Course Requirements

All English majors must complete the following core courses early in their studies: 

These courses are prerequisites for many of the 300-level courses in the major.
 

Concentration Requirements

English majors should declare a concentration in Literary Studies or Creative Writing by the time they complete the English core courses​.  All further course requirements are listed within the two concentrations.

ENG 272

LITERATURE AND IDENTITY

Studies in the literary expression and representation of identity. This course is not repeatable. PREREQUISITE(S): WRD 103.

ENG 273

GLOBAL ASIAN LITERATURE

Introduction to selected authors, genres, and topics in Asian American or Asian diasporic literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Variable emphasis on different groups, genres, or historical periods. PREREQUISITE(S): WRD 103.

ENG 371

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FICTION

Selected novels and short fiction by twentieth-century African-American writers. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course

ENG 372

AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY AND DRAMA

Survey of African-American poetry and drama from 1865 to the present. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course.

ENG 373

MULTIETHNIC LITERATURE OF THE U.S.

Readings in recent literature, primarily fiction, by American writers of various ethnic backgrounds, exploring the evolving concept of ethnicity in literature. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course

ENG 374

NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE

Study of literature by Native-American writers with emphasis on twentieth-century works. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course

ENG 383

WOMEN AND LITERATURE

Study of literature by women, with attention to the literary traditions of women's literature, historical and theoretical perspectives on women as writers and readers, and issues of feminist literary history and criticism. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course.

ENG 232

THE ROMANCE

Introduction to the genre of the romance. Emphasis on characteristics of the genre in particular historical moments. Variable emphasis on particular historical periods or topics. (See schedule for current offerings.) PREREQUISITE(S): WRD 103.

ENG 275

LITERATURE AND FILM

Introduction to the comparative study of literature and film. Emphasis on construction of narrative, development of character, point-of-view, and adaptation across genres and mediums. This course is not repeatable. PREREQUISITE(S): WRD 103.

ENG 286

TOPICS IN POPULAR LITERATURE

Studies in the forms and functions of popular fiction. Variable emphasis on particular genres, including mystery and detective fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, gothic. Variable topics. (See schedule for current offerings.) May be repeated on different topics. PREREQUISITE(S): WRD 103.

ENG 309

TOPICS IN WRITING

See schedule for current offerings. This course is repeatable with different topics. PREREQUISITE(S): WRD 104.

ENG 319

TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course

ENG 329

TOPICS IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course

ENG 339

TOPICS IN RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Selected authors, genres and topics in English literature, 1660 - 1780. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course

ENG 349

TOPICS IN NINETEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Selected authors, genres and topics in English literature, 1780 - 1900. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course

ENG 359

TOPICS IN MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE

Selected authors, genres, and topics in twentieth-century British literature. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course.

ENG 369

TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings. This course is repeatable with different topics. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course.

ENG 379

TOPICS IN LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course.

ENG 382

MAJOR AUTHORS

Study of one or two major writers. May be repeated on different authors. See schedule for current offerings. PREREQUISITE(S): One previous literature course.

ENG 389

TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings. PREREQUISITE(S): ENG 104 or WRD 104.

ENG 390

SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR

Senior Seminar In Literature: a capstone course. See schedule for current offerings. This course is not repeatable. PREREQUISITE(S): Advanced Standing in English and Senior Standi
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