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 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
- 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 Tim Cassedy (214-768-4976; firstname.lastname@example.org). Consult him for further information or advice.