English, BA

Students in the English major study the diverse historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures. They analyze writing practices and related media from the Middle Ages through the present, from the quill pen to code. They practice a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of language, rhetoric, writing, and literature.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

English Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
ENGL 1700Global Literature to 15004
Literary Periods
Early Literatures
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
The Bible
Medieval British Literature
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
16th-Century British Literature
Topics in Early Literatures Abroad
Medieval Romance and Modern Readers
Chaucer
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in Shakespeare
Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries
Complete one of the following:4
17th-Century British Literature
18th-Century British Literature
Revolution and Revolt in Early American Literature
Early African-American Literature
Milton
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth Century
Complete one of the followng:4
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Literature
19th-Century British Fiction
19th-Century American Novels
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
Twentieth to Twenty-First Centuries
Complete one of the following:
20th-Century British Literature
Major 20th-Century British Novelists
20th- and 21st-Century American Novels
Modern American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures
Comparative Literature
Complete two of the following:8
Trouble in Utopia
Animals, Objects, Humans
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
British Literature to 1800
British Literature 1800 to Present
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Global Literature 1500 to Present
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
American Women Writers
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Literature and Politics
The Literature of Science
Film and Text Abroad
Film and Text
Fantasy
Children’s Literature
Psychology and Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
The City in Literature
Topics in Genre
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Topics in Comparative Textual Studies
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
ENGL 1800
Literary Theory
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Topics in Literary Criticism
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Writing in Literature
Advanced Writing for Prelaw
Advanced Writing in Education
Writing
Complete two of the following:8
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Digital Writing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing Cultures
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Nonfiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
Capstone
Capstone Seminar
Capstone Project
Diversity
Complete one of the following courses, which can also count toward another requirement in the major:4
Early African-American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
The African-American Novel
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Electives
Complete any two ENGL courses, except for First-Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines, that has not already been used to fulfill another requirement. The following courses may also be used as electives:8
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics

Experiential Learning Requirement

Complete one course in experiential learning from the list below, an education practicum, or a Dialogues of Civilization experience. (Other study-abroad programs may not be used.) This course can also count toward another requirement in the major.

Experiential Learning Course Work
ENGL 2740Writing and Community Engagement4
ENGL 3340Technologies of Text4
ENGL 3381The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing4
ENGL 4400Opening the Archive4
ENGL 4410Research in Rhetoric and Writing4
ENGL 3375Writing Boston4
Experiential Learning for Education Minors
Education minors automatically fulfill the experiential learning requirement for English. See the curriculum guide for education.
Dialogues of Civilization
Complete one Dialogues of Civilization experience. (Other study-abroad programs may not be used.)

English Major Credit Requirement

Complete 56 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGL 10001ENGL 17004Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114ENGL 1410 or 11604  
ENGL 14004Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
Elective4EESH 20001  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Comparative course elective4Comparative course elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Literary period and diversity elective4Foreign language core course4  
Elective4Literary period course elective4  
 Writing and experiential education elective4  
 12 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Advanced Writing in the Disciplines4Writing elective4Co-op0
 Literary period elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-op0Literary period elective4English elective4 
 Theories and methods elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 English elective4  
 0 16 8 
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Capstone4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 126