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Students may earn Honors in English in one of two ways.
1. 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 her intellectual interests and reasons for pursuing honors in English. The chair, in consultation with members of the department, will determine candidacy. This version of Honors in English requires that candidates complete the regular English major through either the creative writing option or the literature option, plus ENGL 350, Independent Study, followed by ENGL 355, Thesis.
2. Students may instead earn Honors in English by taking 12 English classes plus ENGL 390, Seminar in Literary Scholarship. This option requires that the student maintain a GPA of 3.5 in English and earn at least an A- in ENGL 390.
Students intending to continue the study of 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 Sheldon George, director of the graduate program in English.