Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there any courses that English Majors must take?
- When should I take English 201 and English 202?
- Is there any easy way to tell what courses count for which requirement?
- Can I use one course to satisfy more than one requirement?
- Do I need to take a seminar?
- How do transfer students know which credits count toward the major?
Q1. Are there any courses that English Majors must take?
A1. Yes. Every English major must take English 201 (01:359:201) and English 202 (01:359:202)
Q2. When should I take English 201 and English 202?
A2. Both courses have the same name: Principles of Literary Study. As the name tells you, the two courses together are meant to introduce you to the elements of literary interpretation, and to teach you how to write the critical essays you will be asked to write in upper-level English courses. English 201 concentrates on poetry. English 202 concentrates on prose narrative. You may not take these courses simultaneously; you need to have a full year of sustained practice in critical interpretation.
Q3. Is there any easy way to tell what courses count for which requirement?
A3. Yes. Courses which fulfill the period requirements and the African-American requirement bear the prefix 358. Courses which fulfill the theory requirement bear prefix 359. 354:385 and 354:420 also fulfill the theory requirement. The African-American and theory requirements can be fulfilled by 200-level as well as 300-level and 400-level courses. 200-level courses do not fulfill the period requirements.
Q4. Can I use one course to satisfy more than one requirement?
A4. Yes. You may use the appropriate single course to satisfy up to two requirements.
Q5. Do I need to take a seminar?
A5. Yes: all majors must take a Senior Seminar at the 400 level.
To take a Senior Seminar, you must have completed either English 201 or English 202 with a grade of C or better. There are no exceptions to this rule. You may take more than one Senior Seminar, but you must complete one with a grade of C of better to graduate as an English major.
Q6. How do transfer students know which credits count toward the major?
A6. Bring your transcript, which shows what transfer credits your college has accepted, to the Undergraduate Office (Murray 104). The Undergraduate Director will determine which courses count. (You can help in this decision if you also bring any pertinent course descriptions, syllabi, papers from the courses in question.)