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To become a candidate for honors in English, a student must have a GPA of 3.67 in English and submit an application and a portfolio by the end of the first semester of her junior year to the chair of the department. The portfolio should include a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of intent describing intellectual interests and reasons for pursuing honors in English. The chair, in consultation with members of the department, will determine candidacy. Honors in English requires that candidates complete the regular English major through either the writing option or the literature option, plus ENGL 350 Independent Study followed by ENGL 355 Thesis. Honors in English also requires that the student maintain a GPA of 3.67 in English.
Students intending to continue their specialization in English at the graduate level will find it advisable to take the honors program. Students considering graduate work are also strongly urged to take a significant number of English courses at the 300 level and to take a literature course in another modern language. Interested students should consult with Pamela Bromberg, director of the graduate program in English.