The English Major

Welcome to the Major Requirements and Advising page. You can learn more about the major, including degree requirements, by exploring the links below.

  1. Important Announcements
  2. Why Major in English?
  3. Degree Requirements: The English Major
  4. Degree Requirements: The Old English Major (1995-2015)
  5. Course Planning Documents
  6. Advising
  7. Other Forms and Resources

Important Announcements 

Notice about the Foundations Courses

The UO Committee on Courses recently approved an English Department proposal to change the arrangement of the Foundations of the English Major course series.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, new course numbers will be in place, and the series of the three courses will change. The Faculty teaching the Foundations courses this year decided to change the series in response to requests by students. The new course numbers are:

  • ENG 303: Text (Fall term) 
  • ENG 304: Context (Winter term)
  • ENG 305: Theory (Spring term)

It is important that students who have already taken one or two parts of the series know how to complete it next year. Students who have taken ENG 303: Text during Spring 2019, 2018, or 2017 should not enroll in ENG 303 again. 

Students who have taken ENG 301: Context in Fall 2018 or earlier should not enroll in ENG 304: Context; and those who have taken ENG 302: Theory should not enroll in ENG 305: Theory.

***When registering, please pay attention to the course names - Text, Context, Theory - and enroll in the course or courses you have not yet completed.***

There are some English majors who have completed one or two courses in the old Introduction to the Major series, ENG 220-222. Those students can take any one or two courses in the new series, ENG 303-305, to make three total.

Change in Terminology

The Department is beginning to phase out Major I (1995). To assist this process, we have changed how we will refer to major requirements and advising documents.

Effective Fall 2019, we will call Major I The Old English Major (1995-2015). We will call Major II, more simply, The English Major


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: The English Major

    If you declared the English major in summer 2016 or later, refer to this PDF for the English Major Requirements. The requirements on this PDF are also listed below. 

    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

    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.
      • Select courses in the Clark Honors College (HC 221H, 222H, and 223H) and the Humanities program (HUM 101, 102, and 103) can count as lower-division electives.

    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 English Major 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: The Old English Major (1995-2015)

    If you declared the major before summer 2016, refer to this PDF for the Old English Major (1995-2015) Requirements. The requirements on this PDF are also listed below. 

    LOWER-DIVISION REQUIREMENT

    • ENG 220, 221, and 222, Introduction to the Major (12 credit hours)
      • Note: ENG 301, 302, & 303 will fulfill this requirement. Please consult Director of Undergraduate Studies Prof. Gordon Sayre for more information. 
    • 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 Old English Major 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.
      • Select courses in the Clark Honors College (HC 221H, 222H, and 223H) and the Humanities program (HUM 101, 102, and 103) can count as lower-division electives.

    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.

    NOTE: In Major I, a single course CANNOT SIMULTANEOUSLY fulfill two English area requirements. One course counts one time in fulfilling Major I requirements.

    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 the English Major:

    Please refer to these advising documents for the Old English Major (1995-2015):

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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

    The Tykeson College and Career Advising in Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall is UO's new advising center, located on 13th Avenue, between Johnson and Chapman Halls. At Tykeson Hall, you can work with professional College and Career Advisors who can help you explore your interests, schedule your classes, plan for graduation, discuss career interests, and more.

    You can schedule appointment with our Tykeson College and Career Advising team via the EAB Navigate app available in the App Store or Google Play. Please visit the Office of Academic Advsing's website for information about appointment and hours of operation.

     

     

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    Other Forms and Resources

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