English Major Details for 2006 through 2016

To file for a major in English, you must meet with one of the English Department faculty to discuss major requirements and complete your major card. Please fill out three major cards. You must give one signed major card, and the worksheet that accompanies it, to the English Department administrator in 202 Sanborn, one signed major card to the registrar's office, and keep the third card for your records.

For those of you filing electronically (16s and beyond):

In order to officially file for a major/minor in English, you must meet with one of the English Department faculty to discuss major/minor requirements and get faculty approval.

In addition, you must fill out a major/minor worksheet, have your faculty advisor sign the worksheet, and then give the signed worksheet to the English Department administrator in 202 Sanborn.

Detailed Information

The Major in English requires the successful completion of eleven major courses.

  1. The courses must satisfy the following distribution requirements according to the Course Groups listed below: at least 2 courses from Group I; at least 2 courses from Group II; at least 1 course from Group III; at least 1 course from Group IV.
  2. In addition, four courses must be selected as forming a concentration in one of the Concentration Areas. Except in the case of students electing Concentration Area 3 (Literary History) these courses may also satisfy the Group requirements outlined above.
  3. One course must be a Special Topics Course (English 51-54 formerly 60-69) or English 90 (Foreign Study Program [FSP]. This course may also satisfy one of the Group requirements outlined above and/or be part of the four-course concentration.
  4. One course must be designated as satisfying the Culminating Experience Requirement; this may be an Advanced Seminar (70, 71, 72, 73, 75 or 86 [formery 85] ), or, in the case of students seeking a degree with Honors, the first term of English 98. This course may also be part of the four-course concentration, but cannot be used to satisfy any of the Course Group requirements. The Culminating Experience course must be taken and completed after the sophomore-junior summer term.

Things to Remember

Students electing the major in English should bear in mind the following:

  1. Transfer credits normally cannot be used in the major. Students wishing to be granted an exception must petition the CDC. If approval is granted, transfer courses are subject to the rules that apply to substitute courses.
  2. Two substitute courses(appropriate major courses from other departments at Dartmouth) are permitted within the major. One of those courses may be part of the concentration area. Students wishing to substitute more than one course in their concentration area must petition the CDC. Normally, substitute courses cannot satisfy the Course Group requirements.
  3. No substitute courses may satisfy the Culminating Experience requirement.
  4. To become an English major, students must consult with a professor to plan their concentration area. Students formally elect the major in English by submitting a proposed plan of courses—a completed major card—to their major advisor. The major advisor's signature constitutes admission to the major. Students must meet with their major advisor a second time in the last term of the junior year or the first term of the senior year in order to review their major plan.
  5. Students may petition the CDC (Committee on Departmental Curriculum) to adjust a concentration area designation for a course. Such petitions must be endorsed by the faculty member teaching the course.

Course Groups

I.     Literature before the mid-seventeenth century (2 courses required): 1, 10(19), 11(20), 12(21), 13(22), 14(23), 15(24), 16(26), 17(28), 18(29), 19(39), 51, 61, and 71.

II.    Literature from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century  (2 courses required): 2, 20(30), 21(31), 22(32), 23(34), 24(36), 25(37), 26(38), 27(40), 28(41), 29(42), 30(43), 52, 62, and 72.

III    Literature from the start of the twentieth century to the present  (1 course required): 3(11), 31(44), 32(45), 33(49), 34(47), 35(46), 36(48), 37, 38(50), 39(54), 40(53), 41(55), 42(58), 53, 63, and 73.

IV.   Criticism and Theory (1 course required): 45(15), 46(16), 47(18), 48(59), 54, 64, 74 and COLT 72.

Courses whose Course Group Assignment Varies: (60), (62), 90, 91, and 98

Courses with no Course Group Assignment: 6(8), 7, 55, 65 75, 80, 81, 81, 82, 83, 85, 96, and 97.

Courses that cannot count for major credit: Writing 2, 3, 5, English 6(8), 7 and 96 (except by successful petition to the CDC)

Honors Program

Honors Directors for 2014-15: Professors Jeffrey Sharlet and Shalene Vasquez

Honors Book: Description and Procedures  --  Revised

Application to the Honors Program within the English Major

Honors Thesis