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Lottery procedures for courses

English literature courses with large enrollments may be lotteried, at the discretion of the professor.

For courses which must be lotteried, lotteries are conducted on the basis of pre-enrollment class lists, and results are published outside the English Department office (LPAC 202). Students who are lotteried out of classes who wish to sign up on waiting lists should contact the individual instructors of the classes.

Students lotteried out may then sign up for any available spaces in other English courses before the College Registration. A list of available spaces will be posted on the department bulletin board. You must go to Registration for final approval.

The English Department has 8 different sorts of courses, described below.

First Year Seminars

These are numbered 008 and 009A, B, C, etc. They are restricted to 12 first year students.

Core Courses

Core Courses are especially recommended for first- and second-year students, but are open to all. The only prerequisite is a W course from any department on campus. Students are welcome to take more than one Core Course.

Advanced Literature Courses

These are numbered 010 through 096. If courses have to be lotteried, priority is given first to senior and junior English majors, then to non-majors by class from seniors down to freshmen. Occasionally for film courses, previous work in film is also considered.

Creative Writing Courses

These are numbered 070A, B, C, etc. For the introductory workshops, students must submit manuscripts to be considered for a place. (Exception: Course 070F Journalism Workshop does not require a manuscript submission.) Results are posted outside the English Department office (LPAC 202). Manuscripts must also be submitted for the Advanced Poetry Workshop and the Directed Creative Writing Project; students in these courses normally will have completed an earlier workshop. All of these workshops are limited to 12. Students may normally only take one workshop at a time. Some Creative Writing Courses (070D, 070E and 070G) do not require manuscript submission. These courses are limited to 15, and priority is given as in other advanced literature courses under #3 above. English 070D, E, G, and similar courses require an English Literature prerequisite; English 070A, B, C, and F do not.


These are indicated in the Catalogue. Enrollment is limited to 15-18, depending on the circumstances. Priority is given to senior and junior majors, then to non-majors by class from seniors down to freshmen. The amount of work done previously in English is also taken into account.

Honors Seminars

Seminar enrollments are coordinated by the Department Chair. Enrollment is limited to 10 and all enrollees require permission of the Chair. Students must have at least 2 units of work in literature courses (normally an introductory course and an advanced literature course) before being considered for a seminar. For oversubscribed seminars, priority will normally be given to Honors Majors and Minors. For a fuller description of the seminars, and the considerations used in admitting students to seminars, see the Department handouts.

Independent Study, Thesis, Senior Culminating Essay, etc.

These specialized courses are numbered 097-099. Students should consult with the Chair before signing up for one of these.


English 001G and English 002A are normally limited to 15 per  section.  English 001F is normally limited to 12 per section.  English 003A and English 001D are by permission of instructor. English 001C is filled with students who have already been accepted as Writing Associates.  None of these courses counts toward the major; however, 001C, 001F, 001G and 002A are counted as Humanities writing courses. 


  • English 014 (cross-listed as Linguistics 014) may be taken without the usual English introductory prerequisite course; however, they may not serve in the place of a prerequisite for other advanced courses.
  • First Year Seminars, English 009A through Z, and English 070A through Z courses may not be counted as part of the pre- or post-1830 requirement.