English Curriculum

*Please note: Our curriculum has been revised; this website reflects the 2017-2018 catalog. Students, please consult the Academic Catalog for your year of admission regarding requirements.


ENGLISH MAJOR REQUIREMENTS : 40 units
(24 units minimum upper division)

All English majors will complete a minimum of 40 units in the study of literature,
writing and language. Of the 40 units for the major, at least 24 must be upper-division
courses and at least 24 must be in literature. While completing the eight requirements
below, students may use any single course to count for no more than two requirements.

One course as an introduction to the major: (4)
ENG 007H First-Year Honors Seminar in Literature (4)
ENG 060 Writers in Conversation (4)
ENG 090 Literary Analysis (4)

One historically organized course that spans more than a century of writing: (4)
ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4)
ENG 047 Survey of British Literature 1800-Present (4)
ENG 160 Women Writers (4)
ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4)
ENG 170 British Novel 1700-Present (4)

One course in literature written in English prior to 1800: (4)
ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4)
ENG 117 Shakespeare (4)
ENG 151 Milton and the Early 17th Century (4)
ENG 152 Chaucer and Medieval Literature (4)
ENG 158 Literature of the English Renaissance 1485-1600 (4)
ENG 166 Neoclassic Literature 1660-1798 (4)
ENGLISH 107

One course focusing in a single author or pair of authors and requiring a critical
research paper: (4)

ENG 117 Shakespeare (4)
ENG 135 Faulkner (4)
ENG 151 Milton and the Early 17th Century (4)
ENG 152 Chaucer and Medieval Literature (4)
ENG 163 Authors in Context (4)

One upper-division course focusing on identity: (4)
ENG 134 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (4)
ENG 160 Women Writers (4)
ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4)
ENG 185 Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature (4)

One course focusing on American or Anglophone literature: (4)
ENG 130 American Writers to 1865 (4)
ENG 131 American Writers 1865-1914 (4)
ENG 132 American Writers 1914-1945 (4)
ENG 133 American Writers: Special Topics (4)
ENG 134 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (4)
ENG 135 Faulkner (4)
ENG 044 Studies in World Literature (4)
ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4)
ENG 185 Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature (4)

One internship experience
ENG 167 Writers’ Corner (2)
ENG 168 Student Publications: Horizon (2 or 4)
ENG 169 Student Publications: Phoenix (2)
ENG 190 Internship (2 or 4)
IS 190 Urban Internship (4-8)
APP 168 Student Publications: Horizon (2 or 4)

One capstone experience completed in the ultimate or penultimate semester: (2-4)
ENG 192 Capstone (2)
ENG 199 Major Honors (2 or 4)

(Any of the above may be replaced by an approved England Semester course.)