We study how literature works, how we understand it, and how we write about it. We examine closely matters of language, form, genre, and critical method. We invite you to new practices of reading and writing that promote the understanding of literatures and cultures in English through history, criticism, and theory. We are committed to the understanding of literature from a transnational perspective, emphasizing the movement of texts and peoples across borders of nation, race, gender, and sexuality, now and in the past. And we encourage students to commit themselves to the creation of original knowledge in their reading and writing.
In addition to the English concentration, we offer a concentration track in the practice of Nonfiction Writing. The concentration in English and the English/Nonfiction track follows the same core requirements, and students in the English concentration may choose Nonfiction Writing courses as electives. We invite applications from qualified juniors to the honors programs in both English and Nonfiction. Concentration plans must be approved by a concentration advisor.
To declare the new concentration, students must fill out an online concentration form via ASK (Advising Sidekick) and select “English.”
10 COURSES TOTAL:
- ONE course in How Literature Matters (ENGL 0100, 0101)
- ONE course in Medieval and Renaissance Literatures (Pre-1700)
- ONE course in Literatures of Modernity (Post-1700)
- ONE course in Literatures of the Color Line (Literature Across Borders) -- (course list)
- ONE course in Literary Theory and Cultural Critique -- (course list)
- FIVE electives
Each course may fulfill ONE requirement.
Five of the ten courses must be at the 1000-level.
With advisor approval, two of the ten required courses may be taken in departments other than English.
Only TWO courses dealing primarily with the practice of writing at the 1000-level may be counted as electives.
ENGL 0900 and ENGL 0930 do not count toward the concentration, however they do fulfill prerequisites for upper-level Nonfiction courses.
One ENGL 0200 may be counted toward the ten course requirement only as an elective.
All substitutions and/or exceptions must be approved by the concentration advisor in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. A substitution or exception is not approved until specified by a notation in ASK or on file in the English department.
ENGLISH/NONFICTION WRITING TRACK
- SAME REQUIREMENTS AS ABOVE
- THREE 1000-LEVEL NONFICTION WRITING CLASSES must be among the five electives. ONLY ONE of the three may be intermediate (ENGL 1030, ENGL 1050). Only THREE Nonfiction courses may count toward the track.
HONORS IN ENGLISH
Requirements are the same as those for the standard concentration, with the following additions:
Honors candidates must complete at least three upper-level seminars or comparable small courses and complete ENGL 1991 and ENGL 1992, the honors thesis seminar taken in the senior year.
Honors candidates must earn more A's than B's in courses taken as part of the English concentration. Applicants for Honors must have two letters of recommendation submitted to the Honors Advisor, a writing sample, and a one‐page description of their proposed topic signed by the faculty member who has agreed to serve as the director of their thesis.
Requirements are the same as those for the Nonfiction Writing Track, with the following additions:
Students must have completed either one intermediate and one advanced writing course, or two advanced writing courses by the end of their sixth semester.
Honors candidates must successfully complete ENGL 1993 and ENGL 1994, the honors thesis seminar taken in the senior year.
Honors candidates must earn more A’s than B’s in courses taken as part of the English concentration.
Applicants for Honors in Nonfiction Writing must have three letters of recommendation submitted to the Nonfiction Honors Advisor, a writing sample, and a one-page description of their proposed topic signed by the faculty member who has agreed to serve as the director of the thesis.