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English Requirements

View the English Course Catalog.

Requirements for the Major

The major in English is offered with one of four concentrations, for which the requirements are detailed below.

With Concentration in Literature

Students in the literature concentration choose from courses designed to promote their understanding of literary history (American, British, and world), and augment their analytical thinking, speaking, and writing skills. They take courses in subjects ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to graphic novels and may also take courses related to narrative cultural phenomena such as film. Students in the literature concentration will take:

  • Minimum of 36 hours beyond first-year English
  • Sophomore requirements: EN185 and three of the four courses in the Literary and Cultural History Sequence (EN245, EN246, EN265, and EN266), EN321 or EN322.
  • Junior/senior requirements: EN390, Research Seminar; one 300–400-level course in language, rhetoric, or literary criticism; two 300-level literature courses; one 300–400-level course in subject area not covered in the Literary and Cultural History Sequence; for seniors, one 400-level seminar and one 450-level senior essay with emphasis in writing.

With Concentration in Creative Writing

Through this concentration, English majors have the opportunity to study the art and craft of creative writing. Students are given the opportunity to take workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Recent independent-study projects have included screenplays, memoirs, and graphic novels. Each year, through the nationally recognized Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series, students have the opportunity to meet and work one-on-one with writers such as Jonathan Lethem, Jean Valentine, and Lorrie Moore. Students who enroll in the creative writing concentration will take:

  • Minimum of 48 hours beyond first-year English
  • Sophomore requirements: EN185, EN218, EN219, three of the four courses in the Literary and Cultural History Sequence (EN245, EN246, EN265, and EN266); EN321 or EN322
  • Junior/senior requirements: EN390: Research Seminar; one 300–400-level course in language, rhetoric, or literary criticism; two 300-level literature courses; one 300–400-level course in subject area not covered in the Literary and Cultural History Sequence; two 300-level writing courses; for seniors, EN410, Senior Creative Writing Seminar, and one EN450 senior essay course

With Concentration in Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism

Students will take additional courses in cultural studies, comparative literature, literary criticism, and critical theory to study literary texts in a global cultural context. LTCC courses will look at diverse cultural objects—novels, plays, films, visual arts, and media—through the lens of literary and cultural theories, with the goal of producing sophisticated readers of the contemporary world. This concentration is highly recommended for those planning to pursue advanced degrees in the humanities.

With Concentration in Public and Professional Writing

Public and Professional Writing courses will prepare you for writing in the world—outside of college and literature classes. PPW courses teach about how to write for a specific audience and how to use verbal and visual styles to write, design, and edit documents. Course contexts include writing in the workplace, writing in nonprofit settings, writing in the arts, writing in the health sciences, writing about law and public policy, editing and publishing, and grant writing. PPW students also learn effective collaborative skills in internships with community clients and learn how to build a professional writing portfolio.

Requirements for the Literature Minor

  • Minimum of 18 hours beyond first-year English
  • EN185, 3–6 hours of 200-level literature courses, and 9–12 hours of 300- and 400-level literature courses

Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor

  • Minimum of 21 hours beyond first-year English
  • EN185, EN218, or EN219; 9 additional hours in writing courses and 6 hours of literature courses, including at least one course at the 300 level or above

Requirements for the Public and Professional Writing Minor

  • Minimum of 21 hours beyond first-year English
  • EN203, 9 hours of EN303, EN403 (or another EN303), EN386, and any EN elective on any level

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.