Students in the English Department achieve a breadth of historical and critical exposure, chiefly but not exclusively in British, American and Irish literature and culture. Opportunities may include creative writing workshops taught by novelists or poets of national and international reputation. Classes characteristically are small (15-20 students) and emphasize lecture and discussion. Approaches to critical writing go hand in hand with approaches to critical reading and essay examinations and term papers typically are required.

Extracurricular life originating in the Faculty of English is rich and varied. An undergraduate literary magazine is published annually, and there are close ties to performances in the Faculties of Theatre and Music, as well as to special programs in related disciplines such as art, communication, foreign languages, and history. In addition, undergraduates benefit from a number of guest lecturers, visiting artists, and special conferences brought to campus each year by the English department.

  • Program Objectives

    Students who complete the undergraduate program will

    1. Gain and demonstrate knowledge of an historically varied range of Anglophone literary texts by reading them and writing about them;
    2. Gain and exercise skills necessary to write and present effectively in styles appropriate to the discipline;
    3. Analyze, interpret, and contextualize diverse cultural texts critically in ways that offer a creative synthesis.
  • Degree Options

    English, B.A.

    Achieve a breadth of historical and critical exposure, chiefly but not exclusively in British, American and Irish literature and culture.

    English Minor

    Non-majors are welcome to minor in English.

  • Typical Four Year Schedule
    FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
    Exposition and ArgumentationFirst Seminar
    Beginning Language IBeginning Language II
    Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    Reading Major American WritersContemporary Mathematics
    Freshman ExperienceReading Major British Writers I
    SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
    Intermediate Language IIntermediate Language II
    Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
    Block III - Scientific InvestigationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    Reading Major British Writers IIBlock III - Scientific Investigation (lab)
    English ElectiveEnglish Elective
    JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
    Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationPost-1800 English
    Post-1800 EnglishEnglish Elective
    English ElectiveElective
    ElectiveMinor
    MinorMinor
    SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
    Senior Project in EnglishElective
    English ElectiveElective
    MinorElective
    ElectiveElective
    ElectiveElective
    * Introduction to College Writing or its equivalent may be a prerequisite in some cases.
    † The language requirement may be fulfilled with Spanish, German, French or Russian.
    †† Courses that fulfill Blocks I, II, and III are listed each semester in the advising center and in the university
    schedule of courses.