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) (Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century)
c. Restoration / Eighteenth-Century
e Twentieth-Century and after
- One 300-level course in African-American, Ethnic American, or Global Anglophone Literature
- One 300-level course in Literatures of the Global South
- One course in Literary Theory
- 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.
A course taken to fulfill a historical period requirement may also be used to fulfill the African-American literature or the seminar requirement, if it is so designated. Likewise, a seminar may be used to meet the literary theory or African-American requirement, if it is so designated. 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).