Undergraduate Concentration Requirements

Fulfillment of the English concentration requires the completion of EIGHT courses in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, with a grade higher than D. 

One of the eight courses used to fulfill the concentration must be Literary Texts, Critical Methods (ENGL UN3001), along with accompanying seminar section ENGL UN3011. ENGL UN3001 and ENGL UN3011 comprise a single course.   Students may take this course in any year, although  concentrators are urged to take it as early as possible, preferably in the freshman or sophomore year.  ENGL UN3001 does not fulfill any distribution requirements.

Of the remaining seven courses, two may be taken outside of the English and Comparative Literature Department (please consult the “Options and Restrictions” section).  Courses taken within the department, however, must satisfy the following distribution requirements: 


Two courses dealing primarily with periods before 1800
Restriction: only one course in Shakespeare may be used toward this requirement


One course in each of two of the following categories: poetry, prose fiction/narrative, drama/film/new media


One course in each of the following geographical categories: British, American, comparative/global

NOTE:  a single course may fulfill more than one distribution requirement.  For example, a single lecture in medieval poetry would fulfill the following three requirements:  the period distribution "pre-1800," the genre distribution "poetry," and the geography distribution "British."

Course Distribution Lists for the current term are available and can be found in hard copy in the department office.  If you feel that a courses's distribution requirement(s) appear incomplete please contact the DUS to discuss.