Basic Requirements

  • English majors must complete a minimum of ten upper-division English courses (3000 level or above).
  • Eight of these ten must be at the 4000 level.
  • Seven of the ten major courses must be taken in residence.
  • In keeping with Franklin College’s language requirements, English majors must show competency in a foreign language through the third semester.
  • Students must achieve at least a "C" in all major courses.

Course Distribution Requirements

Areas of Emphasis

If you wish to concentrate your studies within the English Major in a particular Area of Emphasis, click here for more information.

Courses by Area


Group I: British and American Lit before 1800


4060/6060: Old English

4210/6210: Old English Literature

4220/6220: Beowulf

4222: Topics in Early Literature of the British Isles*

4295/6295: Topics in Celtic Studies*

4296: Literature of Medieval Wales 


4197: Middle Welsh

4225/6225: The Age of Cathedrals: Literary Culture in the High Middle Ages

4230: Medieval Literature

4230W: Medieval Literature, writing intensive

4240/6240: Chaucer

4240W: Chaucer, writing intensive

4270: Medieval Romance

4290: Topics in Medieval Literature*


4300/6300: Elizabethan Poetry

4300W: Elizabethan Poetry, writing intensive

4320/6320: Shakespeare I: Selected Works

4320E/6320E: Shakespeare I: Texts and Contexts, an online learning course

4320W: Shakespeare I: Selected Works, writing intensive

4330: Shakespeare II: Special Topics**

4330W: Shakespeare II: Special Topics, writing intensive**

4330/4330W: Shakespeare II: Special Topics is repeatable for 6 credit hours, but may only be counted once towards the English and American Literature before 1800 requirement.

4330E: Shakespeare II: Special Topics, an online learning course*

4331 and 4331L: Shakespeare on Film. Students must sign up for 4331L along with 4331.

4332: Shakespeare and Media

4223E: Shakespeare and Media Online

4332W: Shakespeare and Media, writing intensive

4340/6340: Renaissance Drama

4350/6350: Seventeenth-Century Poetry

4360: Renaissance Prose

4370: Milton

4390: Topics in Renaissance Literature*

4390W: Topics in Renaissance Literature, writing intensive*


4400/6400: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Drama

4420/6420: Early Eighteenth-Century Prose and Poetry

4430: The Eighteenth-Century English Novel

4440/6440: The Age of Johnson

4450: The Global Eighteenth Century

4460: Women in the Eighteenth Century

4460E: Women in the Eighteenth Century Online

4480/6480: Scottish Literature of the Eighteenth Century

4490: Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature*

4491 and 4491L: The Eighteenth Century on Film. Students must sign up for 4491L along with 4491.

4700: People of Paradox: American Colonial Voices


Group II: British and Postcolonial Literature After 1800

4500: Romantic Literature

4501: Romantic Circles

4505: Jane Austen

4510: Nineteenth-Century British Prose

4520: Nineteenth-Century British Novel

4520W: Nineteenth-Century British Novel, writing intensive

4525W: Charles Dickens, writing intensive

4530: Victorian Literature

4540: Victorian Poetry

4590: Topics in Nineteenth-Century British Literature*

4650: Modern Drama

4660: Twentieth-Century British Poetry

4670: Twentieth-Century British Novel

4675: Twenty-First Century British Fiction

4680: Modern Irish Literature

4685: Postcolonial Literature

4690: Topics in Twentieth-Century British Literature* 

4695: Topics in Postcolonial Literature*

4695S: Topics in Postcolonial Literature, service learning*

4698: James Joyce 


Group III: American Literature

4620: African American Poetry

4630: African American Fiction

4642/6642-4642L/6642L: Films about the American South. Students must sign up for the lab along with 4642/6642.

4710: Emancipated Imagination: American Renaissance

4712: Edgar Allan Poe

4720: American Realism and Naturalism

4721: Mark Twain

4723: Herman Melville

4730: American Novel to 1900

4740: Southern Literature

4750: American Modernism

4760: Contemporary American Literature

4770: Twentieth-Century American Poetry

4780: Twentieth-Century American Novel

4790: Topics in American Literature*

4791: American Autobiography

4795: William Faulkner

4860: Multicultural Topics in American Literature *

4874: Literature and the Civil War

4880: Topics in African American Literature*

4882W: Black Film Matters: Studies in African American Film

4883W: From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop: Essential Voices in Modern Black Music

4880E: Topics in African American Literature, an online learning course*

4884W: Contemporary African-American Writing, writing intensive


Group IV: Language, Criticism, and Culture

4005/6005: History of the English Language

4010/6010: American English

4040: Language Use in African American Community

4050/6050: Structure of African American English

4060/6060: Old English

4100/6100: Lexicography

4110/6110: English Grammar

4170/6170: Second Language Acquisition

4180/6180: ESL Error Analysis

4190: Topics in English Language*

4195/6195: Celtic Languages

4295/6295: Topics in Celtic Studies* 

4640: Film as Literature

4800W: Advanced Creative Writing, writing intensive

You may receive up to 12 hours of credit for English 4800, however, only 6 hours can be used toward satisfying English major distribution requirements. The other 6 credit hours will appear in your general electives.

4810: Literary Magazine Editing and Publishing

4820: Literary Theory

4821: Poetics

4822: Texts, Sex, and Gender

4825: Topics in Literary Theory*

4826: Style: Language, Genre, Cognition

4830W: Advanced Studies in Writing, writing intensive. Repeatable once for credit.

4831W:  Advanced Studies in Writing: The Critical Essay, writing intensive

4832W: Writing for the World Wide Web, writing intensive

4833W: Composition Theory and Pedagogy, writing intensive

4835: Environmental Literature

4836W/6836W: Writing About Health and Medicine, writing intensive

4837W/6837W: Digital Storytelling, writing intensive

4850W: Rhetoric, Literature, and Textuality, writing intensive

4864: History and Theory of the Novel

4865: Studies in the Novel Before 1900

4866: Studies in the Novel After 1900

4870: Folklore Studies. Repeatable once for credit.

4876: Fantasy Literature

4885: Introduction to Humanities Computing

4886: Text and Corpus Analysis

4888: Humanities Computing I: Knowledge Representation

4889: Humanities Computing II: Applied Design

4890: Topics in Criticism and Culture*

4892/6892: Literature in the Archives

4895: Topics in Literature and Arts*

4896: Comics and Graphic Narratives

4897: Science Fiction

4898: Comics Theory and Practice

4995: Senior Seminar

LING(AFAM)(ENGL) 4050/6050: Structure of African American English 


3000-Level Courses

3010: Introduction to Folklore

3030: Introduction to English Language

3050: Introduction to Poetry

3050H: Introduction to Poetry, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3055: Poetry and Popular Song

3100: Introduction to British Culture

3150: Generative Syntax

3230: Development of African American Literature

3300: Women in Literature

3330: Literature and Human Rights

3400: Literature and Evolution

3410: Literature and Media

3420: Literature and the Mind

3430: Literature and Childhood

3440: Literature and Philosophy

3450: Literature and War

3500: Jane Austen’s World

3530: Introduction to Victorian Studies

3590W: Technical and Professional Communication, writing intensive

3600W: Advanced Composition, writing intensive

3610: Introduction to Fiction

3610H: Introduction to Fiction, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3650: Introduction to Drama

3650H: Introduction to Drama, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3800W: Introduction to Creative Writing, writing intensive

3800H: Introduction to Creative Writing, permission from the Honors program is required for registration

3801: Intermediate Creative Writing. You must have had 3800W to take this course.

3820W: Critical Approaches to Literature, writing intensive

3850S: Writing and Community, service learning

3860W: Science Writing for General Audiences, writing intensive

3880S: The Modern Civil Rights Movement in Literature and Culture, service learning

3892S: Literature in the Library, service learning

The following English courses do not satisfy the Group IV requirement. They can only be taken as general electives.

4831: Eportfolio Workshop

4834/4834E: Electronic Writing Portfolio Workshop, an online learning course

4840: Internship in Literary Media

4841: Internship in Teaching and Pedagogy

4842: Internship in Professional and Technical Communications 

4843: Internship in Libraries and Museums 

*Topics courses are repeatable once for credit.