Major & minor requirements

Beginning in Fall 2016, the Department of English transitioned to a new major, English Major II . While retaining the same basic structure as the old English Major I  the new major more accurately reflects the range of work of our department researchers 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 and transformation of a key literary and cultural genre over time. The first, Lyric(s), was offered fall 2016, and is followed by courses on Autobiography, Fantasy and Tragedy.

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 include a range of media forms, historical periods, and methods of study. Each of the three terms focuses on helping students develop an understanding of essential disciplinary skills (studying texts in context, reading texts alongside theory and criticism, and close reading). 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.

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