Plan of Study: Catalog Year 2021

English Plan of Study Form: Catalog Year 2021
Honors in English Plan of Study Form: Honors Catalog Year 2021

It is important to note that the 2021 plan of study applies to those who begin in CLAS at UCONN, or change majors into CLAS, on May 9, 2021 or later. If you are governed under an earlier catalog year and wish to change to the 2021 plan, please schedule an appointment with Inda Watrous.


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 complete 30 credits of English courses numbered 2000 or above. Our plan of study is simple: Core + 4.  Every major in English will complete 6 courses in the Core Curriculum, and then choose 4 additional courses at the 2000-level or above. These 4 additional courses are essentially English electives: majors can group their electives into one of the optional tracks listed below. Any completed and declared track will be named on your transcript to highlight your specific skills and specialties.

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.

For more information, please visit the UConn Catalog.

English Major Requirements

Core Curriculum (18 Credits)

Each of these core requirements must be satisfied by a unique course. A single course may not be applied to two different requirements within the core curriculum.

Methods for the Major

3 credits - This course should be taken within a semester of declaring the major or at its next offering

ENGL 2600 - Introduction to Literary Studies

Early Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic History

6 credits from the list below

ENGL 2100 - British Literature I

ENGL 2200 - Literature and Culture of North America before 1800

ENGL 2201/W - American Literature to 1880

ENGL 2603 - Literary Approaches to the Bible

ENGL 3111/W - Medieval English Literature

ENGL 3113W - Renaissance English Literature

ENGL 3115W - Restoration and 18th-Century English Literature

ENGL 3117W - Romantic British Literature

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

ENGL 3301 - Celtic and Norse Myth and Legend

ENGL 3303 - Studies in Early Literature in English

ENGL 3501 - Chaucer

ENGL 3503/W - Shakespeare I

ENGL 3505 - Shakespeare II

ENGL 3507 - Milton

ENGL 3603 - The History of the English Language

ENGL 3652 - Maritime Literature to 1800

Antiracism, Globality, and Embodiment

6 credits: one course from group 1, and a second course from either group 1 or 2

Group 1

Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian/American Literary and Cultural Traditions

ENGL 2214/W - African American Literature

ENGL 2301/W - Anglophone Literatures

ENGL 2305 - Modern Japanese Literature

ENGL 3210 - Native American Literature

ENGL 3212 - Asian American Literature

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

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

ENGL 3217/W - Studies in African American Literature and Culture

ENGL 3218/W - Ethnic Literature of the United States

ENGL 3318 - Literature and Culture of the Third World

ENGL 3319 - Topics in Postcolonial Studies

ENGL 3320 - Literature and Culture of India

ENGL 3605 - Latina/o Literature

ENGL 3607 - Studies in Latina/o Literature


Group 2

Difference & Diaspora

ENGL 2274/W - Disability in American Literature and Culture

ENGL 3120 - Irish Literature in English to 1939

ENGL 3122/W - Irish Literature in English since 1939

ENGL 3220 - Jewish American Literature and Culture

ENGL 3609 - Women's Literature

ENGL 3611 - Women's Literature 1900 to the Present

ENGL 3613 - Introduction to LGBT Literature

ENGL 3629 - Introduction to Holocaust Literature

Advanced Study

3 credits from the list below

These courses satisfy the requirement for Writing in the Major and Informational Literacy. Course topics will vary by instructor.

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

Four Additional Courses: Elective Courses or Optional Tracks (12 Credits)

Courses used to satisfy credits in the core curriculum may also be applied toward one or more of the optional tracks, as long as the student completes the 30 unique credits for the major. Students may forego tracks and opt to take 12 credits of electives instead.

Eight Optional Tracks

Creative Writing

12 credits distributed as follows:

Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 2701 - Creative Writing I *

Two 3000-level courses Creative Writing Workshops chosen from the following:

ENGL 3701 - Creative Writing II

ENGL 3703 - Writing Workshop

ENGL 3705 - Playwriting

ENGL 3707 - Film Writing

ENGL 3711 - Creative Writing for Child and Young Adult Readers

ENGL 3715E - Nature Writing Workshop

One elective (3 credits) focused on literary genres or methods, chosen from the following:

ENGL 2401 - Poetry

ENGL 2405 - Drama

ENGL 2407 - The Short Story

ENGL 2408/W - Modern Drama

ENGL 2409 - The Modern Novel

ENGL 2411/W - Popular Literature

ENGL 2413/W - The Graphic Novel

ENGL 2610 - Introduction to Digital Humanities

ENGL 2612 - Digital Literary Studies

ENGL 2635E - Literature and the Environment

ENGL 2640/W - Studies in Film

ENGL 2730/W - Travel Writing

ENGL 3003/W - Advanced Expository Writing

ENGL 3012 - Books and Book Publishing

ENGL 3013/W - Media Publishing

ENGL 3240E - American Nature Writing

ENGL 3403 - Modern and Contemporary Poetry in English

ENGL 3420 - Children's Literature

ENGL 3422 - Young Adult Literature

ENGL 3640/W - British Film

ENGL 3713 - Literary Magazine Editing

 

* Students who have completed Creative Writing I as ENGL 1701 will be allowed to apply this course toward the Creative Writing track. Students will still need to complete 30 credits of English coursework at the 2000 level or above.

Cultural Studies/Media Studies

12 credits from the following list: 

ENGL 2276/W - American Utopias & Dystopias

ENGL 2411/W - Popular Literature

ENGL 2413/W - The Graphic Novel

ENGL 2610 - Introduction to Digital Humanities

ENGL 2612 - Digital Literary Studies

ENGL 2640/W - Studies in Film

ENGL 3235/W - Reading the American City

ENGL 3265/W - American Studies Methods

ENGL 3420 - Children's Literature

ENGL 3422 - Young Adult Literature

ENGL 3623 - Studies in Literature and Culture

ENGL 3625 - Literary Theory

ENGL 3633/W - The Rhetoric of Political Discourse in Literature and Society

ENGL 3640/W - British Film

English Teaching

12 credits distributed across four categories:

Cultural, Genre, and Media Studies (3 credits)

ENGL 2276/W - American Utopias and Dystopias

ENGL 2401 - Poetry

ENGL 2405 - Drama

ENGL 2407 - The Short Story

ENGL 2408 - Modern Drama

ENGL 2409 - The Modern Novel

ENGL 2411/W - Popular Literature

ENGL 2413/W - The Graphic Novel

ENGL 2605/W - Capitalism, Literature, and Culture

ENGL 2609 - Fascism and its Opponents 

ENGL 2610 - Introduction to Digital Humanities 

ENGL 2612 - Digital Literary Studies

ENGL 2635E - Literature and the Environment

ENGL 2640/W - Studies in Film

ENGL 3235/W - Reading the American City

ENGL 3240E - American Nature Writing

ENGL 3265W - American Studies Methods

ENGL 3619 - Topics in Literature and Human Rights 

ENGL 3623 - Studies in Literature and Culture

ENGL 3625 - Literary Theory

ENGL 3631 - Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism

ENGL 3633W - The Rhetoric of Political Discourse in Literature and Society

ENGL 3640 - British Film

ENGL 3652 - Maritime Literature to 1800

ENGL 3653 - Maritime Literature Since 1800

ENGL 3715E - Nature Writing Workshop

Advanced Composition (3 credits)

ENGL 2013W - Introduction to Writing Studies

ENGL 2049W - Writing through Research

ENGL 3003W - Advanced Expository Writing

ENGL 3010W - Advanced Composition for Prospective Teachers

ENGL 3701 - Creative Writing II (Sections of this course may only be applied to the concentration if approved by the Coordinator of the Teaching Concentration)

Grammar (3 credits)

ENGL 3601 - The English Language

ENGL 3603 - The History of the English Language

Children’s or Young Adult Literature (3 credits)

ENGL 3420 - Children's Literature

ENGL 3422 - Young Adult Literature (required for UConn's  Secondary Ed. English program)

Irish Literature

12 credits from the following list:

ENGL 3120 - Irish Literature in English to 1939

ENGL 3122 - Irish Literature in English since 1939

ENGL 3301 - Celtic and Norse Myth and Legend

ENGL 3509* - Studies in Individual Writers

ENGL 3623* - Studies in Literature and Culture

ENGL 3627* - Studies in Litetature

* Sections of these courses may only be applied to the concentration if approved by the Coordinator of the Irish Literature program.

Literature, Antiracism, and Social Justice

12 credits from the following list:

ENGL 2207 - Empire and U.S. Culture

ENGL 2214/W - African American Literature

ENGL 2274/W - Disability in American Literature and Culture

ENGL 2301/W - Anglophone Literatures

ENGL 2605/W - Capitalism, Literature, and Culture

ENGL 2609 - Fascism and its Opponents

ENGL 2635E - Literature and the Environment

ENGL 3120 - Irish Literature in English to 1939

ENGL 3122/W - Irish Literature in English since 1939

ENGL 3210 - Native American Literature

ENGL 3212 - Asian American Literature

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

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

ENGL 3217/W - Studies in African American Literature and Culture

ENGL 3218/W - Ethnic Literature of United States

ENGL 3220 - Jewish American Literature and Culture

ENGL 3318 - Literature and Culture of the Third World

ENGL 3319 - Topics in Postcolonial Studies

ENGL 3605 - Latina/o Literature

ENGL 3607 - Studies in Latina/o Literature

ENGL 3609 - Women's Literature

ENGL 3611 - Women's Literature 1900 t0 the Present

ENGL 3613 - Introduction to LGBT Literature

ENGL 3619 - Topics and Literature in Human Rights

ENGL 3629 - Introduction to Holocaust Literature

ENGL 3631 - Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism

ENGL 3633/W - The Rhetoric of Political Discourse in Literature and Society

Literary Histories and Legacies

12 credits from the following list:

ENGL 2100 - British Literature 

ENGL 2101 - British Literature II

ENGL 2200 - Literature and Culture of North America before 1800

ENGL 2201/W - American Literature to 1880

ENGL 2203/W - American Literature Since 1880

ENGL 2301/W - Anglophone Literatures

ENGL 2603 - Literary Approaches to the Bible

ENGL 3111/W - Medieval English Literature

ENGL 3113/W - Renaissance English Literature

ENGL 3117/W - Romantic British Literature

ENGL 3118/W - Victorian British Literature

ENGL 3120 - Irish Literature in English to 1939

ENGL 3122/W - Irish Literature in English since 1939

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

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

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

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

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

ENGL 3301 - Celtic and Norse Myth and Legend

ENGL 3303 - Studies in Early Literature in English

ENGL 3501 - Chaucer

ENGL 3503/W - Shakespeare I

ENGL 3505 - Shakespeare II

ENGL 3507 - Milton

ENGL 3509 - Studies in Individual Writers

ENGL 3603 - The History of the English Language

ENGL 3652 - Maritime Literature to 1800

Literature of Place and Environment

12 credits from the following list:

ENGL 2276/W - American Utopias and Dystopias

ENGL 2635E - Literature and the Environment

ENGL 2730W - Travel Writing

ENGL 3240E - Literature and the Environment

ENGL 3235/W - Reading the American City

ENGL 3652 - Maritime Literature To 1800

ENGL 3653 - Maritime Literature Since 1800

ENGL 3715E - Nature Writing Workshop

Writing and Composition Studies

12 credits from the following list:

ENGL 2001 - Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

ENGL 2013W - Introduction to Writing Studies

ENGL 2049W - Writing through Research

ENGL 2730W - Travel Writing

ENGL 3003W - Advanced Expository Writing

ENGL 3010W - Advanced Composition for Prospective Teachers

ENGL 3012 - Books and Book Publishing

ENGL 3013W - Media Publishing

ENGL 3082 - Writing Center Practicum

ENGL 3091 - Writing Internship

ENGL 3692 - Writing Practicum

ENGL 3713 - Literary Magazine Editing

ENGL 3715E - Nature Writing Workshop

A maximum of 6 credits of 3091 and 3692 may be counted towards the Writing and Composition Studies concentration.