English and Philosophy, BA

The Department of English and the Department of Philosophy and Religion offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and philosophy. Students in the combined major in English and philosophy integrate the study of literature and writing with the study of ethical and philosophical issues and problems.

BA Language Requirements

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

English Requirements

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered ENGL 3000–ENGL 4999.
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Early African-American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
The Bible
Medieval British Literature
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
16th-Century British Literature
17th-Century British Literature
18th-Century British Literature
Revolution and Revolt in Early American Literature
Early African-American Literature
Topics in Early Literatures Abroad
Medieval Romance and Modern Readers
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following: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- and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
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
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures
Topics in Film
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Narrative Medicine
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
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Complete one of the following:4
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
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Literature and Politics
The Literature of Science
Film and Text Abroad
Film and Text
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
Complete one of the following:4
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
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project
English Electives
Complete two English courses not used above.8

Philosophy Requirements

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
or PHIL 1215 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
Restricted Electives
Take three of the following with at least one at the 4000 or 5000 level:12
Philosophy of Religion
20th-Century Continental Philosophy
20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Moral Philosophy
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Comparative Religious Ethics
Philosophy Electives
Complete three additional electives from the philosophy department. 12

Integrative Requirement

PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
ENGL 3619Emerson and Thoreau4
or ENGL 4100 Topics in Literary Criticism

English and Philosophy Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 88 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required