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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature


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The English Major

The English department offers four major tracks, each leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Follow the links to learn more about each of the four tracks. All students are assigned an advisor and must be advised at the start of each term.

All English majors take two sophomore-level prerequisites: ENGL 287, American Literature, and ENGL 288, English Literature I. Majors then complete 30-42 hours at the 300-500 level.

Courses on the 300-level are broad-based studies of literary movements and topics, while 400-500-level courses include more specialized, in-depth studies of specific authors and periods, as well as courses in writing, film, critical theory, and linguistics.

General Major

The general major assures a broad knowledge of literary and cultural studies, plus skills in writing and critical analysis.

Intensive Major

The intensive major, designed for students planning to pursue graduate studies in English, includes a senior seminar or thesis.

Writing Concentration

The writing concentration is tailored for students who are interested in creative or professional writing.

Secondary Education

The secondary education major will prepare students to enter an MT or MAT program and teach English at the secondary level.