Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite course(s):
One introductory English literature course selected from the following:
ENGL 1050Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 1305Colonial/Post-Colonial British Literature
ENGL 1315Literature and the Financial Imagination
ENGL 1320Literature of the Americas
or ENGL 1320W Literature of the Americas
ENGL 1330Myths of Britain
ENGL 1340Essential Shakespeare
or ENGL 1340W Essential Shakespeare
ENGL 1351Shakespeare Seminar
ENGL 1360Fantasy And Speculative Fiction
ENGL 1365Literature and the Environment
ENGL 1410Introduction to English Literature I
or ENGL 1410W Introduction to English Literature I
ENGL 1411Introduction to English Literature II
or ENGL 1411W Introduction to English Literature II
ENGL 1510Introduction to American Literature I
or ENGL 1510W Introduction to American Literature I
ENGL 1511Introduction to American Literature II
or ENGL 1511W Introduction to American Literature II
ENGL 1610Introduction to Black American Literature I
or ENGL 1610W Introduction to Black American Literature I
ENGL 1611Introduction to Black American Literature II
or ENGL 1611W Introduction to Black American Literature II
ENGL 1710Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I
or ENGL 1710W Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I
ENGL 1711Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II
or ENGL 1711W Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II
ENGL 1712Introduction to Bollywood Cinema
or ENGL 1712W Introduction to Bollywood Cinema
ENGL 1830Tragedy
ENGL 1840Comedy
or ENGL 1840W Comedy
Required courses in related areas:
Required for the major:
33 credits of upper-division English courses including:
Two courses in literature before the 18th century from the following:
ENGL 3410Chaucer
ENGL 3420Medieval Literature
ENGL 3430The English Renaissance
ENGL 3440Shakespeare I
ENGL 3441Shakespeare II
ENGL 3446Shakespearean London
ENGL 3450Topics in Shakespeare Studies
ENGL 3460Milton
ENGL 3470English Drama I
ENGL 3490Early American Literature and Culture
ENGL 4135Folger Seminar
Two courses in literature between the 18th and 19th centuries from the following:
Certain special topics and major authors courses may fulfill this requirement.
ENGL 3480Eighteenth-Century British Literature
ENGL 3481The Eighteenth Century II
ENGL 3490Early American Literature and Culture
ENGL 3510Children's Literature
ENGL 3530The British Romantic Period
or ENGL 3530W The British Romantic Period
ENGL 3540Victorian Literature I
ENGL 3541Victorian Literature II
ENGL 3550The English Novel I
ENGL 3551The English Novel II
ENGL 3520American Romanticism
ENGL 3560American Realism
ENGL 3620American Poetry I
ENGL 3620American Poetry I
ENGL 3640The American Novel I
ENGL 3570Nineteenth-Century Black Literature
One course in literature after the 19th century from the following:
Certain special topics and major authors courses may fulfill this requirement.
ENGL 3510Children's Literature
ENGL 3610Modernism
ENGL 3621American Poetry II
ENGL 3630American Drama I
ENGL 3631American Drama II
ENGL 3641The American Novel II
ENGL 3650The Short Story
ENGL 3660Twentieth-Century Irish Literature I
ENGL 3661Twentieth-Century Irish Literature II
ENGL 3710Contemporary Drama
ENGL 3720Contemporary American Literature
ENGL 3721Contemporary American Literature II
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGL 3826Toni Morrison and William Faulkner
ENGL 3850Ethnicity and Place in American Literature
ENGL 3930Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3960Asian American Literature
ENGL 3970Jewish American Literature
One course in minority/postcolonial literature from the following:
Certain special topics and major authors courses may fulfill this requirement.
ENGL 3570Nineteenth-Century Black Literature
ENGL 3660Twentieth-Century Irish Literature I
ENGL 3661Twentieth-Century Irish Literature II
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGL 3826Toni Morrison and William Faulkner
ENGL 3850Ethnicity and Place in American Literature
ENGL 3910Disability Studies
ENGL 3920U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3930Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3940Topics in African American Literary Studies
ENGL 3950Cultural Theory and Black Studies
ENGL 3960Asian American Literature
ENGL 3965Topics in Asian American Cultural Studies
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
Two courses in literary theory and/or cultural studies including ENGL 2800W and one of the following:
Certain special topics and major authors courses may fulfill this requirement.
ENGL 2240Play Analysis
ENGL 2800Introduction to Critical Theory
ENGL 3610Modernism
ENGL 3830Topics in Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
ENGL 3840Gender and Literature
ENGL 3860Topics in the History of the English Language
ENGL 3910Disability Studies
ENGL 3920U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3950Cultural Theory and Black Studies
ENGL 3965Topics in Asian American Cultural Studies
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
ENGL 4040Honors Seminar
Three additional upper-division English courses, which may be in creative writing. With approval of the English Department, two courses in the literature of a foreign language (either in the original language or in translation) may be substituted for English electives.
ENGL 2800WIntroduction to Critical Theory

With departmental approval, courses with appropriate subject matter may be substituted for those specified above. A single course may fulfill only one requirement.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must apply in writing in the spring semester of the junior year; and they must have a GPA of 3.25 in courses in the English Department at the time of applying. Candidates take ENGL 4040 Honors Seminar in the fall semester of the senior year and ENGL 4250 Honors Thesis in the spring semester. Candidates must earn an A or A− on the Honors Thesis and have achieved a 3.4 grade-point average in courses in the English Department.