Honors Major

Majors in English who seek a degree with Honors will, in the spring of their sophomore year, propose for external examination a program consisting of four fields: three in English and one in a minor.

The three preparations in the major (constituting six units of credit) will be constituted as follows:

  • all three preparations will normally be done through seminars (if approved by the Department, one preparation may be a thesis or creative writing project);
  • the program must include at least one Group I and one Group II seminar.

Students may also take Romanticism courses for a two-course honors preparation.

Honors majors, as part of their overall work in the department, must meet the general major requirement of 9 credits in English Literature, including three units of credit in literature written before 1830 and three units of credit in literature written after 1830. First-year seminars, creative writing, and journalism classes DO NOT count as pre- or post-1830 classes. The Honors Program requirements are described in detail in the handout, Department of English Literature--Part II: Honors Program.

Honors Minor

Minors must do a single, two-credit preparation in the department, normally by means of a seminar (or under special circumstances, a creative writing project); the thesis option is only available to majors.

Minors are required to do a total of at least five units of work in English (including their Honors preparation), with at least one pre- and one post-1830 credit. First-year seminars, creative writing and journalism classes DO NOT count as pre- or post-1830 classes. For further details, see the handout, Department of English Literature--Part II: Honors Program.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Students interested in pursuing Honors within a faculty-approved interdisciplinary major, program, or concentration that draws on advanced English courses or seminars should see the Chair for early help in planning their programs.