English Major with Concentration in Women's Literature


As of Fall 2023, the concentration in Women's Literature has been discontinued. Students who entered UM prior to Fall 2023 may continue in the major concentration through graduation, but the concentration is no longer available to students entering UM after Fall 2023.

Students considering this concentration may want to take a special Women's Studies section of ENG 106 in the freshman year. Requirements for the Women's Literature Concentration are as follows:

1. ENG 215 3 credits
2. FOUR (4) literature courses numbered 300 or above, at least two (2) of which must be numbered 400 or above, distributed as follows: 12 credits
  • Two (2) courses in literature before 1700 and
  • Two (2) courses in literature between 1700 and 1900
3. FIVE (5) additional English courses other than ENG 106 (i.e., any courses designated ENG and numbered 200 or above). 15 credits
4. Three (3) of the courses in 2 and 3, above, must be chosen from the following:  
  • ENG 372, ENG 373, ENG 374, ENG 490, ENG 494, or any English course numbered 200 or higher (other than ENG 215) that is combined with a course offered by Women's and Gender Studies.
  TOTAL CREDITS: 30 credits


Departmental Honors in Women's 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 Women's Literature Concentration, the candidate for Departmental Honors must:

  1. Take at least three literature courses at the 400-level or higher in fulfilling requirements 2 and 3 of the Women's Literature Concentration.
  2. Complete a six-credit Senior Thesis. This thesis is a documented essay of about 10,000 words on a literary subject. The student undertaking a Senior Thesis normally registers in ENG 497, Senior Thesis I, for the first semester of the project, and in ENG 498, Senior Thesis II, 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. 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.
  4. Achieve an average in the major of at least 3.5, and an overall average of at least 3.3.Total: 36 credits