Students should be in good standing (i.e., have a GPA of 2.0), have satisfied the University Writing Skills requirement, and have completed two courses in the English 202-299 range, at least one of them a literature course, with a minimum GPA in these classes of 2.5.
Application includes a conference with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about the program's requirements and how the student may meet them.
a) One course (3 credits) in Criticism – English 301. Criticism introduces the students to the practice and principles of literary criticism. Classes will discuss the close reading of texts (including poetry, prose, and analytical writing), the intelligent use of secondary sources, the revision of critical prose, the meaning of scholarly conventions, and several varieties of literary theory. Topics vary with instructors’ interests, but in all sections students will draft and revise a research paper of at least twelve pages. Criticism may not fulfill any other requirements for the major.
b) Four courses (12 credits) in Earlier Literature (literature written before 1830), chosen from among specified courses that focus on literature written before 1830.
Breadth of Literary Study course (3 credits). This is a course
focused on literatures that write back to the traditional literary
canon and that represent the diversity of literatures now written
and studied in English-speaking countries and around the
world. Some examples are: 341: Multicultural Autobiography,
343: Native American Literature, 365: Studies in African American
Literature, and 380: Postcolonial Literature.
d) Five elective courses (15 credits) chosen from the 300 and 400 levels, at least one of which MUST be at the 400-level. They may not include more than six credits of Independent Study or any credits earned in an internship.
13 courses (39 credits) in all.
Same as for the full major.
Nine courses (27 credits) in all.
Same as for the full major.
The English Honors program enables students who have a high GPA or are nominated by department faculty to work even more closely with faculty in seminar-style courses, and in writing a senior thesis. Honors students are especially likely to participate with faculty on research projects or as research assistants. For more information about the English Honors Program, consult the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Honors students write a Senior Thesis, which consists of independent work culminating in a paper of 30-35 pages.
To enter the English Honors Program, students must have 3.5 GPA within English or faculty recommendation; if the latter, students must have achieved a 3.5 GPA before graduation in order to graduate with honors. Honors students must complete one English honors semiar (3 credits), and one Senior Thesis. Students complete the honors thesis in one or two semesters (3-6 credits).
Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
427 Clemens Hall
Phone: (716) 645-0688
303 Clemens Hall
Phone: (716) 645-2579