Degree Requirements

English Major Requirements

The major requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of English courses, including no more than 12 hours at the 2000-level and below (with no more than 3 of these hours at the 1000- level) and at least 12 hours of 4000-level literature courses. Specific requirements are listed below. You may not repeat a course that is the equivalent in content of one you have already taken even if the numbers differ.

1. Fundamentals (6 hours total):

  • ENGL 2311 or 2314H: Poetry or Doing Things with Poems, and
  • ENGL 2315: Introduction to Literary Study

2. Reading Historically (12 hours total, consisting of one 3000-level or 4000-level course from each of the following groups):

  • Medieval Literature (3 hours): courses numbered 3320-3329 and 4320-4329
  • Early Modern Literature (3 hours): courses numbered 3330-3339 and 4330-4339
  • Literature in the Age of Revolutions (3 hours): courses numbered 3340-3349 and 4340-4349
  • Modern to Contemporary Literature (3 hours): courses numbered 3350-69 and 4350-69

In addition, students may petition to have other historically-focused advanced courses assigned to a historical group when appropriate, and at the department’s discretion.

3. Criticism and Theory (3 hours total from the following):

  • ENGL 3310: Contemporary Approaches to Literature, Language, and Culture
  • ENGL 4310: Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism

4. Major Electives (12 hours):

  • Courses to be selected from any departmental offerings, with these limitations: no more than 6 additional hours below 3000-level may be counted toward the major, including no more than 3 hours at 1000-level.
  • CLAS 3312, Classical Rhetoric, counts as an English Elective.
  • The following courses are not acceptable as major electives: ENGL 1300, 1301, 1302, 1305, 2302, 2305.

Co-requirement: 12 hours of 4000-level literature courses

  • English 2311 and 2315 are prerequisite for all 4000-level literature courses; 3310 is also recommended.
  • Courses in Creative Writing (4391 through 4398) do not fulfill this requirement.

A grade of C- or better must be earned in all courses fulfilling major requirements, and English majors must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 among all courses attempted for the major.

Creative Writing Specialization Within the English Major

Students pursuing an English major with a specialization in creative writing must fulfill all requirements for the English major. All twelve elective hours within the regular major will be devoted to creative writing courses: namely, ENGL 2390 followed by three sections of ENGL 3390.

Requirements for the Specialization

Core Courses (6 Credit Hours)

  • ENGL 2311 - Poetry

or

  • ENGL 2314 - Doing Things With Poems
  • ENGL 2315 - Introduction to Literary Study

Reading Historically (12 Credit Hours)

One course at the 3000 or 4000 level from each group:

  • Medieval Literature 
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Literature in the Age of Revolutions 
  • Modern to Contemporary Literature

Criticism and Theory (3 Credit Hours)

  • ENGL 3310 - Contemporary Approaches to Literature, Language, and Culture

or

  • ENGL 4310 - Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism

Creative Writing (12 Credit Hours)

  • ENGL 2390 - Introduction to Creative Writing (This course is a prerequisite for all additional creative writing courses.)
  • Three sections of ENGL 3390 - Creative Writing Workshop 

Total: 33 Credit Hours

The Minor in English

The English minor requires a minimum of 15 semester hours as follows, including no more than 6 hours below the 3000-level.

1.   One of the following:

  • ENGL 2311: Poetry
  • ENGL 2314H: Doing Things with Poems
  • ENGL 2315: Introduction to Literary Study

2.   12 additional hours of elective courses in Engl ish, with no more than 3 of these hours below the 3000-level. The following courses are not acceptable as minor electives: ENGL 1300, 1301, 1302, 1305, 2302, 2305

CLAS 3312, Classical Rhetoric, counts as an English Elective.

A grade of C- or better must be earned in all courses taken for the minor; they may not be taken Pass/Fail. Up to six hours of approved transfer courses may count toward the minor. To register as a minor, fill in a Minor Declaration Form and submit it to the English Department Office for verification; plan to pick it up a few days later for filing with your school of record.

The departmental minor adviser is Professor Dan Moss (214-768-2297; dmoss@smu.edu). Consult him for further information or advice.