College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English


Through its challenging and rewarding program of study, the English Department introduces students to the formative traditions of British, Irish, American, and Anglophone literature. We supplement these historical, critical, and generic courses with specialized courses that (1) offer an in-depth examination of individual authors and critical problems, (2) balance theory with the practice of rhetoric, and (3) develop creative talents. Throughout our program, we integrate close reading and extensive writing, and we present fundamentals of research in order to foster intellectual maturity and to prepare our students for more advanced study in literature and writing.

Because we wish our English majors to explore their particular interests, we offer five tracks to guide their course selections: (1) literature, (2) writing, (3) theatre/drama, (4) journalism, and (5) education.

Common Core for all English majors (6 courses)

ENG 222 Sophomore Seminar, Critical Approaches to Literary Studies
ENG 402 Shakespeare Early Works or ENG 403 Shakespeare Later Works
British Literature before 1832 or American Literature before 1860
British/Irish/World Literature course
American Literature course
Writing (creative, journalism, rhetoric, pedagogy)

Track Options:

Students also take four courses in one of the five track options: Literature, Writing, Theatre/Drama, Journalism, Education.

Literature Track

The Literature track requires one Medieval/Renaissance course, one Literary Theory or Genre Studies course, one literature course of any period (including dramatic literature), and one English elective. The three Integrative Learning courses for the Literature Track include the following: Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Music/Theatre/Film, and upper-division courses in Foreign Languages, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, or Theology/Religious Studies. No more than two courses should be in a particular discipline.

Writing Track

The Writing Track requires three writing courses and one elective. With the chair’s permission, some Professional Writing and Speaking courses in the evening college may be taken in fulfillment of writing requirements. The three Integrative Learning courses for the Writing Track include the following: Art, Communication Studies, Economics, History, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Linguistics, Music/Theatre/Film, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Theology/Religious Studies. No more than two courses should be in a particular discipline.

Drama/Theatre Track

The Drama/Theatre Track requires MTF 161 Introduction to Theatre, two additional drama/theatre courses taken in the English Department, and one elective, which may be an English literature or writing course or one of the following Music/Theatre/Film courses: MTF 261 Performance Practicum, MTF 260 Acting I, MTF 264 Acting II, MTF 265 Directing for the Stage, MTF 268 Musical Theatre History and Performance. The three Integrative Learning courses for the Drama/Theatre Track include the following: the Music/Theatre/Film courses listed above, Communication Studies, History, Psychology, or Sociology.  No more than two courses should be in a particular discipline. The focus should be courses that study aspects of human behavior.

Journalism Track

Journalism Track requires ENG 261 Introduction to Reporting & Writing and ENG 490 Journalism Internship and two additional courses in journalism.  Those two remaining courses may include: ENG 362 Literary Journalism, ENG 363 Online News Production, ENG 448 Magazine Writing, ENG 451 Food Writing, ENG 462 Narrative Journalism, ENG 463 Advanced Multimedia Journalism, ENG 464 Sports Writing, or ENG 465 Special Topics in Journalism. The three Integrative Learning courses for the Journalism Track include the following: Art, Biology, Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Science, History, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Music/Theatre/Film Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Theology/Religious Studies. No more than two courses should be in a particular discipline. Students in the Journalism Track are also encouraged to consider the Communication Studies Minor.

Education Track

The Education Track requires two literature courses, including dramatic literature, and two writing courses. The three Integrative Learning classes for the Education Track are as follows: SPE 160/160F  Introduction to Special Education; SPE 310/310F Assessment: Identification and Progress Monitoring; SPE 203/203F Teaching in Inclusive Environments. The following are recommended for satisfying both Education and GEP requirements: first-year EDU 150/150F Schools in Society for the first-year seminar; EDU 157/157F Adolescent Development for the social and behavioral science requirement; and a Linguistics course for the Art/Lit requirement.

There is also a general major option, whereby students may take four courses across the three tracks. For students pursing the general major, the Integrative Learning courses should be selected from the Literature Track list.

For all tracks:

  • One internship can count toward the major. Additional internships must be taken as general electives.
  • One course within the ten must be an English diversity course, which can be taken at any level and can overlap with other English requirements. This course does not satisfy the diversity, globalization or non-Western area studies degree requirement in the GEP.
  • For integrative learning courses, we encourage students to pursue non-English, cross-listed courses in interdisciplinary programs such as Africana Studies, American Studies, Ancient Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Faith/Justice, and Gender Studies.
All English majors will be assigned a Departmental advisor with whom they will consult during the course of their studies and who will help them select a pattern of courses in tracks appropriate to their talents, interests, and possible careers.
Please complete the Track Selection Form.
Please click here for Application for Undergraduate Student Internship

Please click here for GEP requirements.