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English Major:
BA Degree Requirements

The minimum requirements for the major total 42 credits beyond the Liberal Arts Core (with a C or better for each course).


Gateway courses: Take both:
Subject Course Title Credits
ENG 202 Introduction to English Studies 3
ENG 203 Writing for English Majors 3
One Historical Survey course chosen from:
ENG 212 American Literature to 1865 3
ENG 213 American Literature from 1865 3
ENG 214 English Literature to 1798 3
ENG 215 English Literature from 1798 3
ENG 356 Women Writers to 1900 3
One course in Women Writers chosen from:
ENG 228 Poetry of Women 3
ENG 307 Medieval Women Mystics 3
ENG 352 Lesbian Literature 3
ENG 356 Women Writers to 1900 3
ENG 357 20th Century Women Writers 3
One course in Literature of Race, Culture and Power chosen from:
ENG 255 African American Literature 3
ENG 256 Native American Literature 3
ENG 258 Asian American Literature 3
ENG 259 Chicano/Chicana Literature and Culture 3
ENG 344 Literature of Africa 3
ENG 345 American Minority Ethnic Literature 3
One course in Early Period chosen from:
ENG 307 Medieval Women Mystics 3
ENG 316 Medieval British Literature 3
ENG 317 Renaissance Literature 3
ENG 323 17th Century English Poetry 3
ENG 327 Renaissance Drama 3
ENG 335 Shakespeare's Comedies 3
ENG 336 Shakespeare's Tragedies 3
ENG 337 Chaucer 3
One course in Middle Period (18th/19th centuries) chosen from:
ENG 318 Restoration Literature 3
ENG 319 Age of Sensibility 3
ENG 320 Victorian Literature 3
ENG 322 The Romantic Period 3
ENG 331 Early 18th Century Literature and Culture 3
ENG 342 Literature of New England 3
One course in Late Period (20th/21st centuries) chosen from:
ENG 234 Contemporary Fiction 3
ENG 325 Modern Drama 3
ENG 326 Comtemporary Drama 3
ENG 332 Modern British & American Poetry 3
ENG 333 The Modern Novel 3
ENG 334 Post Modern and Contemporary Poetry 3
ENG 350 Southwestern Literature 3
ENG 355 Modern European Literature 3
ENG 357 20th Century Women Writers 3
One course in Language Studies chosen from:
ENG 340 History and Development of the English Language 3
ENG 341 Modern American Grammar 3
ENG 347 African American English & Verbal Traditions 3
ENG 370 Composition Theory and Pedagogy 3
ENG 371 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism 3
ENG 373 Studies in Rhetoric 3
ENG 375 Language Acquisition in Young Children 3
ENG 380 Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
Two three-credit sequential Senior Seminars:
ENG 461 Seminar I 3
ENG 462 Seminar II 3
Three English Elective (Including Internships)

English Major Exit Portfolio Requirement

The English Department requires each English major to turn in a writing portfolio to the department chairperson as a graduation requirement. This portfolio must consist of clean copies of the following six items:

  • One paper from ENG 203, Writing for English Majors
  • One paper from any survey course (ENG 212, 213, 214, 215 or 356)
  • Two papers of the student’s choice from different 300-level English courses
  • The final seminar paper completed at the end of ENG 461-462, Senior Seminar
  • A reflective essay on the student’s academic experience as an English major (guidelines are available on-line and in the Department office)

The department chairperson will report completion of the exit portfolio to the Registrar, who will enter ENG 075 on the student's transcript. Portfolios are due no later than Friday of final exams weeks if you want to graduate at the end of the semester.

Additional Information:

  • Occasionally, special Topics ENG 365 courses may fulfill a required category.  Check with your advisor or consult the "What's New" link on the department home page.
  • A student must take at least four 300-level English courses.
  • When a course is listed in two categories, it can fulfill both. A student may need to take English elective credits in order to get to 42 credits.
  • Credits for ENG 100 College Writing cannot be used as part of the 42 credits required for the English major, nor can credit for ENG 241, Critical and Creative Thinking.
  • ENG 461/462 (Senior Seminar) meets Writing Intensive requirement. ENG 462 meets Tier III requirement.