Programs in English Literature and English Writing

Majoring in English

Most students begin their majors in the English Department in the sophomore year. Upon formally petitioning for a major in English, a student will be assigned a faculty advisor. It is highly recommended that soon thereafter the student meet with her advisor to plan how she will satisfy the requirements in her chosen program.

English Literature

The English Literature major is a sequence of courses covering the history of English literature from the 14th to the 21st centuries. Students take 27 semester hours of coursework above the 100-level. 

Pre-1700 British Literature a choice of one of the following:

  • ENLT 378: Medieval Literature
  • ENLT 379: 16th/17th Century Literature
  • ENLT 411: Chaucer
  • Or any other course designated to fulfill this requirement

18th/19th Century British Literature a choice of two of the following:

  • ENLT 380: the 18th Century
  • ENLT 381: Romantic Movement
  • ENLT 382: Victorian Literature
  • Or any other course designated to fulfill this requirement

20th/21st Century Literature a choice of one of the following:

  • ENLT 377: American Literature 1945-Present
  • ENLT 383: 20th Century British Literature
  • Or any other course designated to fulfill this requirement

American Literature a choice of one of the following:

  • ENLT 375: American Literature to 1865
  • ENLT 376: American Literature 1865-1945
  • ENLT 377: American Literature 1945-Present

Shakespeare: ENLT 413, 414 or 415

Two free electives in literature or writing, above the 100 level (only one 203 may be counted toward the major)

Senior Literature Seminar: ENLT 495

 

 

     

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    English Writing

    The English Writing major combines the study of literature with the challenge of writing in a variety of forms. Students take 27 semester hours of coursework above the 100-level.

     

    Introduction to Creative Writing: Choose one of the following:

    • ENWR 310: Introduction to Non-fiction Writing
    • ENWR 311: Creative Writing

    Advanced Expository Writing: Choose one of the following:

    • ENWR 317: Expository Writing
    • ENWR 319: Classical Rhetoric

    Free Electives: Choice of two ENWR electives above the 100 level

    Shakespeare: ENLT 413, 414, or 415

    Pre-1700 British Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 378: Medieval Literature
    • ENLT 379: 16th/17th Century Literature
    • ENLT 411: Chaucer
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill pre-1700

    18th/19th Century British Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 380: The 18th Century
    • ENLT 381: Romantic Movement
    • ENLT 382: Victorian Literature
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill 18th/19th Century Literature

    20th/21st Century Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 377: American Literature 1945-Present
    • ENLT 378: 20th Century British Literature
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill 20th/21st Century Literature

    Senior Writing Project:  ENWR 495

     

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    Double Major in Literature and Writing

    Shakespeare: ENLT 413, 414, or 415

    Pre-1700 British Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 378: Medieval Literature
    • ENLT 379: Early Modern Writers
    • ENLT 411: Chaucer
    • Or any other couse designated to fulfill Pre-1700 Literature

    18th/19th Century British Literature: Choose three of the following:

    • ENLT 380: 18th Century
    • ENLT 381: Romantics
    • ENLT 382: Victorians
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill 18th/19th Century British Literature

    American Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 375: American Lit to 1865
    • ENLT 376: American Lit 1865-1945
    • ENLT 377: American Lit 1945-Present
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill American Literature

    One Free Literature Elective

    20th/21st Century Literature: Choose two from the following:

    • ENLT 377: American Literature 1945-Present
    • ENLT 383: 20th Century British Literature
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill 20th/21st Century Literature

    Introduction to Creative Writing: Chooe one of the following:

    • ENWR 310: Introduction to Non-fiction Writing
    • ENWR 311: Creative Writing

    Advanced Expository Writing: Choose one of the following:

    • ENWR 317: Expository Writing
    • ENWR 319: Classical Rhetoric

    Electives: Choose four ENWR electives above the 100 level

    Senior Writing Project: ENWR 495

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    Minoring in English Literature

     Students take 15 semester hours above the 100 level

    Shakespeare

    • ENLT 413, 414, or 415

    Pre-1700 British Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 378: Medieval
    • ENLT 379: 16th/17th Century Literature
    • ENLT 411: Chaucer
    • or any other course designated to fulfill pre-1700

    18th/19th Century British Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 380: 18th Century
    • ENLT 381: Romantics
    • ENLT 382: Victorian Literature
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill the 18th/19th Century Literature

    20th/21st Century Literature: Choose one of the following:

    • ENLT 377: American Literature 1945-Present
    • ENLT 383: 20th Century British Literature
    • Or any other course designated to fulfill the 20th/21st Century Literature

    Free Elective: Choose a course above the 100 level

     

    English Writing

    Students take 15 semester hours above the 100 level

    Introduction Writing: Choose one of the following:

    • ENWR 310: Introduction to Non-fiction Writing
    • ENWR 311: Creative Writing

    Advanced Expository Writing: Choose one of the following:

    • ENWR 317: Expository Writing
    • ENWR 319: Classical Rhetoric

    Advanced Writing Electives: Choose three

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    The Comprehensive Requirement

    Literature majors satisfy the College's comprehensive requirement in ENLT495 Senior Literature Seminar. Students make class presentations and submit a research paper at the end of the semester, to be evaluated by a faculty team. Outstanding papers are recommended for Honors in the Major. Writing majors satisfy the College's Comprehensive requirement in ENWR 495 Senior Writing Project, which includes an ambitious, extended example of their writing in a creative vein. These projects are also evaluated by a faculty team, and outstanding projects are recommended for Honors in the major.

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    The Advanced W Requirement

    During their junior and senior years, majors put together an Advanced W portfolio which demonstrates their ability to read literature with sensitivity and to write with insight and clarity. A detailed information sheet on the Advanced W requirement is available from the Department Chair. The portfolio includes:

    English Literature

    • a paper of your choice originally written for any 200-level or above course
    • a well-developed analysis of a single literary work
    • a seminar paper demonstrating skills in synthesis and critical judgment

    English Writing

    • a well-developed analysis of a single literary work
    • a paper of your choice from any advanced writing course
    • a substantial excerpt from your senior writing project

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