Guidelines for Graduate Study Preparation in English Literature: 54-62 units

English majors who wish to pursue graduate study in literature must meet the general
requirements for an English major but should complete a minimum of 54-62 units
using the following general guidelines. Courses may be substituted for with an
approved off-campus alternative.

A modern or ancient language at the intermediate level: 0-8 units

Lower-Division Courses: 8-12 units

  • ENG 090 Literary Critical Strategies (4)
  • ENG 044 Studies in World Literature (4) or ENG 045 Studies in Classic Literature (4)
  • ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4)
  • ENG 047 Survey of British Literature 1800-Present (4)

Upper-Division Courses: 42 units

ENG 117 Shakespeare (4)

Three of the following: (12)

  • 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)

Two of the following: (8)

  • ENG 130 Major American Writers to 1865 (4)
  • ENG 131 Major American Writers 1865-1914 (4)
  • ENG 132 Major American Writers 1914-1945 (4)
  • ENG 133 Major American Writers: Special Topics (4)
  • ENG 135 Faulkner (4)

Two of the following: (8)

  • ENG 134 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (4)
  • ENG 136 Jewish American Literature (4)
  • ENG 160 Women Writers (4)
  • ENG 164 Topics in Classic Literature (4)
  • ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4)
  • ENG 195 Seminar (4)
  • ENGLISH 98

Two of the following: (8)

  • ENG 181 Twentieth-Century Poetry (4)
  • ENG 182 Twentieth-Century Fiction (4)
  • ENG 183 Twentieth-Century Drama (4)
  • ENG 185 Twentieth-Century Irish Literature (4)
  • ENG 186 British and Irish Theatre (4)

One of the following: (2-6)

  • ENG 197 Comprehensive Examination (2) (Written essay exam to be prepared for
    and taken in the student’s last semester. Students preparing for the exam will be
    expected to review English and American literary history and theory, meeting
    for two hours a week with each other and with different department members
    as appropriate.)
  • ENG 199 Senior Honors Project (6) (Students who elect this choice may
    substitute it for 4 units from the two sets of courses listed immediately above.)

Recommended:

Two of the following: (8)

  • HIS 152 England, 1485 to Present (4)
  • HIS 171 Colonial and Revolutionary America (4)
  • HIS 173 Civil War and Reconstruction America (4)
  • HIS 175 Recent America (4)
  • One of the following: (4)
  • ART 131 Theory and Criticism in the Arts (4)
  • HIS 142 European Intellectual History, 1650-Present (4)
  • PY 135 Philosophy of Language (4)

Any upper-division literature course in a language other than English (4)