Major Emphases

Every English major is encouraged to emphasize their studies in an area of interest, or in an area directly related to their future academic or professional plans.

The following pages list the areas of emphasis we encourage students to follow. These courses can be used to fulfill the emphasis/elective portion of your English major curriculum and, as applicable, may count for other Group I and Group II requirements. You should always consult an English advisor regarding your course choices to ensure they will fulfill any outstanding major requirements.

Emphases for the English Major

African Diaspora
234 African-American Literature and Culture
317 African American Literature
360 African, Indian, and Caribbean Writers
362 Caribbean Literature in English
368 Special Topics in the Literature of Africa/African Diaspora
443 Afro-American Literature
448 Literature by Women of Color
453 Literary Theory
462 Folksong and Ballad
464 African-American Folklore and Culture
470 African-American Literature: Beginning to 1910
471 African-American Literature: 1910-1945
472 African-American Literature: 1945 to Present

American Writing before 1900
221 American Literature: Beginning to 1865
234 African-American Literature and Culture
313 American Literature
317 African American Literature (if at least half in this time period)
344 Nineteenth-Century Fiction (if at least half American)
430 American Literature, Beginning to 1810, the Colonial and Federal
431 American Literature: 1810 to 1865, the American Renaissance
432 American Literature: 1865 to 1914, Realism and Naturalism
438 Major American Writers before 1865
440 The Novel in America to 1914
470 African-American Literature: Beginning to 1910
478 Selected Topics in English and American Lit before 1800
479 Selected Topics in English and American Lit after 1800

American Writing after 1900
222 American Literature: 1865 to Present
233 Introduction to Asian American Literature
234 African-American Literature and Culture
313 American Literature
339 Native American Literature
345 Twentieth-Century Poetry (if at least half American)
346 Twentieth-Century Fiction (if at least half American)
349 Asian American Literatures
433 American Literature: 1914 to the Present, the Modern Period
434 American Drama
435 American Poetry
437 Contemporary American Literature
439 Major American Writers after 1865
441 The Novel in American Since 1914
442 Literature of the South
445 Modern British and American Poetry
446 Post-Modern British and American Poetry
454 Modern Drama (if at least half American)
457 The Modern Novel (if at least half American)
462 Folksong and Ballad
464 African American Folklore and Culture
471 African-American Literature: 1910-1945
472 African-American Literature: 1945 to Present
475 Postmodern Literature (if at least half American)
479 Selected Topics in English and American Lit after 1800

British Writing before 1800
206 Shakespeare
211 English Literature: Beginnings to 1800
302 Medieval Literature in Translation
304 The Major Works of Shakespeare
305 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
310 Medieval and Renaissance British Literature
311 British Literature from 1600-1800
402 Chaucer
403 Shakespeare: The Early Works
404 Shakespeare: The Later Works
407 Non-dramatic Literature of the Sixteenth Century
408 Literature by Women Before 1800
410 Edmund Spenser
412 Literature of the Seventeenth Century, 1600-1660
414 Milton
415 Literature of the Seventeenth Century, 1660-1700
416 Literature of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1750
417 Literature of the Eighteenth Century, 1750-1800
418 Major British Writers before 1800
420 English Romantic Literature
447 Satire (if at least half during this time period)
450 Renaissance Drama
451 Renaissance Drama II
452 English Drama From 1660-1800
455 The Eighteenth-Century English Novel
466 Arthurian Legend
478 Selected Topics in English and American Lit before 1800
486 Introduction to Old English

British Writing after 1800
212 English Literature: 1800 to Present
312 Romantic to Modern British Literature
344 Nineteenth-Century Fiction (if at least half British)
345 Twentieth-Century Poetry (if at least half British)
346 Twentieth-Century Fiction (if at least half British)
360 African, Indian and Caribbean Writers
362 Caribbean Literature in English
377 Medieval Myth and Modern Narrative
419 Major British Writers after 1800
420 English Romantic Literature
422 English Victorian Literature
425 Modern British Literature
445 Modern British and American Poetry
446 Post-Modern British and American Poetry
454 Modern Drama (if at least half British)
456 The Nineteenth-Century English Novel
457 The Modern Novel (if at least half British)
458 Literature by Women after 1800 (if at least half British)
475 Postmodern Literature (if at least half British)
479 Selected Topics in English and American Lit after 1800

Creative Writing
Fiction
271 Writing Poems and Stories: An Introductory Workshop
272 Writing Fiction: A Beginning Workshop
274 Creative Writing Through the Eyes of African Americans
352 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
498 Advanced Fiction Workshop (can be used twice)
Poetry
271 Writing Poems and Stories: An Introductory Workshop
273 Writing Poetry: A Beginning Workshop
353 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
499 Advanced Poetry Workshop (can be used twice)

Film and New Media Studies
245 Film Form and Culture
293 Writing in the Wireless World
295 Literature in a Wired World
379 Special Topics in Film or Digital Studies
388T Writing Internship: MITH Internship
388R Writing Internship: Romantic Circle
453 Literary Theory
467 Computer and Text
468 Selected Topics in Film Studies
AMST204 Film and American Culture Studies
CMLT280 Film Art in a Global Society
LGBT327 LBGT Film and Video
Other courses in film offered by other departments as approved by your English advisor.

Gender and Sexuality in Literature
265 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Literature
359 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Literature
444 Feminist Critical Theory
459 Selected Topics in Sexuality and Literature
465 Theories of Sexuality and Literature
CMLT291 International Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Studies
LGBT327 LGBT Film and Video
LGBT488 Seminar in LGBT Studies
WMST400 Theories of Feminism
Other gender and sexuality literature courses as approved by your English advisor.

Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
280 The English Language
281 Standard English Grammar, Usage, and Diction
282 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
291 Intermediate Writing
293 Writing in the Wireless World
381 MGA Legislative Seminar
383 The Uses of Language
384 Concepts of Grammar
385 English Semantics
388P Pre-Professional Writing Internship (as appropriate)
388W Writing Internship: Writing Center Internship
390 Science Writing*
391 Advanced Composition*
392 Legal Writing*
393 Technical Writing*
394 Business Writing*
395 Writing for Health Professionals*
398 Topics in Professional Writing*
428 Senior Seminars (as appropriate)
482 History of the English Language
483 American English
484 Advanced English Grammar
486 Introduction to Old English
487 Foundations of Rhetoric
488 Topics in Advanced Writing
489 Special Topics in English Language
493 Advanced Expository Writing
494 Editing and Document Design
*These courses cannot be counted toward the major if they are already being used to fulfill the Professional Writing CORE or General Education requirement.

Minority Literatures
331 American Jewish Literature
332 Representing the Holocaust
348 Literary Works by Women
349 Asian American Literature
359 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Literature
360 African, Indian and Caribbean Writers
362 Caribbean Literature in English
368 Special Topics in the Literature of Africa/African Diaspora
379 Special Topics as Appropriate
408 Literature by Women before 1800
444 Feminist Critical Theory
448 Literature by Women of Color
453 Literary Theory
458 Literature by Women after 1800
459 Selected Topics in Sexuality and Literature
462 Folksong and Ballad
464 African-American Folklore and Culture
465 Theories of Sexuality and Literature
470 African-American Literature: Beginning to 1910
471 African-American Literature: 1910-1945
472 African-American Literature: 1945 to Present
CMLT275 World Literature by Women
CMLT291 International Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Studies
LGBT327 LGBT Film and Video
LGBT488 Seminar in LGBT Studies
WMST400 Theories of Feminism
Other courses in minority literatures offered by other departments as approved by your English advisor.

Mythology and Folklore
260 Introduction to Folklore
368 Special Topics-Lit. of Africa and African Diaspora (as appropriate)
377 Medieval Myth and Modern Narrative
462 Folksong and Ballad
463 American Folklore
464 African American Folklore and Culture
466 Arthurian Legend
477 Studies in Mythmaking

Pre-Law
280 Introduction to the English Language
281 Standard English Grammar, Usage, and Diction
282 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
291 Intermediate Writing
381 MGA Legislative Seminar
383 The Uses of Language
384 Concepts of Grammar
385 English Semantics
388M MGA Internship
388P Pre-Professional Writing Internship (as appropriate)
388W Writing Internship: Writing Center Internship
390 Science Writing*
391 Advanced Composition*
392 Legal Writing*
393 Technical Writing*
394 Business Writing*
395 Writing for Health Professionals*
398 Topics in Professional Writing*
428 Senior Seminars (as appropriate)
453 Literary Theory
482 History of the English Language
483 American English
484 Advanced English Grammar
486 Introduction to Old English
487 Foundations of Rhetoric
488 Topics in Advanced Writing
489 Special Topics in English Language
493 Advanced Expository Writing
494 Editing and Document Design
*These courses cannot be counted toward the major if they are already being used to fulfill the Professional Writing CORE or General Education requirement.

Theory
282 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
379 Special Topics Courses That Include Theory
444 Feminist Critical Theory
453 Literary Theory
465 Theories of Sexuality and Literature
467 Computer and Text
487 Foundations of Rhetoric
WMST400 Theories of Feminism

Women's Writing
250 Introduction to Literature by Women
348 Literary Works by Women
408 Literature by Women before 1800
444 Feminist Critical Theory
448 Literature by Women of Color
453 Literary Theory
458 Literature by Women after 1800
CMLT275 World Literature by Women
WMST400 Theories of Feminism
Other courses in literature by women offered by other departments as approved by your English advisor.

Genre Studies
Drama
206 Shakespeare
244 The Play’s the Thing
304 The Major Works of Shakespeare
305 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
403 Shakespeare: The Early Works
404 Shakespeare: The Later Works
434 American Drama
450 Renaissance Drama
451 Renaissance Drama II
452 English Drama from 1660 to 1800
454 Modern Drama
Poetry
243 What is Poetry?
263 The Hebrew Bible: Poetry and Prophecy
345 Twentieth-Century Poetry
379 Special Topics in Literature (as appropriate)
402 Chaucer
410 Edmund Spenser
414 Milton
435 America Poetry: Beginnin to the Present
445 Modern British and American Poetry
446 Post-Modern British and American Poetry
CMLT488 Genres
Prose
241 What the Novel Does
245 Film Form and Culture
262 The Hebrew Bible: Narrative
344 Nineteenth-Century Fiction
346 Twentieth-Century Fiction
440 The Novel in America to 1914
441 The Novel in American Since 1914
455 The Eighteenth-Century English Novel
456 The Nineteenth-Century English Novel
457 The Modern Novel
CMLT488 Genres
EDCI466 Literature for Adolescents

Student Specified
Courses selected in consultation with an English advisor.