The English Major

The Bachelor of Arts in English

  1. Degree Requirements: Major II (2016)
  2. Degree Requirements: Major I (1995)
  3. Course Planning Documents
  4. Advising
  5. Other Forms and Resources

WHY MAJOR IN ENGLISH?

English is ideal for students who want to be creative, hone their critical thinking, and become versatile writers.

The major exposes students to centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. Because of our distinctive offerings in rhetoric, environmental humanities, comics studies, medical humanities, disability studies, digital humanities, and the study of race and ethnicity, the major allows students to focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, all while receiving extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.

These skills 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 fields like law, medicine, teaching, management, publishing, advertising, and information technology.

Want to learn more? Get in touch with our advising team.

    BECOME AN ENGLISH MAJOR


    Degree Requirements: Major II (2016)

    The English major consists of 60 credit hours divided among:

    • lower-division courses that increase your understanding of literary genres and histories
    • a writing requirement where you can deepen your understanding of grammar and style while increasing your rhetorical versatility
    • Foundations courses that offer you tools and methods for critical analysis
    • upper-division requirements and electives where you will explore a wide range of texts and cultural artifacts to increase your moral and aesthetic sensitivity 

    If you declared the English major in summer 2016 or later, refer to the English Major II (2016) Requirements for more detailed information about what courses are available and what categories they satisfy.

    LOWER-DIVISION REQUIREMENT (16 credit hours)

    • Two courses in genre: ENG 205 Genre (8 credit hours)
    • Two lower-division electives (8 credit hours)
      • In some terms, ENG 199: Special Studies, will count in this category.
      • Only one Introduction to Literature course (ENG 104, 105, 106) can be used for lower-division electives.
      • Folklore (FLR) courses count when taught by English department faculty. See the annual Undergraduate Major Advising Supplement below.

    FOUNDATIONS OF THE ENGLISH MAJOR (12 credit hours)

    You must take all three of the following:

    • ENG 301: Foundations of the Major: Context
    • ENG 302: Foundations of the Major: Theory
    • ENG 303: Foundations of the Major: Text
      • Note: Either 301 or 302 is a prerequisite for taking 303.

    WRITING REQUIREMENT (4 credit hours)

    • One of the following courses:
      • ENG 209: The Craft of the Sentence
      • ENG 420: The Art of the Sentence
      • WR 320: Scientific and Technical Writing
      • WR 321: Business Communication
      • WR 423: Advanced Composition

    ADDITIONAL UPPER-DIVISION COURSEWORK (32 credit hours)

    Additional upper-division coursework must total a minimum of 32 credit hours. A minimum of 28 of the upper-division requirements must be taken at the University of Oregon.

    You must take at least one class in each of the following categories:

    1. Literature, Pre-1500
    2. Literature, 1500-1789
    3. Literature, 1789-Present
    4. Theory and/or Rhetoric
    5. Media, Folklore, and/or Culture
    6. Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and/or Sexualities
    7. Empire, Race, and/or Ethnicity
    Note: In addition to select courses that automatically satisfy requirements in two areas, during any given term other courses may also fulfill two requirements at once. See the Major II Advising Supplement for information about particular offerings and categories.

    UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVES

    Additional upper-division work may be needed to fulfill the minimum of 32 credit hours required for the major. You may use a maximum of 8 credit hours in ENG 401, 402, 405, 408, and/or WR 408. Electives may include any of the upper-division courses listed above in areas A-G as well as any others listed in the Advising Supplement.

    Planning Note: If the upper-division requirements have all been satisfied with 4-credit courses, only 8 credits would be required in this area.
     
    ALL COURSES FOR THE MAJOR MUST BE PASSED WITH GRADES OF MID-C OR BETTER TO COUNT.

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    Degree Requirements: Major I (1995)

    If you declared the major before summer 2016, refer to the English Major I (1995) Requirements for more detailed information about what courses are avaialble and what categories they satisfy.

    LOWER-DIVISION REQUIREMENT

    • ENG 220, 221, and 222, Introduction to the Major (12 credit hours)
      • Note: ENG 301, 302, & 303 will fulfill this requirement: 301 for 220, 302 for 221, and 303 for 222.
    • One Shakespeare course (minimum of 3 credit hours): ENG 207 or 208
    • Two lower-division electives (minimum of 8 credit hours)
      • The "Introduction to Literature" courses (ENG 104, 105, 106) and their transfer equivalents CANNOT be used as lower-division electives for Major I. See the annual Undergraduate Major I Advising Supplement.
      • In some terms ENG 199: Special Studies, will count in this category.
      • Folklore (FLR) courses count when taught by English department faculty. See the annual Undergraduate Major Advising Supplement.

    UPPER-DIVISION REQUIREMENT

    Upper-division coursework must total a minimum of 36 credit hours. A minimum of 28 of the required 36 credit upper division requirements must be taken at the University of Oregon.

    1. One course in Literature, Pre-1500 (a minimum of 3 credit hours)
    2. Two courses in Literature, 1500-1789 (a minimum of 6 credit hours)
    3. Two courses in Literature, 1789-Present (a minimum of 6 credit hours)
    4. One course in Literary Theory and Composition (a minimum of 3 credit hours)
    5. One course in Folklore, Ethnic, and Women’s Literature (a minimum of 3 credit hours)
    6. Upper-division Electives
      • A maximum of 8 credit hours in ENG 401, 403, 405, 408, and/or WR 408) can count toward the major.
      • Electives may include any of the upper-division courses listed above in areas A-E, and any of the following courses. (One course cannot simultaneously satisfy more than one requirement.) If the upper-division requirements have all been satisfied with 4-credit courses, only 8 credits would be required in this area.
    ALL COURSES FOR THE MAJOR MUST BE PASSED WITH GRADES OF MID-C OR BETTER TO COUNT.

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    Course Planning Documents

    Below are advising documents that will help you plan your major coursework.

    The annual Undergraduate Advising Supplement lists all courses offered in a particular year and what categories they satisfy. The English Major Worksheet contains a chart that will help you map out which categories you have finished and which ones you still need to fulfill.

    Please refer to these advising documents for Major II (2016):

    Please refer to these advising documents for Major I (1995):

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    Advising

    Interested in learning more about becoming an English major? Need help planning your courses? Advisors in the English Department can help. Please get in touch with the following people:

    For additional information about advising, contact Karen McClain, Undergraduate Clerk: 118 PLC, (541) 346-1500.

    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.

    GENERAL ACADEMIC ADVISING

    Questions about university requirements, general education requirements, and graduation may be directed to UO’s Office of Academic Advising. OAA can also help you select and pursue a course of study, create a plan for graduation, or solve academic problems.

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    Other Forms and Resources

    LINKS TO DEPARTMENT RESOURCES

    LINKS TO UNIVERSITY RESOURCES

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