Major & minor requirements

Beginning in Fall 2016, the Department of English transitioned to a new major, English Major II. While retaining the basic structure of English Major I, the new major better reflects the range of our researchers’ work while addressing the current needs and interests of our students.


The new major includes a writing requirement that can be satisfied either by a new lower-level grammar course or with any one of four upper-division writing courses. We’ve also designed a new genre course as a lower-division requirement. Each of these courses will trace the historical development of a key literary and cultural genre over time. Recent offerings have included Autobiography, Comedy, Fantasy, Lyric, Robot Stories, Tragedy, and Travel Literature.


Finally, the three-part Introduction to the Major was replaced by a new series, Foundations of the English Major.  The aim is to help students recognize English as an interdisciplinary field. Courses explore a range of media forms, historical periods, and methods of study. Each of the three terms focuses on helping students understand essential disciplinary skills (studying texts in context, reading texts alongside theory and criticism, and close reading).

Click here to learn how to declare the English Major. 

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.

We’re excited to implement the new major after several years of work developing new courses and finding ways to create an inclusive curriculum, representative of the range of fields and interests among members of our department. We’re especially grateful to BILL ROSSI for the epic task of implementing the curricular changes.

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

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