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2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Language and Literature, BA

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Required Credit Hours: 36

(at least 27 of which must be in courses numbered 300 and above)

Major Computing Requirement:

Major Writing Requirement:

The great majority of courses offered in English are writing-intensive. Students officially satisfy the Major Writing Requirement by successfully completing ENGL 475, Research Seminar in English.

Research Seminar:

As a capstone experience, ENGL 475 also satisfies COLL 400 in the College Curriculum. Irrespective of its topic, ENGL 475 may not be used to satisfy the other requirements listed below.


At least four courses numbered 300 or above that, in combination, satisfy the following requirements. A single course can be used to satisfy no more than two requirements at once.

Single Author or Film Auteur:

One course (3 credits) studying the work of a single author or film auteur selected from the following, or from courses with the 'SA' attribute.

Constructions of Race:

One course (3 credits) focusing on constructions of race selected from the following, or from courses with the 'CR' attribute. Courses in literature and expressive culture by people of color and those that take race as a central conceptual category for critical examination can be counted toward this requirement. Courses in English-language linguistics that address language variation associated with race can also be counted toward this requirement.

Additional Information

English majors can count a maximum of nine credit hours in creative writing, expository writing, and English-language linguistics toward the major.

Major courses are chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor on the basis of the student's preparation, background, career expectations, and educational interests. The department encourages students to design a program of study that exposes them to a range of historical periods and critical approaches to literature. A sound major program should include, in addition to the requisite courses in English, a coherent pattern of complementary courses in other departments and allied fields chosen in consultation with the advisor.

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