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English Courses by Requirement


Spring 2020


English 200 Intensive Literary Studies Seminar:

English 200, Section 1
English 200, Section 3
English 200, Section 5
English 200, Section 6


One course in British Literature and Culture before 1700 (221 Shakespeare counts):

English 221 Shakespeare
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 1: Legends of Arthur, the Once & Future King
English 412 History of the English Language


Two courses total: One course each in two of the following categories:

  • British Literature and Culture after 1700 (category 1)
  • American Literature and Culture before 1865 (category 2)
  • American Literature and Culture after 1865 (category 3)

English 204 Intro to Asian American literature (category 3)
English 268 American Literature and Culture Before 1865 (category 2)
English 269 American Literature and Culture After 1865 (category 3)
English 358 The Romantic Poets (category 1)
English 359 Victorian Imagination (category 1)
English 363 Modern British Drama (category 1)
English 374 20th Century American Literature (category 3)
English 376 American Fiction (category 3)
English 378 American Women Writers (category 3) 


One course in global Anglophone or ethnic American literature, culture, or rhetorics 200+ level:

English 204 Intro to Asian American Literature
English 365 20th Century Literature of Ireland
English 369 Studies in Modern Fiction
English 378 American Women Writers
English 468 James Joyce
English 491LM Literature, Music and the Rules of Engagement: Multi-Ethnic Musical Experiences in the US


200-400+ English electives:

English 204 Intro to Asian American Literature
English 221 Shakespeare
English 254 Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature
English 268 American Literature and Culture before 1865
English 269 American Literature and Culture after 1865
English 298H Teaching in the Writing Center
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 1: Legends of Arthur, the Once & Future King
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 3: Spy vs Spy
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 4: Picture This: Lives in Graphic Form
English 302 Studies in Textuality and New Media
English 350H Expository Writing Honors
English 354, Section 1 Creative Writing: Intro to Fiction
English 354, Section 2 Creative Writing: Intro to Poetry
English 355 Creative Writing Fiction
English 356 Creative Writing Poetry
English 358 The Romantic Poets
English 359 Victorian Imagination
English 363 Modern British Drama
English 365 20th Century Literature of Ireland
English 369 Studies in Modern Fiction
English 374 20th Century American Literature
English 376 American Fiction
English 378 American Women Writers
English 381 Professional Writing and Technical Communication II
English 382 Professional Writing and Technical Communication III
English 391C Advanced Software for Professional Writers
English 391GC Video Games and Civic Action
English 391NM Narrative Medicine: How Writing Can Heal
English 412 History of the English Language
English 450 Advanced Expository Writing
English 468 James Joyce
English 491LC Waking Up: Literature, Consciousness, and Politics
English 49LM Literature, Music and the Rules of Engagement: Multi-Ethnic Musical Experiences in the US
English 491Z Poetry of the Political Imagination
English 492D Children’s literature
English 499D Honors Thesis: Foundations and Departures in Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry and Literary Non-fiction.

Students may count English 398 (a graded, 3-credit internship) towards this requirement.


Junior Year Writing:

English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 1: Legends of Arthur, the Once & Future King
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 3: Spy vs Spy
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 4: Picture This: Lives in Graphic Form

Second majors in English are not required to fulfill their junior year writing or integrative experience requirements in English as they will fulfill them in their primary major.


Integrative Experience:

English 494CI Codes, Cyphers, Hackers and Crackers
English 494DI Dystopian Games, Comics, Media
English 494PI Prose and Cons

Second majors in English are not required to fulfill their junior year writing or integrative experience requirements in English as they will fulfill them in their primary major.


Important Notes:

If you wish to apply 1 course toward 2 approved requirements, you must pick up 1 extra 300+ English elective and notify the English Undergraduate Office so that we can make the exception on your ARR. For instance, if you would like to count English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 5 US Literature in a Global Context toward both the American literature before 1865 requirement and also toward Junior Year Writing, you must take one extra 300+ English elective. It can be a writing or literature course.

Dual degree 2nd majors must take junior year writing with us (but are still waived from the Integrative Experience)

We accept no more than three pre-approved transfer, exchange and/or five college courses toward our major requirements.


Contact:

Please contact Celeste (cstuart@english.umass.edu) at the English Undergraduate office if you have any questions about the requirements or to get elective credit for an internship and/or transfer courses pre-approved.