Academic Requirements

The major in English is the study of the arts of literature. Although the emphasis is on the critical analysis of great works, a general knowledge of the historical development of English and American literature will be expected of the English major by the end of the senior year.

Students who major or minor in English at Washington Collegeā€¦

  • Earn college credit for pursuing their passion for reading
  • Benefit from small class sizes and lively discussions
  • Become part of a vibrant community of scholars and writers
  • Complete flexible course requirements that prepare them for a wide-variety of career options, including writing, editing, teaching, law, and advertising, just to name a few.

Distribution Credit In English

Students who wish to fulfill the Humanities Distribution Requirement with one Humanities course may do so by taking any course listed below. Students who chose to take two courses in English fulfill the Humanities Distribution Requirement are not required to take a sequence; they may take any two of the following:

  • ENG 101. Literature and Composition (for students entering fall 2016 and later)
  • ENG 205. Shakespeare I
  • ENG 206. Shakespeare II
  • ENG 207. History of English Literature I
  • ENG 208. History of English Literature II
  • ENG 209. Introduction to American Literature I
  • ENG 210. Introduction to American Literature II
  • ENG 211. Introduction to American Culture I
  • ENG 212. Introduction to American Culture II
  • ENG 213. Introduction to African American Literature I
  • ENG 214. Introduction to African American Literature II
  • ENG 215. Foundations of Western Literature I
  • ENG 216. Foundations of Western Literature II
  • ENG 220. Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 221. Introduction to Nonfiction
  • ENG 222. Introduction to Poetry
  • ENG 223. Introduction to Drama