Major Requirements

A major requires a minimum of eleven courses (44 units).

COURSEWORK

Historical Surveys

ENGL 287English Literature 1077-1660

4 units

ENGL 288English Literature 1660-Present

4 units

ENGL 289The American Experience in Literature

4 units

Students may substitute one of the corresponding first-year survey courses (ENGL 187, ENGL 188, ENGL 189) for its 200 level counterpart (ENGL 287, ENGL 288, ENGL 289), but may not receive major credit for both (e.g. ENGL 187 and ENGL 287).

Seminars

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4 units

ENGL 390Junior Seminar in English

4 units

ENGL 490Senior Seminar: Comprehensive Project

4 units

Group 1 - Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Students must select one course numbered:

ENGL 210 – 229

Or

ENGL 310 – 329

Group 2 - 18th and 19th Century Literature

Students must select one course numbered:

ENGL 230 – 249

Or

ENGL 330 – 349

Group 3 - 20th and 21st Century Literature

Students must select one course numbered:

ENGL 250 – 269

Or

ENGL 350 – 369

Group 4 - Emergent Literature

Students must select one course that focuses on literature previously excluded from the canon:

ENGL 142Joyful Noise! On Black Literature and Musicality

4 units

ENGL 241The "Deviant"

4 units

ENGL 274Women Writers

4 units

ENGL 341Race, Law, and Literature

4 units

ENGL 345American Literature Before 1900: The American Renaissance

4 units

ENGL 34719th Century Novel and Bollywood Cinema

4 units

NOTE: "Emergent Literature" courses will typically fall under the Group II or III categories. However, they cannot count for both a period requirement (such as Group II or III) and the Emergent Literature requirement.

Electives

ENGL One additional ENGL course

*A maximum of two courses taken at the 200-level can be applied to the Group 1-4 requirement.

Students considering graduate work in literature are strongly encouraged to take additional English courses beyond the minimum of eleven in order to broaden and deepen their knowledge of literary history and their practice of literary interpretation. They should also take ENGL 370. Most graduate programs require proficiency in at least one foreign language.

CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS

Students majoring in English may elect to take additional courses in order to complete a Creative Writing Emphasis, a special track that provides a strong background in both literary history and creative writing skills. 

Students choosing this emphasis will take a total of 13 courses.

Historical Surveys

ENGL 287English Literature 1077-1660

4 units

ENGL 288English Literature 1660-Present

4 units

ENGL 289The American Experience in Literature

4 units

Students may substitute one of the corresponding first-year survey courses (ENGL 187, ENGL 188, ENGL 189) for its 200 level counterpart (ENGL 287, ENGL 288, ENGL 289), but may not receive major credit for both (e.g. ENGL 187 and ENGL 287).

Seminars

Students must complete the courses listed below:

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4 units

ENGL 390Junior Seminar in English

4 units

ENGL 490Senior Seminar: Comprehensive Project

4 units

Three Upper Division Electives

Choose from categories noted above as Groups I, II, III and IV (only one of these may be a 200-level course).

Creative Writing Electives

Students must complete four Creative Writing Electives. At least two of these must be from the English department. Other departments and programs that have offered writing courses include French, Media Arts and Culture, Theater, and Writing and Rhetoric. Students interested in pursuing the Creative Writing Emphasis must work out a careful program in consultation with their adviser and the department chair.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT POLICY

English majors who have completed the AP test in English with a score of 4 or 5 may petition the department chair to be allowed to graduate with 10 courses (including all required courses and Group I-IV categories) rather than the 11 specified above.

SECOND-STAGE WRITING REQUIREMENT

Students majoring in English satisfy the second-stage writing requirement by successfully completing ENGL 390 in the junior year and receiving a notation of "Satisfactory" for its writing component.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

All majors must take ENGL 490 (Senior Seminar) in the fall of the senior year, where they will design, develop, and complete a significant project involving literary research and analysis. The project will result in a substantial essay of original interpretation and pertinent secondary research, and a formal conference-style oral presentation at the Senior Symposium held during the spring semester. See the department website for more details.

HONORS

Honors may be awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in course work and who successfully develop their comps project into an honors thesis. To be eligible, students must have a 3.65 grade point average in courses taken toward the major and an overall 3.5 grade point average. Qualified students will be invited to apply for permission to proceed to honors by the department prior to the beginning of the spring semester. Upon review by department faculty, students whose applications are accepted will register for ENGL 499 (Independent Study), for two units in the spring semester. They will complete a thesis to be orally defended before a faculty committee during the spring semester. Honors candidates are encouraged to take ENGL 370, preferably in the junior year. For further details, consult with your department advisor.