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Courses in LSA English Language & Literature

General English concentration

Students considering the concentration in English should elect ENGLISH 298 during the sophomore year.

Students in the General Program must successfully complete 30 credits in ENGLISH courses numbered 300 or above. Students must complete a course with a grade of C– or better to have it count toward the concentration requirements.

These courses must include at a minimum:

  • three courses on literature written primarily before 1830, at least one of which must be on literature written primarily before 1600
  • one course in American literature
  • a poetry course
  • one course designated “New Traditions”
    New Traditions Requirement. English concentrators will take at least one upper-division course that focuses on work by North America and/or British writers/artists of color, world Anglophone writer/artists of a range of identity categories (involving gender, sexuality, disability, and class) who reflect upon – and are in dialogue about – the differentials of social power and their representation

The department will offer in any one term a considerable range of courses designed to meet these requirements. A list of which courses meet a given requirement will be available each year in the English Undergraduate Office, online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/english/undergraduate/courses/ or from an English concentration advisor.

Areas of specialization: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/undergraduate/courses/specAreas.asp

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Concentrators in English may meet this requirement by taking ENGLISH 325, 398, 425, 428, or 496. A published list of English-approved courses can be found in 3187 Angell Hall. For those in the Honors and Creative Writing Programs, the writing requirement is met within their curriculum, which culminates in the supervised composition of the senior thesis.

The Creative Writing Program

Students interested in the department’s offerings in creative writing should begin with ENGLISH 223, an introduction to the reading and writing of modern poetry and prose fiction and to the workshop method of critiquing student writing. ENGLISH 223 is a prerequisite to ENGLISH 323 (Advanced Creative Writing in Fiction) and 324 (Advanced Creative Writing in Poetry), but admission into ENGLISH 323 and 324 is based on a portfolio submission. There is a “permission of instructor” restriction on these courses. At the advanced level students may elect (with the instructor’s permission) the advanced fiction workshop (ENGLISH 423) or the advanced poetry workshop (ENGLISH 424).

Courses in Expository Writing

Courses in writing develop a student’s sense of the various possible forms of expression. Writing practice, lectures, and class discussion are supplemented in these courses by regular meetings with the instructor. Sections of ENGLISH 225 include a great variety of writing projects, while sections of ENGLISH 325 and 425 tend to be somewhat more specialized.

Concentrators should note that no more than one course in expository or creative writing may be counted toward the minimum 30 credits at the upper level required for the concentration, although students may elect any number of such courses, subject to availability of spaces and to College limits on total elections of courses in any one department.

Foreign/Non-Native Students of English

The Department of English does not currently offer courses geared towards the instruction of non-native English speakers. For information on courses of this variety, please review the information under the English Language Institute English Language Institute.

Repeating Courses for Credit

Some of the courses listed are general titles under which varied topics may be offered. Such courses may be repeated for credit with departmental permission. Students must obtain the proper approval form from the English Office, 3187 Angell Hall and return it for approval within the first two weeks of class.

Half-Term Information

ENGLISH 124, 125, 223, 225, 297, 298, 323, 324, 325, 398, 450, 451, and 452 are frequently offered. Other courses are offered when they can be staffed, and when there is demand.

English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
ENGLISH 124. Academic Writing and Literature
(4). (FYWR). May not be repeated for credit.

This course studies the intersection between critical thinking and persuasive writing, and, using literary texts as the point of reference, takes as its goal the development of the student's skill at writing cogent expository and argumentative prose.

ENGLISH 125. Writing and Academic Inquiry
(4). (FYWR). May not be repeated for credit. F, W, Sp, Su.

A study of rhetoric, both as a body of principles, and as a practical art, emphasizing the writing of expository and argumentative essays.

ENGLISH 140. First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

A course in the LSA First-Year Seminar Program taught by a faculty member. Course involves focused study of selected topics in English language and literature through classroom discussion and the writing of essays.

ENGLISH 142. First-Year Interdisciplinary English Literature Seminar
(3). (ID). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This First-Year Seminar is organized around interdisciplinary approaches to the study of English literature and language. Topics may include science, technology, medicine, economics, history, mathematics, and others.