Requirements for English Majors | Department of English

Requirements for English Majors

Major | Second Major | Minor | Second Academic Concentration

Current Requirements for the Major, English:

  • Core Requirements (21 semester hours)
    • Historical Perspectives
      • Early Survey, one (1) course from the following: ENG 211, 213, 251
      • Later Survey, one (1) course from the following: ENG 212, 252
    • Perspectives on Literature
      • Two (2) courses in literature before 1800 (only one of which may be Shakespeare) from ENG 332, 336, 337, 339 or 340 or 440, 342, 343, 360, 372, 381, 410, 437, 441, 461
      • One (1) course in literature after 1800 from ENG 315, 316, 331, 333, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 350, 351, 352, 353, 357, 358, 359, 373, 374, 375, 376, 378, 380, 445, 452, 458, 459, 463, 464, 465, 482
    • Contemporary Theoretical Approaches: ENG 303
    • Rhetoric, one (1) course from the following: ENG 304, 305, 306
    • 3 additional ENG courses at the 200 level and 2 additional ENG courses at the 300 level are needed

Note: if your catalog year is 2016–17 or earlier, you must email the Director of Undergraduate Studies to receive credit for the rhetoric requirement if you take ENG 304 or ENG 306 instead of ENG 305.

  • English Electives (15 semester hours)
    Five courses in English at or above the 200 level

** New major requirements effective Fall 2010 for all new freshmen, new transfer students, and students changing majors to English. 

Continuing students who were English majors before Fall 2010 must meet the previous set of requirements.  

If you are confused about this, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Karen Weyler ( 

English as a Second Major

Required: Students must complete the requirements described for the English major (36 s.h.).

The Department offers Three Minors:

You may minor in Creative Writing (18 s.h.) as an English major or with any other major.

For specific information  about the Creative Writing Minor Plan click here.

You may minor in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (18 s.h.) as an English major or with any other major:

For specific information about the Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Plan click here.

You may minor in English (18 s.h.) if you are a not an English major:

  1. A minimum of 18 hours in English.
  2. Any two of the following courses: English 201, 202, 211, 212, 251, 252.
  3. No more than 6 hours at the 100-level. Any 100-level English course will count except English 101, and 102.
  4. At least 6 hours at the 300-level or above.

Students may declare a minor in the Office of Academic Advising, 159 Mossman. For further advice about the English minor, see Dr. Karen Weyler, Director of Undergraduate Studies in English.

English as a Second Academic Concentration For Education Majors (excepting Middle Grades Education) (18 hours)

The department also offers an 18-hour second academic concentration in English that meets requirements for Elementary Education (School of Education) and certain other University programs in education. Consult with your major advisor or with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English. Education students who are required to complete another approved major or concentration in a basic academic discipline must fulfill the following requirements (18 semester hours) for a second academic concentration in English.

View additional course information in the Course Catalogue.

For Specific Information about the English Education Plan click here or contact Dr. Jeanie Reynolds.