Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Changes to the English Major

Undergraduates who declare their English major on July 1 2008 or later will progress towards the degree under the following requirements. The previous requirements remain in effect for anyone who declared the major before July 1. No changes have been made to the major's prerequisites or to the total number of courses required for the major.

Students must now register for the following classes in English and American literature:
  1. Two courses in literature written before 1700
  2. Two courses in literature written between 1700-1900
  3. One course in literature post-1900
  4. English 120 (Critical Methods)
  5. One additional course in cultural studies or critical theory
  6. Four English Department courses of the student's choice as electives
Look for complete details in the 2008-09 University Bulletin.

Practically speaking, this means that English department courses now fall under the following rubrics:

Literature in English before 1700 (9):
112 Chaucer
113 Medieval Literature
125 English Renaissance 1515-1625
127 Shakespeare #1 (fall)
128 Shakespeare #2 (spring)
129 Special Topics in Shakespeare
130 Milton
155 English Drama to 1660 (fall)
191 Folger Seminar

“Before 1700” OR “1700-1900,” but not both:
160 Early American Literature

Literature in English between 1700 and 1900 (12):
131 18th Century #1 (fall)
132 18th Century #2 (spring)
133 The Romantic Movement
135 Victorian literature #1 (fall) 1830-1865
136 Victorian literature #2 (spring) 1865-1900
153 English Novel #1: 18th Century
154 English Novel #2: 19th Century
161 American Romanticism
162 American Realism
163 American Poetry #1 (fall): beginnings through early 20th Century
167 American Novel #1 (fall): beginning through 19th Century
183 Literature of Black America I: 18th-19th centuries

“Between 1700-1900” OR “After 1900,” but not both:
134 Children’s Literature

Literature in English after 1900 (14):
139 Irish Literature #1
140 Irish Literature #2
158 Contemporary Drama, since 1960
164 American Poetry #2 (spring) Early 20th century to present
165 American Drama #1 (fall) 19th century through 1950s
166 American Drama #2 (spring) 1960s-present
168 American Novel #2 (spring) 20th century
169 Ethnicity and Place
170 Short Story
173 Selected Topics in Postcolonial Literature
177 Contemporary American Literature #1 (fall)
178 Contemporary American Literature #2 (spring)
184 Literature of Black America II : early 20th century to present
187 Asian American Literature

“After 1900” or “Theory & Cultural Studies,” but not both:
137 Modernism

Theory & Cultural Studies (7):
120 Critical Methods
124 Play Analysis
175 Gender and Literature
179 Special Topics in Theory or Cultural Studies
186 Cultural Theory and Black Studies
196 Senior Honors Seminar (fall) by application in spring of junior year only
198 Senior Honors Seminar (spring) by application in spring of junior year only

Electives:
156 English Drama #2 (spring), 1660-present
171 Major Authors
172 Selected Topics in Literature (periods TBA for individual sections)
185 Topics in African American Literature Studies (19th or 20th century, TBA for individual sections)

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