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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. Develop greater familiarity with literature in the Anglophone world.
  2. Develop critical writing skills.
  3. Learn to analyze, interpret and contextualize cultural texts critically.

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.