Requirements: English Major
The major in English is the study of the arts of literature. Although the emphasis is on the critical analysis of great works, students are expected to attain a general knowledge of the historical development of English and American literature by the end of the senior year.
A student wishing to major in English must complete a total of twelve courses on the 200-, 300-, and 400-levels in the English Department in the following areas:
- Three courses selected from English courses on the 200-level, excluding ENG 204, 205, 206
- Three courses in pre-1800 literature (ENG 205/206 “Shakespeare” will also be counted here)
- Three courses in post-1800 literature
- Three electives
Senior Capstone Experience
English majors must also register for and complete the Senior Capstone Experience (either in the form of a written thesis or taking a series of comprehensive exams) in the final semester of the senior year.
Majors wishing to complete the SCE by a written thesis must have a thesis proposal approved in the second semester of their junior year. Please see the department’s page on the Senior Capstone Experience for more information.
Note: Students who both major in English and minor in creative writing may “double count” no more than two courses.
For full course descriptions, please visit the Washington College course catalog.