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:


In order to apply, visit the Major or Minor Application in Banner. You are required to complete the major requirements in effect when admitted to the major.

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