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Concentrations in English

English majors, at their option, may focus on one or more concentrations within the department. These optional, specialized areas of study are offered to focus student work in the major and include:

  • Film and Media Studies
  • Theater
  • Women’s Studies

Each concentration requires the dedication of a minimum of 12 elective credits to a course of study developed by the student in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Note that the required course in each concentration is ideally taken first. However, students are permitted to take their concentration courses in any order to meet their scheduling needs and interests.

Although some courses listed count towards more than one concentration, any student pursuing two or more concentrations may only count each course toward one concentration.

At the discretion of the English department chair, courses other than those listed may be approved as counting towards an English concentration to accommodate individual student interests and needs.


Film and Media Studies Concentration

English majors may focus on one or more concentrations within the department.

These optional, specialized areas of study are offered to focus student work in the major.

Each concentration requires the dedication of a minimum of 12 elective credits to a course of study developed by the student in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Note that the required course in each concentration is ideally taken first. However, students are permitted to take their concentration courses in any order to meet their scheduling needs and interests.

Required Courses for a Concentration in Film and Media Studies

ENG 213 - The Aesthetics of Film

plus any three courses from the following:

  • ENG 206 - Film History: The First 50 Years
  • ENG 208 - Film History: The Last 60 Years
  • ENG 227 - Difficult Men: Masculinity and Media
  • ENG 228 - Social Realism in Literature and the Media
  • ENG 263 - Book to Film
  • ENG 335 - Images of Women in Literature and Media
  • ENG 342 - The Politics of Film
  • ENG 343 - The Art of Film Directing
  • H-ENG 344 - Honors English: Television as Narrative Art
  • ENG 345 - Film Genre: A Work in Progress
  • ENG 380 - Scriptwriting
  • ENG 201/301 - Special Topics in Literature courses 
    as approved by the department chair

Theater Concentration

English majors may focus on one or more concentrations within the department. These optional, specialized areas of study are offered to focus student work in the major.

Each concentration requires the dedication of a minimum of 12 elective credits to a course of study developed by the student in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Note that the required course in each concentration is ideally taken first. However, students are permitted to take their concentration courses in any order to meet their scheduling needs and interests.

Required Courses for a Concentration in Theater

ENG 280 - Acting OR ENG 380 Scriptwriting 
 or 
ENG 384 - Theater Directing

plus any three courses from the following:

  • ENG 275 - Drama
  • ENG 280 - Acting (if not counted as the required course)
  • ENG 289 - On Stage—Live (CCA 213)
  • ENG 340 - Public Speaking
  • ENG 380 - Scriptwriting (if not counted as the required course)
  • ENG 381 - Improvision: Creative Drama
  • ENG 382 - Theater Practicum
  • ENG 384 - Theater Directing (if not counted as the required course)
  • ENG 385 - Musical Theater
  • ENG 386 - Musical Theater Choreography
  • ENG 387 - Acting in New Plays
  • ENG 388 - Advanced Acting
  • ENG 201/301 - Special Topics in Literature courses 
    as approved by the department chair

Women’s Studies Concentration

English majors may focus on one or more concentrations within the department. These optional, specialized areas of study are offered to focus student work in the major.

Each concentration requires the dedication of a minimum of 12 elective credits to a course of study developed by the student in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Note that the required course in each concentration is ideally taken first. However, students are permitted to take their concentration courses in any order to meet their scheduling needs and interests.

Required Courses for a Concentration in Women’s Studies

ENG 253 - Bodies of Literature: Women’s Studies in the Arts and Humanities

plus any three courses from the following:

  • ENG 328 - Asian American Women Writers
  • ENG 329 - Women and Sexuality
  • H-ENG 330 - Honors English: Theorizing Beauty in Literature and Culture
  • ENG 335 - Images of Women in Literature and Media
  • ENG 336 - African American Women Writers
  • ENG 338 - Feminist Theory and Gender Studies
  • ENG 339 - Toni Morrison
  • ENG 341 - In My Body: The Beauty and Aesthetics of Body
  • ENG 201/301 - Special Topics in Literature courses 
    as approved by the department chair

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