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Undergraduate

English Courses by Requirement


Spring 2021


English 200 Intensive Literary Studies Seminar:

English 200, Section 1
English 200, Section 3
English 200, Section 4


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

English 201 Early British Literature and  Culture
English 221 Shakespeare 
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 8: Arthurian Legends
English 343 English Epic Tradition
English 412 History of the English Language


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 268 American Literature and Culture Before 1865 (category 2)
English 269 American Literature and Culture After 1865 (category 3)
English 272 American Romanticism (category 2)
English 368 Modern American Drama (category 3)
English 469 Victorian Monstrosity (category 1)


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

English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 7: Race and Rhetoric
English 341 Autobiography Studies
English 365 20th Century Literature of Ireland
English 372H Caribbean Literature Honors
English 468 James Joyce
English 491LM Literature, Music and the Rules of Engagement: Multi-Ethnic Musical Experiences in the US
English 491SA Amandla!  S. African Literature & Politics. Apartheid and Post-Apartheid
English 491Z Poetry of the Political Imagination


200-400+ English electives:

English 201 Early British Literature and  Culture
English 203 Bible/Myth/Literature/Society
English 221 Shakespeare
English 254 Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature (4 sections)
English 268 American Literature and Culture before 1865
English 269 American Literature and Culture after 1865
English 272 American Romanticism
English 298H Teaching in the Writing Center
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 1: Literary Resistance and Global Politics
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 4: Writing Human Rights
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 7: Race and Rhetoric
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 8: Arthurian Legends
English 315 Speculative Fiction
English 341 Autobiography Studies
English 343 English Epic Tradition
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 (2 sections)
English 365 20th Century Literature of Ireland
English 366 Modern Poetry
English 368 Modern American Drama
English 372H Caribbean Literature Honors
English 381 Professional Writing and Technical Communication II
English 382 Professional Writing and Technical Communication III
English 391C Advanced Software for Professional Writers (2 sections)
English 391NM Narrative Medicine: How Writing Can Heal
English 397GS Introduction to Video Game Studies
English 412 History of the English Language
English 468 James Joyce
English 469 Victorian Imagination
English 49LM Literature, Music and the Rules of Engagement: Multi-Ethnic Musical Experiences in the US
English 491SA Amandla!  S. African Literature & Politics. Apartheid and Post-Apartheid
English 491Z Poetry of the Political Imagination
English 492N Nature, Climate Change and Literature
English 497T Teaching Writing in the 21st Century
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: Literary Resistance and Global Politics
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 4: Writing Human Rights
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 7: Race and Rhetoric
English 300 Junior Year Writing, Section 8: Arthurian Legends

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 494FI Philosophizing Your Future
English 494JI Going to Jail: Incarceration in US Literature

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.