Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs in English

The Department of English offers undergraduate programs to fit the needs of students with a diverse set of interests. These programs are listed below. Click the links to learn more about individual programs.

  • BA in English (the English major)
  • Several minor options including
    • English Minor
    • Creative Writing Minor
    • Film Studies Minor
    • Linguistics Minor
  • Certificates including
    • Business and Technical Communication Certificate
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

For additional information about the Department of English's programs of study, please contact

Affiliated minors

In addition to the programs above, English faculty also contribute to several interdisciplinary minors administered through the College of Arts and Sciences. These include:

A minor in Great Books requires four Great Books seminars and four Great Books electives. Great Books seminars are discussion-based, and most fulfill the humanities Foundations and writing intensive requirements. Great Books classes feel like eighteenth-century salons, in which the big ideas of human nature and culture are identified, discussed, and debated. Our courses are a good fit for many humanities and science majors, but particularly for English majors. We emphasize close reading, and provide a broad intellectual foundation for the texts you read in English courses. 

Why is Great Books such a perfect minor for English majors? Because not all great books are written in English, and not all great books are fiction or poetry. Great books are written in many languages and encompass many overlapping disciplines: Literature, History, Philosophy, Classics, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Biology, Physics, and more. Great Books is the one truly multi and interdisciplinary program on campus, drawing from diverse fields, cultures, faculty, and texts. 

A Great Books minor will teach you to think critically, to think on your feet while grounding you in the important ideas that have shaped the world in which we live. It will teach you to think independently and collectively. It will prepare you for an increasingly difficult and complex world.

Ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary program that uses cross-cultural comparative methods to explore the diverse histories and cultures of ethnic groups in the US to examine the formation of identities and societies in local, national, and global contexts, and to analyze the social, cultural, and political sources of bias and discrimination.

The International Studies minor provide students at all levels with the opportunity to become more familiar with the social, political, cultural, and economic issues of importance in our increasingly globalized society.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary forum for the study of European culture from the time of the late Roman Empire to the end of the Reformation (c.300-1650 CE).

Women's Studies is a discipline that draws on a variety of academic perspectives to research and study women's experiences in the United States and around the world.