Academic Programs

The English Department is dedicated to the teaching of careful reading, creative and analytical writing, critical thinking, a historical and worldly appreciation of literature, and astute cultural awareness. Towards those ends, the department supports a variety of majors and minors: the major in English, the dual major in English and Childhood Education, a minor in English, a minor in Comparative Literature, and a minor in journalism. All majors and minors include foundational courses, core courses, upper-level courses, and elective courses.

12 Units

Foundation Courses (should be taken by the end of sophomore year)

Three Units: EN 111, EN 211, EN 212

Core British and American Courses

Pre-1800 British Literature
One Unit

Post-1800 British Literature
One Unit

American Literature
One Unit

Required Upper-Level Courses

EN 330, EN 400, EN 425


Three Units

Please note that additional core courses from the list above may be counted as electives.

Also note that, a maximum of  two course from either of the following two categories may be counted as electives: 1) Film courses designated as ―F‖ (EN 230, 356, 357, and 291 or 593, when they focus primarily on film). 2) Courses devoted primarily to writing rather than literature (EN 280, 329, Journalism [JR] courses, and 291 or 593, when they focus primarily on writing).

Nota Bene:

Only courses with a grade of C- or higher may be applied to the requirements of the major in English. Although the study of a foreign language is not required, students majoring in English are strongly urged to undertake such a study.


5 Units

Foundation courses
Two Units chosen from: EN111, EN211, EN212

Core Course
One Unit from core course list

Two Units from electives list

6 Units

Required Course
JR 261

Two Units

JR 011: .5 Unit course taken twice

Two units: either two different one-unit internships [JR 397 two separate times] or one two-unit internship [JR 497 one time].

For the Education component of the Dual Major consult the Education section.
The English component of the Dual Major consists of a total of 11 units with the following distribution:

Foundation Courses

Three Units

EN 111, EN 211, EN 212

Core British and American CoursesPre-1800 British Literature
One Unit

Post-1800 British Literature
One Unit

American Literature
One Unit

Elective upper-level courses

Four Units

Required upper-level course

EN 330 Shakespeare Survey

Please note: One of the core or elective courses must be an intercultural course (designated by “I”).


6 Units

Creative Writing

One Unit: EN 215, EN 316, TH 290, FM 322


One Unit: JR 011 is not applicable.


Two Units: EN 200 level or above


One Unit: from any of the above areas.

Internship or Additional Elective

One Unit

5 Units

Comparative Literature addresses literary study from an international perspective.  This approach to literature advances the idea that the study of literature is enhanced by knowledge of surrounding texts, languages, and cultures, and thus Comparative Literature emphasizes intersections between literature and global cultural, philosophical, and linguistic contexts.

Core Course

One Unit: EN 229, or EN 212

Literature or Language Courses

Two Units

300 level EN course

200-300 level French, Spanish, or Italian course

At least one course must be conducted in French, Spanish, or Italian



Initial eligibility for departmental honors in English: students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0 at the end of their junior year are eligible to pursue departmental honors by writing an honors thesis in their senior year. Those who wish to do so should register for an independent study (EN 593) to be directed by a faculty mentor during the fall (and carrying over into spring) of their senior year. Though a student may elect to pursue departmental honors without taking an Independent Study, s/he should know that blocking out sufficient time to focus on the project is easier if there is an Independent Study obligation. It is essential that any student planning to pursue honors talk with a mentor during spring of junior year in order to begin work on the project during the summer prior to senior year. The same thesis may be counted for the Wagner Honors Program and departmental honors in English

It is important that you understand that you should undertake this project only if you have a keen desire to do the work involved. If you miss a deadline or event (in September or after), you will not be allowed to proceed to the defense, though you should complete your work in time to receive a grade for the Independent Study (in which case, it would usually be the completion of an incomplete from fall of senior year.)

Key due dates/events:
Failure to meet any of the following deadlines, indicated by an asterisk * means you cannot proceed further on the path towards departmental honors.

Junior Year

Spring: Talking with/selecting an area and a mentor. Registering for Independent study for fall of senior year.

Summer:  Do all the critical research for the thesis.

Senior Year

September: *Bibliography submitted to mentor and department chair by the end of drop/add.

October: *Prospectus (5-10 pages) submitted to mentor and department chair by the third Monday of October.

January: *Colloquium for all departmental honors candidates, the first Monday of the spring semester

February: *Request readers by the first Monday in February

March: *Submit a completed, polished paper to readers by noon on the Thursday before Spring Break

April: *Defense–scheduled by the department–and final clean copy of thesis


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