University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

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New Major in English

Old Mill and Williams Hall

Need more information? Contact Professor Helen Scott, Director of Undergraduate Advising.

New Major in English begins in fall 2016. Relevant courses taken before that time can count toward the major.

Students first enrolling at UVM in fall 2016 must use the new requirements for the major. Students who enrolled before fall 2016 may choose whether to complete the old or new English major requirements.

The English Major requires a minimum of 33 hours (11 classes) and a maximum of 45 hours (15 classes), with at least 18 hours (6 classes) at the 100 level or above.

All majors must take English 85: Introductory Seminar.

All majors must take English 100, Literary Theory. The new ENGS 100 counts as ENGS 86 in the old major and vice versa.

All majors must take one of the following two-course sequences:

  • ENGS 21-22                        British Literature I and II
  • ENGS 23-24                        American Literature I and II
  • ENGS 27-28                        Western Literary Tradition (IHP) I and II   

All majors must choose a concentration from these options:*

            • British and Anglophone Literary Traditions

    • Three courses in the concentration at or above the 100 level, including at least one in literature before 1700

            • American Literary Traditions       

    •   Three courses in the concentration at or above the 100 level, including at least one in literature before 1900

            •Cultural Studies

    •    Three courses in the concentration at or above the 100 level

            • Writing

    • Two courses from ENGS 50, 51, and 53**
    • Two courses in the concentration at or above the 100 level

            • Individually Designed concentration [must be approved by advisor and Director of Undergraduate Advising]

    • Three courses in the concentration at or above the 100 level

In the senior year, majors must complete a 200-level senior seminar, which may also count toward their concentration.

Up to 9 hours of Film and Television Studies (FTS) at any level may count towards the major; FTS courses can be used to fulfill the Cultural Studies concentration.

Up to 3 hours of World Literature (WLIT) may count toward the major.

Advanced creative writing workshops in nonfiction (117), fiction (118), and poetry (119) may be repeated once for credit. Topics courses (108, 114) may only be repeated with different content.

 

 

*Courses relevant to each concentration will be listed on the English Department web site each semester and identified in Expanded Course Descriptions.

**ENGS 53 must be taken by students wishing to pursue advanced poetry and fiction writing.

Cannot be paired with a minor in English or Writing.

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