Faculty of Arts

English Major

The English major program provides a comprehensive study of writing from ancient to contemporary cultures.

Students are encouraged to explore complex texts and to develop their thinking, writing, and reading skills — skills essential for numerous professions in the Information Age and for future literary studies. Students may take 3000 and 4000 numbered courses at any time in their third and fourth years. The numbering system does not reflect difficulty.


Lower-level requirements - 15 credits

  1. 6 credits from ENGL 1100, ENGL 1110, ENGL 1120, ENGL 1140, ENGL1210
  2. 9 credits of second year (2000 level) English courses, as follows:
    • In addition to choosing 6 English credits at the 2000-level, students must complete 3 credits as follows: ENGL 2110 Literary Landmarks in English to 1700 (3-0)
    • At the 2000 level, English Major students are strongly advised to complete ENGL 2120
    • Only 3 credits of the following can be used towards fulfillment of the second-year requirements: ENGL 2010, 2020, 2060, 2070, or 2080

Upper level requirements

A minimum of 30 credits at the 3000- and 4000-level must be taken. A maximum of three of the 30 credits can be creative writing courses. A maximum of six credits of Service Learning may be applied to the major in English. A maximum of three of the 30 credits can be from the following: PHIL 3750 and JOUR 4310.

Service learning

A service learning course is a faculty-supervised community-based learning project completed individually or in groups of up to five students.

How do I register?

Details about making an appointment with an English advisor will be posted on the English department bulletin board on the second floor of the Arts and Education building.

Or you can contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Advising Committee:

Or the Chair of the Literatures, Languages and Performing Arts Department:

Whenever possible, a faculty advisor will act as a mentor or counselor from the time you enter the program until you graduate.