Jul 21, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Major - Literature and Diversity

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Major in English

The English department allows students to take a 10-course major, with distribution requirements, or to pursue a 10 or 11-course concentration. The major requirements include 10 or more courses in English beyond the 100 level including ENG 290 , a section of ENG 401 , two other courses at the 300 level or above and two courses that focus on literature written before 1800. The 300- and 400-level courses must be taken at Wheaton. These are minimum requirements and students are strongly encouraged to take courses beyond the minimum. All English (ENG) courses at or above the 200-level may be used to fulfill English Major requirements, including courses on Film, New Media, and Writing Studies. Students may also take Creative Writing (CW) courses for English Major credit.

Major in English with a concentration

Students interested in the English major with a concentration should fulfill the same requirements as for the general English major along with the recommended courses in the concentration. In general, if a student wants to count a course that is not specifically listed for a concentration in the catalog, the student needs to petition the department for approval. Similarly, a student who wants to create a concentration that is not listed below needs to petition the department. Students who want to major in English with a particular concentration should normally apply by the end of the junior year.

Literature and Diversity Concentration

The concentration in Literature and Diversity immerses students in literature written by authors who possess knowledge and understanding unavailable to the dominant group about the marginalized groups with which the authors identify, for instance of race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. 

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