Minimum Requirements for Department Acceptance
Department Requirements for Graduation
- Two courses (6 credits) of English in the 202-299 range, with a
minimum GPA of 2.5 in these courses. At least one must be a
literature course, and we recommend that at least one be a survey
of literary history such as World Literature (221-222), British
Writers (231-232), or American Writers (241-242).
- One course (3 credits) in Criticism – English 301.
- One course (3 credits) in Earlier Literature.
- Two elective courses (6 credits) in the 300-400 level.
- 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) will provide students with a
sense of literary history that will serve 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 work as possible in the
literature of historical periods before 1900.
- Foreign Languages. While any language, ancient or
modern, satisfies the departmental language requirement, the
preferred choices for those planning to do graduate work in the
humanities are German, French, Spanish, Latin, and Greek.
- Program Planning. Individual programs should be
chosen in a coherent way and should take advantage of groupings and
concentrations within the Major.
- Department Advisement and Degree Evaluation. Feel
free to consult with the Undergraduate Director in Clemens 303
about your progress towards the degree or your course selections.
English majors should check with the Director if they have
questions about their records, department requirements, or their
program in general.
- Transfer Credit Evaluation. Transfer credit is evaluated
on an individual basis by the Undergraduate Director. Students must
make an appointment with the Undergraduate Director to have an
evaluation of transfer work. 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
Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies