Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
English

Academics

Major

Major in English

English major worksheet

The English department allows students to take a 10-course major, with minimal distribution requirements, or to pursue an 11-course concentration. The major requirements include 10 or more courses in English beyond the 100 level including ENG 290, a section of ENG 401, two other courses at the 300 level or above and two courses that focus on literature written before 1800. The 300- and 400-level courses must be taken at Wheaton.

Major in Creative Writing and Literature

Creative Writing and Literature major worksheet

Students who intend to major in Creative Writing and Literature should meet with the director of the creative writing program during the second semester of their first year. Students must submit a portfolio during the first semester of their junior year. Guidelines are available in the English Department. Please note that all 300-level and 400-level major requirements must be taken at Wheaton.


Major in English with a concentration

The English major with a concentration requires 11 courses. Students fulfill the same requirements as for the basic English major and also choose a five-course concentration, for a total of 11 courses in the major. It is normally desirable that one of the five courses in the concentration be at the 300 level or above. One of the five courses can, with the approval of the department, be taken in a department other than English. In general, if a student wants to count a course that is not specifically listed for a concentration in the catalog, he or she needs to petition the department for approval. Similarly, a student who wants to create a concentration that is not listed below needs to petition the department. Students who want to major in English with a particular concentration should normally apply by the end of the junior year.

The concentrations currently being offered include:

Concentrations

The following are examples of potential concentrations within the English major. A student wishing to create a concentration not listed, or to modify a listed concentration, needs to petition the department for approval.

The concentration in literature, film and race

English Literature, Film and Race major worksheet
The five courses can include such courses as ENG 209, ENG 247, ENG 255, ENG 256, ENG 257, ENG 347.

The concentration in colonial and postcolonial literature

English Colonial and Postcolonial Literature major worksheet
The five courses can include such courses as ENG 235, ENG 244, ENG 245, ENG 246, ENG 247.

The concentration in drama

English Drama major worksheet
The five courses can include such courses as ENG 241, ENG 246, ENG 252, ENG 273, ENG 274, ENG 287, ENG 288, ENG 309, ENG 310, ENG 388.

The concentration in gender

English Gender major worksheet
The five courses can include such courses as ENG 236, ENG 240, ENG 247, ENG 272, , ENG 348, ENG 377.

The concentration in medieval/Renaissance literature

English Medieval/Renaissance Literature major worksheet
The five courses can include such courses as ENG 207, ENG 208, ENG 273, ENG 306, ENG 309, ENG 310, ENG 313.

The concentration in poetry

English Poetry major worksheet
The five courses can include such courses as ENG 208, ENG 232, ENG 240, ENG 260, ENG 283, ENG 313, ENG 326, ENG 341, ENG 383.

The concentration in modern and contemporary culture and media

English Modern and Contemporary Culture and Media major worksheet
The five courses can include such courses as ENG 231, ENG 249, ENG 250, ENG 256, ENG 257, ENG 258, ENG 272, ENG 286, ENG 341, ENG 343, ENG 348, ENG 376.

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