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English Major Requirements


Requirements for the English Major for students entering WVU in fall 2010 and later: 36 hours

  • Foundations of Literary Study
    (3 hours) ENGL 200
  • Historical Breadth
    (9 hours) Three courses from among
    ENGL 241
    ENGL 242
    ENGL 261
    ENGL 262
  • Gender/Multicultural/Transnational
    (3 hours) One course from among
    ENGL 226
    ENGL 254
    ENGL 255
    ENGL 285
    ENGL 354
    ENGL 355
    ENGL 356
    ENGL 374
    ENGL 385
    ENGL 386
    ENGL 387
  • English Language
    (3 hours)
    ENGL 221
    ENGL 321
    ENGL 323
  • Study of a Major Author
    (3 hours) One course from among
    ENGL 263
    ENGL 337
    ENGL 361
    ENGL 363
    ENGL 365
  • Methods
    (3 hours) One course from among
    ENGL 301
    ENGL 309
    ENGL 318
    ENGL 338
    ENGL 382
    ENGL 383
    ENGL 384
  • Electives
    (9 hours) 9 hours at 200-400 levels,
    6 hours of which must be at the 300 or 400-level, excluding ENGL 491
  • Department Capstone Course
    (3 hours)
    ENGL 418
    ENGL 491A
    ENGL 496
Course Descriptions

Requirements for the English Major for students entering WVU prior to fall 2010: 33 hours

Note: Students who entered WVU prior to fall 2010 may choose to meet the new major requirements (for students entering fall 2010 and later) if they wish.

  • American and British Literature Surveys
    (12 hours)
    ENGL 241
    ENGL 242
    ENGL 261
    ENGL 262
  • English Language
    (3 hours)
    ENGL 221
    ENGL 321
    ENGL 323
  • Shakespeare
    (3 hours) ENGL 263 or ENGL 363
  • Electives
    (12 hours) 12 hours of ENGL courses at 200-400 levels,
    6 hours of which must be at the 300 or 400-level, excluding ENGL 491
  • Department Capstone Course
    (3 hours) ENGL 418, ENGL 491A, ENGL 496
Course Descriptions

Miscellaneous Requirements

Credit Maximum
No more than 42 credit hours in ENGL may be applied to the 128 hours required for graduation. ENGL 101, 102, 103, and 199 are excluded from the 42-hour maximum. English majors registered for the creative writing or professional writing and editing concentration may count up to 60 hours of English courses toward the 128 hours required for the BA degree.

Excluded Courses
The following courses do not count toward the English major requirements: ENGL 131, 132, 139, 154, and 156. (Note: these courses do, however, count toward the 42-hour ENGL credit maximum.)

Grade Minimum
English majors must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses counted toward the major.

“W” Courses
All University students, regardless of major, must take a writing-intensive course after completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103. English majors are strongly encouraged to fulfill their “W” requirement by taking an English “W” 300-level course. Such a course will simultaneously satisfy the “W” requirement and one of the 300-level elective course requirements for the major. “W” courses are identified in the Schedule of Courses by a W01, W02, etc. section designation.

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair