English Major Planning Forms
English Major Requirements Worksheet
General Education Requirements Worksheet
English Major Concentration
English Major Concentration Form
What is a Concentration?
- A selection of courses linked by a theme, approach, genre, or period (see list on reverse);
- At least three courses; at least 10 credits.
- At least two of the courses must be upper-level;
- One course may be from outside the department; consider the possibility of linking your concentration through this course to another major or a minor.
How to Register your Concentration
- Student develops the theme of the concentration and selects the courses in consultation with the adviser. Begin thinking about this from early in the major.
- Student drafts a concentration rationale and reviews it with the adviser. When the adviser approves the rationale and course selection, she/he signs the concentration form.
- The student then submits it to Kate Eggleston, the Administrative Assistant in Sitterly 108.
Potential concentrations could come from the following categories:
- A genre (three courses focusing on a specific literary genre such as narrative, poetry or drama);
- A period (three courses focusing on a particular period, such as Medieval, Renaissance, the Long 18th century, 19th century, Modernism or Contemporary);
- Literary theory (three courses focusing on in-depth reading in theory or application of theory);
- Postcolonial and Anglophone literature (three courses focusing on literatures in relation to competing notions of colonialism, nationalism, and postcolonial cultures);
- Race and ethnicity (three courses focusing on literatures and/or theory that interrogates and/or reinforces concepts of race and ethnicity).
- A particular racial/ethnic literary tradition [such as African American, Asian American, or Latino/a];
- Women’s gender, and sexuality studies, (three courses focusing on the study of literatures that articulate and contest notions of gender and sexuality. Students may develop an historical focus);
- Language and rhetoric/writing studies (Focus on the history of the language/rhetoric, linguistics, literacy studies, writing center theory, or philosophy of language);
- Interdisciplinary (Possible topics include Inter-arts, Environmental Studies, Religion and Literature, Philosophy and Literature, History and Literature)