Each semester the English department offers approximately 25 upper-division courses for majors, as well as numerous offerings for non-majors at the introductory and intermediate levels.
Some courses are organized in terms of historical periods of English and American literature (Restoration and 18th-century Drama, Early American Literature, African-American Literature); some are organized according to literary type (Modern Drama, 19th-Century Novel); and some are by author (Chaucer, Shakespeare); others are arranged thematically (Tragic View, Southern Literature); some deal with aesthetics and criticism (Feminist Literary Theory); and others concentrate upon the art of writing (Composition, Creative Writing: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, and Expository Writing).
Tutorials, seminars, and lecture courses on special topics are also offered, as well as a range of courses cross-listed with the College's concentrations in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, African-American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and International Studies.
English majors are required to take 11 courses in English, fulfilling the following specific requirements:
Two Introductory Courses, including:
1. Any Critical Reading and Writing (CRAW) course [e.g. Fiction, Drama, Multigenre] or Montserrat "L" course that is (a) taught by an English Faculty member AND (b) receives approval of its instructor to substitute for the CRAW requirement.
2. Poetry and Poetics (prerequisite see #1, above).
Two Intermediate Courses:
1. Touchstones 1: Early British Literature
2. Either (a) Touchstones 2A: American Literature OR (b) Touchstones 2B: Later British and Anglophone Literature.
**NOTE** If a student intends to study abroad in a non-English speaking country in the junior year, it is particularly important that these Survey courses be completed in the sophomore year.
Seven Advanced Courses, fulfilling the following categories:
GROUP A (Pre-1800): 2 courses, each from a different period among Medieval, Renaissance, and 18th-Century historical periods
GROUP B (19th-Century): 1 course from EITHER the 19th-Century British or 19th-Century American historical period.
GROUP C (Marginalized Voices): 1 course. This group will include all courses focused on traditionally marginalized groups (i.e. courses that take as their primary focus literature or theory written by or about groups traditionally underrepresented in the canon-e.g. with respect to gender, ethnicity, class).
Group D (Theories and Methodologies): 1 course. This group will include all seminars AND all courses that offer a sustained methodological or theoretical consideration of the study of literature or language (e.g. "Advanced Poetics," "Literary Theory," "Contemporary Literary Theory," "Rhetoric," "Queer Theory,").
Advanced courses can simultaneously fulfill any of these four groups. That is, "double-dipping" or "triple-dipping" is allowed (e.g. a seminar on "Gender in the Renaissance could conceivably fulfill Groups A, C, and D at the same time). The remaining courses required for the major can come from any of the upper-division courses listed below, including courses that are approved for Study Abroad and tutorials and honors theses devoted to British or American literature. Up to two creative writing courses (at any level) may also be counted among these courses. If the student is in the Teacher Certification Program, which requires a full semester during senior year, it is also necessary to take all of the requirements for the major by the end of the first term of the senior year.
The purpose of these requirements is (1) to provide a formal grounding in the many forms literature has taken over time; (2) to introduce the student to the cultural and historical issues that shape literary responses to their times; and (3) to continue with development of close reading and analytical writing skills begun in the first-year courses.
Study Abroad: Students who study abroad for their junior year may transfer a maximum of four courses worth of credit toward the English major, with the exception that students studying at Oxford University or Trinity College, Dublin may transfer five courses worth of credit toward the major.