College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

English Major: Literature and Language option

The curriculum follows a pattern of increasing specialization from survey courses and foundational skills through advanced seminars. The heart of the major comprises 16 units of Required Core Courses and 52 units of elective subplan courses (listed below as Literature Surveys, Genre Courses, Linguistics, World and Postcolonial Lit, and Advanced Literature). For a more detailed breakdown of units and requirements, including General Education requirements, consult the Curriculum Sheet at right. For questions, please see an English advisor.

Required English Courses

  • Advanced Expository Writing ENG 303
  • Grammar Modern English ENG 321
  • Literary Theory ENG 350
  • Shakespeare ENG 404

Other Required Courses

  • Foreign Language (one 200- to 499-level course) 
  • Freshman English (A3) ENG 105
  • The appropriate Composition course (ENG 107, or ENG 109, or ENG 110)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies ENG 312
  • Senior Symposium ENG 466

Literature Surveys, choose 4

  • Survey British Literature I ENG 207
  • Survey British Literature II ENG 208
  • Survey American Literature I ENG 211
  • Survey American Literature II ENG 212
  • Multicultural Literatures in the U.S. ENG 213
  • World Literature I ENG 217
  • World Literature II ENG 218

Advanced Writing (300-level), choose 2

  • Creative Non-Fiction ENG 300
  • Writing in the Professions ENG 301
  • Genre Fiction ENG 304
  • Professional Editing ENG 354
  • Introduction to Rhetorical Theory ENG 355

Linguistics, choose 2

  • Language, Literacy and Cultural Practices ENG 313
  • From Theory to Practice in Student Literacy ENG 314
  • Language in Society ENG 317
  • Analysis of Conversation ENG 318
  • Applied Pragmatics ENG 319
  • Structure of Language ENG 320
  • Development of Modern English ENG 322
  • Language Acquisition ENG 323

Advanced Literature  (400-level), choose 5. Must include 1 British, 1 American, 1 World; also must include at least 2 pre-1700.

British

  • Chaucer ENG 401 
  • Milton & His Age ENG 402
  • Shakespeare ENG 403
  • English Renaissance ENG 440
  • The Novel in English to 1880 ENG 441
  • English Enlightenment ENG 442
  • English Drama to 1890 ENG 443
  • English Romanticism ENG 444
  • Modern Drama ENG 445
  • Modern British Novel ENG 446
  • English Poem ENG 447
  • Victorian Writers ENG 448
  • Twentieth-Century British Literature ENG 450

American

  • Race and Gender in Modern Literature ENG 424
  • Modernism and Post Modernism ENG 451
  • Early American Literature ENG 452
  • Nineteenth Century American Literature ENG 454
  • Twentieth Century American Literature ENG 456
  • American Poetic Tradition I ENG 457
  • American Poetic Tradition II ENG 458

World

  • Myth as Literature ENG 408
  • Epic ENG 409
  • Arthurian Romance ENG 410
  • Nineteenth Century European Novel ENG 419
  • Literature of Exile ENG 425
  • Novel in the Modern World ENG 428
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature ENG 334

Electives

  • 5-8 unrestricted electives (see curriculum sheet)