Undergraduate English Major
The Department of English offers courses in English, American and related literature, literary history and criticism and related subjects. English majors take courses covering a wide range of literature while studying cultural history and intellectual history. The English curriculum is based on the premise that a knowledge of language and literature is fundamental to a university education, and is pertinent to many vocations and careers.
- 45 quarter-hour credits (or equivalent) completed with at least a 2.0 overall GPA; and
- 10 credits of literature in 200-level or above English courses with at least a 2.5 GPA.
Admission is competitive; completion of these requirements does not guarantee admission. Students apply to the English Advising Office, A-2-B Padelford Hall (see campus map), during the first two weeks of Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarters.
A maximum of 20 credits of 200-level courses and a maximum of five credits of creative writing may be applied towards the major. 15 credits of course work in the major must cover subjects and material written prior to 1900.
Please note: The English Language and Literature emphasis is the only major emphasis available to Evening Degree Program students.
Language and Literature:
A minimum of 55 credits:
- 25 credits in English Major Core courses, with at least five credits in each of three categories: 1) Theories and Methodologies of Language and Literature; 2) Forms and Genres or Language and Literature; 3) Histories of Language and Literature. No more than 10 credits of Core courses may be completed at the 200-level.
- 10 credits in ENGL 202: Introduction to the Study of English Language and Literature and its required writing link, ENGL 197: Writing in the Humanities. NOTE: ENGL 202 and 197 are available only through the day program. Evening Degree Program students may petition to take these courses through the day program, or they may complete additional approved upper-division Core courses through Evening Degree. Consult an English Adviser for exceptions.
- 5 credits in ENGL 302: Critical Practice. NOTE: ENGL 302 is available only through the day program. Evening Degree Program students may petition to take this course through the day program, or they may complete additional approved upper-division Core courses through Evening Degree. Consult an English Adviser for exceptions.
- 10 credits in English elective courses.
- 5 credits in a 400-level senior capstone course, chosen from ENGL 407, ENGL 440, ENGL 442, ENGL 443, ENGL 44, ENGL 473, or ENGL 498.
A limited number of these or similar courses will be offered each quarter (for course descriptions, see the UW Course Catalog):
- 300 Reading Major Texts (5)
- 302 Critical Practice (5)
- 303 History of Literary Criticism and Theory I (5)
- 304 History of Literary Criticism and Theory II (5)
- 307 Cultural Studies: Literature and the Age (5)
- 310 The Bible as Literature (5)
- 320 English Literature: The Middle Ages (5)
- 321 Chaucer (5)
- 322 English Literature: The Age of Queen Elizabeth (5)
- 323 Shakespeare to 1603 (5)
- 324 Shakespeare After 1603 (5)
- 325 English Literature: The Late Renaissance (5)
- 326 Milton (5)
- 327 English Literature: Restoration and Early 18th-Century (5)
- 328 English Literature: Later 18th Century (5)
- 329 Rise of the English Novel (5)
- 330 English Literature: The Romantic Age (5)
- 331 Romantic Poetry I (5)
- 332 Romantic Poetry II (5)
- 333 English Novel: Early and Middle 19th Century (5)
- 334 English Novel: Later 19th Century (5)
- 335 English Literature: The Age of Victoria (5)
- 336 English Literature: The Early Modern Period (5)
- 337 The Modern Novel (5)
- 338 Modern Poetry (5)
- 339 English Literature: Contemporary England (5)
- 340 Modern Anglo-Irish Literature (5)
- 342 Contemporary Novel (5)
- 343 Contemporary Poetry (5)
- 344 Twentieth-Century Drama (5)
- 350 Traditions in American Fiction (5)
- 351 American Literature: The Colonial Period (5)
- 352 American Literature: The Early Nation (5)
- 353 American Literature: Later 19th Century (5)
- 354 American Literature: The Early Modern Period (5)
- 355 American Literature: Contemporary America (5)
- 356 Classic American Poetry (5)
- 358 Literature of Black Americans (5)
- 359 Contemporary American Indian Literature (5) (Joint with AIS 377)
- 367 Women and the Literary Imagination (5, max. 15)
- 368 Women Writers (5, max. 15)
- 370 English Language Study (5)
- 371 English Syntax (5)
- 372 Language Variation in Current English (5)
- 373 History of the English Language (5)
- 374 The Language of Literature (5)
- 430 British Writers: Studies in Major Authors (5)
- 431 Topics in British Literature (5, max. 15)
- 440 Special Studies in Literature (3 or 5, max. 10)
- 451 American Writers: Studies in Major Authors (5, max. 15)
- 452 Topics in American Literature (5, max. 15)
- 471 The Composition Process (5)
- 472 Language Learning (5)
- 478 Language and Social Policy (5)
- 479 Language Variation and Language Policy in North America (5)
- 498 Senior Seminar (5)