Majoring in English requires the completion of 10 courses offered or approved by the Department. Students are encouraged to explore the Department’s wide range of offerings in literature, film, and culture. Rather than prescribe any particular route through its curriculum, the Department helps its students develop their own interests and questions, which are then recorded in the students' concentration statements.

All Majors are responsible for completing the following:

  • ONE Level I course.

  • TWO Level II courses (class of '13); THREE Level II courses ('14 and beyond).
  • ONE Level IV course.

  • ONE course addressing material from a period before 1800, taken at any level.

  • A Concentration Statement formulated with your advisor and revised periodically.

  • A two-part Comprehensive Examination taken in the fall semester of senior year.

Majors may count up to 3 courses in creative writing or 3 courses in film. Further, no more than 2 courses not offered by members of the Department may be counted towards the major, except with the recorded permission of the student’s advisor.




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are writing-intensive courses on a variety of topics.






include introductory courses in creative writing as well as literary, film, or cultural study. These courses usually emphasize a particular approach to genre, media, discourses, terms, methods, or periods. They are primarily for first- and second- year students, but open to all.

creative writing courses often carry special requirements for enrollment. Check the specific course listings for more information on how to sign up for these courses.



comprise the bulk of the Department’s offerings in film and cultural studies, on individual authors, and in literary history, criticism, and theory.




are junior and senior seminars emphasizing independent inquiry, critical and theoretical issues, and extensive writing.

in Level IV courses, some preference might be given to enrollments by English majors.

Questions regarding courses and the major should be directed to your major advisor, or to Professor Judith Frank, the Director of Studies.


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