*NOTE: The requirements listed below are the new, current requirements, and apply to majors who declared ON or AFTER September 10, 2013.
Majors who declared BEFORE that date can access the checklist of their requirements in the English Department office, or, to view/download them online,
for a .pdf of the "old" English major requirements.
If you have any questions or concerns about which requirements you need to complete, contact your advisor or English Department chair, Cynthia Richards. You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 327-7053.
The major in English requires 37 semester hours of work distributed as follows:
1. Introductory Courses (12 credits):
- English 270A Literary Form and Interpretation
- English 280A British Literary Genealogies
- English 290A American Literary Genealogies
2. Advanced Courses (20 credits):
Majors must complete at least 20 credits at the 300-level or above. Of those 20 credits, 4 must be in pre-1900 literature.
All 20 credits cannot be in the literature of one cultural tradition (i.e. American, British, and/or World Anglophone).
- Three 300-level seminar courses (12 credits: 4 credits/one course must be in pre-1900 literature)
Eight additional credit hours (in addition to the 12 credits required in 300-level seminar courses, these 8 credit hours can be fulfilled by taking courses in ANY of the following categories or combination of categories):
3. Senior Capstone Experience:
- English 404 Senior Thesis Tutorial - 4 credits (or ENGL 499 Honors Thesis - 4 credits count toward major)
- English 405 One-credit capstone course (includes senior presentation and e-portfolio)
GRADUATING SENIORS MUST ATTEND AT LEAST 8 COLLOQUIUM EVENTS:
for the current colloquium schedule and attendance policy.
English Major Senior Honors Thesis: ENGL 499
Qualifications for acceptance into ENGL 499 (writing an English department honors thesis):
- An overall GPA of at least 3.50
- A scholarly research project or creative writing project that merits extended study/preparation and lends itself to a longer paper or collection of work (minimum page lengths will vary according to the type of project)
Note: You do NOT have to be a member of the University Honors Program to write a departmental honors thesis.
The Scholarly Research Honors Thesis:
This deeply researched thesis will be at least 50 pages in length. Honors students doing a literary project typically read and consult 20-30 published sources and actively engage and cite at least ten of these sources in the final project. These sources must be scholarly, rigorous, and up-to-date. The scholarly project must represent new and original work. However, as long as the project significantly reframes and further develops past work, it may grow out of previous research completed in an advanced literature course.
The Creative Honors Thesis:
The creative thesis is composed of three parts:
- The proposal. A project description that explains the scope, focus, and intent of the project; situates the project, providing an analysis of how it engages with other contemporary works in the same genre and/or its historical precedents.
- The creative project. The length of the creative project will vary according to genre: for screenplays, 90-120 pages; for prose, 20,000 words; for poetry, 25-30 pages.
- A 10 page critical introduction. Honors students doing a creative writing project typically compile a reading list of at least ten sources to consult in the preparation of the critical introduction and reference a significant portion of these sources in the introduction.