Major in English

The Bachelor of Arts in English requires a minimum of 120 units which includes courses for the major, General Education, all University requirements, and free electives. The English major consists of 42 units. At least 30 units must be upper-division courses. At least 3 units must be a Comparative Studies course, marked with ~. In selecting courses, students are urged to consult a faculty member of the Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics. English 101, a graduation requirement for all students, is not part of the English major but is a prerequisite to further work in English. Students can use the English major academic advisement worksheetPDF File Opens in new window to keep track of classes.

Foundational Courses (9 units)
ENGL 300 Analysis of Literary Forms (3)
ENGL 302 Advanced College Writing for Teachers (3) or ENGL 307 Advanced College Writing in English Studies (3): Students planning to enter the secondary credential program must take 302. English majors must take 307.
ENGL 316 Shakespeare (3)

Survey Courses (at least 6 units)
ENGL 211 British Literature to 1760 (3)
ENGL 212 British Literature from 1760 (3)
ENGL 221 American Literature to Whitman (3)
ENGL 222 American Literature from Twain to the Moderns (3)
CPLT 324~ World Literature to 1650 (3)
CPLT 325~ World Literature since 1650 (3)

Period, Genre and Criticism Courses
(at least 9 units, including at least 3 units from courses prior to 1800, i.e., 423, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456)
ENGL 423 Early American Literature (3)
ENGL/CPLT 450~ Medieval Literature (3)
ENGL 451 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (3)
ENGL 452 Elizabethan Poetry and Prose (3)
ENGL 453 17th- Century Poetry and Prose (3)
ENGL 454 The Drama of the Restoration and the 18th Century (3)
ENGL 455 Restoration and 18th Century Poetry and Prose (3)
ENGL 456 The Development of the English Novel Through Jane Austen (3)
ENGL 457 The Romantic Movement in English Literature (3)
ENGL 458 Victorian Literature (3)
ENGL 459 The Development of the 19th Century English Novel (3)
ENGL 460 19th Century American Fiction (3)
ENGL 462 Modern British and American Novels (3)
ENGL 463 Contemporary Novels in English (3)
ENGL 464 Modern British and American Drama (3)
ENGL 465 Contemporary Drama in English (3)
ENGL 466 Modern British and American Poetry (3)
ENGL 467 Contemporary Poetry in English (3)
ENGL 491 Traditions of English Literary Criticism (3)
ENGL 492 Modern Critical Theory (3)

Major Author Courses (at least 3 units)
ENGL 315 Chaucer (3)
ENGL 317 Milton (3)

Critical Language Studies (at least 3 units)
ENGL 303 Structure of Modern English (3)
ENGL 305 The English Language in America (3)

Electives (at least 12 units)
Any ENGL, CPLT, or LING courses numbered 201 or above, not used to meet other requirements, may be used as an elective. Courses marked with ~ will satisfy the Comparative Studies requirement (3 units of the 42 major units must be a comparative studies course.)