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Upgraded Requirements! Coming Fall 2023!

Foundations & Methods

In Foundations & Methods courses, English majors and minors develop reading skills that equip them to interpret the complex texts, media, and cultural forms that surround us.  Students learn how to parse a memoir or poem, a Supreme Court decision, a Bollywood film, a horror story, a clothing trend, a historical treaty, a social media phenomenon.  English majors and minors also hone their capacities as writers capable of communicating ideas through compelling creative, analytic, and digital forms.

Regions

In Regions courses, students investigate how literary, linguistic, and cultural forms both shape and are shaped by structures of power and intersecting social identities.  Through encounters with literary and cultural traditions from regions around the globe, English majors and minors investigate issues of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, nationality and religion, geography and migration, and histories of political, economic, and cultural domination.  Students learn about the historical and ongoing ways in which cultural representations both contribute to and challenge inequities, injustices, exclusions, and forms of structural violence.  They also learn about the myriad ways in which cultural texts—a medieval romance, a theater performance, an ecofeminist manifesto, a cookbook, a novel about a con artist, a photograph—create beauty and pleasure, or inspire new forms of community and new ways of imagining sustainable futures amid global-scale challenges.

Time

In Time courses, English majors and minors explore continuities and discontinuities in the creation, reception, and circulation of literature and culture.  By studying writers, creators, and readers from particular periods, students deepen their awareness of how concepts relevant to the study of English—such as human, environment, nature, culture, language, disability, sex, gender, race, class, law, justice, canon, beauty, and humor—shift over time, reflecting broader political, social, and cultural changes.

English in Action

Through elective courses, through internships, and through programs that extend learning far beyond the classroom—the New England Literature Program (NELP), the Detroit River Story Lab, the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), the Bear River Writers’ Conference, and the Great Lakes Arts, Cultures, and Environments Program (GLACE)—English majors and minors develop a keen awareness of the vital importance of literary and cultural representations.  In concrete, embodied forms, students learn how and why words matter.

Capstone

English majors who choose to participate in the Capstone Program in Research or the Capstone Program in Creative Writing work closely with a faculty advisor and cohort of other writers, engage in several months of sustained research and writing about a topic of their own choosing, and produce thesis-length works that represent both a significant personal achievement and an original contribution to knowledge.

English majors who choose to participate in the Capstone Program in Research or the Capstone Program in Creative Writing work closely with a faculty advisor and cohort of other writers, engage in several months of sustained research and writing about a topic of their own choosing, and produce thesis-length works that represent both a significant personal achievement and an original contribution to knowledge.

The Major at a Glance

 

Current Requirements

New Requirements

Declaration Prerequisite

English 298 (Introduction to Literary Studies)

There is no prerequisite under the new major/minor requirements. You may declare at any time.

Total Major Credit Requirement

30 credits + English 298

27 credits (Please note there is no prerequisite)




Requirement categories






  • Pre-1642

  • Pre-1830

  • Pre-1900

  • American Literature

  • Identity/Difference

  • Poetry




  • Foundations & Methods (one course per subcategory)

    • 200-level course from an approved list

    • 300-level course from an approved list

  •  Regions (one course per subcategory)

    • the Americas, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland

    • Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands

  • Time (one course from two of the subcategories)

    • Medieval and Early Modern

    • 18th and 19th Centuries

    • Modern and Contemporary


When specific courses are listed as satisfying multiple core requirements


You may use a single course to satisfy a maximum of two core requirement categories, and the credits will only count once toward the required 30 credits. In other words, you may “double count” courses to satisfy the core requirements.


You must take a total of two separate courses (6 credits total) from each of the core requirement categories. There is no option to “double-count” courses.



200-level courses


200-level courses may not be used to satisfy core requirements. You may count two 200-level courses (up to 6 credits total) for elective credit only.

Students must take one 200-level course to fulfill the 200-level foundations and methods requirement. Students may take one additional 200-level course. This course may satisfy another requirement, or it may count as an elective.

300/400-level Creative + Expository Writing Courses


Two 300/400-level creative/expository writing courses may count as elective credit. These courses may not fulfill core requirements.

Three 300/400-level creative/expository writing courses may count toward the major (9 credits total). Up to two of these courses may count as electives. A third course may fulfill a core requirement if it is listed as satisfying a core requirement.

Major or Minor

By majoring or minoring in English, hundreds of students recognize that patient reading and impassioned writing are not just fulfilling and enjoyable hobbies; they are essential practices for being thoughtful, discerning, active participants in our many communities.

English Major Requirement Checklist (Effective Fall 2023)

English Minor Requirement Checklist (Effective Fall 2023)