Guide to Academic Planning 2018-2019

English

Students who have been recommended for Writing as their entry-level course in English should take ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing. ENGL 110 fulfills the Writing Level I (W1) requirement.

Students who have been recommended for a 200-level ENGL/ENGF should choose one from many options in the course schedule. Students must meet this requirement during the first or second year. English 110 should be taken in the first year. English 200-level ENGL/ENGF courses can be taken in the first or second year. These courses are not open to Juniors and Seniors.

The W1 Exam is intended only for transfer students. It should not be used by entering students, or those who failed to take a W1 course in the first two years, to test out of the W1 requirement.

Successful completion of a 200-level ENGL/ENGF course (or permission of the instructor) is required to take a 300-level course; successful completion of a 300-level course (or permission of the instructor) is required to take a 400-level course.

COURSE PLANNING for MAJORS IN ENGLISH-LITERARY STUDIES, ENGLISH-CREATIVE WRITING, OR ENGLISH-FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES:

First Year

  • ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing (only if recommended)
  • One 200-level ENGL/ENGF course. Students interested in the Film and Media Studies emphasis should take a 200-level ENGF course or ENGL 223 Literary and Cinematic Adaptation.

Second Year

  • ENGL 297 Literary Analysis
  • If not taken in the first year, students should take one 200-level ENGL/ENGF course. Students interested in the Film and Media Studies emphasis should take a 200-level ENGF course or ENGL 223 Literary and Cinematic Adaptation.
  • Students interested in the Creative Writing emphasis should take one 300-level ENGC course.
  • Possibly a 300-level English course in the spring semester (chosen in consultation with advisor).

Third year

  • Three to four 300-level English courses (consult the catalog for courses that fulfill the requirements of your chosen emphasis)
  • One 400-level English seminar in the spring if there is a topic of interest (note that senior seminars are not repeated annually)
  • A course in literary theory for those with the LS or FS emphasis and any student considering graduate school
  • Possibly a study abroad experience
  • Spring and summer, before fall of senior year: begin talking with the faculty, thinking about, and perhaps researching your senior thesis.

Senior Year

  • Two 300-400 level English courses (consult the catalog for courses that fulfill the requirements of your chosen emphasis)
  • One 400-level English seminar in the fall (optional if taken in third year)
  • Fall: find a faculty member from the Department to advise your thesis (mid-September), and turn in short writing
  • Spring: ENGL/ENGC 497 Senior Thesis Seminar 

Note: Students who intend to study abroad should consult their advisors or the Chair of the English Department to ensure that their progress toward graduation is uninterrupted. Students should not assume that courses taken abroad will automatically count towards the major or minor; such courses must be approved by the Department Chair and by the Registrar.