All majors must fulfill the following course requirements, with a grade of C or better:
- Principles of Literary Study: 359:201
- Four courses in different historical periods, taken at the 300- or 400-level: one each in four of the following five categories:
b. Renaissance (Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century)
c. Restoration / Eighteenth-Century
e Twentieth-Century and after
- One course in African-American Literature taken at the 300- or 400-level
- One course in Literatures of the Global South, taken at the 300- or 400-level
- One course in Literary Theory
- At least one 400-level seminar (201 or 202 are prerequisites)
- Three English electives make up the remaining 9 credits. Any course that does not fulfill a specific requirement is considered an elective.
Approved courses can be counted towards fulfilling up to two requirements. So, for example, a course in 19th Century Black Literature could fulfill both 2-d and 3. However, no course may be used to fulfill more than two requirements.
Exception: English majors who pursue a Cinema Studies major or minor may include more than two 01:354 courses in their cinema studies minor program, but only two of those may be counted toward the English major.
Students may count one 300-level Writing Program course toward the English major.
Courses that may count as credits toward the major are listed under the subject codes 358 (English Literature), 359 (English:Theories and Methods), 351 (English: Creative Writing), and 354 (Film Studies).