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English Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2016 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • Transfer students may apply up to 9 credits (three courses) of certain approved 200-level courses toward this major. For students transferring 300- and 400-level courses, at least 18 credits in this major must be taken at UB.
  • Read the course descriptions.

General Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General Education requirements for all new students entering UB in fall 2016 and after.

English Program Requirements 
(42 credits)

Core Courses (24 credits)

Choose one:

  • Shakespeare: Kings, Knaves & Fools (ENGL 364)
  • Shakespeare: Love, Myth & Metamorphosis (ENGL 365)

Choose one:

  • The Archaeology of Language (ENGL 392)
  • Understanding Narrative (ENGL 395)

Specializations (18 credits)

Complete one of the following English specializations:

LITERATURE SPECIALIZATION (18 credits)

PROFESSIONAL WRITING SPECIALIZATION
(18 credits)

Required:

  • Computer Graphics: Publishing (CMAT 211)
  • Writing, Editing & Publishing (ENGL 323)
  • Syntax, Semantics & Style (ENGL 390)
  • Copyediting & Document Design (ENGL 402)

Choose two:

  • Techniques of Popularization (ENGL 322)
  • Introduction to Journalism (ENGL 325)
  • Legal Rhetoric & Writing (ENGL 330)
  • Writing for Digital Media (ENGL 326)
  • Public Relations Writing (ENGL 324)
  • Argument & Persuasion (ENGL 321)
  • Internship in Professional Writing (ENGL 407) OR Internship in University Publications (ENGL 408)

CREATIVE WRITING SPECIALIZATION (18 credits)

APPLIED RHETORIC SPECIALIZATION (18 credits)

Required:

  • The Rhetoric of Digital Communication (CMAT 342)

Choose one:

  • The Archaeology of Language (ENGL 392)
  • Understanding Narrative (ENGL 395)

Choose two:

  • Argument & Persuasion (ENGL 321)
  • Legal Writing & Rhetoric (ENGL 330)
  • Literature & Law (ENGL 356)
  • Literature in Society (ENGL 400)

Choose two:

  • Media Literacy (CMAT 352)
  • Mass Media & Society (CMAT 371)
  • Popular Genres (ENGL 331)
  • Media Genres (ENGL 333)

General Electives

  • First Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning (IDIS 101)
    freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement, including this recommended elective:

  • The Experience of Literature (ENGL 200), or another 200-level literature course

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing one of the following:

  • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)
  • Seminar in English: The Modern Tradition (ENGL 498)

  • Period & Context Courses

    • Wells of the Past: Classical Foundations (ENGL 311)
    • American Literature to 1900 (ENGL 341)
    • Melville, Poe & Whitman: American Voyagers (ENGL 342)
    • American Literature Since 1900 (ENGL 344)
    • The American Dream (ENGL 346)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360)
    • The Hero & the Quest (ENGL 361)
    • Dante, Chaucer & Cervantes: Three Versions of Pilgrimage (ENGL 362)
    • Milton, Blake & Yeats: Poet as Prophet (ENGL 366)
    • Austen, the Brontes & Woolf: Rooms of Their Own (ENGL 374)
    • Literature in Society (ENGL 400)
    • The Elizabethan Renaissance: In the Green World (ENGL 421)
    • The Metaphysical Moment: From T.S. Eliot to John Donne (ENGL 431)
    • The Age of Reason (ENGL 432)
    • The Romantic Imagination (ENGL 441)
    • The Victorian Paradox (ENGL 442)
    • The Great Moderns (ENGL 450)
  • British Literature Courses

    • Tolkien: Master of Fantasy (ENGL 358)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
    • Shakespeare: Kings, Knaves & Fools (ENGL 364)
    • Shakespeare: Love, Myth & Metamorphosis (ENGL 365)
    • Milton, Blake & Yeats: Poet as Prophet (ENGL 366)
    • Austen, the Brontes & Woolf: Rooms of Their Own (ENGL 374)
    • The Elizabethan Renaissance: In the Green World (ENGL 421)
    • The Metaphysical Moment: From T.S. Eliot to John Donne (ENGL 431)
    • The Age of Reason (ENGL 432)
    • The Romantic Imagination (ENGL 441)
    • The Victorian Paradox (ENGL 442)
    • The Great Moderns (ENGL 450)
    • Topics in Literature (ENGL 497, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
  • American Literature Courses

    • Modern Drama (ENGL 338)
    • American Literature to 1900 (ENGL 341)
    • Melville, Poe & Whitman: American Voyagers (ENGL 342)
    • American Literature Since 1900 (ENGL 344)
    • The American Dream (ENGL 346)
    • Multiethnic American Literature (ENGL 348)
    • American Identities: Explorations in the Past & Present (ENGL 349)
    • Topics in African-American Literature (ENGL 350)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
    • Topics in Literature (ENGL 497, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
  • Multiethnic/Women's Literature Courses

    • Worlds Beyond the West (ENGL 313)
    • Topics in International Literature (ENGL 319)
    • Multiethnic American Literature (ENGL 348)
    • American Identities: Explorations in the Past & Present (ENGL 349)
    • Topics in African-American Literature (ENGL 350)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
    • Women's Literary History (ENGL 371)
    • Topics in Women's Literature (ENGL 372)
    • Austen, the Brontes & Woolf: Rooms of Their Own (ENGL 374)
    • Literature in Society (ENGL 400)
    • Topics in Literature (ENGL 497, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
  • Workshop Courses

    • Creative Writing Workshop: Memoir (ENGL 387)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Creative Journalism (ENGL 386)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry (ENGL 382)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction (ENGL 383)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Playwriting (ENGL 385)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Screenwriting (ENGL 384/CMAT 363)
    • Creative Writing: Special Topics (ENGL 388)
  • Genre Courses

    • The Short Story (ENGL 315)
    • Modern Poetry (ENGL 316)
    • The Novel (ENGL 317)
    • Contemporary Literature (ENGL 320)
    • Literature & Film (ENGL 332)
    • Modern Drama (ENGL 338)
as of fall 2014