Major Requirements

UB English student

Full Major in English

Minimum Requirements for Department Acceptance

Students should be in good standing (i.e., have a GPA of 2.0), and have satisfied the University Writing Skills requirement.

Application includes a conference with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about the program's requirements and how the student may meet them.

Department Requirements for Graduation

For full Degree requirements, click here.

Joint Major in English

Minimum Requirements for Department Acceptance

Same as for the full major.

Department Requirements for Graduation

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General Recommendations

  1. Literature Surveys. Students entering the University as freshmen are encouraged to take a full year of a 200-level survey course to satisfy the major requirement. The survey courses (221-2, 231-2, 241-2) provide students with a sense of literary history that serves as context for what they will study within the major. Transfer students or students who decide on the English major after taking their 200-level courses may wish to take more than the required four earlier literature courses if their 200-level courses were not surveys. Those planning to take the GRE in Literature and pursue English at the graduate level are strongly urged to take as much coursework as possible in the literature of historical periods before 1900.
  2. Program Planning. Individual programs should be chosen in a coherent way and should take advantage of groupings and concentrations within the Major.
  3. Department Advisement and Degree Evaluation. Students should consult with the Undergraduate Director in 303 Clemens about course selection and progress toward the degree.
  4. Transfer Credit Evaluation. Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis by the Undergraduate Director. Students should make an appointment at the earliest possible date for such an evaluation. Students transferring from MFC or who are re-entering after several years absence should also consult with the Undergraduate Director for an evaluation of their English work. The Department may accept two lower-level and four upper-level transfer courses at the Director’s discretion.

Contact Us

David Alff

David Alff

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

301 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2562; Fax: (716) 645-5980

Email: dalff@buffalo.edu

Nicole Lazaro

Undergraduate Secretary

Undergraduate Office

303 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2579; Fax: (716) 645-5980

Email: nmlazaro@buffalo.edu