The English Major seeks to expose students to a wide range of literary works and critical methodologies, to develop an awareness of the forms, histories, and contexts of literary works, and to cultivate fundamental skills of critical reading and writing.

It requires a minimum of 10 courses, which must include

  • 1 gateway course (ENLS 2000: Literary Investigations)
  • 1 survey course. There are three to choose from:

    • ENLS 2010: Intro to British Literature I
    • ENLS 2020: Intro to British Literature II
    • ENLS 2030: Intro to American Literature

  • 1 capstone seminar (ENLS 5010), typically taken in the senior year
  • 6 upper division courses, which can be 
    • any literature class at the 4000 level or higher
    • any writing class at the 2000 level or higher

  • 1 elective (any ENLS course at the 2000 level or higher)
  • 1 course in literature before 1800
  • 1 course in American or Anglophone literature (i.e., not British)

Courses taken abroad and at other universities can count toward the major. Please consult with your major advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies about the transfer process.

The honors thesis in English can substitute for the capstone seminar.

Please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Kohler, Director of Undergraduate Studies ( if you have any questions or want to set up a meeting.





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