English Major & Minor

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 writing. As a result, the curriculum not only strengthens their writing skills and stimulates critical thinking but also engages their passions.

  • Major

    The English Major

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

    10 units, including:

    • One unit of “Area of Inquiry: Literary and Textual Inquiry”

    • One elective at the 200 or 300 level (can be fulfilled with AP English Literature Exam score of 4 or 5)

    • Six courses at the 300 level (two must be pre-1900, two may be CRWR)*

    • One course at the 300 level or ENGL400

    • One unit of ENGL400

    Any student seeking two majors/minors in the English department may have no more than two overlapping courses between their respective curricula.

  • Minor

    The English Minor

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

    Six units, including:

    • Two “Area of Inquiry: Literary and Textual Inquiry” courses (one must be completed before enrolling in advanced courses in the minor, but the second may be taken concurrently with advanced courses)

    • Two 300-level courses (one must be pre-1900)

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

    • One seminar taken in the junior or senior year