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Degree Requirements

English Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.  
  • Transfer students may apply up to 9 credits (three courses) of certain approved 200-level courses toward this major. For students transferring 300- and 400-level courses, at least 18 credits in this major must be taken at UB.
  • Read the course descriptions.

General-Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General-education requirements for:

  • all students who entered UB prior to fall 2013
  • any student who entered UB with 24 or more credits before fall 2014

General-education requirements for:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

English Program Requirements 
(36 credits)

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • one Period & Context course
  • two additional 300- or 400-level ENGL, WRIT, CMAT or ARTS courses
  • Introduction to English Studies (ENGL 301)
  • Seminar in English (ENGL 498)

and one of the following:

  • Shakespeare: Kings, Knaves & Fools (ENGL 364)
  • Shakespeare: Love, Myth & Metamorphosis (ENGL 365)

and one of the following:

  • The Archaeology of Language (ENGL 392)
  • Understanding Narrative (ENGL 395)

Specializations

Complete one of the following English specializations:

LITERATURE SPECIALIZATION (18 credits)

PROFESSIONAL WRITING SPECIALIZATION
(18 credits)

    • Computer Graphics: Publishing (CMAT 211)
    • Writing, Editing & Publishing (WRIT 330)
    • Syntax, Semantics & Style (WRIT 380)
    • Copyediting & Document Design (WRIT 430)

and one of the following:

  • Internship in Professional Writing (WRIT 407)
  • Internship in University Publications (WRIT 440)

and one of the following:

  • Techniques of Popularization (WRIT 317)
  • Introduction to Journalism (WRIT 332)

CREATIVE WRITING SPECIALIZATION (18 credits)

APPLIED RHETORIC SPECIALIZATION (18 credits)

    • The Rhetoric of Digital Communication (CMAT 342)

and one of the following:

    • The Archaeology of Language (ENGL 392)
    • Understanding Narrative (ENGL 395)
      You’ll take one to complete the Core Courses and one to complete this specialization.

and one of the following:

    • Literature & Law (ENGL 356)
    • Literature in Society (ENGL 400)

and one of the following:

    • Argument & Persuasion (WRIT 314)
    • Legal Writing & Rhetoric (WRIT 381)

and one of the following:

    • Media Literacy (CMAT 352)
    • Mass Media & Society (CMAT 371)

and one of the following:

  • Popular Genres (ENGL 331)
  • Media Genres (ENGL 333)

General Electives

      • First Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning (IDIS 101)
        freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement, including this recommended elective:

      • The Experience of Literature (ENGL 200), or another 200-level literature course

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing one of the following:

    • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)
    • Seminar in English: The Modern Tradition (ENGL 498)

  • Period & Context Courses

    • Wells of the Past: Classical Foundations (ENGL 311)
    • American Literature to 1900 (ENGL 341)
    • Melville, Poe & Whitman: American Voyagers (ENGL 342)
    • American Literature Since 1900 (ENGL 344)
    • The American Dream (ENGL 346)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360)
    • The Hero & the Quest (ENGL 361)
    • Dante, Chaucer & Cervantes: Three Versions of Pilgrimage (ENGL 362)
    • Milton, Blake & Yeats: Poet as Prophet (ENGL 366)
    • Austen, the Brontes & Woolf: Rooms of Their Own (ENGL 374)
    • Literature in Society (ENGL 400)
    • The Elizabethan Renaissance: In the Green World (ENGL 421)
    • The Metaphysical Moment: From T.S. Eliot to John Donne (ENGL 431)
    • The Age of Reason (ENGL 432)
    • The Romantic Imagination (ENGL 441)
    • The Victorian Paradox (ENGL 442)
    • The Great Moderns (ENGL 450)
  • British Literature Courses

    • Tolkien: Master of Fantasy (ENGL 358)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
    • Shakespeare: Kings, Knaves & Fools (ENGL 364)
    • Shakespeare: Love, Myth & Metamorphosis (ENGL 365)
    • Milton, Blake & Yeats: Poet as Prophet (ENGL 366)
    • Austen, the Brontes & Woolf: Rooms of Their Own (ENGL 374)
    • The Elizabethan Renaissance: In the Green World (ENGL 421)
    • The Metaphysical Moment: From T.S. Eliot to John Donne (ENGL 431)
    • The Age of Reason (ENGL 432)
    • The Romantic Imagination (ENGL 441)
    • The Victorian Paradox (ENGL 442)
    • The Great Moderns (ENGL 450)
    • Topics in Literature (ENGL 497, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
  • American Literature Courses

    • Modern Drama (ENGL 338)
    • American Literature to 1900 (ENGL 341)
    • Melville, Poe & Whitman: American Voyagers (ENGL 342)
    • American Literature Since 1900 (ENGL 344)
    • The American Dream (ENGL 346)
    • Multiethnic American Literature (ENGL 348)
    • American Identities: Explorations in the Past & Present (ENGL 349)
    • Topics in African-American Literature (ENGL 350)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
    • Topics in Literature (ENGL 497, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
  • Multiethnic/Women's Literature Courses

    • Worlds Beyond the West (ENGL 313)
    • Topics in International Literature (ENGL 319)
    • Multiethnic American Literature (ENGL 348)
    • American Identities: Explorations in the Past & Present (ENGL 349)
    • Topics in African-American Literature (ENGL 350)
    • Major Authors (ENGL 360, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
    • Women's Literary History (ENGL 371)
    • Topics in Women's Literature (ENGL 372)
    • Austen, the Brontes & Woolf: Rooms of Their Own (ENGL 374)
    • Literature in Society (ENGL 400)
    • Topics in Literature (ENGL 497, if appropriate topic, approved by semester)
  • Workshop Courses

    • Creative Writing Workshop: Memoir (WRIT 315)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Creative Journalism (WRIT 316)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry (WRIT 318)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction (WRIT 319)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Playwriting (WRIT 362)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Screenwriting (WRIT 363/CMAT 363)
    • Creative Writing: Special Topics (WRIT 367)
  • Genre Courses

    • The Short Story (ENGL 315)
    • Modern Poetry (ENGL 316)
    • The Novel (ENGL 317)
    • Contemporary Literature (ENGL 320)
    • Literature & Film (ENGL 332)
    • Modern Drama (ENGL 338)
as of fall 2014