Department of English


Major Tracks

English: Literature

A minimum of ten courses is required. At least seven of the ten must be English courses at the 200 or 300 level.

1. Concentrators must take two of the following courses, ideally by the end of the sophomore year:

  • ENG 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
  • ENG 113: British Literature I
  • ENG 114: British Literature II
  • ENG 115: American Literature

2. Concentrators may take one additional course at the 100 level, either a third survey course from the list above (ENG 112, 113, 114, 115) or one of the following "approaches to literary study" courses:

  • ENG 100: Great Books
  • ENG 101: Maximum English
  • ENG 111: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENG 116: Introduction to African American Literature
  • ENG 117: Introduction to the Art of Film

3. Of the seven or eight courses at the 200 or 300 level:

  • a. Two must be in British or American literature before 1800, and two must be in British or American literature after 1800.
  • b. One must be ENG 380, Advanced Seminar (from annual list provided by English Department), ideally taken in the junior or senior year. ENG 396, Honors Seminar, counts as an Advanced Seminar (for students in the English Honors Program).
  • Click here for details about pre- and post-1800 courses.

Research seminars will be capped at 18, and will be run as discussion or seminar-style courses. They must involve a research project and lead to the production of a substantial body of written work. Open to junior and senior English majors; others may enroll in the course with permission of the instructor.

For further information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.