Major Requirements

Seventy-two credits in English, including the following:

1. Foundations: One designated 100-level course that develops skills of literary analysis and introduces the concept of genre 

  • ENGL 100: Drama, Film, and Society
  • ENGL 100: How We Read: The History and Science of Reading
  • ENGL 100: Imagining a Self
  • ENGL 100: Inventing the Past
  • ENGL 100: Literary Revision: Authority, Art, and Rebellion
  • ENGL 100: Novel, Nation, Self
  • ENGL 100: Reading, Interpreting, Writing
  • ENGL 112: Introduction to the Novel
  • ENGL 113: Horror Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 114: Introduction to Medieval Narrative · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 115: The Art of Storytelling
  • ENGL 116: The Art of Drama: Passion, Politics, and Culture · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 117: African American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 118: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 120: American Short Stories · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 136: Black Speculative Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 137: Terrorism and the Novel · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 144: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 187: Murder · not offered in 2023-24

2. Historical Eras: 36 credits in literature courses numbered 200-394 (excluding 220 and 295) which must include:

Group I: 12 credits in literature before 1660

  • ENGL 202: The Bible as Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 203: Other Worlds of Medieval English Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 205: “Passing Strange”: Shakespeare’s Othello and its Modern Afterlives
  • ENGL 206: William Shakespeare: The Henriad
  • ENGL 207: Princes. Poets. Power
  • ENGL 208: The Faerie Queene
  • ENGL 209: Much Ado About Nothing: A Project Course · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 214: Revenge Tragedy · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 216: Milton · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 219: Global Shakespeare · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 244: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 281: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London
  • ENGL 310: Shakespeare II · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 381: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London

Group II: 12 credits in literature between 1660 and 1900

  • AMST 230: The American Sublime: Landscape, Character & National Destiny in Nineteenth Century America · not offered in 2023-24
  • AMST 256: Walt Whitman’s New York · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 212: Nineteenth-Century American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 217: A Novel Education
  • ENGL 218: The Gothic Spirit
  • ENGL 221: “Moby-Dick” & Race: Whiteness and the Whale · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 222: The Art of Jane Austen
  • ENGL 223: American Transcendentalism · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 225: ‘Public Offenders’: Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 229: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 239: Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 281: London Program: Romantic London · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 319: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 323: Romanticism and Reform
  • ENGL 327: Victorian Novel
  • ENGL 328: Victorian Poetry · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 338: Dickinson, Moore, Bishop · not offered in 2023-24

Group III: 12 credits in literature after 1900 

  • AMST 240: The Midwest and the American Imagination · not offered in 2023-24
  • AMST 269: Woodstock Nation · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 215: Modern American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 227: Imagining the Borderlands · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 230: Studies in African American Literature: From the 1950s to the Present
  • ENGL 233: Writing and Social Justice · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 234: Literature of the American South · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 235: Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 236: American Nature Writing
  • ENGL 237: Black British Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 238: African Literature in English
  • ENGL 241: Latinx Voices in the Age of Trump · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 245: Bollywood Nation · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 246: Film, Literature, and Culture in Mumbai and Seoul Program: Beyond Bollywood
  • ENGL 247: The American West · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 248: Visions of California · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 249: Modern Irish Literature: Poetry, Prose, and Politics
  • ENGL 250: Indian Fiction 1880-1980 · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 251: Contemporary Indian Fiction
  • ENGL 252: Caribbean Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 255: The Poetics of Disability
  • ENGL 256: Ireland Program: Irish History and Culture · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 258: Playwrights of Color: Taking the Stage · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 272: Film, Literature, and Culture in Mumbai and Seoul Program: Representing Mumbai
  • ENGL 274: Ireland Program: Irish Literary Pasts and Presents · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 281: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London
  • ENGL 288: California Program: The Literature of California · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 329: The City in American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 332: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald
  • ENGL 345: Queer Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 350: The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 352: Toni Morrison: Novelist
  • ENGL 353: The Writings of Virginia Woolf
  • ENGL 359: World Literature in the Twenty-First Century · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 362: Narrative Theory · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 366: The Carleton Miscellany · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 381: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London
  • ENGL 395: Narrative
  • THEA 242: Modern American Drama
  • THEA 255: August Wilson: History and the Blues · not offered in 2023-24

3. English 295: Critical Methods

4. English 395: Advanced Seminar

5. English 400: Senior Integrative Exercise (A senior may choose one of the following):

  • Colloquium Option: A group option in which participants discuss, analyze and write about a thematically coherent list of literary works.
  • Research Essay Option: An extended essay on a topic of the student’s own devising. Open only to students who have completed their Advanced Seminar by the end of fall term senior year.
  • Creative Writing Option: Creation of a work of literary art. Open only to students who have completed at least two creative writing courses (one of which must be at the 300 level) by the end of fall term senior year.
  • Project Option: Creation of an individual or group multidisciplinary project.

Of the 72 credits required to complete the major:

1. at least 6 credits must be taken in each of the following traditions:

T1: Literature of Ireland and Britain

  • ENGL 112: Introduction to the Novel
  • ENGL 114: Introduction to Medieval Narrative · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 116: The Art of Drama: Passion, Politics, and Culture · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 135: Imperial Adventures · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 144: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 202: The Bible as Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 203: Other Worlds of Medieval English Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 205: “Passing Strange”: Shakespeare’s Othello and its Modern Afterlives
  • ENGL 206: William Shakespeare: The Henriad
  • ENGL 207: Princes. Poets. Power
  • ENGL 208: The Faerie Queene
  • ENGL 209: Much Ado About Nothing: A Project Course · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 214: Revenge Tragedy · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 216: Milton · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 217: A Novel Education
  • ENGL 218: The Gothic Spirit
  • ENGL 219: Global Shakespeare · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 222: The Art of Jane Austen
  • ENGL 225: ‘Public Offenders’: Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 229: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 244: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 249: Modern Irish Literature: Poetry, Prose, and Politics
  • ENGL 256: Ireland Program: Irish History and Culture · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 274: Ireland Program: Irish Literary Pasts and Presents · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 279: Living London Program: Urban Field Studies
  • ENGL 281: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London
  • ENGL 282: Living London Program: London Theater
  • ENGL 310: Shakespeare II · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 319: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 323: Romanticism and Reform
  • ENGL 327: Victorian Novel
  • ENGL 328: Victorian Poetry · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 353: The Writings of Virginia Woolf
  • ENGL 381: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London
  • ENGL 395: Seductive Fictions · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 232: Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: The Great War in Poetry, History and Memory · not offered in 2023-24

T2: Literature of North America

  • AMST 230: The American Sublime: Landscape, Character & National Destiny in Nineteenth Century America · not offered in 2023-24
  • AMST 256: Walt Whitman’s New York · not offered in 2023-24
  • AMST 269: Woodstock Nation · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 113: Horror Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 117: African American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 120: American Short Stories · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 136: Black Speculative Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 212: Nineteenth-Century American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 215: Modern American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 221: “Moby-Dick” & Race: Whiteness and the Whale · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 223: American Transcendentalism · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 227: Imagining the Borderlands · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 230: Studies in African American Literature: From the 1950s to the Present
  • ENGL 233: Writing and Social Justice · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 234: Literature of the American South · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 235: Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 236: American Nature Writing
  • ENGL 239: Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 241: Latinx Voices in the Age of Trump · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 247: The American West · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 248: Visions of California · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 255: The Poetics of Disability
  • ENGL 258: Playwrights of Color: Taking the Stage · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 288: California Program: The Literature of California · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 329: The City in American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 332: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald
  • ENGL 338: Dickinson, Moore, Bishop · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 352: Toni Morrison: Novelist
  • ENGL 366: The Carleton Miscellany · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 395: Dickinson, Moore, Bishop · not offered in 2023-24
  • THEA 255: August Wilson: History and the Blues · not offered in 2023-24

T3: Global Anglophone Literatures

  • ENGL 237: Black British Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 238: African Literature in English
  • ENGL 245: Bollywood Nation · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 246: Film, Literature, and Culture in Mumbai and Seoul Program: Beyond Bollywood
  • ENGL 250: Indian Fiction 1880-1980 · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 251: Contemporary Indian Fiction
  • ENGL 252: Caribbean Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 272: Film, Literature, and Culture in Mumbai and Seoul Program: Representing Mumbai
  • ENGL 350: The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 359: World Literature in the Twenty-First Century · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 395: The Twenty-First Century Novel · not offered in 2023-24

2. at least 24 credits must be in courses numbered 300-395

3. up to 6 credits may be in literature other than English in the original or translation 

  • ARBC 144: Arabic Literature at War · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARBC 185: The Creation of Classical Arabic Literature
  • ARBC 315: Readings in Premodern Arabic Anthologies · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHIN 245: Chinese Vision of the Past in Translation
  • CHIN 251: Heroes, Heroines, Exceptional Lives in Chinese Biographical Histories · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHIN 355: Contemporary Chinese Short Stories · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHIN 364: Chinese Classic Tales and Modern Adaptation
  • CLAS 112: The Epic in Classical Antiquity: Texts, Contexts, and Intertexts · not offered in 2023-24
  • CLAS 116: Greek Drama in Performance
  • CLAS 124: Roman Archaeology and Art
  • CLAS 132: Fantasy and Science Fiction Then and Now
  • ENGL 202: The Bible as Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 238: Back to the Future: French Classics Reimagined · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 239: Banned Books · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 241: The Lyric and Other Seductions · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 243: Food in French Fiction
  • FREN 244: Contemporary France and Humor
  • FREN 245: Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 248: Murder and Mayhem: Narratives of Suspense · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 259: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 340: Arts of Brevity: Short Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 341: Madame Bovary and Her Avatars · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 347: Gender and Sexuality in the Francophone World · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 359: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 360: The Algerian War of Liberation and Its Representations
  • FREN 395: The Mande of West Africa · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 247: Mirror, Mirror: Reflecting on Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • GRK 204: Intermediate Greek Prose and Poetry
  • GRK 230: Homer: The Odyssey
  • GRK 240: Xenophon’s Oeconomicus · not offered in 2023-24
  • JAPN 345: Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story · not offered in 2023-24
  • LATN 204: Intermediate Latin Prose and Poetry
  • RELG 161: The Jewish Bible · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 162: Jesus, the Bible, and Christian Beginnings
  • RUSS 244: The Rise of the Russian Novel
  • RUSS 261: Lolita · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 266: The Brothers Karamazov · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 267: War and Peace · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 351: Chekhov · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 242: Introduction to Latin American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 262: Myth and History in Central American Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 330: The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes’ Don Quijote · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 366: Jorge Luis Borges: Less a Man Than a Vast and Complex Literature · not offered in 2023-24

4. up to 12 credits may be in creative writing

Double-majors considering completing the integrative exercise during the junior year will need written approval from the departmental chair.

Workshops in Writing

The Department of English offers workshop courses in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Students are encouraged to submit their work to college publications such as The Second Laird Miscellany, the Clap, and The Manuscript.

Writers on the Carleton faculty include poets Gregory Hewett and Susan Jaret McKinstry and novelist Gregory Blake Smith. The department invites writers (most recently Jane Hamilton, Kao Kalia Yang, Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Sun Yung Shin) to teach workshops in creative writing. In addition, the department brings writers to campus for readings and lectures. Recent visitors have included Teju Cole, Edwidge Danticat, David Henry Hwang, Sarah Vap, Jaswinder Bolina and Jesmyn Ward.