Major in English

major requirements

Major Requirements

All students except those in the "4+1 Bachelor's/Master's Program" must take ten courses and a minimum of 36 credit hours in English for a letter grade. These courses must incorporate the following plan:

  • English 205
  • Four 300- or 400-level English courses in an area of concentration developed by the student with guidance from a faculty advisor
  • Five electives

Included in these ten courses must be four courses other than ENG 205 that meet the following distribution requirements:

  • One course in British literature before 1660
  • One course in post-1660 British, Irish or other non-American Anglophone literature
  • One course in American literature
  • One course having a theoretical or interdisciplinary component

Two of the four courses satisfying these distribution requirements must be at the 300 or 400 level. 

Students must maintain at least a 2.0 senior year GPA for all work in the senior year combined and a 1.9 cumulative GPA (students who transferred to Emory College need to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA)

Important: No courses at the 100-level may be counted for the major. ENG 223 (Rhetorical Grammar) and ENG 496R (Internship in English) also do NOT count for the major.

Students in the "4+1 Bachelor's/Master's Program" are subject to the above requirements except such students may count up to four graduate seminars toward their ten-course requirement. Two of these graduate seminars may be taken pass/fail and any may be counted toward the area of concentration. 

Ordinarily, a maximum of eight credit hours (two courses) earned off campus may be applied toward the major and at least two of the courses included within an area of concentration must be taken at Emory University.  Under extraordinary circumstances, the Director of Undergraduate Studies may approve petitions for exceptions to this rule.

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