Programs of Study



Programs of Study

English has emerged as a surprisingly versatile major for the 21st Century because it teaches skills that are valued in today’s career environment, across a range of professions. 

  • Researching, collecting, and synthesizing information
  • Making thoughtful claims and supporting them with arguments
  • Writing clearly and effectively, to a variety of audiences
  • Seeing the big picture, within a social, historical, and cross-cultural framework
  • Understanding texts and interpreting complex documents
  • Making judgments about questions of value and meaning
  • Working with others on team-based projects
  • Giving constructive criticism and helpful feedback

In addition to learning valuable skills, English majors are encouraged to read deeply, write creatively, and live responsively, in the company of students and faculty who share these values.

They read some of the greatest works in the language and consider those enduring questions about meaning and value and goodness that have occupied great writers for centuries and continue to engage us today.

English provides a gateway to a wide range of careers and professions (click here to see what majors do when they graduate). 

However, many students combine English with a second major or minor field, broadening their knowledge and credentials.  We encourage students to pursue an English-Plus option (click here for more information) and to broaden their horizons by studying abroad (click here for recent examples).

Requirements for the English major

  • Minimum number of hours = 36 (typically 9 courses, with at least 5 literature courses at the 300-level)
  • English 100 required
  • Distribution requirement (4 courses in specific periods)
  • One course designated "writing intensive" (WI), either as an elective or as a course used to fulfill a distribution requirement (or from a second major)

For more information click here.

Requirements for the English minor

  • The Department of English offers three minors, each requiring 16 hours of course work beyond English 1 and 2.  Students' major advisors monitor the minor programs, but students should consult the minor advisor in the Department of English when setting up a minor program. 
  • To minor in English students take 4 courses in literature or film, one at the 300 level.


List of recent courses

Spring 2018

Fall 2017


Past course descriptions

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Summer 2015

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