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.
No more than two Creative Writing courses can be used to fulfill English electives.
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).