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Requirements:

The major in English consists of 11 courses given by, or approved by, the department. The following courses are required of all majors:

• ENGL 199 Approaches to Literature
• ENGL 200 Introduction to Theory

ENGL 199 is an introduction to the major and is open to all students thinking about majoring in English. All potential majors are urged to take it no later than the beginning of their sophomore year. While ENGL 199 and 200 constitute a sequence and must be taken in that order, this sequence is not necessarily consecutive. ENGL 199 is a class appropriate for incoming first-year students, while ENGL 200 is an advanced course in critical theory, open only to students with sophomore standing and above who have taken 199. Students will thus typically take 199 at the beginning of their first year, and they will take 200 no earlier than the beginning of their second year. ENGL 199 is the prerequisite for all 300-level literature classes offered by this department. Some 300-level classes may have additional prerequisites; see course descriptions below.

Students may choose either the writing or literature option for their English major. Described below are additional requirements for each option.

The Writing Option

• One course covering Literature before 1610 (ENGL 111, 112, 121, 321, 326)
• One course covering English Literature from 1610—1800 (ENGL 243, 307*, 332, 342)
• One course covering 19th Century English Literature (ENGL 211*, 254*, 304, 306, 307*, HONS 304, HONS 305)
• One course covering British or U.S. literature and/or media of the 20th and/or 21st c. (ENGL 172, 178*, 195, 211*, 214, 221, 239*, 254*, 275*, 317*, 318, 327, 328, 354, 398)
• One course in American Literature before 1900 (ENGL 138, 161, 162, 235, 312, 320, 331)
• One course in Multi-Ethnic Literature (ENGL 163, 176, 178*, 220, 239*, 250, 275*, 308, 316, 317*, HONS 205)
• Two Creative Writing courses (ENGL 105, 107, 109, 305, or 350)
• Any other Literature or Creative Writing Course
Note: Two of these 10 courses must be 300-level literature seminars.

*ENGL 211 and 254 may satisfy the 19th c. English literature requirement OR the 20th/21st c. requirement, not both. ENGL 178, 239, 275, and 317 may satisfy the multiethnic requirement OR the 20th/21st c. requirement, not both. ENGL 307 may satisfy the 1610-1800 literature requirement OR the 19th c. English literature requirement, not both.

**323, Special Topics, in its various versions may satisfy one of these requirements; check with the Chair.

The Literature Option

• One course covering Literature before 1610 (ENGL 111, 112, 121, 321, 326)
• One course covering English Literature from 1610—1800 (ENGL 243, 307*, 332, 342)
• One course covering 19th Century English Literature (ENGL 211*, 254*, 304, 306, 307*, HONS 304, HONS 305)
• One course covering British or U.S. literature and/or media of the 20th and/or 21st c. (ENGL 172, 178*, 195, 211*, 214, 221, 239*, 254*, 275*, 317*, 318, 327, 328, 354, 398)
• One course in American Literature before 1900 (ENGL 138, 161, 162, 235, 312, 320, 331)
• One course in Multi-Ethnic Literature (ENGL 163, 176, 178*, 220, 239*, 250, 275*, 308, 316, 317*, HONS 205)
• Any Three other English courses (one of which may be a creative writing course)
Note: Two of these ten courses must be 300-level literature seminars.
*ENGL 211 and 254 may satisfy the 19th c. English literature requirement OR the 20th/21st c. requirement, not both. ENGL 178, 239, 275, and 317 may satisfy the multiethnic requirement OR the 20th/21st c. requirement, not both. ENGL 307 may satisfy the 1610-1800 literature requirement OR the 19th c. English literature requirement, not both.

**323, Special Topics, in its various versions may satisfy one of these requirements; check with the Chair.

In consultation with her departmental advisor, each student is encouraged to choose required and elective courses to extend the range of her familiarity with literature or to explore in greater depth areas of particular interest: historical periods, comparative literature studies, genres, themes, or individual figures.

Independent Learning

In special circumstances, with agreement of the instructor and approval of the chair, ENGL 349, Directed Study may be substituted for a course offered in a required area. Note that directed study does not count toward the independent learning requirement. In consultation with her departmental advisor, each student is encouraged to choose required and elective courses to extend the range of her familiarity with literature or to explore in greater depth areas of particular interest: historical periods, comparative literature studies, genres, themes, or individual figures. Although most students will have little difficulty planning their programs within the suggested framework, students who wish to modify it are invited to consult with the department chair. Such students may want to take greater advantage of the independent learning option. In the Department of English, some or all of the College's independent learning requirement can be met in the following ways: ENGL 350, 355, 370, 380, or 390. Alternatively, English majors may meet the requirement by taking appropriate courses or completing projects in an area other than English. Internship and Field Work (370 and 380) do not count toward the eleven courses required for the major. In addition to 350, 355, 370, 380, or 390, some 300-level literature classes will satisfy the independent learning requirement. Students should check with their department advisor and/or the Chair to learn which 300-level classes satisfy the independent learning requirement each term. Students may only satisfy half the college's independent learning requirement through an approved 300-level literature course.