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English Majors and Minors


The Bachelor of Arts degree in English requires 36 credits. Majors take 6 credits in preparatory courses, a 30 in advanced. The preparatory courses are

  • ENGL 261 

  • ENGL 262

The 30 advanced credits consist of 10 courses to be taken at the 300 level, including 2 courses in the literature of Britain and Europe

  • 1 Course Pre 1650 British Literature

  • 1 Course Post 1650 British Literature 

  • 2 Courses American Literature 

  • ENMO 300

  • 1 English Global Encounters Course (300 level)

  • 4 English Elective Courses 

*Majors may substitute 1 ENGL 100-level course for one 300-level ENGL course (not a period, national, culture requirement). 

► See all English course descriptions

English Major with Emphases

Students who major in English may choose one of three optional Emphases. The Emphases are designed to give students additional opportunities for professional development in fields related to the English major. Each Emphasis is comprised of 12 additional credits in required and elective courses. Other electives may also be selected in consultation with the chair of the English Department.

Writing Emphasis:

  • COMM 200 or ENGL 286

  • 9 elective credits from: BUS 260, COMM 200, COMM 201, COMM 220, COMM 303, ENGL 286, ENGL 301, ENGL 385, ENGL 386, HIST 297, or ENGL 498

  • Optional Internship ENGL 480

Editing and Publishing Emphasis:

  • COMM 322

  • 9 additional credits from: COMM 200, COMM 201, HIST 297 or ENGL 498. 

  • Optional Internship ENGL 480

Cultural Studies Emphasis:

  • 1 modern language course (200-level or higher)

  • 9 elective credits from: all Global Encounters courses; ENGL

  • 345, ENGL 387, ENGL 391, or ENGL 498

  • Optional Internship ENGL 480

English Major with Secondary Education Certification

Students wishing to achieve certification for teaching English in grades 7–12 must take the courses specified by the education department and must complete a slightly different set of major requirements. The English Major requirements for Secondary Education Certification are:

  • ENGL 261 and ENGL 262

  • ENMO 300

  • ENGL 318

  • ENGL 380

  • COMM 200

  • 1 300-Level Course Pre 1650 British Literature

  • 1 300-Level Course Post 1650 British Literature 

  • 2 300-Level Courses American Literature

  • 1 English Global Encounters Course (300 level)

  • 2 Electives

► Learn more about the Secondary Education Program


English Minor

The minor in English consists of 18 credits. The English Minor Requirements are: 

  • ENMO 300

  • Five additional courses 

Minors are encouraged to enroll in electives at all levels, including ENGL 261–262. Creative writing courses and an internship may be counted in the minor.

Creative Writing Minor

The interdisciplinary creative writing minor explores connections between the study of literature and the practice of writing. Creative writing minors at the Mount take a sequence of courses to develop their talents in a variety of narrative forms, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. All creative writing classes emphasize the value of revision and peer feedback. Learn more about the Creative Writing Minor.

 
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