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Undergraduate Students|Department of English

Major Requirements

Studying English today is just as satisfying, and just as hard, as it ever was. It is also new and different in exciting ways. The study of language, writing, and literature offers new choices and new kinds of connections to the world and to your life.

At Wyoming an English major will study Shakespeare and Chaucer, and much more that has been at the traditional heart of English -- along with newer courses in such subjects as literature in English written in Africa, science fiction films (and their deep psychology and politics), and women writers of many times and places. In any English course the work of understanding and the play of ideas will connect you to much of the rest of the intellectual excitement available in the University, in such areas as art, politics, philosophy, gender studies, religious studies...if you look closely, maybe even agriculture or, believe it or not, math, taught in the English Department!

English courses all require extensive writing, and often re-writing, as students work out their own ideas and sharpen their all-purpose writing skills. Those writing skills are extremely useful, and, in our society today, they are unfortunately rare (and much valued by employers). Students may take courses in creative writing of poetry or fiction or literary non-fiction as well.

The University of Wyoming English Department has many teachers widely recognized for excellence and for the excitement in their classes. They have different interests and points of view. Studying English is a stimulating conversation. We invite you to join us.

Within the framework below, each student should construct, with the help and approval of the adviser, a balanced and coherent program.

Requirements and Credit Hours

  • Lower-division surveys of literature in English (9 credit hours)
    ENGL 2425, 2430, 2435
  • Shakespeare or Renaissance Literature (3 credit hours)
    ENGL 4110, 4120 or 4170
  • 4000-level courses in literature before 1900, in two different periods (6 credit hours)
    ENGL 4140, 4160, 4180, 4190, 4200, 4210, 4220, 4240, 4250, 4260, 4310, 4320, 4360, 4370, 4830 [exclusive of the Shakespeare/Renaissance requirement]
  • Emerging fields and approaches (3 credit hours)
    ENGL 3610, 3710, 4450, 4455, 4460, 4470, 4640, 5360, or 5870
  • Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)
    ENGL 4990
  • Electives (12 credit hours)
    [At least 6 hours must be at the 4000- or 5000-level]

36 Total Credit Hours

English Degree Requirements Checklist

Foreign Language Requirement

In addition, in order to introduce its majors to language, culture, and comparative literature, the English department requires three semesters of a single foreign language. The choice of language should be made in consultation with the student's advisor and in consideration of career plans. For instance, students planning graduate study in literature may wish to choose a relevant modern or classical language. Or, a student in disability studies may substitute American Sign Language or Braille with permission of the assistant chair.

Only those courses in which a grade of "C" or better has been earned may count toward the 36 hours and the 12 hours of foreign language required for the B.A. (the B.S. is not offered).


Concentration in Literary Studies

Students wishing to concentrate in literary studies, including students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in English, should attempt to take the following upper-division courses: a course in Chaucer or in Medieval literature; a Shakespeare course; another course in English literature before 1800 (exclusive of Chaucer and Shakespeare); a course in 19th-Century English literature; two courses in American literature; a course in literature after 1900; the Senior Seminar; a course in emerging fields and approaches.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing in English is required for all majors prior to taking the senior seminar (ENGL 4990). To be eligible for advanced standing in English, the student must have completed 24 hours of English coursework above Writing A, including the 3 required survey courses (ENGL 2425, 2430, 2435). Each course must have been passed with a grade of C or better. Approved transfer courses from other institutions will satisfy the prerequisites for advanced standing. ENGL 4990 should be taken in the next to last semester before graduation.

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