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Student-Designed Concentration

English Major Advisement Audit Student-Designed Concentration

Students with a well-developed area of interest that does not fit comfortably within any of the English department’s defined concentrations may opt to design their own concentrations in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students pursuing a self-designed concentration must complete the gateway coursework required of all English majors (ENG 202 plus two writing intensive English courses in di­fferent areas) as well as a capstone experience (either the two semester sequence of ENG 461 and 462 or an independent ENG 499; students in the University Honors program may substitute HON 380/488).

While the English department does not o­ffer specific prescriptions as to what form a student-designed concentration must take, students should work in close collaboration with their faculty advisor to ensure that their proposed course of study addresses the goals that the department has set for all majors. A student-designed concentration (18 credits) must consist entirely of English courses, though students are encouraged to choose electives in other fields that complement their concentration. Students wishing to pursue interdisciplinary work that cannot be adequately addressed by English courses alone should consider the university’s option for an individualized major.