Major/Minor

HOW TO DECLARE A MAJOR OR MINOR IN ENGLISH

Students wishing to declare a major or minor in English should obtain a "Declaration of Major" form from the Dean's Office and take it to the Undergraduate Studies Office (New North 334), during the office hours listed below.

There, the "Declaration of Major" form will be signed, and students will be assigned an adviser. Advisers make sure students understand the Major requirements and help students design a course of study that satisfies both the student's personal interests and requirements. Advisers also approve pre-registrations in November and April. 

During Spring 2015, the Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies is available for students declaring majors at the following times:

Monday: 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm

Majors who have specific questions about the completion of their major requirements (i.e. transfer credits from previous institutions, registration problems, gateway or period 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 Capstone Seminar (ENGL 460 - 497) 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

At least one of the six electives (either Level I or Level II) must be focused on literature written before the nineteenth century (ENGL_100 - 149; 300 - 349; 461 - 469).

Foundation Courses should be taken as early in one’s career as a major as possible. The Capstone 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.

  • Capstone Seminar (ENGL 460 - 497)

Capstone seminars are reserved for senior English majors; others may add with permission of instructor.

TRANSFER CREDIT & STUDY ABROAD
TRANSFER CREDIT FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS AND PROGRAMS

This page contains information for transfer students, students who have studied abroad, and students interested in taking a course through the Washington Consortium of Universities.

Students may petition for up to four courses taken outside of Georgetown to count toward the English major. Courses taken at other institutions but not as part of a study abroad program (i.e., summer courses at other universities, courses taken before attending Georgetown, or courses taken while on leave from Georgetown) will be deducted from the four allowed for overseas study.

Typically, Foundation Courses must be taken in the English Department. In extraordinary cases, transfer credits for Level I equivalents will be adjudicated by the Director of Undergraduate Studies individually for each student. All other transfer credits for the Major will also determined through the DUS's office.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer credits from other institutions in the United States are evaluated by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Samantha Pinto. Students should meet with Professor So and bring all relevant course materials (including course descriptions and syllabi) so that the director can determine whether a given course is comparable in subject matter and work load to courses offered at Georgetown. 

To have English courses from other institutions counted towards their General Education Requirements in English, transfer students will need to make arrangements with their Deans' office.

STUDY ABROAD

The Department of English understands and endorses the desire of some of its majors to study abroad, and believes that such study can expand their appreciation of their discipline, and of the values, attitudes and assumptions which inform it. Subject to a review by a member of the department's Study Abroad Committee, the department allows two courses per semester (to a maximum of four for students studying abroad for a full academic year) to count toward the major, provided that the courses are concerned with texts inscribed or translated, taught in English, and taken at English, Irish or Anglo-phone colleges and universities. The Department expects that Georgetown students will transfer second and third year courses only.

Transfer credits from foreign institutions are evaluated by our study abroad advisors, who are listed below. Students are directed to submit the syllabus for each course they wish to count toward the major, as well as any papers they have written in these courses, to assist in the advisor's evaluation.

English professors who can approve study abroad proposals and evaluate transfer credits from foreign institutions are:

Michael Collins

John Hirsh

Christine So

Please contact one of them in order schedule an appointment.

If you are going abroad and are also interested in applying to the the Honors Program or the AB/MA Program, visit the program page before you leave so that you are aware of the deadlines and application procedures for these programs.

SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

English majors may be interested in the Shakespeare in Performance Program, offered by the Department of English and the Office of International Programs. For more information, please see London & Stratford-upon-Avon.

WASHINGTON CONSORTIUM OF UNIVERSITIES

Students are invited to take advantage of the course offerings at the many highly-regarded institutions in the Washington, D.C., area. Please consult the Registrar's website for additional information.