At Wheaton, you have many ways to major in English. Course offerings in composition/rhetoric, literature, theory, film studies, and creative writing work in concert to help you deepen and expand your intellectual and imaginative pursuits.
The Creative Writing and Literature major includes a wide selection of courses in poetry writing, fiction writing, playwriting, creative nonfiction, literature, and performance. Students may undertake advanced work in one genre or multiple genres.
Major in English
The English department allows students to take a 10-course major, with 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. These are minimum requirements and students are strongly encouraged to take courses beyond the minimum. All English (ENG) courses at or above the 200-level may be used to fulfill English Major requirements, including courses on Film, New Media, and Writing Studies. Students may also take Creative Writing (CW) courses for English Major credit.
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:
- Modern and Contemporary Culture and Media
- Colonial/Postcolonial Literature
- Medieval/Renaissance Studies
- Literature, Film and Race
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
The concentration in colonial and postcolonial literature
The concentration in drama
The concentration in gender
The concentration in medieval/Renaissance literature
The concentration in poetry
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 249, ENG 250, ENG 256, ENG 257, ENG 282, ENG 285, ENG 286, ENG 341, ENG 343, ENG 348, ENG 355, ENG 356, ENG 376, FNMS 231, FNMS 258.