Language and Literature option
Effective Autumn 2015.
If you declared (or will be declaring) your English
major prior to the start of Autumn 2015, please see the older
requirement sets pertaining
to the quarter and year when you became, or will become, an English major
minimum of 60 credits in English courses:
ENGL 202 [formerly ENGL 301] (Introduction to English
Language and Literature) and writing link ENGL 297 (Writing in the Humanities):
Minimum grades of 2.0 required in both courses.
ENGL 302 (Critical Practice): 5 credits
Minimum grade of 2.0 required. Must be taken within two quarters of declaring
the English major per department continuation/satisfactory progress policy.
English Distribution: 15 credits
Five credits from
each of the three distribution categories below.
English Electives: 25 credits
(Excluded courses are ENGL 285, Writers on Writing; ENGL 297, 298, and
299 Interdisciplinary Writing courses; ENGL 491, Internships; and ENGL 474-476,
courses associated with the Puget
Sound Writing Project; these cannot be
counted toward the English major Distribution or Electives requirement.) Maximum
10 credits at the 200 level; the rest must be 300- to 400-level English.
English Senior Capstone course: 5 credits
Minimum grade of 2.0 required. To be taken during the final two
quarters in the major, after successful completion of ENGL 302.
One course chosen from the capstone list:
ENGL 407 (Special Topics in Cultural Studies)
- ENGL 430 (British Writers: Studies in Major Authors)
- ENGL 431 (Topics in
ENGL 440 (Special Studies in Literature)
ENGL 442 (The Novel: Special Studies)
ENGL 443 (Poetry: Special Studies)
ENGL 444 (Dramatic Literature: Special Studies)
- ENGL 451 (American Writers: Studies in Major Authors)
- ENGL 452 (Topics in
ENGL 473 (Current Development in English Studies)
- ENGL 496 (English Honors Thesis) - available to English Honors Program
ENGL 498 (Senior Seminar)
least 15 credits in ENGL courses must be focused on pre-1900
literature taught by the English Department. (These pre-1900 literature
credits may overlap
other English major requirements.)
Limit on 200-level ENGL credit:
No more than 10
credits in 200-level ENGL courses (beyond the introductory ENGL 202 and
ENGL 297) may be applied toward the English major electives: all other English
must be taken at the
or 400 level.
Limit on Creative Writing courses:
more than 5 credits in creative writing courses may be applied to the Language &
Literature English major. Students who have been accepted by
the competitive admission process to the English: Creative
Writing option follow different requirements.
Grades and GPA Requirements:
202 [formerly 301], 297, 302, and the Senior Capstone require minimum
grades of 2.0 in each course. English majors must maintain a minimum overall
in all UW ENGL courses.
At least 25 ENGL credits applicable
to the English major must be taken in residence at the UW Seattle.
The department also strongly recommends, but does not require, 5 credits
in one of the following English language courses:
ENGL 370 (English Language Study)
ENGL 371 (English Syntax)
ENGL 373 (History of the English Language)
ENGL 374 (The Language of Literature)
ENGL 478 (Language and Social Policy)
ENGL 479 (Language Variation and Policy in North America)
LING 200 (Introduction to Linguistic Thought) -- through Department of Linguistics
For assistance with planning and for questions, please consult English
Department of English Admission and Continuation Policy (rules for satisfactory
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