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    1. Are there any courses that English Majors must take?
    2. When should I take English 201 and English 202?
    3. Is there any easy way to tell what courses count for which requirement?
    4. Can I use one course to satisfy more than one requirement?
    5. Do I need to take a seminar?
    6. 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) 

Q2. When should I take English 201?

A2. The title of the course is Principles of Literary Study. As the name tells you, the  course is 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.  You may take this course after you have completed the prerequisite: Expository Writing (355:101).

Q3. Is there any easy way to tell what courses count for which requirement?

A3. Yes.  Courses which fulfill the period requirements, the African-American, and the Global South Literature requirements bear the prefix 358.  Courses which fulfill the theory requirement bear prefix 359.  354:385 and 354:420 also fulfill the theory requirement.  The literary theory requirement can be fulfilled by 200-level as well as 300-level and 400-level courses.  200-level courses do not fulfill the period requirements, the African American, or the Global South 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 English 201 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 or 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, and papers from the courses in question.)

 

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