Department of English

English Major

ENGLISH MAJOR

The 36-hour major begins with courses designed to develop students' writing and introduce them to the history and interpretation of literary genres and the theories behind interpretation. Upper-division literature courses deal with specific periods or themes. Three of these are electives. Students seeking secondary teaching certification can fulfill the English requirements for certification without taking English courses beyond the major requirements.

For students declaring the English Major, the Major requires:

Course

Credits

Rhetoric (ENGL 115)

3

Methods Workshop (ENGL 210)

3

Poetry (ENGL 221)

3

Theory / Criticism Elective

3

Language / Linguistics Elective (prior to Fall 2024); Linguistics / Writing Elective (Fall 2024 forward)

3

British Literature Pre-/Post-1800; American Literature Pre-/Post-1900
(6 hours of one; 3 of the other)

9

Three English Electives

9

Senior Seminar (ENGL 499)

3

Total Hours

36

 

Click here for a recommended sequence of courses for the major (admission prior to Fall 2024)

Click here for a recommended sequence of courses for the major (admission Fall 2024 or after)

Click here for a detailed description of the major including a list of all possible courses

A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in the English courses

Undergraduates who wish to be certified as teachers of English on the secondary level are advised to consult with the Chair of the English Department and with the Office of Teacher Education and Placement regarding specific requirements for teacher certification.

Questions? Contact Dr. Jodi Wyett, Professor and Chair of English
wyett@xavier.edu | (513) 745-3158 | Hinkle Hall

 



For students declaring the English Major - Writing Concentration, the Major requires:

Course

Credits

Rhetoric (ENGL 115)

3

Methods Workshop (ENGL 210)

3

Professional Writing (ENGL 305)

3

Theories and Research in Writing (ENGL 337)

3

Language / Linguistics Elective (students admitted prior to Fall 2024 only)

0-3

Three Literature Electives (prior to Fall 2024); Three Literature / Linguistics Electives (Fall 2024 forward)

9

Three Writing Electives (Four Electives Fall 2024 forward; 2 must be English courses, up to 2 can be writing flag courses in any department, including English)

9-12

Senior Seminar (ENGL 499)

3

Total Hours

36

 

Click here for a recommended sequence of courses for the Writing Concentration major (admission prior to Fall 2024)

Click here for a recommended sequence of courses for the Writing Concentration major (admission Fall 2024 or after)

Click here for a detailed description of the Writing Concentration major including a list of all possible courses

 

A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in the English courses

Undergraduates who wish to be certified as teachers of English on the secondary level are advised to consult with the Chair of the English Department and with the Office of Teacher Education and Placement regarding specific requirements for teacher certification.

Questions? Contact Dr. Jodi Wyett, Professor and Chair of English
wyett@xavier.edu | (513) 745-3158 | Hinkle Hall