Degree Requirements – English


  • 1st Year English or equivalent
  • Math: PHIL 110, LING 123, MATH 107, 109C, 112 or higher
  • 4th semester second language proficiency

General Education

  • 6 units Tier 1 Individuals & Societies
  • 6 units Tier 1 Traditions & Cultures
  • 6 units Tier 1 Natural Sciences
  • 3 units Tier 2 Individuals & Societies
  • 3 units Tier 2 Natural Sciences
  • 3 units Tier 2 Arts
  • 3 units Diversity


Required, minimum of 18 units (or double-major)

Skills Track

  • Complete all four courses (12 units)
  • Must complete courses in order

Close reading of literary texts, critical analysis, and articulation of intellectually challenging ideas in clear prose.

Introduction to the various modes, techniques, and terminology of practical criticism.

This junior-level proseminar introduces students to methods and materials of literary research. Content of individual seminars will vary, based upon instructor.

The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

British and American Literature

  • Complete two courses (6 units)
  • Courses can be completed in any order

A survey of British and American literature to 1660, with emphasis on major writers in their literary and historical contexts.

A survey of British and American literature from 1660 to the Victorian period, with emphasis on major writers in their literary and historical contexts.


  • Complete 3 units

Choose one course:

Twelve comedies, histories and tragedies from the period 1590-1600 (including Hamlet).

Ten comedies, tragedies and tragicomedies from the period 1601-1613.

Language Emphasis Course

  • Complete 3 units

Choose one course:

Basic concepts in the study of the English language: history, semantics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse. English in its social context: regional and social varieties, language acquisition, and English as an international language.

Study of English form and use in relation to social and cultural contexts. Topics include regional and social dialectology, attitudes toward variation and change, strategies of interaction, gender and language use, and politeness, power and politics.

The evolution of English sounds, inflections, and vocabulary from earliest times to the present, with attention to historical conditions.

Introduction to the nature of grammar and approaches to the description of English grammar, emphasizing Chomsky's transformational-generative model. Focus is on grammatical structure, but scope includes phonology and social/historical factors which influence the form and use of English in various contexts. Includes practice in phonemic transcription and sentence diagramming.

History of the development of American English from the colonial period to the present. Topics include regional and social varieties, language contact, and slang. Geographic atlas, social survey, and lexicographic research methods are utilized.

Introduction to the language and literature.

Beowulf: Study of the poem in the original language.

A general overview of the profession covering prominent theories, methodologies, and procedures influencing the field.

Linguistic methods in the analysis of literature and implications of literary language for linguistic theory; detailed consideration of prosody, metaphor, narrative technique and irony.

English Major Electives

  • Complete five courses (15 units)
  • 9 units must be upper division
  • See your Academic Advisement Report for a list of approved electives for the major.
  • May not use ENGL 201, 209, 210, 301, 304, 309, 401, 404, 409