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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

Literature Concentration

9 courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.)  English 10-244; 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 10-834, 854, 864, 874; one course in critical theory from 10-404, 434, 444, 454; 10-934 (Capstone); enough additional hours of English to total 30 credits overall, and at least 18 hours above the introductory level.

Film and Literature Concentration

10 courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.)  English 10-244; 10-254; one course in English literature from 10-154, 164, 604, 614, 624, 634, 654, 664, 674, 684; one course in American literature from 10-174, 714, 734, 754; one course in emergent literatures and popular cultures from 10-834, 854, 864, 874; one course in critical theory from 10-404, 434, 444, 454; three courses from 10-504, 514, 524; 10-934 (Capstone).

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 (10-454), Topics in Romanticism (10-664), Topics in Victorian Literature and Culture (10-674), Topics in Women’s Literature (10-854), and Topics in Contemporary Literature (10-864). 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 Spring 2015

See course descriptions on the appropriate department webpage and the course schedule on Webadvisor for further details

Courses that fulfill the requirement in British literature before 1785

10-624 Shakespeare

Courses that fulfill the requirement in British literature after 1785

10-674 Slumming: Victorian Literature and Social Reform 

Courses that fulfill the requirement in American literature

10-174 American Literature

10-714 Prison Narratives and Digital Archives

10-734 American Transcendentalism: Emerson, Fuller, Thoreau

10-864 Post-Holocaust Jewish American Lit*

10-864 Literature as Activism*

10-874 Black Women Writers*

Courses that fulfill the requirement in emergent literatures

10-864 Post-Holocaust Jewish American Lit

10-864 Literature as Activism

10-874 Black Women Writers

Courses that fulfill film concentration requirements

10-514 World Cinema

Courses that fulfill the requirement in critical theory

10-444 Topics in Theory: Speaking Across Languages

10-454 Feminist Film Theory

Capstone Seminar

10-934 Capstone: Chabon—Gender & Literary Borderlands

Additional Elective Offerings

10-124 Great Reads: Things Change

10-134 Introduction to Creative Writing

10-304 Odyssey with Sunoikisis

10-304 Writing for the Stage

10-304 Indigenous Myth and Narrative

10-334 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

10-354 Creative Non-fiction: Writing About Sports

Courses for Summer 2015

(tentative)

10-504 Sixties Hollywood (Gaines)

10-504 Shakespeare in Hollywood (Saenger)

10-504 Texas in the Movies (Kilfoyle)

Courses for Fall 2015

(tentative)

10-124 Great Reads: Crime Time

10-134 Introduction to Creative Writing

10-164 British Literature II

10-174 American Literature

10-174  American Literature

10-254 Introduction to Film Studies

10-344 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

10-384 Shakespeare Through Performance

10-404 Literary Theory and Criticism

10-504 Topics in Film

10-604 Chaucer

10-654 18th-century Fiction

10-674 Austen/Brontë

10-715 Topics in American Literature

10-934 Capstone Seminar

Looking Ahead

The fall 2015 capstone will probably be taught by Dr. Gaines, and the spring 2016 capstone by Dr. Kilfoyle.

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