Major in English 2013-2014

The English department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the English department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you formally declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a minimum of 36 credit hours (18 of which must be upper-division) earned in the Department of English in one of the two programs listed below. A minimum of 12 hours of upper-division coursework for the English major must be completed on the Boulder campus.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Literature

  • ENGL 2102 (3) Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 2112 (3) Introduction to Literary Theory

Complete one course from each of the following five components:

British Literature to 1660

  • ENGL 2503 (3) British Literary History to 1660
  • ENGL 3523 (3) The Renaissance in England, 1500-1600
  • ENGL 3533 (3) The Renaissance in England, 1600-1700
  • ENGL 3553 (3) Geoffrey Chaucer
  • ENGL 3563 (3) Shakespeare
  • ENGL 3573 (3) Shakespeare in Performance
  • ENGL 3583 (3) Milton
  • ENGL 3593 (3) Major Author sin Brit Lit before 1660
  • ENGL 4003 (3) Intro to Old English
  • ENGL 4013 (3) Intermediate Old English
  • ENGL 4113 (3) History and Cultural Medieval England
  • ENGL 4513 (3) British Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4583 (3) Elizabeth I and Her Times
  • ENGL 4693 (3) Adv Topics: Brit Lit Before 1600

British Literature, 1660-1900

  • ENGL 2504 (3) British Literary History after 1660
  • ENGL 3084 (3) Major Authors in British Literature
  • ENGL 3164 (3) History and Literature of Georgian Britain
  • ENGL 3204 (3) Developments in the Novel
  • ENGL 3564 (3) Romanticism
  • ENGL 3604 (3) The Victorian Era
  • ENGL 4224 (3) Modern British and Irish Novel
  • ENGL 4514 (3) Adv Topics: The Restoration/18th Century
  • ENGL 4524 (3) Adv Topics: Romanticism
  • ENGL 4614 (3) Adv Topics: The Victorian Era
  • ENGL 4624 (3) Adv Topics: Transnational/Hist/Approaches

American Literature

  • ENGL 2115 (3) American Frontiers
  • ENGL 2655 (3) Introduction to American Literature I
  • ENGL 2665 (3) Introduction to American Literature II
  • ENGL 3005 (3) The Literature of New World Encounters
  • ENGL 3025 (3) American Nationalisms
  • ENGL 3235 (3) American Novel
  • ENGL 3245 (3) American Poetry
  • ENGL 3675 (3) Major Authors in American Literatures
  • ENGL 4655 (3) Studies in American Literature to 1900
  • ENGL 4665 (3) Studies in American Literature after 1900
  • ENGL 4685 (3) Spcl Topics in American Literatures

Studies in Ethnicity, Race, Disability, Gender, and Sexuality

  • ENGL 2707 (3) Intro to Lesbian/Bisexual/Gay Lit
  • ENGL 2717/ETHN 2713 (3) American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 2727 (3) African American Literature
  • ENGL 2747 (3) Survey of Chicana/Chicano and Mexican Lit
  • ENGL 3217 (3) Topics in Gender Studies
  • ENGL 3377 (3) Multicultural Literature
  • ENGL 3677 (3) Jewish-American Literature
  • ENGL 3767 (3) Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENGL 3787 (3) Special Topics LGBT, Multicultural and Colonial Lit
  • ENGL 4277 (3) Topics in Women’s Literature

Literature in English, 1900 to the Present

  • ENGL 2058 (3) 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • ENGL 3008 (3) Developments in the Novel, Post 1900
  • ENGL 3018 (3) Literary Forms and Styles/Post-1900 Lit
  • ENGL 3068 (3) Literature in English 1900-1945
  • ENGL 3078 (3) Literature in English 1945-Present
  • ENGL 3088 (3) Major Authors of Post-1900 Lit in English
  • ENGL 4018 (3) Global/Transnational Approaches Post 1900
  • ENGL 4098 (3) Special Topics in Post-1900 Lit in English

Two courses from the following category:

(6 credit hours total)

Genre/Media/Advanced Writing

  • ENGL 2036 (3) Intro to Digital Media in the Humanities
  • ENGL 3116 (3) Topics in Advanced Theory
  • ENGL 3226 (3) Folklore
  • ENGL 3246 (3) Topics in Popular Culture
  • ENGL 3796 (3) Queer Theory
  • ENGL 3856 (3) Topics in Genre Studies
  • ENGL 4026 (3) Special Topics: Genre, Media, Adv Writing
  • ENGL 4116 (3) Advanced Topics in Media Studies

Critical Studies

  • ENGL 4039 (3) Critical Thinking in English Studies

Complete 2 elective courses in English (6 credit hours total). Students may take up to three more electives.

Listed below are courses, and their CU-Boulder equivalents, which can be used to fulfill this requirement.

  • LIT 115 (3) Introduction to Literature I (lower-division elective)
  • LIT 125 (3) Study of the Short Story (lower-division elective)
  • LIT 238 (3) Introduction to Modern Poetry (lower-division elective)
  • LIT 268 (3) Celtic Literature (lower-division elective)
  • LIT 211 (3) Survey of American Literature I
  • Lit 212 (3) Survey of American Literature II (lower-division elective)
  • LIT 245 (3) Literature of the American West (lower-division elective)

Creative Writing

  • ENGL 2102 (3) Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 2112 (3) Introduction to Literary Theory

Historical Requirements Part I:

One British Literature Class from below

British Literature to 1660

  • ENGL 2503 (3) British Literary History to 1660
  • ENGL 3523 (3) The Renaissance in England, 1500-1600
  • ENGL 3533 (3) The Renaissance in England, 1600-1700
  • ENGL 3553 (3) Geoffrey Chaucer
  • ENGL 3563 (3) Shakespeare
  • ENGL 3573 (3) Shakespeare in Performance
  • ENGL 3583 (3) Milton
  • ENGL 3593 (3) Major Author sin Brit Lit before 1660
  • ENGL 4003 (3) Intro to Old English
  • ENGL 4013 (3) Intermediate Old English
  • ENGL 4113 (3) History and Cultural Medieval England
  • ENGL 4513 (3) British Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4583 (3) Elizabeth I and Her Times
  • ENGL 4693 (3) Adv Topics: Brit Lit Before 1600

British Literature, 1660-1900

  • ENGL 2504 (3) British Literary History after 1660
  • ENGL 3084 (3) Major Authors in British Literature
  • ENGL 3164 (3) History and Literature of Georgian Britain
  • ENGL 3204 (3) Developments in the Novel
  • ENGL 3564 (3) Romanticism
  • ENGL 3604 (3) The Victorian Era
  • ENGL 4224 (3) Modern British and Irish Novel
  • ENGL 4514 (3) Adv Topics: The Restoration/18th Century
  • ENGL 4524 (3) Adv Topics: Romanticism
  • ENGL 4614 (3) Adv Topics: The Victorian Era
  • ENGL 4624 (3) Adv Topics: Transnational/Hist/Approaches

Historical Requirements Part 2: One literature class (3 hours) from below:

American Literature

  • ENGL 2115 (3) American Frontiers
  • ENGL 2655 (3) Introduction to American Literature I
  • ENGL 2665 (3) Introduction to American Literature II
  • ENGL 3005 (3) The Literature of New World Encounters
  • ENGL 3025 (3) American Nationalisms
  • ENGL 3235 (3) American Novel
  • ENGL 3245 (3) American Poetry
  • ENGL 3675 (3) Major Authors in American Literatures
  • ENGL 4655 (3) Studies in American Literature to 1900
  • ENGL 4665 (3) Studies in American Literature after 1900
  • ENGL 4685 (3) Spcl Topics in American Literatures

Studies in Ethnicity, Race, Disability, Gender, and Sexuality

  • ENGL 2707 (3) Intro to Lesbian/Bisexual/Gay Lit
  • ENGL 2717/ETHN 2713 (3) American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 2727 (3) African American Literature
  • ENGL 2747 (3) Survey of Chicana/Chicano and Mexican Lit
  • ENGL 3217 (3) Topics in Gender Studies
  • ENGL 3377 (3) Multicultural Literature
  • ENGL 3677 (3) Jewish-American Literature
  • ENGL 3767 (3) Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENGL 3787 (3) Special Topics LGBT, Multicultural and Colonial Lit
  • ENGL 4277 (3) Topics in Women’s Literature

Literature in English, 1900 to the Present

  • ENGL 2058 (3) 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • ENGL 3008 (3) Developments in the Novel, Post 1900
  • ENGL 3018 (3) Literary Forms and Styles/Post-1900 Lit
  • ENGL 3068 (3) Literature in English 1900-1945
  • ENGL 3078 (3) Literature in English 1945-Present
  • ENGL 3088 (3) Major Authors of Post-1900 Lit in English
  • ENGL 4018 (3) Global/Transnational Approaches Post 1900
  • ENGL 4098 (3) Special Topics in Post-1900 Lit in English

Topical Requirements: One course from the following category:

(3 credit hours)

Genre/Media/Advanced Writing

  • ENGL 2036 (3) Intro to Digital Media in the Humanities
  • ENGL 3116 (3) Topics in Advanced Theory
  • ENGL 3226 (3) Folklore
  • ENGL 3246 (3) Topics in Popular Culture
  • ENGL 3796 (3) Queer Theory
  • ENGL 3856 (3) Topics in Genre Studies
  • ENGL 4026 (3) Special Topics: Genre, Media, Adv Writing
  • ENGL 4116 (3) Advanced Topics in Media Studies

Critical Studies

  • ENGL 4039 (3) Critical Thinking in English Studies

Creative Writing workshops: Six classes, for a total of 18 credit hours, 9 upper division from the following. All workshops must be passed with a B- or better.

  • ENGL 1191 (3) Intro to Creative Writing (required of all students)
  • ENGL 2021 (3) Intro to Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 3021 (3) Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 4021 (3) Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 2051 (3) Intro to Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 3051 (3) Intermediate Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 4051 (3) Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • Any ENGL non-traditional workshop

Notes:

  • Admission to the creative writing program is not automatic. Students must have completed at least 6 hours of writing with the program before being considered; for transfer students, 3 hours of creative writing can be transferred. In addition, they must submit two copies of a manuscript (if poetry, 7 poems; if fiction, 20 pages; or a short stage or screen play) to the admissions committee for approval. Students should apply no later than the second semester of their junior year.
  • In order to take a workshop beyond the 2000-level, students who have not been formally admitted to the creative writing program must submit a manuscript to the Department of English prior to registration. Each workshop may be taken three times for credit. Students may not take two poetry or two fiction workshops in the same semester.