University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English

A class on the green

Need more information? Contact Professor Dan Fogel, Director of Undergraduate Advising or your advisor.

Emphasizing precision of thought, clarity of communication, excellence in writing, as well as critical thinking and research methods, an English major is a fine preparation for a variety of careers. Students who earn a B.A. in English have many opportunities after graduation, from teaching, journalism, and creative writing to law, marketing, and publishing.

Areas of instruction

  • Major Figures: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Toni Morrison etc.
  • Eras: Renaissance, Victorian, early American, Modern
  • Genres: novel, drama, poetry
  • African-American Studies
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative writing: nonfiction, fiction, poetry
  • Cultural Studies
  • History and criticism of film & television
  • Post-colonial Anglophone literatures
  • Women's writing

Major requirements

The English Major requires a minimum of 33 hours (11 classes) up to a maximum of 45 hours (15 classes) in the study of English language and literature.

All students are required to take English 86: Critical Approaches to Literature, and it is recommended that this be completed in the sophomore year.

Of the total required hours in English, a minimum of 21 hours (7 classes) must be at the 100 level or above.

At the100 level, our advanced courses, at least 3 hours (1 class) must be taken in each of the 4 department categories:

  • Category A: study of the English Language, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, critical theory, and cultural studies (ENGS 101-120, ENGS 201-212 and all FTS courses)
  • Category B: study in ancient, medieval, 16th or 17th-century literary traditions (ENGS 131-140, ENGS 221-222 )
  • Category C: study in 18th or 19th-century literary traditions (ENGS 141-160, ENGS 241-242)
  • Category D: study in 20th or 21st-century literary traditions (ENGS 161-190, ENGS 251-252)

In the senior year, all students must complete a 200-level senior seminar, the topics of which vary by instructor. The senior seminar may also fulfill one of the 4 department categories above.

No more than 9 hours of advanced writing (ENGS 117-120 and FTS 144 and 145) may count towards the major.

No more than 9 hours of Film and Television Studies (FTS) at any level may count towards the major.

No more than 3 hours of World Literature (WLIT) may count toward the major.


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