English Major Course Requirements

Contact Information
Dr. Andrew Vogel
(610) 683-4353


Majors build the foundation for their success in the English program by taking five required courses (15 credits). These courses include Principles of Literary Analysis (ENG 100), Experiences in American Literature (ENG 105) or Experiences in African American Literature (ENG 137), Experiences in British Literature (ENG 106), Literary Theory (ENG 379), and Senior Seminar (ENG 380).

English Electives

Majors will garner breadth of knowledge in the field of English by taking an additional nine courses (27 credits) in key areas. These courses must include one course in each of the following categories: British Literature or Rhetoric before 1800, British Literature or Rhetoric after 1800, American Literature or Rhetoric, World Literature or Rhetoric, Genre, Diverse Literature or Rhetoric, any ENG/ENU course (at the 200 level or above), any ENG/ENU course (at the 300 or 400 level), and any additional ENG/ENU course. At least one of the above categories must be fulfilled with a Composition, Rhetoric, or Literacy course taken at the 100 level or above.

Concomitants and LAS Electives

Our program encourages majors to discover interdisciplinary connections between their English courses and those outside of the program. By taking courses outside of the program, students are able reinforce the marketable skills and knowledge of the English Major and perhaps minor in another field.

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) electives and concomitants complement your program of study in English. Popular Minors for English Majors include Professional Writing, Digital Communications and New Media, Public Relations, and Women and Gender Studies.

In addition, HUM 380, can be used to get credit toward your major with real-world professional experience. Talk to your advisor about getting college credit for an internship.


In consultation with their advisors, students develop two clusters, which are a combination of two English courses (6 credits) in a related area and one concomitant/elective (3 credits). The idea is to foster deeper exploration of your interests.

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