First year students in the English Literature concentration should take their initial English course at the 200 level in the spring semester. EN 200, EN 240, and EN 230 (Victorian) are good choices. Advanced first year students may take EN 220 or EN 230 (Romantic or Modern). English majors who are uncertain whether to declare the Literature or the Professional Writing concentrations are encouraged to take one of these 200-level literature classes along with EN 185 in the spring semester of their first year. If that does not work, one of the classes may be taken in the fall of the student’s second year.
All English majors satisfy Core requirements for WCH and GWR with EN 220, 230, and/or 240, at least on of which is required for all English concentrations. They should not sign up for WCH and/or GWR classes in a department other than English.
With the exception of EN 185, no 100-level EN courses can be counted toward the English major, although EN 101, 104, and 180 satisfy Core requirements, and EN 180 can count toward a Creative Writing minor.
All English majors need to complete the second course at the introductory level in a modern language (112), or one course if the modern language placement is 200-level or higher. For ancient languages, the second course in a two-semester introductory sequence must be completed.
Two American courses are required EN 240 (which may be taken twice if the content is different), EN245, EN251, or EN440.
Two courses must be pre-1800 British Literature courses: EN 220, and either EN 420 or an appropriate 300-level literature course (EN 311-319).
The Signature Learning Experience requirement for Supervised Research is satisfied with EN 420-450 (Authors). The SLE Capstone requirement is satisfied with EN 494 (Seminar in Literary Theory). Both of these are requirements for the English Literature concentration.
EN 498 + EN 499 (4 credits total) may be substituted for one of the 300- or 400-level literature courses.
EN 480-89 (Independent Study, variable topics and credits) may be substituted where appropriate for English major requirements.
PW courses such as EN 185, EN 285, EN 302, EN 386, and EN 470-474 are recommended as career preparation for students in the Literature concentration. CW courses such as EN 280 and EN 286 enrich students’ knowledge of literature and expand their writing skills. All these courses fulfill requirements for the Writing Elective and the English Elective in the Literature concentration.