Plan of Study: Catalog Years 2017 – 2020

English Plan of Study Form: Catalog Years 2017 – 2020
Honors in English Plan of Study Form: Honors Catalog Years 2017 – 2020

What is referred to as the major is, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), officially called your field of concentration. The field of concentration is comprised of courses in the major department and a group of four other courses completed in related disciplines.

To satisfy the English major, the student must present for the degree thirty credits of English courses numbered 2000 or above from categories A-F listed below. The major includes a Pre-1800 Distribution Requirement to ensure that specific courses within the major are selected. Coursework for categories A-F will also apply toward the Distribution Requirement. The courses listed below in bold will satisfy one requirement from categories A-F and one Pre-1800 Distribution Requirement.

The Related Course Requirement for the English major must be no fewer than 12 credits of UConn coursework representing a coherent area of study closely related to English. Related courses must be 2000 level or above, outside of the Department of English, and cannot be cross-listed with English.  Some students select courses that will help them prepare for a future career or academic interests. Courses applied toward a second major or minor may also count toward the related requirements. A list of approved and restricted related courses can be found here. Courses that are not on the approved or restricted list may be used as a related course with approval by the Department.

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English Major Requirements

A. Introduction to Literary Studies: 2600 (3 credits) – This course should be taken within a semester of declaring the major or at its next offering


B. Literary History (9 credits) – One course from group 1, one course from group 2, and one course from group 3

Group 1: British Literature

2100 – British Literature I

2101 – British Literature II

3111/W – Medieval English Literature

3113/W – Renaissance English Literature

3115/W – Restoration and 18th-Century English Literature

3117/W – Romantic British Literature

3118/W – Victorian British Literature

3123/W – British Literature from 1890 to the Mid-Twentieth Century

3124/W – British Literature since the Mid-Twentieth Century


Group 2: American Literature

2200 – Literature and Culture of North America before 1800

2201/W – American Literature to 1880

2203/W – American Literature Since 1880

2214/W – Black American Writers I

3207/W – American Literature since the Mid-Twentieth Century

3210 – Native American Literature

3212 – Asian American Literature

3213/W – Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

3215/W – Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century African American Literature

3218/W – Ethnic Literatures of the United States

3220/W – Jewish American Literature and Culture

3605 – Latina/o Literature

3607 – Studies in Latina/o Literature


Group 3: Anglophone & Postcolonial Literature

2301/W – World Literature In English

3120 – Irish Literature in English to 1939

3122/W – Irish Literature in English since 1939

3318 – Literature and Culture of the Third World

3319 – Topics in Postcolonial Studies

3320 – Literature and Culture of India


C.  Genre (3 credits) – One course from the following:

2401 – Poetry

2405 – Drama

2407 – The Short Story

2408 – Modern Drama

2409 – The Modern Novel


D. Major Author (3 Credits)  – One course from the following:

3501 – Chaucer

3503 – Shakespeare I

3505 – Shakespeare II

3507 – Milton

3509 – Studies in Individual Writers


E. Advanced Study (3 credits) – One course from the following:

These courses satisfy the departmental requirements for Writing in the Major and Informational Literacy:

4101W – Advanced Study: British Literature

4201W – Advanced Study: American Literature

4203W –Advanced Study: Ethnic Literature

4301W – Advanced Study: Anglophone Literature

4302W – Advanced Study: Literature of Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand

4401W – Advanced Study: Poetry

4405W – Advanced Study: Drama

4407W – Advanced Study: Prose

4600W – Seminars in Literature

4601W – Advanced Study: Literary Criticism and Theory

4613W – Advanced Study: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literature

4965W – Advanced Studies in Early Literature in English


F. Elective Courses (9 credits) –In addition to courses used to satisfy requirements A-E above, nine credits must be chosen from English courses numbered 2000 or above. Course numbers used to satisfy requirements A-E may be used toward satisfaction of requirement F only when they designate a second or third section of a course repeated for credit with a change of topic.


Distribution Requirement:

  • At least two courses must concern literature written before 1800. Courses applied toward categories B-F may also apply toward this requirement. Courses satisfying this requirement are: 2100, 2107, 2200, 3111, 3113, 3115, 3301, 3303, 3501, 3503, 3505, 3507, 3652, 4965W.