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The Major

The English Department offers options in six discrete curricular areas. Because a general English program is not available, students must choose one of the following options in order to complete the English degree.

Creative Writing (CRWR)

Students focus on crafting work in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry in a nationally ranked program and with critically acclaimed faculty authors. This option is ideal for writers hoping to develop and diversify their compositional and creative skills, students hoping to continue on to graduate study in writing, and those hoping to work in the publishing sector.
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Film Studies (FILM)

Students study the history, theory, composition, and production of film; they also become more skilled in film explication and analysis, and become familiar with the prominent genres and the leading directors in the field. This option is ideal for students who aspire to be film producers, directors, historians, editors, etc, as well as for those who are interested in pursuing graduate work in film studies.
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Literature (LIT)

Students develop skills in critical reading, literary analysis, and argumentative writing, and come to understand the myriad ways the literary arts enrich our lives and make us better citizens and more ethical and humane individuals. The program´s diverse courses, which cover a wide range of genres, authors, and periods, focus on interpretive approaches, literary theory, and literary history. This option is ideal for students looking for a strong liberal arts education and students considering graduate study (law and other advanced degrees).
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General Linguistics (LING)

Students develop a strong foundation in linguistic analysis and concepts. The range of coursework offered by this option is ideal for students interested in graduate study in Linguistics.

Teaching English as a Second Language (LING)

Please note that this program does not provide a domestic teaching license. This option is ideal for those students who plan on living and teaching outside the US after graduation.

English Teaching (ENT)

The curriculum for this option includes content and licensure necessary to become a middle school or high school teacher in the U.S. with the completion of Bachelor of Arts degree. This option is ideal for students interested in becoming educators.
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Notes on Requirements:

  1. All students starting Fall 2009 and later are required to take at least one year (two semesters) of a spoken modern or classical language. Majors in Creative Writing, Literature, Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language and Film Studies are required to take a second year (two semesters) of the same language.
  2. Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language are collaborative programs with the Linguistics Department. Students interested in these areas may wish to speak with the Director of Linguistics, Dr. Tully Thibeau ( for more information about these options.
  3. Many options have requirements in common if you are considering multiple options.
  4. LIT 110, 120, 210, 211, 220, 221, and 222 are lower division writing courses. CRWR courses do NOT fulfill the lower-division writing requirement.
  5. LIT 300 and LIT 327 fulfill the required upper-division course.