Major/Minor

HOW TO DECLARE A MAJOR OR MINOR IN ENGLISH

Students wishing to declare a major or minor in English should obtain an "Academic Program Changes" form. To print off an electronic copy, click on the link here. Hard copies are available from either the Dean's Office in White-Gravenor Hall or the English department office in New North 306. Take the completed form to the Undergraduate Studies Office (New North 414), during the office hours listed below.

There the "Academic Program Changes" form will be signed, and students will be assigned an adviser. Advisers make sure students understand the Major requirements, help design a course of study, and ensure students are on track toward completing their Major requirements. Advisers also approve pre-registrations in November and April.

During Fall 2016, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Christine So will hold office hours at the following time:

Tuesday: 12:00pm-3:00pm

During Fall 2016, the Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies is available for students declaring majors at the following times:

Monday: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday: 4:00-6:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Majors who have specific questions about the completion of their major requirements (i.e. transfer credits from other institutions, registration, or major requirements, etc.) should contact Professor Christine So to schedule an appointment.

THE MAJOR

English Majors must complete the following ten courses:


Foundation Courses
  • One Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies course (ENGL 090)
  • One Literary History I course (ENGL 091)
  • One Literary History II course (ENGL 092)

Remember, Foundation Courses do not fulfill the HUMW 011 requirement.


Electives
  • Two Level I Electives (ENGL 100 - 299)

Prerequisite: HUMW 011 or one of its equivalents (HUMW 099, the Liberal Arts Seminar, or 3 hrs of AP credit).

  • Two Level II Electives (ENGL 300 - 459)

Prerequisite: ENGL 090 AND either ENGL 091 or 092.

  • Two English Electives (Levels I and/or II)

Seminar
  • One Senior Seminar (ENGL 460 - 497) 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

At least one of the six electives (either Level I or Level II) or the Senior Seminar must be focused on literature written before the nineteenth century (ENGL 100-139, ENGL 304-349, ENGL 461-469).

Foundation Courses should be taken as early in one’s career as a major as possible. The Senior Seminar should be taken in one’s senior year.

THE MINOR

English Minors must complete the following six courses (please note that four out of the six courses must be ENGL courses taken at Georgetown):


TWO Foundation Courses
  • One Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies (ENGL 090) AND
  • One Literary History I (ENGL 091) OR 1 Literary History II (ENGL 092)

Remember, Foundation Courses do not fulfill the HUMW 011 requirement.


FOUR Electives

Any four electives from the following categories:

  • Level I Electives (ENGL 100 - 299)

Prerequisite: HUMW 011 or one of its equivalents (HUMW 099, the Liberal Arts Seminar, or 3 hrs of AP credit).

  • Level II Electives (ENGL 300 - 459)

Prerequisite: ENGL 090 AND either ENGL 091 or 092.

  • Senior Seminar (ENGL 460 - 497)

Senior Seminars are reserved for senior English majors; others may add with permission of instructor.