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English Courses by Requirement


Fall 2022


English 200 Intensive Literary Studies Seminar:

English 200, Section 1
English 200, Section 2
English 200, Section 3
English 200, Section 4
English 200, Section 5


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

English 201 Early British Literature

English 221 Shakespeare
English 313 Intro to Old English Poetry


Later Survey Requirement (total 2 courses)

Two courses total: One course each in two of the following categories:
1.    British Literature and Culture after 1700
2.    American Literature and Culture before 1865
3.    American Literature and Culture after 1865

English 202 Later British Literature (category 1)
English 268 American Literature and Culture before 1865 (category 2)
English 269 American Literature and Culture after 1865 (category 3)
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 1: Suffering and Subjectivity in African American literature (category 3)
English 300 Junior Year Writing: Section 2: Resistance and Revolution in 20th and 21st Century Amer Poetry (category 3)
English 358 The Romantic Poets (category 1)
English 359 Victorian Imagination (category 1)
English 362 The Modern Novel: contemporary Arab American fiction (category 3)
English 378 American Women Writers (category 3)
English 470 Individual English Authors: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group (category 1)
English 491U Putting the Black in the Union Jack: Black British Writing (category 1) 


 

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

English 205 Intro to Post-Colonial Studies
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 1: Suffering and Subjectivity in African American literature
English 300 Junior Year Writing: Section 2: Resistance and Revolution in 20th and 21st Century Amer Poetry 
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 4: Caribbean Family Sagas

English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 5: Music and the Irish Novel
English 362 Modern Novel 1945-Present: Contemporary Arab American fiction
English 365 Literature of Ireland
English 491SA AMANDLA! S. African literature & politics, Apartheid and Post-Apartheid


200-400+ English electives:

English 201 Early British Literature
English 202 Later British Literature
English 205 Intro to Post-Colonial Studies
English 221 Shakespeare
English 254 Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature (Sections 1-3)
English 268 American Literature and Culture before 1865
English 269 American Literature and Culture after 1865 
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 1: Literature and Climate
English 300 Junior Year Writing: Section 2: Race and Rhetoric 
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 3: Writing Human Rights
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 4: Music and the Irish Novel
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 5: Literatures of Conflict
English 313 Intro to Old English Poetry
English 317 (Dis)ability and Literature
English 319 Representing the Holocaust
English 329H Tutoring Writing:  Theory and Practice Honors
English 350H Expository Writing Honors
English 354, Section 1 Creative Writing: Intro to Fiction
English 354, Section 2 Creative Writing: Intro to Poetry
English 354, Section 3 Creative Writing: Mixed Genre (Sections 3-4)
English 355 Creative Writing Fiction (Sections 1-2)
English 358 The Romantic Poets 
English 359 Victorian Imagination
English 362 Modern Novel 1945-Present: Contemporary Arab American Fiction
English 365 The Literature of Ireland
English 378 American Women Writers
English 379 Intro to Professional Writing (Sections 1-2)
English 380 Professional Writing and Technical Communication
English 386 Studies in Writing and Culture
English 391NM Narrative Medicine: How Writing Can Heal
English 391D Writing and Emerging Technologies
English 397GS Introduction to Video Game Studies
English 470 Individual English Authors: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group
 English 491E Literature & Education
English 491SA AMANDLA! S. African literature & politics, Apartheid and Post-Apartheid
English 491U Putting the Black in the Union Jack: Black British Writing (category 1) 
English 497V Introduction to Visual Storytelling
English 499C 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: Suffering and Subjectivity in African American literature
English 300 Junior Year Writing: Section 2: Resistance and Revolution in 20th and 21st Century Amer Poetry 
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 4: Caribbean Family Sagas

English 300H Junior Year Writing Honors Section 5: Music and the Irish Novel

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 494EI Writing, Identity & English Studies
English 494MI Virtual Medieval: Fictions and Fantasies of the Middle Ages
English 494SI Literature and Social Justice

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 (cstoddard@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.