Requirements for the Major in English: 40 credits
Students are required to take 10 courses in the study of literature, composition and theory from the major curriculum including:
The remainder of the courses may be taken according to interest and category so that the student takes:
Students with a major or minor in English must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework in the major or minor.
Creative Writing Concentration
English majors may apply for a concentration in creative writing. To be considered, students must have completed two creative writing courses and submit an application with two writing samples of poetry, prose or playscripts. See department chair for application. The concentration requires 20 credits (two courses beyond the standard major requirements). Students should plan to take ENG212 Introduction to Creative Writing and four courses from the following list:
Requirements for Honors in English Language and Literature
Seniors who maintain at least a 3.50 GPA in the major (with no grade lower than a B) and a 3.0 GPA overall may apply to graduate with honors in English language and literature upon completion of major requirements. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop an independent study with a substantial research project in literature or creative writing, culminating in a written honors thesis delivered to departmental faculty and students in the spring of the senior year. See department chair.
With departmental advice non-majors may design a 20-credit English minor with courses selected from 200- through 400-level English courses. ENG211 is required for the minor.
Requirements for the Double Major with Middle School or Secondary Education
Students seeking licensure in English at the middle school or secondary level should consult the Education and English department chairs for specific requirements needed for Massachusetts licensure.
Courses required within the English major for Massachusetts licensure: