BA in English

The total major requirement is 11 semester courses. A grade not lower than C is required in all courses toward the major. Students must complete CAS EN 220, CAS EN 221, CAS EN 322, and CAS EN 323 (usually taken consecutively). With the aid of their advisors, they should design a coherent major of at least seven additional English courses at the advanced level (numbered 300 or above), including one from each of the following groups:

Group 1.

American Literature before 1900: CAS EN 327, 471, 479, 533, 534, 545, 571, 587, 591, or courses specified as equivalent in any year.

Group 2.

Concepts and Methods of Literary Study: Any literature course listed from CAS EN 404, EN 406 through EN 490, or from EN 493 through EN 498.

Group 3.

British or American Literature before 1800: EN 363, 364, 521, 527, 529, 530, 566, 568, or courses specified as equivalent in any year.*

Group 4.

Diverse Literatures in English: EN 326, 370, 371, 572, 584, 586, 587, 588, or any courses specified as equivalent in any year.**

*Students who declared a major in English after September 1, 2010 must fulfill the requirement for Group 3; students who declared a major in English prior to September 1, 2010 are not required to fulfill the Group 3 or 4 requirements.

**Students who declared a major in English after September 1, 2011 must fulfill the requirement for Group 4; students who declared a major in English prior to September 1, 2011 are not required to fulfill the Group 4 requirement.

Note: Students may not satisfy the requirement for multiple groups with a single, overlapping course.

Upon approval of their advisor and the director of undergraduate studies, students may elect to substitute one upper-level literature course from romance studies, modern languages & comparative literature, classical studies, or the Editorial Institute, for one of their seven upper-division course requirements outside of the three categories specified above.

Languages

Majors planning on graduate study in English should continue work in foreign languages beyond the level required by the College. French, German, and Latin are the languages most commonly required for the PhD in English.