The English Department provides you with a depth and breadth of literary knowledge while teaching you to explore problems creatively, to be sensitive to life's diversity, and to read the world critically and thoughtfully.
To declare a major in English, please select a faculty member (not visiting) and request that the professor serve as your adviser. Pick up the appropriate form from the Registrar's Office and take it to the department chair for approval.
If the adviser you selected cannot take any more advisees, then you will decide on a second choice with the chair. Your choice of adviser is extremely important as he/she will help you design a major program and provide advice, and/or recommendations for jobs and graduate school.
English Major Requirements
The English major consists of ten courses, as follows:
Categories 2 and 3 will include two courses at the 200 level and two courses at the 300 level. Students must also have two courses at the 400 level, one of which fulfills category 4. No more than one English course at the 100-level will count for credit toward the major.
Progression and Sequencing: The successful English major follows an effective sequencing of courses. To that end, all majors will take:
Any exceptions to the above sequencing must be approved by the English department chair.
All English majors will maintain a Davidson Domains site to which they will upload one (or more) of their essays from the gateway course (ENG 220), along with other writing samples from 200- and 300-level courses.
To determine whether you should pursue the old or revised major, log into Degreeworks and play the "what if" game:
Additional information about the English major is available in the College Catalog.
English 220 lays the foundation for the three introductory historical survey courses (240, 260, 280) and for upper-level literature courses. Prospective English majors are encouraged to take English 220 as early as possible. The purpose of English 220 is to address many of the essential questions that confront a student of literature.
English 220 explores these and other critical issues through well-informed discussion and writing on selected texts of poetry, fiction, and drama by major authors in world literature.