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English [ENG] (Major)

The following courses meet the College’s requirement for the bachelor of arts and the major in English. The bachelor of arts requires proficiency in a foreign language.

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A. Required Courses: 21 credit hours
  • ENG 203 - Introduction to Poetry (3 cr. hr.)
    English majors must pass ENG 203 and ENG 302 with a grade of C- or better.
  • ENG 302 - Writing About Literature (3 cr. hr.)
    English majors must pass ENG 203 and ENG 302 with a grade of C- or better.
  • ENG 325 - American Literature Before 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 326 - American Literature Since 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 355 - Major Figures in British Literature to 1780 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 356 - Major Figures in British Literature 1780-Present (3 cr. hr.)
One course in literature before 1800 from the following:
  • ENG 431 - Arthurian Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 432 - Topics in Medieval Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 433 - Shakespeare (3 cr. hr.)
    The English Department strongly urges students to take ENG 433
  • ENG 438 - Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 440 - Eighteenth-Century British Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 441 - The Age of Sensibility (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 442 - Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (3 cr. hr.)
For those who meet eligibility requirements

This requirement may also be met with one of the following 500-level courses:

  • ENG 530 - Chaucer (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 538 - Studies in Seventeenth-Century English Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 539 - Milton (3 cr. hr.)
B. Other English Courses

Fifteen credit hours of ENG courses with at least 12 credit hours at the 400 level. ENG 402 does not count toward this requirement.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the B.A. in English over four years

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Free elective
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language
  • GE?course
  • GE?course
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 203 - Introduction to Poetry (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • ENG 302 - Writing About Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 325 - American Literature Before 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 355 - Major Figures in British Literature to 1780 (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • ENG 326 - American Literature Since 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 356 - Major Figures in British Literature 1780-Present (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • ENG (400 level)
  • ENG elective
  • GE course
  • Course in minor
  • Elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • ENG literature before 1800
  • ENG (400 level)
  • Course in minor
  • GE course
  • Elective
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • ENG (400 level)
  • Course in minor
  • Course in minor
  • Elective
  • Elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • ENG (400 level)
  • Course in minor
  • Course in minor
  • Elective
  • Elective