The Modified English for 2017 and Beyond

Details for 2017 and Beyond

Students may propose a modified major in English by designing a special program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor in the Department. One may modify the major in English with a selection of courses from other departments and programs, or one may modify a major in another department or program with a selection of English courses. In both cases the modifying courses nominated must be courses that qualify for major credit in their home department or program. The Culminating Experience should be satisfied according to the primary department’s or program’s rules. Proposals for modifying the major in English should also explain the rationale for modifying the standard major.


Proposals for both kinds of modified majors must be submitted to the Vice Chair of the English Department as a formal petition and proposal. Proposals to modify another major with English courses must be approved by the Vice Chair of English before going forward to the primary department or program for final approval as a major program. Proposals to modify the major in English with other courses must be submitted, along with an authorizing signature from the secondary department or program, to the Vice Chair of English and the CDC for their deliberation and approval. The Vice Chair’s signature signifies final approval of a modified major in English.

Modified major in which English is the primary subject:

Requirements: This major requires the successful completion of eleven major courses.

  1. All students proposing a modified major with English as the primary department must complete 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. Two courses must be selected from the Literary Histories (ENGL 1,2,3).  Each of these courses may be used to satisfy one of the Course Group requirements.
  3. Four courses from another department or program must be selected, approved by the CDC, and completed successfully.
  4. One English course must be a Junior Colloquium (ENGL 61-65) or ENGL 90.  This course may also satisfy one of the Group requirements outlined above.
  5. One English course must be designated as satisfying the Culminating Experience Requirement. This may be a Senior Seminar or, in the case of students seeking a degree with Honors, the first term of ENGL 98. The Culminating Experience course must be taken and completed after the sophomore-junior summer term.

Modified major in other departments or programs modified with English courses:

Requirements: Four English courses selected from the major credit courses. No substitutions or transfer credits are permitted.