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provide entries for engagement with the English department through small, writing-intensive seminars on a diverse range of topics. They introduce students to a variety of genres and media, entail frequent writing, and cultivate students' skills in close reading.

Realism and Having Arguments are writing-intensive courses with admission by invitation only.





emphasize a particular approach to genre, media, discourses, terms, methods, or periods. They include introductory courses in creative writing as well as literary, film, or cultural study. Starting with the Class of 2018, majors will be required to take at least two of them.

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.



are electives designed to foster immersion into literary, film, and cultural studies and creative writing. They help students learn skills and/or study materials that will prepare them for independent work in their 400-level seminars. They are open, however, to both majors and non-majors across the college, and generally do not carry prerequities for admission. Starting with the Class of 2018, majors will be required to take at least two of them.




courses are junior and senior seminars emphasizing independent inquiry, critical and theoretical issues, and extensive writing. These courses teach students the intellectual skills vital to framing a research question and conducting independent research. Starting with the Class of 2018, majors will be required to take two of them.

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


Questions regarding courses and the major should be directed to Professor Lisa Brooks the Director of Studies.

Requirements for English Majors

English Majors are responsible for satisfying the following requirements:

  • Completing at least ONE 100-Level course

  • Completing at least TWO 200-Level courses
  • Completing at least TWO 300-Level courses
  • Completing at least TWO 400*-Level courses
  • Completing at least ONE course addressing material from a period before 1800 (any level).

  • Completing TEN courses, in total, offered or approved by the Department. 
  • Participating and presenting at the English Department Capstone Symposium to fulfill the Comprehensive Exam requirement.

*While special topics and senior tutorial courses for thesis students also have 400 numbers, these courses cannot count as the 400 level seminar.