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English Major​

From Chaucer and Shakespeare to American literature and literary journalism, the bachelors of English program offers courses that cover all aspects of English and American literature — from Medieval poetry and prose to contemporary fiction. Many of these courses are organized historically by literary periods, and some focus on a specific literary genre, such as the novel or drama, or an individual author.

English majors often study independently with professors through tutorials, independent studies, and senior theses, where students work one-on-one with a professor on a topic of their choosing. Students who select the thesis option work collaboratively with a professor to complete a significant research project.

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English Minor [Literature]

Are you interested in timeless literature but don’t have the time to take on a full English major? Try our new English minor, which emphasizes literature — spotlighting immortal authors and unforgettable books. The six-course minor requires the following:

  • ENG 175 (Introduction to Literature)
  • Two Pre-1800 courses
  • Two Post-1800 courses
  • One course receiving major credit

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The Department of English is located in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, LL37. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, email or contact the following people.

Dr. Bruce E. Graver
Ruane LL33          

Assistant Chair
Dr. Margaret Reid
Ruane LL32

Administrative Assistant
Janet Masso
401-865-1192 [Fax]

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