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English, B.A.

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The English Curriculum is designed to provide students with both a broad knowledge of literary history and training in close, careful textual analysis. Students also have ample opportunity to explore creative writing, including poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.


To complete the English Major, students are required to take 11 courses, but the Department also encourages students to take English courses beyond the number required, so as to gain a full sense of their discipline.

Core courses

Students must take three required courses in the beginning of the major:

ENG 200, a small seminar that introduces students to literary genres and critical terms; ENG 201 and ENG 202, larger courses, ideally taken in sequence, which cover major movements in literary history.

Five Elective Courses

Three of the five total elective courses must be taken in at least three of the following areas: Medieval Literature, Early Modern Literature, Literature and Cultural Studies 1700-1900, and Literature and Cultural Studies 1900 to the present.

One Advanced Literary and Cultural Studies Course

In their junior year, students take one of the following courses: ENG 300, ENG 391 or ENG 398 which introduce students to the more advanced literary and cultural theory that is a prerequisite for the Capstone seminar and all directed studies:


Students must take the English Capstone Seminar in either their junior or senior year.


English majors must complete one practicum. The practicum requirement is typically fulfilled in the junior or senior year, when students may intern at a professional workplace or work as a teaching apprentice with a faculty member teaching a Literature Cornerstone course. English majors who are also Education majors or minors fulfill the practicum requirement by completing their student teaching requirement.

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