Department of English

Program Requirements (Fall 2006-present)
English Majors and Adolescent Ed. English Dual Majors

English Majors entering the program prior to Fall 2006 program requirements click here (PDF file)
Major Requirements Checklist

The English Major consists of 39 semester hours (s.h.) of courses offered by the English Department or accepted by the English Department as substitutions.

REQUIRED COURSES:

LITR 150: Introduction to Literary Studies (3 s.h.)
COMP 290: Writing About Literature (3 s.h.)
LITR 250: Critical Approaches to Literature (3 s.h.)
ELIT 270: Shakespeare (3 s.h.)
COMP 390: Capstone Seminar or ENED 398: Seminar in Middle and High School English Education (3 s.h.)

SELECTED COURSEWORK:

I. One Multicultural Literature Course (3 s.h.)

(Dual Ed Majors must take a Multicultural course carrying the HO2 attribute.)

II. Four Period Courses (12 s.h.)

Select at least one from each of the following categories:

Group A: Beginning through Medieval
Group B: Renaissance to 1800
Group C: 1800 to present

In order to successfully complete the Period-Courses requirement, students must choose one ALIT, one ELIT, one WLIT and any other course from the Period-Courses list. For example, to fulfill the four-course requirement a student could take ELIT 245 (1800 to Present is ELIT) , ALIT 200 (Renaissance to 1800 is ALIT) WLIT 227 (Beginnings through Medieval is WLIT), and any other course in ALIT, ELIT, WLIT in any time-period category.

III. Three 300-level English Department Electives (ALIT, COMP, ELIT, LING, LITR, or WLIT) (9 s.h.)

(Dual Ed Majors must take ENED 336 as one of their 300-level electives)

Related Work – Dual Ed Majors Only (9 s.h.):

COMP 203:  Advanced Composition: English Education (3 s.h.)
LING 201:    Language & Society (3 s.h.)
LING 210:    Traditional Grammar: English or LING 215: Introduction to Editing and Publishing (3 s.h.)

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

  1. Students must successfully complete LITR 150 and COMP 200 no more than one year after declaring an English Major.
  2. With the exception of LITR 150, only courses at the 200 and 300 level may be counted toward the major.
  3. In order to receive departmental credit for LITR 150, each student must achieve a grade of “C” or better.
  4. As of Spring 2006, most courses offered by the English Department have new prerequisites. All students are strongly encouraged to discuss these changes with their academic advisors, as well as to check the College Catalog for details about individual course prerequisites. Generally, 200-level courses require COMP 100 and LITR 100 or LITR 150. Most 300-level courses require COMP 200, LITR 150, LITR 250, as well as 6 s.h. of 200-level courses in ALIT, ELIT, LING, LITR, or WLIT.
  5. Selected coursework options are listed by the required categories they satisfy (see below). No course may be applied toward the major in more than one category.

MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE (choose 1) (Dual Ed Majors must take a Multicultural course carrying the HO2 attribute.)

ALIT 250: African-American Literature
ALIT 286: African American Women Writers
ALIT 303: Literature of Imprisonment
ALIT 351: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
LITR 283: Women’s Literature
LITR 285: Autobiography, Gender, & Culture
LITR 286: Gender and Geography: Women’s Environmental Writing
LITR 345: Native American Literatures


WLIT 200: World Literature--Ancient to Medieval
WLIT 201: World Literature--Renaissance to the 18th Century (HO2)
WLIT 202: World Literature--18th Century to the Present (HO2)
WLIT 241: Literatures of the Middle East (HO2)
WLIT 242: Muslim Women Writers (HO2)
WLIT 257: Modern Black Literature (HO2)
WLIT 270: Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Africa (HO2)
WLIT 271: Postcolonial Literature and Culture: The Americas (HO2)
WLIT 281: The Chinese Novel (HO2)
WLIT 315: Ancient Religious Writings (HO2)

PERIOD COURSES

Choose Four (4) Total
Students must choose one ALIT, one ELIT, one WLIT and any other course from the Period Courses list.

GROUP A: BEGINNINGS THROUGH MEDIEVAL Choose One (1)

COMP 315: Imitating the Masters: Early Literary Criticism Classical to Renaissance (can substitute for WLIT)
ELIT 200: English Literature - Beginnings to Early
ELIT 240: Medieval English Literature
ELIT 370: Chaucer
WLIT 200: World Literature--Ancient to Medieval
WLIT 212: Survey of Greek & Roman Literature
WLIT 225: The Greek Dramatists
WLIT 227: Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece
WLIT 231: Mythology
WLIT 235: Comedy and Satire in Greece and Rome
WLIT 260: The Bible as Literature
WLIT 315: Ancient Religious Writings

GROUP B: RENAISSANCE TO 1800 Choose One (1)

ALIT 200: American Literature to 1865
ELIT 201: English Literature--Renaissance to 18th Century
ELIT 241: The English Renaissance
ELIT 243: 18th-Century English Literature

ELIT 270: Shakespeare
ELIT 272: 17th-Century English Literature
ELIT 273: Milton
ELIT 287: From Romance to Gothic
ELIT 371: Shakespeare & Culture
WLIT 201: World Literature--Renaissance to 18th Century
WLIT 281: The Chinese Novel

GROUP C: 1800 TO PRESENT Choose One (1)

ALIT 201: American Literature 1865-Present
ALIT 207: Survey of Environmental Literature
ALIT 210: American Poetry
ALIT 215: 19th-Century American Novel
ALIT 216: Modern American Fiction
ALIT 217: Contemporary American Fiction
ALIT 225: Modern American Drama
ALIT 226: Contemporary American Poetry
ALIT 240: The American Renaissance
ALIT 241: Realism and Naturalism
ALIT 245: Literature of the American Civil War
ALIT 250: African-American Literature
ALIT 255: 20th-Century Irish-American Literature
ALIT 260: Henry James
ALIT 280: Jack London
ALIT 286: African-American Women Writers
ALIT 303: Literature of Imprisonment
ALIT 351: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
ALIT 369: Rachel Carson
ALIT 370: Hemingway and Faulkner
ALIT 371: Cooper and His Country
ALIT 372: Mark Twain
ALIT 373: Upstate New York Writers
ALIT 374: Hawthorne & Melville
ALIT 375: Burroughs & Nature Writing
ELIT 202: English Literature--18th Century to Present
ELIT 215: The English Novel
ELIT 245: English Writers of the Romantic Age
ELIT 246: Victorian Literature
ELIT 247: 20th-Century English Writers
ELIT 274: Modern British Poets
ELIT 275: Jane Austen
ELIT 364: Dickens
WLIT 202: World Literature--18th Century to the Present
WLIT 215: Great World Novels
WLIT 241: Literatures of the Middle East
WLIT 242: Muslim Women Writers
WLIT 250: European Literature and Culture
WLIT 253: Contemporary Irish Writers
WLIT 257: Modern Black Literature
WLIT 268: James Joyce
WLIT 270: Postcolonial Literature & Culture: Africa
WLIT 271: Postcolonial Literature & Culture: The Americas
WLIT 280: The Catholic Imagination
WLIT 285: Portraits of the Artist
WLIT 317: Yeats
WLIT 380: Writing and Violence

If Not Taken to Fulfill Other Requirements,
Take One (1) Period Course From the Three (3) Areas Listed Above and/or From:

LITR 215: Contemporary Novel
LITR 220: Short Fiction
LITR 222: Science Fiction
LITR 225: Masterpieces of the Theater
LITR 226: Modern Drama
LITR 237: Fantasy
LITR 244: Contemporary Literature

LITR 283: Women’s Literature
LITR 284: Writing the Land: Literature of Place
LITR 285: Autobiography, Gender, and Culture
LITR 286: Gender & Geography: Women’s Environmental Writing
LITR 306: Children's Literature
LITR 345: Native American Literatures
WLIT 250: Continental Literature