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Majors & Minors

The Department of English offers two 12-course majors in English and writing. In addition, the Rhetoric program is joining the department, providing students with a third major option.

English and writing majors take at least five courses in the department’s lower-division common core, including two Gateway courses and one course in each of three areas: Culture and Identity, History and Traditions, 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 and New Media; Theory and Criticism; and History and Traditions. 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 12 courses 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





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 6-course 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.




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