Students majoring in English must complete, with a grade of C- or better, a minimum of 11 courses beyond the freshman level. Courses taken Pass/Fail do not count toward the major.
At the sophomore level, all English majors must take the following prerequisites to advanced study:
- English 200 (Understanding Literature)
- English 201 (Five British Authors)
- English 202 (Six American Authors)
At least one of these three required sophomore-level courses must be successfully completed before the English major begins advanced-level work.
English majors must also complete a minimum of seven courses at the advanced (300 or 400) level, observing the following requirements:
- Majors must take at least one advanced course in which the major proportion of the literature studied was written before 1660. These courses are identified in the catalogue with an asterisk (*).
- Majors must take at least one advanced course in which the major proportion of the literature studied was written between 1660 and 1900. These courses are identified in the catalogue with a double asterisk (**).
- Majors must take, or have equivalency credit for, a Capstone course (English 460-499). This course will count as one of the upper-level courses required of all majors.
- Because English studies in the twenty-first century is a global phenomenon and because the English language is a medium of expression in numerous countries, majors must take at least one advanced course that offers a transnational, comparative, cross-cultural, or postcolonial perspective on literature. These courses are identified in the catalogue with the abbreviation TN.