Combined Specialization: Language & Literature

This Majors stream is for students who wish to study both English Language and English Literatures; it provides opportunities for students to take courses from the full range of Departmental offerings. Students planning careers in Education may find this stream especially appealing, but the stream is available to anyone with interests in the major sub-disciplines within English Studies. Like students in the other Majors streams, students in the Combined Major are required to take 30 credits of senior English courses. Note that there is no difference in level between 300- and 400-numbered English courses.

The combined Major is a new program, offered in 2016 for the first time.  Because it is a pilot program, the combined Major does not currently appear on all university systems. Students, though, are assured that, once they complete the requirements for the combined program, they WILL graduate with a Major in English.  For now, they will have the option of having the Language Major or the Literature Major appear on their parchment.  Students interested in the combined Major are encouraged to see an Advisor as they arrange their program of study.

In their second year, students wishing to declare the combined specialization must take ENGL 220 and ENGL 229. Following are the required senior courses for this Major.

  • History and Theory of Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric and Contemporary Persuasion (ENGL 310)
  • Structure of Modern English: Sounds and Words (ENGL 330)
  • Structure of Modern English: Sentences and Their Uses (ENGL 331)

  • One course in Literature before 1900 (ENGL 343-369)
  • One course in Literature after 1900 (ENGL 462-480)

  • Two courses selected from all other Language courses (ENGL 307-331 and 340)
  • Two courses selected from all other Literature courses (ENGL 332 and 343-480)

  • One Majors seminar: either the Language Seminar (ENGL 489) or the Literature Seminar (ENGL 490)

Courses outside the Department of English may not be counted towards the Combined Specialization in Language and Literature.