Concentrations

The English Department offers two concentrations within the major: Literature and Creative Writing.

Students in both the Literature and Creative Writing concentrations must complete a shared core of courses that ground their understanding of literary history and the interpretive tools of our discipline.  Each concentration also has a second core requirement emphasizing craft and methodology. Upper-division coursework in each concentration then moves on to advanced competency in the field, leading ultimately to the English undergraduate degree.

Major requirements:

Click here to download a handy checklist for both concentrations.


In addition, the English Department offers three minors: Literature, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. 

Minor requirements:


For information about applying for an English major or minor, click here.

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen
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