B.A. degree program in English
HEGIS code 1501
NYS SED program code 02043

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Program/Department Advisers

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
BROOKS, ELAINE UG Deputy 718-951-5195 2308 Boylan Hall ebrooks @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Tues. 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. Wed. & Thurs. 9:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
TREMPER, ELLEN UG Department Chair 718-951-5194 2308 Boylan Hall etremper @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Wed. 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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Program requirements (38-47 credits)
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Students may concentrate in the standard English program or in the History and Literature concentration (see "III. Electives" below).

I. English 2120 and 2121 (8 credits)
English 2120 and 2121 are both required. English majors should complete either English 2120 or 2121 or be enrolled in one or the other, before continuing in other electives. No ENGL course numbered lower than 2115 may count toward the major.

II. Period Courses (11-12 credits)
One course from each of three of the following six historical periods; two of the courses must be chosen from periods 1 through 3 and one must be chosen from periods 4 through 6:
1. 900-1500: English 3111, 3112, 3520, 4101; Comparative Literature 3614.
2. 1500-1660: English 3120, 3121, 3122, 3123, 3124, 3125, 4102; Comparative Literature 3615.
3. 1660-1800: English 3131, 3132, 3133, 3234, 4103; Comparative Literature 3616.
4. 1800-1900: English 3140, 3141, 3142, 3143, 3145, 3151, 3160, 3240, 4104, 4107; Comparative Literature 3606, 3617.
5. 1900-1950: English 2402, 3152, 3153, 3160, 3161, 3162, 3164, 3165, 3170, 3171, 3172, 3173, 3193, 4108; Comparative Literature 3607, 3610, 3618, 3622, 3623, 3624, 3625.
6. 1950-present: English 2402, 3154, 3161, 3162, 3166, 3167, 3174, 3180, 3187, 3193, 3194, 3255, 4109, 4112, 4113, 4114; Comparative Literature 3609, 3611, 3619, 3621, 3622, 3623, 3625, 4601, 4602.

III. Electives (19-27 credits)
Standard English concentration (six additional courses)

1. Breadth and Depth Area Studies (one course each from areas A and B):
A.) a course that addresses Race/Ethnicity or Empire/Post-colonialism (e.g., English 3158, 3160, 3161, 3162, 3166, 3169, 3180, 3194, 3234, 3240, 3282, 3526, Comparative Literature 3620, 3623, 3625, 3632, or another course with permission of the chairperson);
B.) a Genre course, or a Thematic Studies course (addressing a theme such as Memory, Migration, Environmental Humanities, Literature and Psychology, Gender and Sexuality), or an Interdisciplinary Studies course (English 3156, 3157, 3158, 3159, 3163, 3181, 3182, 3183, 3184, 3185, 3186, 3188, 3189, 3190, 3191, 3192, 3265, 3281, 3282, 3286, 3287, 3288, 3292, 4107, 4110, 4111, Comparative Literature 3601, 3602, 3603, 3604, 3605, 3608, 3612, 3613, 3628, 3629;

2. one seminar in English or Comparative Literature numbered in the 4000s;

3. three additional courses, including any course numbered English 2115 or higher, or a Comparative Literature course. One course may be in an allied discipline (Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Classics, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Speech Communication Arts and Sciences, or any other with permission of the chairperson.

Or: History and Literature concentration
Seven additional courses:
1. English 4113;
2. from Breadth and Depth Area A, a course that addresses Race/Ethnicity or Empire/Post-colonialism (e.g., English 3158, 3160, 3161, 3162, 3166, 3169, 3180, 3194, 3234, 3240, 3282, 3526, Comparative Literature 3620, 3623, 3625, 3632, or another course with permission of the chairperson);
3. a second course in a student's chosen historical period (from periods 1-6);
4. a course from the History Department or an American Studies course, cross-listed with History, complementing the two literature courses in the chosen period;
5. English 4114;
6. Either (a) the one-semester senior thesis (English 5103) and one elective (any period or genre in English or Comparative Literature or a course from an allied department); or (b) the two-semester senior thesis (English 5104 and 5105).
To qualify for this concentration, students must have a B+ or higher average and obtain permission from the chair or major's counselor. They should seek guidance in choosing their period of study and consult with the counselor on a suitable thesis advisor.