Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

Undergraduate

If you are interested in becoming a major, please contact Prof. Nicholas Boggs (nicholas.boggs@nyu.edu), Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Student Research and Advisement, or Prof. Jini Watson (jini.watson@nyu.edu), the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

You may also contact Mary Mezzano (mary.mezzano@nyu.edu), Undergraduate Administrator, for general questions and assistance.

To declare your major, you can either access the declaration form online or pick one up at the English Department. This sheet should be turned in to the Undergraduate Administrator in order to process your declaration.

English Major, Track in Literary Studies

A minimum of ten 4-point courses (40 points), completed with a grade of C or better and distributed as follows:

  • Four required core courses. These are Introduction to the Study of Literature (ENGL-UA 101), British Literature I (ENGL-UA 210), British Literature II (ENGL-UA 220), and American Literature I (ENGL-UA 230). ENGL-UA 101 is a prerequisite for ENGL-UA 210, 220, and 230, but may be taken as a corequisite with permission of the department and/or instructor.
  • One course in critical theories and methods. The following courses are typically used to fulfill this requirement: ENGL-UA 130, ENGL-UA 712, ENGL-UA 735, ENGL-UA 755, ENGL-UA 970.
  • One course in British literature before 1800. The following courses are typically used to fulfill this requirement: ENGL-UA 143, ENGL-UA 310, ENGL-UA 320, ENGL-UA 410, ENGL-UA 411, ENGL-UA 415, ENGL-UA 440, ENGL-UA 445, ENGL-UA 450, ENGL-UA 500, ENGL-UA 505, ENGL-UA 510, ENGL-UA 512, ENGL-UA 515, ENGL-UA 950, ENGL-UA 951-953, ENGL-GA 1060, ENGL-GA 1061.
  • One senior seminar. Students must first complete the four core courses to be eligible to enroll in seminars. The following courses are used to fulfill this requirement: ENGL-UA 950-955; 960-965; and 970-976.

The remaining three ENGL-UA courses (12 points) may be drawn from any combination of intermediate courses, advanced courses, or seminars.

English Major, Track with a Specialization in Creative Writing

A minimum of eleven 4-point courses and two 2-point courses (48 points), completed with a grade of C or better and distributed as follows:

  • Five required core courses. These are Introduction to the Study of Literature (ENGL-UA 101), Reading as a Writer (ENGL-UA 201), British Literature I (ENGL-UA 210), British Literature II (ENGL-UA 220), and American Literature I (ENGL-UA 230). ENGL-UA 101 is a prerequisite for ENGL-UA 201, 210, 220, and 230, but may be taken as a corequisite with permission of the department and/or instructor.
  • Either one course in critical theories and methods (typically chosen from ENGL-UA 130, ENGL-UA 712, ENGL-UA 735, ENGL-UA 755, ENGL-UA 970), or one course in British literature before 1800 (typically chosen from ENGL-UA 143, ENGL-UA 310, ENGL-UA 320, ENGL-UA 410, ENGL-UA 411, ENGL-UA 415, ENGL-UA 440, ENGL-UA 445, ENGL-UA 450, ENGL-UA 500, ENGL-UA 505, ENGL-UA 510, ENGL-UA 512, ENGL-UA 515, ENGL-UA 950, ENGL-UA 951-953, ENGL-GA 1060, ENGL-GA 1061).
  • A creative capstone project with a Department of English faculty member (a creative writing project in poetry, prose, or a hybrid genre). Students enroll in both ENGL-UA 910 and 911 (2 points each).
  • One senior seminar. Students must first complete the five core courses to be eligible to enroll in seminars. The following courses are used to fulfill this requirement: ENGL-UA 950-955; 960-965; and 970-976.
  • The remaining two ENGL-UA courses (8 points) may be drawn from any combination of intermediate courses, advanced courses, or seminars.
  • Plus two courses in Creative Writing. Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction and Poetry (CRWRI-UA 815) is required, followed by one intermediate CRWRI-UA course.

Minor in English and American Literature

This is a five-course (20-point) minor. The requirements, all to be completed with a grade of C or better, are:

  • Introduction to the Study of Literature (ENGL-UA 101)
  • One of the following:
    • British Literature I (ENGL-UA 210)
    • British Literature II (ENGL-UA 220)
    • American Literature I (ENGL-UA 230)
  • Plus three additional ENGL-UA courses.

Restrictions on Credit toward the Major and the Minor

Courses used to satisfy requirements for the English major or minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements of any other major or minor. The only exception is for students on the creative writing major track who also have a minor in creative writing (they may double-count two courses between the major and minor). Independent study courses and internships do not count toward any of the department's major or minor programs. Transfer students must complete at least half of the required courses for the major and minor programs at the College. All courses for the major must be completed with a C or better (pass/fail does not count).

Honors Program

The requirements consist of:

  • A senior capstone seminar chosen from ENGL-UA 950-955, ENGL-UA 960-965, ENGL-UA 970-976 (serves as prerequisite to the Honors Thesis and Colloquium).
  • Enrollment in Seniors Honors Thesis (ENGL-UA 925) and completion of a thesis (on a topic of the student's choosing) under the direction of a member of the Department of English faculty.
  • A yearlong Senior Honors Colloquium for thesis writers (ENGL-UA 926). Students should apply for admission to the honors program when they have no more than four and no fewer than three semesters until graduation. Applications are available on the department's undergraduate website and at the department offices.

Study Away

The Department of English encourages its majors to take advantage of NYU's many opportunities for study away. NYU London offers courses that may be used to fulfill major requirements, as well as courses in British politics, creative writing, and the history of British art and architecture. A list of both ENGL-UA and non- ENGL-UA courses offered by the various NYU study away programs that may be counted toward specific requirements for the major can be found on the department's website each term. English majors should consult a departmental adviser before making plans to study away.

Liberal Studies Transfers into CAS/the English Major

The English Major for Students after completion of the Liberal Studies Program
After completion of Cultural Foundations I, II, and II, with a C or better students will be exempt from 2 of the 10 English major courses, making it an 8 course major.
The English Major requirements are as follows:

ENGL-UA 101 Intro to the Study of Literature   
ENGL-UA 210 British Literature I 
 
ENGL-UA 220 British Literature II  
ENGL-UA 230 American Literature 
 
1 Critical Theories Course
 
2 other English electives  
1 Senior Seminar  

TOTAL: 8 courses

For a list of the Creative Writing Track requirements after Liberal Studies, see the Creative Writing Track page.

 

The double major for tisch drama students

The Double Major in English for Students in TSOA’s Department of Drama
This TSOA double major is not intended to overlap with the drama students' Theatre Studies program requirements. Drama students double majoring in English may not take any English courses focused on drama (including Shakespeare). However, the Department of Drama does reduce the Theatre Studies requirement by one course (4 points) for students who complete the TSOA eight-course double major in English.
The double major in English for TSOA drama students requires 8 courses through CAS Department of English. The requirements are as follows:

ENGL-UA 101 Intro to the Study of Literature
 
ENGL-UA 210 British Literature I 
 
ENGL-UA 220 British Literature II  
ENGL-UA 230 American Literature  
1 course on British Literature before 1800  
1 “Critical Theories” Elective 
 
2 other advanced English electives  

TOTAL: 8 courses

For a list of the Creative Writing Track requirements after Liberal Studies, see the Creative Writing Track page.

 


All Drama Students interested in a Double Major in English should first meet with their advisor in TSOA Drama located at 721 Broadway, 3rd Floor.