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 Literature and Science
  • ENGL 100 Literary Revision: Authority, Art, and Rebellion
  • ENGL 100 Imagining a Self
  • ENGL 100 Visions of the Waste Land
  • ENGL 100 How We Read: The History and Science of Reading
  • ENGL 100 Rhetoric: Art of Persuasion
  • ENGL 112 Introduction to the Novel
  • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Narrative (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ENGL 115 The Art of Storytelling
  • ENGL 117 African American Literature
  • ENGL 118 Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 119 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • ENGL 125 Norse and Celtic Mythology (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ENGL 129 Introduction to British Comedy (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ENGL 131 Reading Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ENGL 136 Black Speculative Fiction
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 187 Murder
  • ENGL 194 The “Great War” and the Literary Imagination (not offered in 2019-20)

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 126 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 202 The Bible as Literature
    • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 204 History of the English Language (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 205 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 206 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 207 Princes. Poets. Power (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 208 The Faerie Queene (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 209 The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature
    • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe
    • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy
    • ENGL 216 Milton
    • ENGL 228 Encountering the Other: The Crusades (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 302 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II (not offered in 2019-20)
  • Group II: 12 credits in literature between 1660 and 1900
    • AMST 230 The American Sublime: Landscape, Character & National Destiny in Nineteenth Century America
    • ENGL 212 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 217 A Novel Education (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 218 The Gothic Spirit
    • ENGL 221 “Moby-Dick” & Its Contexts (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 222 The Art of Jane Austen
    • ENGL 223 American Transcendentalism (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 225 ‘Public Offenders’: Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group
    • ENGL 233 Writing Empathy/Writing Black Life (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 239 Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels
    • ENGL 281 London Program: Romantic London
    • ENGL 319 The Rise of the Novel
    • ENGL 323 English Romantic Poetry
    • ENGL 327 Victorian Novel
    • ENGL 328 Victorian Poetry (not offered in 2019-20)
  • Group III: 12 credits in literature after 1900 
    • ENGL 215 Modern American Literature
    • ENGL 226 Modernism (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 227 Imagining the Borderlands (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 234 Literature of the American South
    • ENGL 235 Asian American Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 236 American Nature Writing
    • ENGL 237 Black British Literature
    • ENGL 238 African Literature in English
    • ENGL 247 The American West (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 248 Visions of California
    • ENGL 249 Irish Literature
    • ENGL 250 Indian Fiction 1880-1980
    • ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 256 Ireland Program: Irish History and Culture
    • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 264 American Lyric: Poetry, Pop and Rap (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 274 Ireland Program: Modern Irish Literature in Ireland
    • ENGL 288 California Program: The Literature of California (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 329 The City in American Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 332 Studies in American Literature: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 333 Margaret Atwood (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 334 Postmodern American Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 345 Queer Literature
    • ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts
    • ENGL 351 Zadie Smith (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 352 Toni Morrison: Novelist
    • ENGL 359 World Literature in the Twenty-First Century
    • ENGL 362 Narrative Theory (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 366 The Carleton Miscellany
    • THEA 242 Modern American Drama (not offered in 2019-20)

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 2019-20)
    • ENGL 126 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 129 Introduction to British Comedy (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 135 Imperial Adventures (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 202 The Bible as Literature
    • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 204 History of the English Language (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 205 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 206 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 207 Princes. Poets. Power (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 208 The Faerie Queene (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 209 The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature
    • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe
    • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy
    • ENGL 216 Milton
    • ENGL 217 A Novel Education (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 218 The Gothic Spirit
    • ENGL 222 The Art of Jane Austen
    • ENGL 225 ‘Public Offenders’: Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group
    • ENGL 228 Encountering the Other: The Crusades (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 249 Irish Literature
    • ENGL 256 Ireland Program: Irish History and Culture
    • ENGL 274 Ireland Program: Modern Irish Literature in Ireland
    • ENGL 281 London Program: Romantic London
    • ENGL 282 London Program: London Theater
    • ENGL 302 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 319 The Rise of the Novel
    • ENGL 323 English Romantic Poetry
    • ENGL 327 Victorian Novel
    • ENGL 328 Victorian Poetry (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 351 Zadie Smith (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 395 Seductive Fictions
    • EUST 232 Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: The Great War in Poetry, History and Memory
  • T2: Literature of North America
    • AMST 230 The American Sublime: Landscape, Character & National Destiny in Nineteenth Century America
    • ENGL 117 African American Literature
    • ENGL 136 Black Speculative Fiction
    • ENGL 212 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 215 Modern American Literature
    • ENGL 221 “Moby-Dick” & Its Contexts (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 223 American Transcendentalism (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 226 Modernism (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 227 Imagining the Borderlands (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 233 Writing Empathy/Writing Black Life (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 234 Literature of the American South
    • ENGL 235 Asian American Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 236 American Nature Writing
    • ENGL 239 Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels
    • ENGL 247 The American West (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 248 Visions of California
    • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 264 American Lyric: Poetry, Pop and Rap (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 288 California Program: The Literature of California (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 329 The City in American Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 332 Studies in American Literature: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 333 Margaret Atwood (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 352 Toni Morrison: Novelist
    • ENGL 366 The Carleton Miscellany
    • ENGL 395 Dickinson, Moore, Bishop
  • T3: Global Anglophone Literatures
    • ENGL 237 Black British Literature
    • ENGL 238 African Literature in English
    • ENGL 250 Indian Fiction 1880-1980
    • ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts
    • ENGL 359 World Literature in the Twenty-First Century

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 2019-20)
  • ARBC 185 The Creation of Classical Arabic Literature
  • CHIN 245 Chinese Vision of the Past in Translation (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 251 Heroes, Heroines, Exceptional Lives in Chinese Biographical Histories (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 355 Contemporary Chinese Short Stories
  • CLAS 111 Classical Mythology (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CLAS 112 The Epic in Classical Antiquity: Texts, Contexts, and Intertexts
  • CLAS 116 Ancient Drama: Truth in Performance (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 233 French Cinema and Culture (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 237 Page and Stage: The Performance of Culture (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 238 Back to the Future: French Classics Reimagined
  • FREN 239 Banned Books
  • FREN 241 The Lyric and Other Seductions (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 242 Journeys of Self-Discovery (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 244 Contemporary France and Humor (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 245 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 247 The Seven Deadly Sins (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 248 Murder and Mayhem: Narratives of Suspense
  • FREN 259 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 340 Arts of Brevity: Short Fiction
  • FREN 341 Madame Bovary and Her Avatars
  • FREN 347 Gender and Sexuality in the Francophone World
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 354 The World Beyond (not offered in 2019-20)
  • FREN 360 The Algerian War of Liberation and Its Representations
  • GERM 247 Mirror, Mirror: Reflecting on Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • GERM 360 Song That Sleeps in Everything (not offered in 2019-20)
  • GRK 204 Intermediate Greek Prose and Poetry
  • GRK 304 Greek Tragedy for Advanced Students (not offered in 2019-20)
  • LATN 204 Intermediate Latin Prose and Poetry
  • MELA 125 Love in Persian Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 161 The Jewish Bible
  • RELG 162 Jesus, the Bible, and Christian Beginnings (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RUSS 244 The Rise of the Russian Novel (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RUSS 266 Dostoevsky (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RUSS 267 War and Peace (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RUSS 351 Chekhov (not offered in 2019-20)
  • SPAN 242 Introduction to Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 262 Myth and History in Central American Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
  • SPAN 323 The Other American Revolutions (not offered in 2019-20)
  • SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes’ Don Quijote
  • SPAN 366 Jorge Luis Borges: Less a Man Than a Vast and Complex Literature (not offered in 2019-20)
  • SPAN 371 Yours Truly: The Body of the Letter (not offered in 2019-20)

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 for those students who wish to gain experience in writing. Students are encouraged to submit their work to college publications such as The Lens, manuscript, the Clap, and Carleton Progressive.

Writers on the Carleton faculty include poets Gregory Hewett and Susan Jaret McKinstry and novelist Gregory Blake Smith. In addition to those courses offered by regular faculty members, the department brings visiting writers to campus to read and to conduct workshops in their specialties. Visitors have included playwright Tony Kushner, memoirists Richard Rodriquez and Patricia Hampl, poets Robert Creeley, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds, and Andrew Hudgins, nature writers Dan O’Brien and David Rains Wallace, and fiction-writers Jane Hamilton, Ann Beattie, Maxine Hong Kingston, Marilynne Robinson, Jonis Agee, Paul Auster, and Siri Hustvedt.