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English

Majoring & Minoring

Major requirements ensure that majors are exposed to a broad range of issues and texts representative of the discipline.

The major features courses that present the historical and cultural range of literary production in English, a deliberate encounter with interpretive strategies under the heading of critical theory, and, under “emergent literatures or popular cultures,” a set of courses that exceed established, national canons of literature. Special topics courses (10-304) are frequently offered that, where designated, fulfill these requirements.

English 10-284 is strongly recommended to the prospective major or minor, as is one or more courses among 10-154, 164, and 174.

Major in English

9 courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.)  English 10-284; one course in English literature written before 1785 from 10-154, 604, 614, 624, 634, 654; one course in English literature written since 1785 from 10- 164, 664, 674, 684; one course in American literature from 10-174, 714, 734, 754; one course in emergent literatures and popular cultures from 10-514, 524, 534, 544, 574, 594; one course in critical theory from 10-404, 444, 474; 10-934 (Capstone); enough additional hours of English to total 30 hours overall, and at least 18 hours above the introductory level.

Minor in English

5 courses (Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credits.) English 10-284; one survey or period course in English literature written before 1785 from 10-154, 604, 614, 624, 634, 654; 3 additional courses in English, with sufficient upper-level courses such that the student will take at least three upper-level courses in the minor.

It is possible to complete a 15-course paired major in English and Feminist Studies by double counting three of the five courses cross-listed in English and Feminist Studies: Feminist Film Studies (10-474), Topics in Women’s Literature (10-574), Topics in Romanticism (10-664), and Topics in Victorian Literature and Culture (10-674). The department frequently offers other, more specialized, cross-listed courses that might substitute for one of these cross-listed courses with the approval of both the English and Feminist Studies chairs.

Tutorials and Independent Study (10-901, 902, 903, 904 and 10-951, 952, 953, 954) are open to majors and minors who wish to develop special projects.

See the Education Department for information regarding teacher certification in English.

Courses for Fall 2014

See the course schedule on Webadvisor for details

10-284 Literary Analysis & Methods (required for major & minor)

Courses that fulfill the requirement in British literature before 1785

10-154 British Literature 1 (Gender)

10-654 Restoration & 18th-Century Drama

Courses that fulfill the requirement in British literature after 1785

10-664 British Romanticism: Science, Exploration, and Observation of the Natural World

10-674 Victorian Mystery

10-684 20th-Century British Women Writers

Courses that fulfill the requirement in American literature

10-174 American Literature

10-714 American Women Writers

Courses that fulfill the requirement in emergent literatures & popular cultures

10-504 Reel Jewish Genders

10-524 American Movies

10-834 Postcolonial African Writing

Courses that fulfill film concentration requirements

10-254 Introduction to Film Studies

10-504 Reel Jewish Genders

10-524 American Movies

Courses that fulfill the requirement in critical theory

10-444 Theory: Problems in Poetics

Capstone Seminar

10-934 Capstone: Theorizing Identity

Additional Elective Offerings

10-134 Introduction to Creative Writing

10-304 Don Quixote

10-384 Shakespeare Through Performance

Courses for Spring 2015

(tentative)

10-124 Great Reads

10-134 Introduction to Creative Writing

10-164 British Literature II

10-174  American Literature

10-244 Introduction to Literary Studies

10-334 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

10-344 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

10-474 Feminist Film Studies

10-514 World Cinema

10-614 Topics in Early Modern Literature

10-624 Shakespeare

10-674 Victorian Fiction

10-684 20th-century British Women Writers

10-715 Topics in American Literature

10-864 Contemporary Literature

10-874 Black Women Writers

10-934 Capstone Seminar

Looking Ahead

The spring semester 2015 capstone will be taught by Dr. Meyers

*May be taken in fulfillment of this category with a substitution card signed by the department chair.