English majors must plan their academic curriculum carefully with their advisor.
Requirements for the Major in English
The major requires successful completion of the following:
|Select a minimum of nine courses in English (ENGL) 1||36|
|Total Semester Hours||36|
|A comprehensive examination 2|
All majors are expected to take ENGL 357 and ENGL 358 and at least two other courses in pre-1750 English literature. Potential or actual English majors are strongly urged to take ENGL 200. Almost all majors take the full complement of eleven courses in English.
The exam must be taken in the final semester of enrollment. The beginning and advanced Creative Writing courses are excluded from coverage on the comprehensive examination, and they count as courses outside the major.
At the beginning of the final semester, an English major with an average of 3.50 or better in English courses may, at the discretion of the chair, elect a course of independent study — the English Tutorial. The student must be enrolled in ENGL 452, assigned a tutor for direction, and write a major essay as a step toward departmental honors. Students enrolled in ENGL 452 who demonstrate excellence in their tutorial papers and in the written comprehensive examination are invited to take a one-hour oral examination in order to qualify for departmental honors.