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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.

English
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:

  • 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 (LING-203 Introduction to Linguistics can also be taken to satisfy this requirement). ENGL-388ENGL-406ENGL-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.

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 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