English Curriculum

*Please note: Our curriculum has been revised; this website reflects the 2015-2016 catalog. Students, please consult the Academic Catalog for your year of admission regarding requirements.


ENGLISH MAJOR REQUIREMENTS : 40 units

All English majors will complete a minimum of 40 units in the study of literature, writing and language. Of the 40 units for the major, at least 24 must be upper-division courses and at least 24 must be in literature. While completing the eight requirements below, students may use any single course to count for no more than two requirements.

Introduction to the major. Choose one of the following:

ENG 006H First-Year Honors Seminar in Literature (4)
ENG 090 Methods of Reading (4)
ENG 060 Writers in Conversation (4)

A historically organized course that spans more than a century of writing.  Choose one of the following:
ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4)
ENG 047 Survey of British Literature 1800-Present (4)
ENG 170 British Novel 1700-Present (4)
ENG 160 Women Writers (4)
ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4)

A course in literature written in English prior to 1800. Choose one of the following:

ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4)
ENG 117 Shakespeare (4)
ENG 151 Milton and the Early 17th Century (4)
ENG 152 Chaucer and Medieval Literature (4)
ENG 158 Literature of the English Renaissance 1485-1600 (4)
ENG 166 Neoclassic Literature 1660-1798 (4

A course focusing in a single author or pair of authors and requiring a critical research paper. Choose one of the following:
ENG 117 Shakespeare (4)
ENG 151 Milton and the Early 17th Century (4)
ENG 152 Chaucer and Medieval Literature (4)
ENG 135 Faulkner (4)
ENG 163 Authors in Context (4)

Courses that draw significantly on at least two national or transnational literatures. Choose one class from two of the following lists:

American Literature
ENG 130 American Writers to 1865 (4)
ENG 131 American Writers 1865-1914 (4)
ENG 132 American Writers 1914-1945 (4)
ENG 133 American Writers: Special Topics (4)
ENG 134 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (4)
ENG 135 Faulkner (4)

Anglophone Literature
ENG 44 Studies in World Literature (4)
ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4)
ENG 185 Twentieth-Century Irish Literature (4)

British Literature
ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4)
ENG 047 Survey of British Literature 1800-Present (4)
ENG 117 Shakespeare (4)
ENG 121 Romantic Literature 1798-1832 (4)
ENG 122 Victorian Literature 1832-1900 (4)
ENG 151 Milton and the Early 17th Century (4)
ENG 152 Chaucer and Medieval Literature (4)
ENG 158 Literature of the English Renaissance 1485-1600 (4)
ENG 166 Neoclassic Literature 1660-1798 (4)
ENG 170 British Novel 1700-Present (4)
ENG 186 British and Irish Theatre I (4)

One upper-division course focusing on identity. Choose one of the following: 
ENG 134 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (4)
ENG 160 Women Writers (4)
ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4)
ENG 185 Twentieth-Century Irish Literature (4)

An internship. Choose one of the following:
ENG 167 Writers’ Corner (2)
ENG 168 Student Publications: Horizon (2 or 4)
ENG 169 Student Publications: Phoenix (2)
ENG 190 Practicum (2 or 4)
ENG 191SS Reading in the Community (0) *does not count toward the writing concentration
IS 190 Practicum

A capstone experience completed in the penultimate or final semester.
Choose one of the following:
ENG 196 Capstone (2 or 4)
ENG 199 Major Honors (2 or 4)
(Any of the above may be replaced by an approved England Semester course.)