Major in English

English majors must complete 42 units, and each course must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.

Foundation Courses
ENGL 221BRITISH LITERATURE TO 17983
ENGL 222BRITISH LITERATURE SINCE 17983
ENGL 238SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 300METHODS AND RESEARCH3
Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 300 prior to taking other 300-400 level literature courses in the major.
Shakespeare
Select one of the following:3
TOPICS IN SHAKESPEARE STUDIES
SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY
SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY
Electives
Two 300- or 400-level ENGL courses, at least one of which must be a literature course. 6
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following in the final year:3
CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN ENGLISH STUDIES
CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH 1
CAPSTONE HONORS THESIS IN ENGLISH
Tracks
Complete one of the Tracks listed below18
Total Units42
1

ENGL 498 is not open to students in the Secondary Education Concentration.

Literature Track Requirements

Linguistics
Select one of the following:3
ANALYTICAL GRAMMAR
HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS
STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO 1500
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SINCE 1500
OLD ENGLISH
TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
Literary Theory
Select one of the following:3
MODERN LITERARY THEORY
SEMIOTICS: THE STUDY OF SIGNS
TOPICS IN LITERARY THEORY
British and American Literature
Select one of the following pre-1700 literature courses: 13
MEDIEVAL BRITISH LITERATURE
MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN BRITISH DRAMA
16TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
EARLY 17TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
VOICES OF MEDIEVAL WOMEN
CHAUCER
MILTON
Select one of the following 18th-19th century courses: 13
18TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
LITERATURE OF THE BRITISH ROMANTIC PERIOD
THE VICTORIAN AGE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRITISH NOVEL: 18TH CENTURY
DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRITISH NOVEL: 19TH CENTURY
LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN ROMANTIC PERIOD
LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN REALSTIC PERIOD
DEVELOPMENT OF THE AMERICAN NOVEL: 19TH CENTURY
AMERICAN POETRY THROUGH FROST
Select one of the following 20th-21st century courses: 13
AMERICAN DRAMA
MODERN DRAMA
WOMEN POETS: THEMES AND IMAGES
WOMEN WRITERS
THE IRISH LITERARY REVIVAL- SEARCH FOR A MYTH
DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRITISH NOVEL: 20TH CENTURY
MODERN BRITISH POETRY
AMER NOVEL-20C
MODERN AMERICAN POETRY
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY
World Literature
Select one of the following: 13
MODERN JEWISH LITERATURE
CLASSICS OF THE WESTERN HERITAGE
INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY
LITERATURE OF GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
POST-COLONIAL LITERATURE
HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE
MYTH AND LITERATURE
MODERN DRAMA
WORLD LITERATURE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH
MODERN WORLD POETRY
MODERN FICTION TO WORLD WAR II
MODERN FICTION SINCE WORLD WAR II
TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE
Total Units18
1

Depending on specific content, ENGL 469:  Studies in One or Two Authors and various “topics” courses (ENGL 363, 370, 373, 426, 471, 472, 473, 476, and 477) may satisfy this requirement, with the approval of the chair.

Writing Track Requirements

Writing Courses 1
Select three of the following (at least 3 of the 9 units must be at the 400 level):9
WRITING ARGUMENT
WRITING POETRY
WRITING FICTION
WRITING CREATIVE NON-FICTION
WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
GRANT AND ADVOCACY WRITING
ADVANCED POETRY WRITING
ADVANCED FICTION WRITING
EDITING AND DIGITAL PUBLISHING
TOPICS IN WRITING
Language
Select at least one of the following:3
RHETORIC AND SCIENCE
ANALYTICAL GRAMMAR
HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS
STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO 1500
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SINCE 1500
OLD ENGLISH
MODERN LITERARY THEORY
TOPICS IN LITERARY THEORY
TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
Literature
Any two literature courses at the 300 level or higher, including Topics courses.6
Total Units18

The Portfolio

Students will be asked in their senior year to submit portfolios of a few papers that cover their years in the major. These portfolios are used anonymously to learn how well the major is working for its students. Students themselves will not be assessed; their standing will not be affected in any way. The English program will be assessing itself through what it finds students are learning.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

Course prerequisites are noted in the course descriptions. The department strictly enforces prerequisites.

MEETING CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS/COMPETENCY

All students in the university must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements.

Every student in the university must complete ENGL 102 or ENGL 190 with a grade ­equivalent of 2.00 or higher to satisfy the English Composition Core Curriculum ­requirement.

Students may take additional courses to complete Core Curriculum requirements. Many 200-level and some 300-level courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

Philosophy, art, history, speech and theatre Core Curriculum courses provide especially effective background for an English major. Students are encouraged to select elective courses in these areas in addition to those which fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

Students may select any of the following advanced writing courses to fulfill the Advanced Writing Seminar:

ENGL 310WRITING ARGUMENT3
ENGL 313ACADEMIC ESSAY3
ENGL 315WRITING CREATIVE NON-FICTION3
ENGL 316WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE3
ENGL 317WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY3
ENGL 318TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING3

 Students may, of course, take additional elective units in English.

Some students will be required to complete special competency courses in language and writing in addition to meeting Core Curriculum requirements in English. See the Academic Achievement Center section in Academic Resources. Students for whom English is not a native language may be required to complete courses in English as a Second Language as a prerequisite to enrollment in ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (see International Undergraduate Admissions).

Literature Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 or 190 (Core 2)3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core 33ENGL 238 (Core 11)3
Core 63Core 73
Core 103Core 133
Core 5 - Select one of the following:3Core 4 - Select one of the following: 3
 
 
 
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 3003ENGL 2213
Core 83Literary History, 18th and 19th century (Group IIIB)3
Core 93Shakespeare
Core 123Select one of the following: 3
Core 143
 
 
 Elective3
 Elective3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Literary History, pre-1700 (Group IIIA)3World Literature (Group IV)3
ENGL 2223Literary Theory (Group II)3
Linguistics (Group I courses)3Upper-level Elective3
Upper-Level Elective3Elective3
Elective3ENGL Upper-level Elective Literature3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Literary History, 20th-21st century (Group IIIC)3ENGL Capstone Experience - Select one of the following:3
ENGL Upper-level Elective3
Upper-level Elective3
Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 Elective3
 Elective3
 Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120

Secondary Education Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan 

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 or 190 (Core 2)3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core 33ENGL 238 (Core 11)3
Core 103Core 73
Core 63Core 133
Core 5 - Select one of the following: 3Core 4 - Select one of the following:3
 
 
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 3003ENGL 2213
Core 83ENGL 2513
Core 93Diversity in American Literature
Core 123Select one of the following:3
Core 143
 
 
 
 
 Shakespeare
 Select one of the following:3
 
 
 
 SCED course3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 2223World Literature/Non-Western Literature
ENGL 4633Select one of the following: 3
Advanced Writing3
Select one of the following:
SCED Course3
Upper-level Elective3Linguistics and Grammar (B)
 Select one of the following: 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ENGL Upper-level Elective 3
 ENGL Upper-level Elective Literature3
 Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL Capstone Experience Student Teaching3
Select one of the following: 3Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
SCED Course3 
SCED Course3 
Elective3 
Elective3 
 15 15
Total Units 120

Writing Track (Creative Writing) Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 or 190 (Core 2)3TSEM 1023
Core 33ENGL 238 (Core 11)3
Core 63Core 73
Core 103Core 133
Core 5 - Select one of the following:3Core 4 - Select one of the following: 3
 
 
 
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 3003ENGL 2213
Core 83Creative Writing: Genres 1
Core 93Select one of the following: 3
Core 123
Core 143
 
 Shakespeare
 Select one of the following:3
 
 
 
 Elective3
 Elective3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Creative Writing: Genres 23ENGL 2223
Select one of the following: 3Advanced Creative Writing: Genres 3
Select one of the following: 3
Language
Select one of the following: 3ENGL Upper-level Literature Elective 13
Elective3
Elective3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elective3 
Elective3 
Elective3 
 18 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL Upper-Level Literature Elective 23ENGL Capstone Experience
ENGL Upper-level Elective3Select one of the following: 3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 ENGL Upper-Level Literature Elective 3 3
 Elective3
 Elective3
 Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 123

Writing Track (Professional Writing) Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 or 190 (Core 2)3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core 33ENGL 238 (Core 11)3
Core 63Core 73
Core 103Core 133
Core 5 - Select one of the following:3Core 4 - Select one of the following: 3
 
 
 
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 3003ENGL 2213
Core 83Intro to Professional Writing Courses 1
Core 93Select one of the following: 3
Core 123
Core 143
 
 
 
 Intro to Professional Writing courses 2
 Select one of the following:3
 
 
 
 
 
 Elective3
 Elective3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 2223Shakespeare
Intro to Professional Writing courses 3Select one of the following:3
Select one of the following: 3
Language
Select one of the following:3
Upper-Level Literature Elective 13
Elective3
Elective3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ENGL Upper-level Literature Elective 23
 Elective3
 Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Upper-level Literature Elective 33ENGL 4983
ENGL Upper-level Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120

1) READ: Interpret written materials flexibly: understand that although multiple meanings are possible, textual evidence needs to support individual interpretations of the literature being read as well as the implications drawn from it.
2) WRITE: Write in a variety of forms (e.g. expository, argumentative, imaginative, business/technical) as appropriate to audience, purpose, and occasion, using evidence to support interpretations.
3) RESEARCH: Use research skills that include understanding of methods, technology, and conventions.
4) REFLECT: Be reflective and lifelong learners.