Undergraduate ProgramsEnglish Major


The Major: 10 Upper-Division Courses

  • All courses used to fulfill requirements for the English major must be 4 or 5 units and taken for a letter grade.
  • Seminars may not be applied toward Historical or Breadth requirements.
  • When choosing classes to fulfill requirements for the major, students are expected to select those courses that best reflect their own interests and simultaneously contribute toward a coherent program in literary studies.

4 Historical (one course in each period)

Literatures in English before 1500
Literatures in English 1500-1700
Literatures in English 1700-1850
Literatures in English 1850-Present

3 Breadth (one course is required in three of the four areas below)

Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability and Sexuality Studies
Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies
Genre Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Critical Theory
Creative Writing (enrollment in any creative writing workshop is by application only)

2 English Electives: English 100-199, or approved English Composition courses

1 Senior English Seminar or English Capstone Seminar

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