English Major (B.A.)

https://cola.unh.edu/english/program/ba/english

Our general English major has two objectives: provide our students with a common core of literary experience and expertise, and offer them opportunity to shape a course of study suited to their personal interests. By offering flexible requirements, we encourage students to devise a path through coursework that has an intelligent rationale. If students have a special interest in writing, for example, they can take the minimum number of literature courses (five) and complete the major by taking offerings in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry writing; if students' interests are in literary studies, they can focus on offerings in that arena; or they can match up courses from different arenas in the department (say, literature and writing courses focused on poetry). All the undergraduate courses we offer in the English department are open to English majors so students can sample a range of courses in literature, linguistics, creative or nonfiction writing, and English teaching, according to how particular interests may change and grow. 

The guiding principle of the general English major, then, is that it is open and liberal by design. It allows students to sample a variety of courses in order to study the operation of language from many perspectives. 

Major Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits of with a minimum grade of C-.
  2. The required minimum overall GPA is 2.0.
  3. ENGL 401, 415s, "Literature and..." courses, 444s, ENGL 620 and ENGL 788 may not be used to satisfy major requirements.
  4. A total of six courses must be numbered 600 and above.
  5. One major-required course may be used to satisfy one Discovery category requirement.
  6. Only one online course may count toward major requirements.
  7. Special Topics in Literature courses (e.g. ENGL 693, 787, 797) may be used to satisfy Pre-1800 or Post-1800 and/or Race Requirement areas if the designated topic is appropriate. 
  8. Capstone must be completed with a minimum grade of C. May not be double-counted toward major requirements. Submit a Capstone Declaration form indicating the English course to be taken at the time of registration.

Required
ENGL 419How to Read Anything (Minimum grade of C)4
Select two courses from the following:8
500-level Courses
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Professional and Technical Writing
Persuasive Writing
Introduction to the Digital Humanities
Major Writers in English
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
American Literature I Conquest and Nation: First Contact to the Civil War
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
Black Creative Expression
Bible as Literature
Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Nature Writers
Introduction to Fiction Writing
Introduction to Poetry Writing
Introduction to Film Studies
21st Century Journalism: How the News Works
In the Groove: African American Music as Literature
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race
Science Fiction
Crime and Espionage
Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture
Sex and Sensibility: The Rise of Chick Lit
Reading the Postcolonial Experience
Introduction to Women in Literature
Introduction to Women in Literature
Literary Topics
Select two courses from the following:8
Pre-1800 Literature Courses
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
Shakespeare
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
Early American Literature: Colonialism, Revolution, Nation
Medieval Romance
Old English
Chaucer
Advanced Shakespeare
Advanced Shakespeare
Milton
Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th Century
Literature of the Later 18th Century
Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries: Will and Company
English Novel of the Eighteenth Century
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
Select two courses from the following:8
Post-1800 Literature Courses
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
Literature and the Environment
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
Contemporary African Literature
African American Literature
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
Contemporary American Literature
Major American Authors
Studies in American Poetry
Victorian Love Poetry
Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
Modern Irish Literature: A Changing Landscape
The English Novel in the World
Modern and Contemporary Drama
English Novel of the 19th Century
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories) (if topic is appropriate)
Select one course from the following:4
Race, the Construction of Race, and Racial Theory Courses
On Race in Culture and Society
On Race and Culture in Society
Black Creative Expression
In the Groove: African American Music as Literature
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race
Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture
Introduction to Women in Literature
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
African American Literature
Special Topics in Literature (subtopic R)
Special Topics in Literature
Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
Major American Authors
Advanced Shakespeare
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
Race and Gender in Film and Popular Culture
English Major Seminar
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories)
Select one additional 500-, 600-, or 700- level ENGL course4
Capstone (one 700-level ENGL course)4

Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill these requirements.

If you're interested in majoring in English please contact Carla Cannizzaro, academic/career counselor, Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313.

Undergraduate students in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire have many options as they advance to degree. They can choose to complete a general English major or opt to follow one of several specialized tracks: English Literature, Journalism, English Teaching, and Linguistics. I. All undergraduate English majors acquire the same core skills. These include:

  • Proficiency in analytical writing, critical thinking, and public-speaking.
  • Knowledge of important literary genres and subgenres
  • Fluency in literary terminology,
  • A broad understanding of British-and-American literature, from the medieval period in England and the moment of first contact in America to the present day.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing an analytical essay that offers a sophisticated close-reading or explication of a literary text. This essay will have a clear thesis and proceed in a logical fashion, with interpretive claims supported by evidence from the text.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in literary research and in writing an extended thesis-driven research paper in which sources are correctly and responsibly cited.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to read across the color line in the US and /or how to analyze literary works written in English from outside the UK and the US--from India, Africa, and the Caribbean, for example.