-level courses


*As of fall 2013, the Catalogue reads: "Each major must enroll in English 480, the Capstone Seminar, and take as a corequisite English 481, the Research Methods Seminar. Students should take 480/481 during their senior year unless they are considering an honors project, in which case they should talk to their advisor about taking 480/481 during the second semester of their junior year. It is recommended that students complete 380 and two other 300-level courses before enrolling in the capstone.

Creative Writing Minor Checklist

The Creative Writing Minor consists of five courses: four creative writing courses and one literature course that focuses on a genre. A student completing this minor must choose a "track" or specialization, normally either poetry or fiction. He will take both the beginning and advanced writing course in that track and will then select an appropriate genre course to complete the track.

English majors who elect to complete this minor are allowed to count one course towards both the English major and the Creative Writing minor. Students completing the Creative Writing minor who elect also to complete the Rhetoric minor are allowed a one-course overlap. 

Required Courses:  

  • English 250.  Introductory Creative Writing: Poetry  
  • English 252.  Introductory Creative Writing: Fiction  
  • Rhetoric 301. Creative Nonfiction    

Tracked Electives:  

  • One advanced-level creative writing course, normally English 350 or 352.  (Students who wish to specialize in creative non-fiction might arrange for an independent study.)  
  • One literature course focusing on the appropriate genre. Examples are English 316 (Modern British and American Poetry) for students specializing in poetry, or English 317 (The English Novel) or English 320 (The Modern Short Story) for students specializing in fiction.