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In addition to fulfilling all-college requirements for the B.A. degree, the English major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours and a total of at least ten courses (one at the 100 level, two to three at the 200 level, and six to seven at the 300 level), two of which must be designated early period (pre-1800), taken at the 200 or 300 level, as follows:

  1. Introductory Requirement
    1. Introduction to Literary Studies: EN 110
    2. Forms of Language and Literature: one course from among EN 210, EN 211, EN 213, EN 215, EN 217, EN 219, EN 222W, EN 228,EN 245, EN 251, EN 280, EN 281, EN 282
    3. Language and Literature in Context: one course from among EN 221, EN 223, EN 224, EN 225, EN 226, EN 227, EN 229, EN 230, EN 238, EN 239, EN 244

EN 110 is strongly recommended as preparation for 200-level courses.

  1. Advanced Requirement: five courses from "Advanced Courses in Language and Literature"

    Note: Only one of the five required courses may be a section of EN 378, EN 379, or EN 380.
  2. Capstone Experience: satisfied in most cases by a Senior Seminar (EN 375) or Advanced Projects in Writing (EN 381)

    Note: 1) Students with appropriate preparation and faculty permission may instead choose the senior thesis or project options: EN 376, EN 390. 2) EN 378, EN 379, or EN 380 is a prerequisite for the EN 381 capstone.
  3. One additional course at the 200 or 300 level (excluding EN 375 - Senior Seminar in Literary Studies)
  4. Early Period requirement: Two courses, at either the 200 or the 300 level, must be designated "early period" (EN 225, EN 228E, EN 229E, EN 230, EN 315, EN 341, EN 342, EN 343, EN 344, EN 345, EN 346, EN 347, EN 348, EN 350, EN 362).
  5. Writing Requirement in the Major: What unites us-as students of English, as writers, and as scholars-is close attention to language as both content and practice. We read the writing of others; we write in response to that writing; and we reflect on what it means to do so. Each of us shares a concern for the written word that defines what we do at every level of the English curriculum. In the classroom, students attend carefully to the language of literary works and articulate in writing their responses and ideas. This is true both for workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and for classes in literary criticism. As students and as teachers, we work with language; therefore, writing determines both the content of our academic discipline and our particular approach to that discipline. The two are fundamentally interwoven: attention to written language embodies both the methodology and the matter of a major in English. Given the centrality of writing to every aspect of the English major, we consider the writing requirement in the major fulfilled not through any individual piece of the major, but through the whole. Therefore, a student satisfies the writing requirement in the English major when he or she completes the English major.

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