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Welcome to the English Major!

Please use this information below to plan your schedule.

For those of you who are new majors and prospective majors, it helps to know that there are three categories in the English major curriculum:

  • the two pre-major courses (ENG 208, ENG 250),
  • the core/required courses for all majors,
  • and the electives.

Make sure you talk with the English major and minor coordinator to ensure that you are on the right path towards a timely graduation and a bright future!

English Required Courses

Here’s what your year-by-year plan should look like for graduating on time:

If you are a…FallSpring
Sophomore ENG 250 and GSR courses and GSR courses ENG 208, one elective, and GSR courses
Junior Two core courses (with one being ENG 399), one elective Two core courses, one elective
Senior Two core courses (with one being ENG 493), one elective, and the internship Two core courses, one elective

English Course Offerings Projected for 2019-2024

Below is a tentative plan for the courses that the English program plans to offer in the next five years. Note that this plan will change according to faculty availability, curriculum changes, and enrollment.

Use this table for planning purposes but work with your adviser each semester to ensure a timely graduation and completion of the major degree requirements.

Academic Year Fall Core Requirements Fall Electives Spring Core Requirements Spring Electives
2019-2020 ENG 250 ENG 399 ENG 400-level literature course ENG 493 ENG 380 ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 208 ENG 403 ENG 400-level literature course ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective
2020-2021 ENG 250 ENG 399 ENG 405 ENG 493 ENG 380 ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 208 ENG 400-level literature course ENG 400-level literature course ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective
2021-2022 ENG 250 ENG 399 ENG 403 ENG 493 ENG 380 ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 208 ENG 405 ENG 400-level literature course ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective
2022-2023 ENG 250 ENG 399 ENG 400-level literature course ENG 493 ENG 380 ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 208 ENG 403 ENG 400-level literature course ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective
2023-2024 ENG 250 ENG 399 ENG 405 ENG 493 ENG 380 ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 208 ENG 400-level literature course ENG 400-level literature course ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective ENG 300-level elective

English Internship Course

ENG 320, the internship course, is an individualized course. Each student takes the lead on identifying an internship experience he or she wants.

After applying for and getting accepted to this internship, the student works with the on-site internship supervisor and the English Internship Coordinator (currently, Dr. Sharon Pajka) to set up an approved syllabus for that student’s individualized section of ENG 320.

Then, and only then, will a section of ENG 320 open up for that student to register in.

This English internship course is led by the student, so plan ahead! There are many exciting opportunities out there, both on- and off-campus.

English Elective Courses

Interested in teaching?

In addition to themed literature courses (ENG 395 in special topics in literature, ENG 410 Young Adolescent Literature, ENG 408, Multicultural Literature, ENG 441, Shakespeare, ENG 442, Major Author), sign up for the following elective courses when they are offered:

  • ENG 387, Writing Center and Practice
  • ENG 390 Theories of Language Acquisition
  • ENG 460, Grammar for Future Teachers and Writers

Interested in Creative Writing?

Sign up for the following elective courses when they are offered:

  • ENG 392, Creative Writing (can be repeated if the topic is different)
  • ENG 460, Grammar for Future Teachers and Writers

Interested in new media, professional writing, and journalism?

Sign up for the following elective courses when they are offered:

  • ENG 360, Writing for Digital Media
  • ENG 365, Writing for Social Media
  • ENG 370, Multimedia Composition
  • ENG 375 Media Literacy
  • ENG 380, Business and Technical Writing
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