Majors & Minors

The Department of English offers two majors and two 36-credit majors: English and writing.

English and writing majors take at least 15 credits in the department’s lower-vision common core, including two Gateway courses and one course in each of three areas: Culture and Identity, Historicity, and Writing: Topics and Genres.

As sophomores, students are eligible to begin taking upper-division courses. Writing majors take three upper-division courses focused on the craft of writing in various modes and contexts: poetry, essay, memoir, fiction, new media, adaptation, hybrid forms, and community writing. English majors choose to specialize in one of four Tracks—three courses focused on specific areas of study: Culture and Identity; Film, Drama & New Media; Theory and Criticism; and Historical Literature. All students, no matter which major they select, complete at least six upper-division elective courses and a capstone seminar in their major. The BAs in English and writing each require 36 credit hours total.

Students may not double major in English and writing.

The flowcharts below offer a visual overview of our majors in English and writing.

  English Major Flowchart

Writing Major Flowchart

Catalog Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English

Catalog Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Writing

Writing Major Checklist

English Major Checklist

 

MINORS

Students who wish to complement their degrees in other areas of study, to pursue personal interests in critical reading and creative writing, and to provide employers or graduate schools with supplementary credentials in writing or English can choose an 18-credit minor.

English minors take two Gateway courses, two lower-division electives, and two upper-division electives.

Writing minors take two Gateway courses, two lower-division courses from the writing core (80-99), and two upper-division writing courses.

Students majoring in English or writing may not minor in the Department; students may not double-minor in English and writing.

 

Catalog Requirements for a Minor in English

Catalog Requirements for a Writing Minor

Writing Minor Checklist

English Minor Checklist

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