University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Introduction to the Major (AIM)


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into English Major/Minor

The following course is an ideal entry point into a major or minor in English:

ENGS 085 Texts and Contexts

This is an introduction to the critical work of close reading, and is recommended for first-year students planning to major in English. It is offered only in the spring semester.

Many, indeed most, of the English Department's introductory courses (courses numbered 005-096) are also a fine introduction to the major.  In particular, we recommend ENGS 021 (Survey of British Literature I) and/or ENGS 022 (Survey of British Literature II), or ENGS 025 (Survey of World Literature I) and/or ENGS 026 (Survey of World Literature II) for students whose high school curriculum stressed American literature.  Conversely, we recommend ENGS 023 (Survey of American Literature I) and/or ENGS 024 (Survey of American Literature II) for students whose high school background might have included more British and World literature than American literature.

Contact Information

Gregory Bottoms, Professor
Department of English
Phone: (802) 656-4162
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