Major in English Literature

Requirements for the English Literature Major

These are the English Literature Major requirements for students who entered UM in Fall 2014 or later. 

1. ONE of the following courses: 3 credits
ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 205, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 213, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 260, ENG 261. (ENG 210 may not be used toward the fulfillment of this requirement.)  
2. FIVE (5) literature courses numbered 300 or above, at least two (2) of which must be numbered 400 or above. These five courses must be distributed as follows: 15 credits
  • Two (2) courses in literature before 1700
  • Two (2) courses in literature between 1700 and 1900
  • One (1) course in literature since 1900
3. FOUR (4) additional English courses other than ENG 106 (i.e., any courses designated ENG and numbered 200 or above). 12 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 30 credits

Departmental Honors in Literature

To enter the program a student must have achieved by the end of the junior year a 3.5 average in English courses and a 3.3 average overall. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the English Literature Major, the candidate for Departmental Honors must:

  1. Take at least three literature courses at the 400-level or higher in fulfilling 
    requirement 2 of the English Literature Major.
  2. Complete a six-credit Senior Thesis. This thesis is a documented essay of about 35 double-spaced typewritten pages on a literary subject. The student undertaking a Senior Thesis normally registers in ENG 497, Special Topics/Independent Study, for the first semester of the project, and in ENG 498, Senior Thesis, for the second semester. The student must receive a grade of B or higher in both courses in order to qualify for honors.6 credits
  3. Over the course of this two-semester sequence, students will be expected to participate in 3-4 workshops addressing different aspects of the writing process for independent research projects.
  4. Receive for the thesis a recommendation for honors by the director of the Senior Thesis and by one other faculty reader from the Department of English.
  5. Achieve an average in the major of at least 3.5, and an overall average 
    of at least 3.3.Total: 36 credits