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.

BA Language Requirements

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

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

English Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
ENGL 1000English at Northeastern1
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
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
Early African-American Literature
Milton
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth Century
Complete one of the followng:4
Romantic Poetry
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:
The Graphic Novel
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture (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 Film
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
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Boston in Literature
The Literature of Science
Film and Text (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Topics in Genre
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literature and Digital Diversity
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Narrative Medicine
Topics in Literary Criticism
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
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
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
Literature and Digital Diversity
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Modern and Contemporary Jewish 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 or any 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 2690Boston in Literature4
ENGL 2740Writing and Community Engagement4
ENGL 3340Technologies of Text4
ENGL 3370Writing Cultures4
ENGL 3375Writing Boston4
ENGL 3381The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing4
ENGL 3382Publishing in the 21st Century4
ENGL 4400Opening the Archive4
Dialogues of Civilization
Complete one Dialogues of Civilization experience, including but not limited to those offered by the department. (Other study-abroad programs may not be used.)
ENGL 2600Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)4
ENGL 2610Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art (Abroad)4
ENGL 2620What Is Nature? (Abroad)4
ENGL 3487Film and Text (Abroad)4

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