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English Undergraduate Studies

Young Couple Sitting with a Pile of BooksThe English major and minor expose students to centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. Students receive extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. At the UO, English majors and minors take classes covering varied historical periods and literary traditions alongside classes in expository writing, cultural studies, theory, ecocriticism, film, and folklore. In addition to focusing and extending the values of a traditional liberal arts education, the skills gained in the English Major and Minor programs provide vital preparation for business and professional careers, as well as for further academic work or artistic endeavors. The experience of our graduates has proven that English is an excellent background for law, medicine, teaching, management, publishing, advertising and advanced technology fields.

English Major Advisors:

  • Karen McClain, Undergraduate Clerk, mcclain2@uoregon.edu, for major and advising information: 118 PLC, (541) 346-1500.
  • Professor William Rossi, Director of Undergraduate Studies: rossiw@uoregon.edu, 363 PLC (office hours link) for major advising.
  • Dr. Corbett Upton, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies: cupton@uoregon.edu, 375 PLC  (office hours link) for major advising.

Courses in English

Please note that the courses listed above are subject to change.


How to declare English as your Major:

  1. Complete and print the Major Change Form, to add/drop major.
  2. Meet with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Corbett Upton in 375 PLC (office hours link) for advising and to have this document signed.

 

English Major Advising Documents:

If you declared the English major in summer 2016 or later, refer to these documents for Major II.

If you declared the English major before summer 2016, refer to these documents for Major I.

IMPORTANT: All declared English majors are enrolled in the Canvas “English Department Information Site for Undergraduate Majors.” Please check this site frequently for timely announcements, course schedule information and events of interest to English majors. Click here to link to the UO Canvas login page..


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English Honors Program

The English Honors Program is designed for outstanding English majors interested in the intensive study of literature and culture in small discussion seminars and in independent exploration of a special topic of their own choosing under the guidance of a faculty member.  An honors thesis is expected to make a substantial and persuasive argument situated within, and contributing to, current critical debates while demonstrating exceptional verbal clarity and sophistication. The honors thesis may be either a critical essay of 35-50 pages or a substantial piece of creative writing.

 

 

Requirements

  1. Completion of all English department requirements
  2. A minimum of two terms of Seminar:  Capstone ENG 407
  3. Two terms of Thesis: ENG 403, a directed program of study or creative writing under the guidance of an appropriate advisor
  4. Senior thesis–either a critical essay of thirty-five to fifty pages or a substantial piece of creative writing. The thesis must be approved by the advisor and a second reader (typically both faculty members in English) after an oral defense

Admission and Supervision
Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.70 in their English courses and completed at least two upper-division English courses.

Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, Clark Honors College English Majors who have been accepted into the English Honors Program and complete the requirements for both the Clark Honors college Thesis and the English Honors Program may submit an English Honors Thesis awarded a Pass or Pass with Distinction to fulfill the thesis requirement for both English Department Honors and the Clark Honors College Thesis. Failing theses cannot earn English Department Honors and cannot be used to satisfy the Clark Honors College Thesis.

Admission is decided by the Department’s Curriculum Committee and is based upon the applicant’s academic record, a brief description of the applicant’s proposed thesis project (no more than 500 words), and the recommendation of two faculty members in the English Department. Students may reapply to the Honors Program one time, but no later than the last term of their junior year.

Students choose their thesis advisor and second reader in consultation with the Director of the English Honors Program. While registered for thesis credit (ENG 403), students confer with the thesis advisor at regular intervals as mutually agreed. They may also confer with their second reader. Students keep the Director of the Honors Program informed of their progress.

To apply for admission to the English Honors Program, contact Elizabeth Bohls (ebohls@uoregon.edu), the program director and Associate Head of the English Department.


Completing the Honors Thesis information 

Thesis Signoff Form 

Honors Thesis Cover Template

Thelma and Stanley Greenfield Award for the best English Honors Thesis


 

Award Certificate

Annual Awards

The A. Kingsley Weatherhead Shakespeare Essay Prize a $300 award endowed by a generous gift from Gloria Lee in honor of her husband the late Robert Lee. Winners List.

The Stephen Swig Essay Prize, named for a distinguished alumnus of the department, comes with an award of $500. Winners List.

The Thelma and Stanley Greenfield English Honors Thesis Prize, a $1,000 award to the best English honors thesis from the year, named in honor of two of the English Department’s most beloved former Professors. Winners List.


 

MP900341500English Minors and Certificates

UO English offers minors in English; Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning; and Comic Studies. These minors are open to all UO undergraduates in any major who would like concentrated study in one or more of these areas.

The department also offers an interdisciplinary certificate program in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning for students seeking even more concentrated work in this area.

 


 

English Minor

 

The English major and minor expose students to centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. Students receive extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. At the UO, English majors and minors take classes covering varied historical periods and literary traditions alongside classes in expository writing, cultural studies, theory, ecocriticism, film, and folklore. In addition to focusing and extending the values of a traditional liberal arts education, the skills gained in the English Major and Minor programs provide vital preparation for business and professional careers, as well as for further academic work or artistic endeavors. The experience of our graduates has proven that English is an excellent background for law, medicine, teaching, management, publishing, advertising and advanced technology fields.

More information on the English Minor form.

Complete the online form to declare English as a Minor.

 


 

Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning — Minor & Certificate

 

MP900309615The ability to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically are some of the most valuable skills for life in a globalized world. The minor in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning offers students a coherent program of courses that will strengthen their abilities in all three of these essential areas. This interdisciplinary minor is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.
The MINOR is open to all University of Oregon undergraduates in any major. Undergraduates who want even more concentrated work in this area may enroll in the CERTIFICATE program.

 

WSCR 2017-18 Course List

 

 


Comic Studies Minor

 


This interdisciplinary Comics and Cartoon Studies minor, the first of its kind in the nation, presents students with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of comics, from editorial cartoons to comic books to graphic novels. Comics combine images with words in a unique way in order to communicate with and emotionally engage the viewer/reader. In taking classes for this minor, students will be required to think outside of accustomed disciplinary boundaries and to analyze and experiment with the interaction of both visual and linguistic systems of meaning.

Visit the Comics and Cartoon Studies minor website here for more information.

Complete the online form to declare Comics and Cartoon Studies as a minor.

 


Disability Studies Minor

DisabilityStudiesMinorBlending courses from across campus, we define disability as a social phenomenon that touches everyone and helps us understand how societies work.  A Disability Studies minor will prepare you for a growing range of disability-related careers through knowledge specific to professions.  Students gain direct contact with disability communities through a large menu of innovative fieldwork options.  Courses will put you in touch with working professionals in fields like international development, health professions, design, sign language interpreting, education, and non-profit management.

Focusing on the tools to envision an inclusive world and the skills to create it, we put the voices and experiences of people with disabilities front and center. We think about how ableism (anti-disability prejudice) operates in different nations and how disability intersects with other forms of identity like gender, class, nationality, and race in complex and varied patterns. We study all kinds of bodymind variations, whether visible or invisible. We uncover lost histories.

While housed in the English Department, this minor is open to all UO majors and encompasses a wide span of fields across the social sciences, arts, humanities, and professional schools.  Many of Disability Studies minor courses also count for General Education requirements.

Add the Disability Studies Minor by clicking here:

https://english.uoregon.edu/undergraduate/disability-studies-minor-declaration-form