Course Planning

English - Where to Start?

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Where should I start if I am just sampling this subject as a non-major?

  • First- and second- year students should start in English based on their placement records. Your English placements can be found on your CampusWeb portal under “Advising” on the “Student Placement Record Sheet.” Possible starting points are:
    • Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 110) or 
    • any 200-level English/Literary Studies course (ENGL below 297)  or
    • any 200-level English/Film and Media Studies (ENGF) course. 
  • Students who have completed a 200-level ENGL or ENGF course are welcome to take any of the Department’s 300-level courses.    

  • Juniors and seniors may only enroll in Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 110) or any 200-level English/Literary Studies course (ENGL below 297) or any 200-level English/Film and Media Studies (ENGF) course with consent of the instructor.
  • The Hendrix College writing level I (WI) graduation requirement must be completed at Hendrix College regardless of previous experience.
    • The WI requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.  The College strongly encourages you to take a writing class during your first year, as solid writing skills will help you in your college classes.
    • Transfer students (only) with college-level composition experience may be eligible for the W1 exam. Please email your advisor or the Director of the Writing Center (Dr. Pruneda-Senties) for more details.

Where should I start if I might use this as part of a major or as a potential major?

The English Department is home to three majors: English Literature, Film and Media Studies, and Creative Writing.

  • First- and second- year students should start in English based on their placement records. Your English placements can be found on your CampusWeb portal under “Advising” on the “Student Placement Record Sheet.” Possible starting points are:
    • Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 110) or 
    • any 200-level English/Literary Studies course (ENGL below 297)  or
    • any 200-level English/Film and Media Studies (ENGF) course. 

  • Students who have completed a 200-level ENGL or ENGF course are welcome to take any of the Department’s 300-level courses.    

  • Juniors and seniors may only enroll in Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 110) or any 200-level English/Literary Studies course (ENGL below 297) or any 200-level English/Film and Media Studies (ENGF) course with consent of the instructor.
  • The Hendrix College writing level I (WI) graduation requirement must be completed at Hendrix College regardless of previous experience.
    • The WI requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.  The College strongly encourages you to take a writing class during your first year, as solid writing skills will help you in your college classes.
    • Transfer students (only) with college-level composition experience may be eligible for the W1 exam. Please email your advisor or the Director of the Writing Center (Dr. Pruneda-Senties) for more details.

Where should I start if I have some experience in this discipline before college? 

The English Department is home to three majors: English Literature, Film and Media Studies, and Creative Writing.

  • First- and second- year students should start in English based on their placement records. Your English placements can be found on your CampusWeb portal under “Advising” on the “Student Placement Record Sheet.” Possible starting points are:
    • Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 110) or 
    • any 200-level English/Literary Studies course (ENGL below 297)  or
    • any 200-level English/Film and Media Studies (ENGF) course. 
  • Students who have completed a 200-level ENGL or ENGF course are welcome to take any of the Department’s 300-level courses.    
  • Juniors and seniors may only enroll in Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 110) or any 200-level English/Literary Studies course (ENGL below 297) or any 200-level English/Film and Media Studies (ENGF) course with consent of the instructor.
  • The Hendrix College writing level I (WI) graduation requirement must be completed at Hendrix College regardless of previous experience.
    • The WI requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.  The College strongly encourages you to take a writing class during your first year, as solid writing skills will help you in your college classes.
    • Transfer students (only) with college-level composition experience may be eligible for the W1 exam. Please email your advisor or the Director of the Writing Center (Dr. Pruneda-Senties) for more details.
  • For AP or IB credits – please refer to Advanced Placement Credits or International Baccalaureate Credits in the College Catalog.

When should I declare a major?

  • All students must declare a major by March 1 of their sophomore year.