Professors Davis, Hardy, K. Weese; Associate Professors Nowlin, Perry, Varholy; Assistant Professor Horne; Visiting Assistant Professor Toth

Chair: Nathaniel D. Perry

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 7/25/17

English Major Checklist

Major Requirements Offered Spring 2018
211 or 212 One British Lit. Survey 212: Brit Survey from 1800
221 or 222 One American  Lit. Survey 222: American Survey II (1865-present)
224, 226, 228, or 230 One "literature of difference"  228: Postcolonial Literature
300, 301, 302, 303, or 304 One period course 301: Renaissance Literature
330, 334, or 335 Shakespeare, Chaucer, or Milton at the 300-level 334: Shakespeare and Crime
380 Literary Theory & Criticism Offered next in Fall 2018
480 (3 hours) Capstone seminar* 480: Capstone
481 (1 hour) Research methods seminar 481: Research Methods
Additional Requirement: Four English Electives Offered Spring 2018
Any two 300-level courses Two 300-level electives not being used to fulfill other requirements

301: Renaissance Literature

318: Modern Brit/Amer Novel

334: Shakespeare and Crime

385: Making the Book

One pre-1900 Can include any of the following that are not being used to fulfill above requirements: 211, 221, 270, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 311, 313, 317, 330, 334, 335, 336, 360 

301: Renaissance Literature

334: Shakespeare and Crime

360: Authorship

One any choice Any English course not being used to fulfill above requirements including 100- and 200-level courses and courses in creative writing.

Any English course, including

241 (Cinema)

350 (Poetry Writing) &

352 (Fiction Writing)


*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 intermediate 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 onecourse overlap.

Required Courses

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

Tracked Electives

One intermediate-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.