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English Major

Africana Literatures Minor


The Africana Literature track leading to the BA in English provides students with a solid grounding in English and modern language skills with a focus on the cultural production of African Americans and other writers of the African Diaspora; textual interpretation and writing; American, British, and World literatures; and critical tools and theoretical perspectives. The track provides a balance between traditional literature surveys and period courses and courses in which the organizing principle is generic, thematic, or theoretical. This track provides a balance between traditional literature surveys and courses in which the organizing principle is generic, thematic, or theoretical. 


30 credits (10 classes) of required ENGL courses:

  • ENGL 236 Introduction to Literature (3)
  • ENGL 301 British Literature I (3)
  • ENGL 302 British Literature II (3)
  • ENGL 316 American Literature I (3)
  • ENGL 317 American Literature II (3)
  • ENGL 324 African-American Literature I (3)
  • ENGL 325 African-American Literature II (3)
  • ENGL 437 History of Literary Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 438 Seminar for Majors (3)


One Linguistics course chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 210 Introduction to English Grammar (3)
  • ENGL 345 Introduction to General Linguistics I (3)
  • ENGL 445 Advanced Grammar (3)
  • ENGL446 History of the English Language (3)


12 credits (4 classes) in another modern language, currently being offered as either French or Spanish.


The remaining 18 credits (7 classes) in ENGL courses will be chosen from a wide and compelling array of courses by the student according to his or her area of specialization in close consultation with his or her advisor.

Here are some of the other English Electives you can take (this list is not exhaustive):

  • ENGL 207 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 211 Literatures of the World
  • ENGL 213 Cinema of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • ENGL 250 Introduction to Film
  • ENGL 253 Studies in Popular Culture
  • ENGL 254 Queer Cultural Studies
  • ENGL 257 Creative Writing II: Fiction
  • ENGL 258 Creative Writing II: Poetry
  • ENGL 259: Creative Writing II: Drama
  • ENGL 260: Creative Writing II: Non-Fiction Prose
  • ENGL 283: Cultural Analysis of Popular Songs and Artists
  • ENGL 326: Literature of the Caribbean
  • ENGL 333: Graphic Novels
  • ENGL 337: Literature for Adolescents
  • ENGL 353: Special Topics in Women’s Studies
  • ENGL 361: Technical & Report Writing
  • ENGL 362: Technical Writing for Computer Science
  • ENGL 408: Shakespeare and Film/New Media
  • ENGL 425: Seminar in African-American Literature
  • ENGL 455: Advanced Creative Writing I
  • ENGL 456: Advanced Creative Writing II
  • ENGL 464: Document Design and Desktop Publishing
  • ENGL 466: Technical Editing
  • ENGL 470: Methods of Teaching English
  • ENGL 498: Teaching A Second Language


There are an additional 15 credits (6 classes) available for students outside of the General Education electives that allow students even more flexibility to choose any classes for which they are eligible. These elective courses may be chosen from English and Modern Languages courses (for study abroad and internship courses, for example, in addition to the regular slate of courses) or students may choose courses outside the discipline of English that would enhance their curricular portfolio.