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English Major

Courses Satisfying the English Major Requirements Prior to Fall 2014

In addition to University Core Curriculum requirements and requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, English majors must complete a total of 15 courses distributed according to the specifications below.  However, this list is not binding: students are required to consult with their advisors and with quarterly departmental listings to determine whether a particular section of a course meets the new English major requirements. 

Although many courses fulfill more than one of these requirements, students may count each course only once except that one of the 15 courses must be in gender or sexuality studies and another of the 15 courses must be in ethnic or global studies.  

Students in the teacher preparation program (for those planning to teach high school) have additional requirements.  These students must meet with Jill Goodman Gould, the Credential Program advisor, to make sure they meet the additional requirements.  

The Minor in English requires two foundation courses and five electives, four of which must be upper-division courses.

English majors may specialize in Creative Writing; non-English majors may minor in Creative Writing.

* indicates that this course may be repeated if topics differ
** indicates that this course may be repeated for credit

Click here for description of each course.

Two Foundation Courses:

Foundation Courses:
English 16: Introduction to Writing and Digital Publication
English 20: Introduction to Literary Study

English 14: Introduction to Literary History & Interpretation
English 15: Introduction to Cultural Studies and Literary Theory
English 21: Introduction to Poetry

Five Historically-Grounded Courses:
(at least one must be American and at least one British; at least two must be upper division)

One Medieval
41 Survey of English Literature I
141 Studies in Medieval Literature
142 Chaucer

One Renaissance and/or 17th Century
41 Survey of English Literature I

116 Shakespeare’s Tragedies (also THTR 116)
117 Shakespeare’s Comedies (also THTR 117)
*118 Shakespeare Studies (also THTR 118)
*131 Studies in Early American Literature

143 Studies in Renaissance Literature
145 Milton
146 Neoclassical Literature

One Restoration and/or Enlightenment and/or 18th Century

14 Introduction to Literary History & Interpretation
31 Survey of American Literature I
42 Survey of English Literature II

*131 Studies in Early American Literature
146 Neoclassical Literature



One 19th Century/Romantic


14 Introduction to Literary History & Interpretation
31 Survey of American Literature I
32 Survey of American Literature II

42 Survey of English Literature II
43 Survey of English Literature III
*132 Studies in 19th Century American Literature
*132G Studies in 19th Century American Literature

147 Romantic Movement
148 Victorian Literature

One Additional Historically-Grounded Course
Any of the courses in the categories above can instead (but not additionally) be counted in this category; the following courses also count in this category.

25 Reading Film
35 African American Women’s Literature
35G African American Women’s Literature
36 Chicano/a Literature
37 Native American Literature
38 Asian American Literature
66 Radical Imagination
67 US Gay and Lesbian Literature
69 Literature by Women Writers of Color
100 Literature and Democracy
110 Classical Tragedy (also CLAS 181 and THTR 181)
111 Classical Comedy (also CLAS 182 and THTR 182)
121 Studies in American Film
*122 Film, Gender, and Sexuality
123 Studies in the History of Literary Theory
124 Studies in Contemporary Literature and Cultural Theory
128 Studies in the Literature of the Middle East and Islamic World
129 California Literature
*133 Studies in Modern American Literature
*134 Studies in Contemporary American Literature
*134G Studies in Contemporary American Literature
140 Studies in Chicano Literature
149 Modern British Literature
150 Contemporary Literature
*151 Studies in British Fiction
153 Studies in Global Gay and Lesbian Cultures
155 Studies in Asian American Literature
157 Postcolonial and Commonwealth Literature and Theory
158 Studies in Native American Literature
158G Native American Women Writers
159 Indian Subcontinental and Diasporic Literature
161 The Bible as Literature
165 African Literature
166 Pan-African Literature
167 Modern Fiction
*186 Women in Antiquity (also CLAS 185 or 186)
187 Classical Mythology in the Western Tradition (also CLAS 184)
192 American Theatre from the Black Perspective (also THTR 161)

One Upper-Division Writing/Rhetoric/Language Course
101 Linguistics
102 Theories of Modern Grammar
103 History of the English Language
104 Teaching English as a Second Language
105 Literacy and Social Justice
106 Advanced Writing
106EL Advanced Writing
107 Life Stories and Film
108 Writing About Medicine
109 Literature and Performance (also THTR 109)
126 Creative Writing and Social Justice
127 Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction
138 Internet Culture and the Information Society
170 Writing for Children and Young Adults
**171 Advanced Fiction Writing
**172 Advanced Poetry Writing
**173 Screenwriting (also THTR 173)
**174 Nonfiction Writing
175 Creative Nonfiction
176 Intensive Writing
177 Argumentation
178 Technical Writing
179 Practical Business Rhetoric
180 Writing for Teachers
183 Writing for Business
185 Grants, Proposals, and Reports
191A Practicum for Writing Tutors
*193W Playwriting (also THTR 170)
196 Writing in the Community

One Upper-Division Theory/Methodology Course
105 Literacy and Social Justice
123 Studies in the History of Literary Theory
124 Studies in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory
125 Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism
140 Studies in Chicano Literature: Chicano/a Literature II Advanced Critical Analysis & Theory
148 Victorian Literature/New Historicism
150 Contemporary Literature

*152 Women, Literature, and Theory 
153 Studies in Global Gay and Lesbian Cultures
154 Environmental Literature
155 Studies in Asian-American Literature: Asian-American Literary and Cultural Criticism and Theory
*156 Interdisciplinary Gay and Lesbian Studies
157 Postcolonial and Commonwealth Literature and Theory
159 Indian Subcontinental and Diasporic Literature
164 Studies in Caribbean Literature
165 African Literature

Three Courses in a Selected Area of Specialization
Selected in consultation with the faculty advisor (e.g., literary history, a literary period, genre, postcolonial/multicultural, a national Lit, gender and sexuality, writing/rhetoric, creative writing, independent).  One, with the Chair’s approval, may be taken outside the department; one may be lower division.

Two Electives
(One should be taken outside the selected area of specialization; one may be lower division).  ENGL 11, 12, or 13, as well as ENGL 79 can be an elective.

One Senior Seminar
190 Senior Seminar

The following two requirements can be met through two of the 15 courses.

One Gender/Sexuality Studies Course
35G African American Women’s Literature
67 US Gay and Lesbian Literature
68 Literature and Women
69 Literature by Women Writers of Color
79A Writing about Literature and Culture: Film, Fiction, and Gender in India and its Diasporas
79G Writing about Literature and Culture: Identity and Culture in Contemporary Ethnic Literature of the United States
*122 Film, Gender, and Sexuality: Queer Cinema
125 Feminist Literature Theory and Criticism
*132G Studies in 19th Century American Literature
*134G Studies in Contemporary American Literature
**135G Studies in American Fiction: Domesticity, Publicity, and Literature of Social Change
*152 Women, Literature, and Theory
153 Studies in Global Gay and Lesbian Cultures
*156 Interdisciplinary Gay and Lesbian Studies
158G Studies in Native American Women Writers
162 Studies in Comparative Literature: Comparative Humanism
164 Studies in Caribbean Literature
**168 Women and Literature
*186 Women in Antiquity

189G Literature and Religion
190 Senior Seminar

One Ethnic/Global Studies Course
35 African American Literature
36 Chicano/a Literature
37 Native American Literature
38 Asian American Literature
39 Multicultural Literature of the United States
69 Literature by Women Writers of Color
79A Writing about Literature and Culture
120 Studies in Comparative Cinema
128 Studies in the Literature of the Middle East and Islamic World: Contemporary Literature and Film of the Arab World
*130 Studies in African American Literature
140 Studies in Chicano Literature
153 Studies in Global Gay and Lesbian Cultures
155 Studies in Asian American Literature
157 Postcolonial and Commonwealth Literature and Theory
158 Studies in Native American Literature
158G Native American Women Writers
159 Indian Subcontinental and Diasporic Literature
164 Studies in Caribbean Literature
165 African Literature
166 Pan-African Literature
192 American Theatre from the Black Perspective (also THTR 161)

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