Requirements for English Majors | Department of English

Requirements for English Majors

Major | Second Major | Minor | Second Academic Concentration


Current Requirements for the Major, English:

  • Core Requirements (21 semester hours)
    • Historical Perspectives
      • Medieval to Enlightenment, one (1) course from the following: ENG 211, 213, 251
      • Romantic to Postmodern, one (1) course from the following: ENG 212, 214, 252
    • Perspectives on Literature
      • Two (2) courses in literature before 1800 (only one of which may be Shakespeare) from ENG 332, 336, 337, 338, 339 or 340 or 540, 342, 343, 360, 372, 381, 450, 510, 537, 541, 561
      • One (1) course in literature after 1800 from ENG 315, 316, 331, 333, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 358, 359, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 382, 451, 545, 550, 558, 559, 563, 564, 565, 582
    • Contemporary Theoretical Approaches: ENG 303
    • Approaches to Rhetoric: ENG 305
  • English Electives (15 semester hours)
    Five courses in English at or above the 200 level

** New major requirements effective Fall 2010 for all new freshmen, new transfer students, and students changing majors to English. 

Continuing students who were English majors before Fall 2010 must meet the previous set of requirements, found here.   

If you are confused about this, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Jennifer Keith.


English as a Second Major

Required: Students must complete the requirements described for the English major (36 s.h.).


English as a Minor

The requirements for a minor in English are as follows:

  1. A minimum of 18 hours in English.
  2. Any two of the following courses: English 201, 202, 211, 212, 251, 252.
  3. No more than 6 hours at the 100-level. Any 100-level English course will count except English 101, and 102.
  4. At least 6 hours at the 300-level or above.

Students may declare a minor in the Office of Academic Advising, 159 Mossman. For further advice about the English minor, see Dr. Jennifer Keith, Director of Undergraduate Studies in English.


English as a Second Academic Concentration

For Education Majors (excepting Middle Grades Education) (18 hours)

The department also offers an 18-hour second academic concentration in English that meets requirements for Elementary Education (School of Education) and certain other University programs in education. Consult with your major advisor or with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English. Education students who are required to complete another approved major or concentration in a basic academic discipline must fulfill the following requirements (18 semester hours) for a second academic concentration in English.

View additional course information in the Course Catalogue.

1. Required core courses: 9 s.h.

Three of the following:

ENG 211: Major British Authors: Medieval to Neoclassical, 3 s.h.
ENG 212: Major British Authors: Romantic to Modern, 3 s.h.
ENG 251: Major American Authors: Colonial to Romantic, 3 s.h.
ENG 252: Major American Authors: Realist to Modern, 3 s.h.

2. Either

ENG 321 (Linguistics for Teachers) or
ENG 262 (Sociolinguistics) or
ENG 302 (Second Language Acquisition)

3. Two electives at the 200 or 300 level, 6 s.h.

For Middle Grades Education Majors (27 hours)

Middle Grades Education majors must fulfill the following requirements (27 semester hours) for a second academic concentration in English.

1. English and American Literature (9 sh)

Three courses from the following: ENG 211, 212, 251, 252

2. Language and Writing (6 sh)

ENG 321 and 322.

3. Expressive Writing (3 sh)

One course from the following: ENG 221, 223, 225, 323, 325, 326

4. Literature (6 sh)

Two courses chosen from English courses at the 200 or 300 level, in consultation with major advisor, from the following: ENG 332, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 342, 360, 372, 381, 510, 537, 539, 540, 541, 542, 561, 315, 331, 333, 344, 345, 346, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 355, 358, 359, 373, 374, 376, 377, 379, 382

5. Elective (3 sh)

Chosen from literature or writing courses at the 200 or 300 level (items 3 and 4 above), in consultation with major advisor