Requirements for the Major

Fulfillment of the English major requires the completion of at least TEN courses in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, with a grade higher than D. 

One of the ten courses used to fulfill the English major must be Literary Texts, Critical Methods (ENGL UN3001), along with accompanying seminar section ENGL UN3011 (3001 and 3011 comprise a single course).  Students may take this course in any year, although majors 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 nine courses, two may be taken outside the English department (please consult the “Options and Restrictions” page here).  Course taken within English, however, must satisfy the following distribution requirements: 

PERIOD DISTRIBUTION
Three courses dealing (primarily) with periods before 1800
Restriction: only one course in Shakespeare may be used toward this requirement

GENRE DISTRIBUTION
One course in each of the following three generic categories: poetry, prose fiction/narrative, drama/film/new media


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

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

Course Distribution Lists for the current term are available here and can be found in hard copy in the department office.  An archive of past courses, and the distribution requirements they fulfill, can be found here. If you feel that a course is not designated correctly (for instance, a course is not designated as fulfilling the poetry requirement, but in fact it covered a great deal of poetry), please contact the DUS to discuss.