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General Education Requirements

Depending upon the semester and the instructor, many English Department courses may fulfill the General Education Requirements.

The Department offers seven Writing Intensive courses, ENG 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208 and 302; three courses that fulfill the Domestic component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, ENG 203, 204 and 463; one course that fulfills the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, ENG 364; two courses that (depending on topic) fulfill either the Domestic or International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, ENG 206 and 353. The Department also offers Earlham Seminars.

The Major

Introductory Courses

These courses are appropriate for first-year students. Students can select one of the following courses:

  • ENG 203 Women and Literature
  • ENG 204 African American Literature
  • ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology
  • ENG 206 Literature and Identity
  • ENG 207 Literature and Film
  • ENG 208 Contemporary Literature

Required Courses

  • ENG 302 Foundations of Literary Study
  • ENG 401 Junior Research Seminar

Content Courses

Students choose six of the following upper-level literature courses, with at least one course in each category: Peace and Justice, Theoretical Approaches, and Genre.

English 350, 351, 353, 358, 373, 378, 379, 380, 382 and 463 may each be taken more than once if the topics are different.

Peace and Justice

  • ENG 309 Prophetic Black Women
  • ENG 350 Contesting America
  • ENG 351 Class and Ideology in Literature
  • ENG 353 Topics in Peace and Justice in Literature
  • ENG 358 Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • ENG 364 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 463 Topics in African American Literature

Theoretical Approaches

  • ENG 369 Contemporary Literary Theory
  • ENG 373 Topics in Literary Theory

Genre

  • ENG 359 Shakespeare and Social Problems
  • ENG 378 Romances, Epics and Quests
  • ENG 379 The Novel
  • ENG 380 Drama
  • ENG 382 Topics in Genre and Narrative
  • ENG 383 Understanding Poetry
  • ENG 386 Reading and Writing Short Fiction
  • ENG 387 Reading and Writing Poetry

Senior Capstone

  • ENG 488 Senior Capstone Experience

The Minor

Choose one of the following:

  • ENG 203 Women and Literature
  • ENG 204 African American Literature
  • ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology
  • ENG 206 Literature and Identity
  • ENG 207 Literature and Film
  • ENG 208 Contemporary Literature

Required:

  • ENG 302 Foundations of Literary Study
  • Three Other English Courses at the 300 or 400 level (excluding ENG 470 and ENG 471)

Creative Writing Focused English Minor

Students complete five courses:

  • One Introductory Course from the following:
    • ENG 203 Women and Literature
    • ENG 204 African American Literature
    • ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology
    • ENG 206 Literature and Identity
    • ENG 207 Literature and Film
    • ENG 208 Contemporary Literature
  • One 300-level or higher English course
  • ENG 221 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Two Creative Writing Courses chosen from:
    • ENG 470 Advanced Writing Workshop
    • ENG 385 Reading and Writing Poetry¬†¬†
    • ENG 386 Reading and Writing Short Fiction
    • ENG 471 Playwriting