BA in English

The major in English (EN) offers students access to a thousand years of literature, from Beowulf to contemporary books in English from all over the world. Under the guidance of internationally known scholars and writers, students are exposed to a wide range of approaches. Many courses have an interdisciplinary dimension, making connections between literature and such fields as philosophy, religion, the arts, politics, science, material culture, and history. In small classes, students learn techniques of analysis, interpretation, and research that are applicable to many fields and professions (e.g., teaching, law, education, business, politics, journalism, and publishing). Courses in creative writing are also available to undergraduates.

Requirements

The total major requirement is eleven 4-credit courses. A grade not lower than C is required in all courses toward the major.

All students must complete:

  • CAS EN 220 Seminar in Literature
  • CAS EN 221 Major Authors I
  • CAS EN 322 British Literature I
  • CAS EN 323 British Literature II

These courses are usually taken consecutively.

English majors should consult the Undergraduate Coordinator in English to determine which faculty member will serve as his or her advisor. With the aid of their advisors, students should design a coherent major of at least seven additional English courses. At least six of these must be numbered 300 or higher. One course numbered EN 121–199 may count toward the seven additional courses, provided it was taken before or concurrently with EN 220. Of the seven additional courses, at least one course numbered 300 or higher must fall in each of the following four 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, or courses specified as equivalent in any year.

Group 3.

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

Group 4.

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

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 Classical Studies, Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, or the Editorial Institute, for one of their seven upper-division course requirements outside of the four 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.