The English Program focuses on the study of British and American literature and on the classic works that influenced them, as well as on English-language literatures of former British colonies, including those of Africa and India. Students in the program may choose to major or minor in English, or they may pursue a joint major in Theatre and English or a concentration in Creative Writing.
The mission of the English Program is to encourage students to develop, through careful reading, an appreciation of the language and artistry of classic and modern works of literature and to guide students to gain a strong knowledge of these works in their historical and cultural contexts. The English Honors option helps make the program distinctive and intellectually challenging.
In accordance with this mission, the overall goals for the major and minor programs in the English Department are the following:
The English Major is based on the study of American and English literatures, with electives offered in genres, periods, major authors, creative writing, linguistics, and selected writers.
For the majors in Theatre/English or English/Creative Writing, see below.
Grades: Courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better to count toward any English major or toward the English Minor.
Requirements: The English Major consists of 42 credit hours distributed as follows:
The English Honors Program provides students of unusual ability and interest in the study of literatures in English (American, British, and Anglophone Africa and Asia) to pursue intensive independent research while working closely with faculty and other students in the Honors Program. Students who successfully complete this program receive special designation at graduation and on their diplomas and transcripts.
Students seeking to modify any of the above requirements must petition the Department Chair.
Requirements: 50 credit hours, as distributed below
In their Junior year, Theatre/English Majors may propose a Senior Project to the department; if their proposal is approved, they may register for THR 489 Senior Project.
**Adjustment to Performance/Production Practicum requirement: For each additional semester served on the Theatre Crew, the minimum required number of credit hours is reduced by 2 credit hours: 3 semesters on Theatre Crew results in 6 credit hours of Theatre Practicum required; 4 semesters on Theatre Crew results in 4 credit hours of Theatre Practicum required; etc. Production running crew assignments may also offset the Practicum requirement in certain cases.
(See also Major in Creative Writing within the Writing Program, Section 3.2.27)
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 46 credit hours in English and Writing to fulfill the major requirements.
The English Minor should serve well as the complement to several majors (Business and Economics, Education, History and Political Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Social Work, and Global Studies).
Requirements: 22 credit hours distributed as follows