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English Major & Minors

The study of literature is more than just the critical analysis of written works throughout the centuries—it is the study of human cultural production and aesthetic experience. Students approaching graduation, in particular, ask ‘Why English?’ when confronted with the prospect of finding a career. Many students feel they must choose between personal interest and career preparation, between the kind of intellectual interests they would like to pursue and the realities of a tight job market. However, employers recruiting at Richmond say they want graduates who can think and express themselves effectively, who have experience with a variety of intellectual methods and perspectives and who enjoy work that genuinely engages the mind.

Most English majors have an avid appreciation of literature as well as a love of language and of writing. As a result, the curriculum not only strengthens their writing skills and stimulates critical thinking but also engages their passions.

The English Major

Note: A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all coursework comprising the English major.

10 units, including

Two FSLT courses taught in the English department (one must be completed before enrolling in advanced courses in the major/minor, but the second may be taken concurrently with advanced courses)

Two courses from Group A, courses in literature before the early to mid-19th century

Two courses from Group B, courses in literature after the early to mid-19th century

Two additional courses at the 300 or 400 levels or ENGL 200 and one course at the 300 or 400 level (LLC 350 Introduction to Linguistics and/or LLC 351 Contemporary Literary Theory can also be taken to satisfy this requirement). ENGL 388, ENGL 406, ENGL 498, and ENGL 499 may not be used to meet this requirement.

Two seminars, ideally one in the junior year and one in the senior year, although if necessary both may be taken in the senior year

The English Minor

Note: A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all coursework comprising the English minor.

6 units, including

Two FSLT courses taught in the English department (one must be completed before enrolling in advanced courses in the major/minor, but the second may be taken concurrently with advanced courses)

One course from Group A, courses in literature before the early to mid-19th century

One course from Group B, courses in literature after the early to mid-19th century

One additional literature course (not writing) at the 300 or 400 level

One seminar taken in the junior or senior year

The Creative Writing Minor

Note: A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all coursework comprising the creative writing minor. Each writing course beyond English 200 may be taken up to three times for credit.

6 units, including

ENGL 200 Introduction to Creative Writing

Four writing courses, chosen from the following

ENGL 385 Fiction Writing
ENGL 386 Poetry Writing
ENGL 387 Writing for the Stage and Screen
ENGL 392 Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 397 Selected Topics in Writing
ENGL 401 Creative Writing Portfolio

One additional 200- or 300-level English course, either in literature, writing, or editing OR one of these courses from another department:

FREN 324 Francophone Cultures and Literature
FREN 461 From Modern to Postmodern
LAIS 332 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature II
LAIS 462 Visions of Contemporary Spain
LAIS 472 Contemporary Spanish-American Theater
LAIS 474 Contemporary Writing in Latin America: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll
LAIS 477 Literature of the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean
LAIS 485 Latin American Narrative
LAIS 486 U.S. Latino/a Literature
LLC 322 Introduction to Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Russian Literature
THTR 325 Script Analysis
VMAP 257 Artist Book