I was already an English B.A. major before this year; do I have to switch over to the revised program?
No. If you were an English major before Fall 2009, you can continue on under the program with which you began. But you may very well be interested in—and able to complete—the revised program, so read on!
I’ve been an English B.A. major for over a year, but I’m really interested in the revised program’s Track offerings; can I switch programs?
Yes, you can. Talk to your advisor about how such a move might affect your graduation date. Unless you’re planning to graduate in 2009/2010, though, chances are good that you won’t need extra credits to declare the revised program since it requires 36 credits, like the old program. The following example demonstrates how you could easily switch from the old to the revised program without taking any more courses.
Say that under the old program, your courses look like this:
If you were to switch to the revised program, all those courses would still count; the following also describes what else you would need:
The distribution of credits here depends on the track you declare. However, since you can use both courses you’ve already taken—ENGL 208 and ENGL 348—toward fulfilling either a track requirement or an elective, you would need 15 credits no matter which track you chose.
Thus, for either the old program or the revised program, you would need 21 credits to complete the English major.
How do I declare the revised program?
If you’re beginning as an English major in Fall 2009, you’re already under the revised program, so there’s no need to do anything until you’re ready to declare a track. If you’re choosing to switch to the new program, a form will be available from your advisor or in the English office (see below).
How do I declare a track?
A form will be available from your advisor or in the English office beginning mid-semester Fall 2009.
I’m really interested in the Literary, Textual, and Cultural Studies Track, but there are so many courses in the track that I don’t know how to decide what to take. How should I be making my choices?
While you can take whatever courses you want in that track, we highly recommend that you consider “concentrating” your studies within a particular area. Here are some examples (keep in mind that ENGL 308 Critical Theory is required for the track).
These are only examples since there are so many possibilities; you should follow your own interests and design your own area with the help of your advisor.
I’m really interested in the Writing Studies Track (WST), but not necessarily creative writing; will this track work for me?
Yes! The revised program can prepare you for writing on the job in practically any career. In addition, several Writing Studies courses can give you the credentials for many professional writing careers. Here’s what such a track might look like:
I can’t decide which track to choose; what should I do?
Is it possible to declare more than one track?
Yes! In fact, if you can complete two tracks without extending your graduation date, this is a great route to go. While you must complete five core courses, there are many track courses that can do “double duty” in multiple tracks. The following are examples of double-tracking for 24 credits total:
These are only examples; be sure to talk with your advisor about other possible combinations. And keep in mind that your transcripts will include any tracks you officially declare.
I’ve heard that I need to complete a portfolio for the revised major; what does that entail?
English majors who have taken ENGL 122 Intro to English Studies (the old “Literary Analysis”) since Spring 2009 have heard about the need to save their work from English major courses since this will comprise the material for the required portfolio. If you’re switching to the new program, you should collect your essays from English courses from now on. The actual creation of your portfolio will be a part of your experience in the required Core Capstone course ENGL 484. Check back to this website in the coming months for more information about the portfolio.