The English program develops in students the ability to read critically and think logically and independently. The curriculum is designed to give students an historical sense of the development of literature in the English language from its beginnings to the present, as well as an understanding of and appreciation for the responsible use of language. Students are expected to read widely, think critically and work to improve written and oral communication.

Major in English

Students majoring in English are required to complete 41-45 credit hours, which include 22-25 hours of core curriculum, 18 hours of courses chosen from special topics in English, and one experiential component (student teaching, internships, or writing for campus publications).

Minor in English

Students minoring in English must complete 18 credit hours of English courses beyond Principles of Writing, at least 9 of which are in courses at the 300 or 400-level.

Minor in Creative Writing

The minor in Creative Writing is an 18-hour workshop-focused program open to all students. Courses within the program expand on foundational creative writing concepts to a more intensive writing and revision experience. Students will learn to think critically while giving and receiving feedback on their work in a community of writers. The program is designed to provide a creative outlet for healthy self-expression through writing for students of any major.

Minor in Professional Writing

Coordinated by the Department of English, the minor in Professional Writing and Presentation Media is an 18-hour interdisciplinary program open to all students. Courses in professional writing and visual principles and practices may be combined with electives in art, creative writing, speech, journalism, business, and computer information science. A student enrolled in the minor is encouraged to complete an internship related to her communication interests and career goals.

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English Major – 41-45 hours

Required Major Courses

ENG – 111Principles of Writing (3 cr.)
ENG – 200Critical Reading and Writing (3 cr.)
ENG – 211Survey of British Literature I (3 cr.)
ENG – 212Survey of British Literature II (3 cr.)
ENG – 215Survey of American Literature I (3 cr.)
ENG – 216Survey of American Literature II (3 cr.)
ENG – 270Literary Research/Critical Theory (3 cr.)
ENG – 498Honors Research Project (3 cr.)
One chosen from the following
ENG – 351Old English (3 cr.)
ENG – 352Chaucer (3 cr.)
ENG – 353History of the English Language (3 cr.)
One chosen from the following
ENG – 355Shakespeare (3 cr.)
ENG – 356Shakespeare (3 cr.)
One chosen from the following
ENG – 220Creative Nonfiction (3 cr.)
ENG – 230Writing for Campus Publications (varied course cr.)
(repeatable for credit)
ENG – 231Introduction to Creative Writing (3 cr.)
ENG – 235Writing Poetry (3 cr.)
ENG – 236Writing Fiction (3 cr.)
ENG – 245Introduction to Journalism (3 cr.)
ENG – 247Publishing and Editing (3 cr.)
ENG – 250Text and Image (3 cr.)
ENG – 358Professional Writing (3 cr.)
ENG – 361Topics in Professional Writing (3 cr.)
One chosen from the following
ENG – 204Colonial/Postcolonial Literature (3 cr.)
ENG – 335Contemporary World Literature in Translation (3 cr.)
ENG – 350Modern Drama (3 cr.)
ENG – 495Seminar in European Literature (3 cr.)
Two chosen from the following
(one of which must be American)
ENG – 240Introduction to Film (3 cr.)
ENG – 242Romantic Comedy (3 cr.)
ENG – 300Special Topics in English (3 cr.)
ENG – 320Young Adult Literature (3 cr.)
ENG – 330African-American Writers (3 cr.)
ENG – 340Development of the British Novel (3 cr.)
ENG – 359Seminar in American Women Writers (3 cr.)
ENG – 360Seminar in Southern Writers (3 cr.)
ENG – 362Contemporary American Fiction (3 cr.)
ENG – 36420th Century Poetry in English (3 cr.)
ENG – 365English Poetry of the Romantic Period (3 cr.)
ENG – 367English Literature of the Victorian Period (3 cr.)
ENG – 368English Literature of the 18th Century (3 cr.)
One experiential component (1 cr.)
May be satisfied by EDU 490, ENG 230, or ENG 930

Note: English majors must take one seminar (ENG 359, 360, or 495).

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

Studying English at Meredith College

Learn more about studying English at Meredith and how an English degree can prepare you for a career in any field.

Learn more about studying English at Meredith and how an English degree can prepare you for a career in any field.

Contact Information
Laura Fine
Head, English Department
120 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8507
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