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Areas of Specialization

The Areas of Specialization referred to on this page are for undergraduate English Majors.

Beginning Fall 2015, the Areas of Specialization will be discontinued. If you were a declared English major prior to Fall 2015, and had been working on an Area of Specialization, we will still honor your request. Students should schedule an advising appointment for more information.

We have designed these “Areas of Specialization” to help English Majors identify the variety of fields currently taught within the English Department, and to assist English Majors in arranging their upper-division courses with greater coherence. English Majors are strongly encouraged to select three upper-division courses within one of the Areas below (or one designed by the student and an advisor).

Download the Areas of Specialization Checklist Form

Please select a semester, year, and Area of Specialization from the options below:

Area of Specialization:
Historical, Cultural, and Geographic Frameworks
Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern
British 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries
U.S. Literary Cultures to 1900
U.S. 20th and 21st Centuries
Literatures of the Americas
World Literatures in English
Analytic Frameworks
Literary Criticism, Theory, and Genre Studies
Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Sexuality/Gender Studies
Drama and Performance Studies
Language, Writing, and Rhetoric

For information on the English Major, please follow this link.
For a list of courses satisfying Major requirements, click here.
For information regarding the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, please use this link >.

English Undergraduate Waitlist Policy

If you want to try to get into a course that is full /closed, place your name on the waitlist. The College has instituted an electronic override and waitlist system. Once you place your name on the waitlist list for a specific course, you will be automatically moved up the list in chronological order if a seat becomes available. The system will then issue an override that will expire in 48 hours. You will receive an email notifying you to register for the course. If you do NOT register within the 48 hour time frame, the system will drop you automatically from that course. You will then have to place your name back onto the waitlist. Please be aware that your name will be placed at the end of the waitlist and the waitlist process begins again.

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