Tracks and requirements

English major (prior to Fall 2012)

There is only one English major, but within that major you can emphasize either Literature (ENGL) or Creative Writing (CRWT). All English majors share aspects of their programs and are encouraged to take courses in both emphases.

  • All majors take three introductory courses (12 units). Two introductory courses should be completed before enrolling in upper-division courses or workshops.
  • All majors take at least seven upper-division courses (28 units) in specific categories.
  • All majors are encouraged to take elective courses in literature and creative writing.
  • All majors are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 491 "Senior Seminar in Literary Studies." The subjects will vary, and classes are restricted to twelve students.
  • All majors may combine 2 -unit courses (ENGL 499) Special Topics to satisfy a 4 -unit course requirement.
  • Three introductory courses


    At least two courses from ENGL 261, 262 or 263. One of your three courses may come from ENGL 290, 298 or 299.

  • Emphasis in Literature (ENGL)


    At least seven upper-division courses (4 units each). Note that two special courses of 2-units may be combined within a category to satisfy a 4-unit course requirement.

    • Two courses in literature written before 1800, from ENGL 420, 421, 422, 423, 430, 461, 465, or 469.
    • One course in 19th-century literature, from ENGL 424, 425, 440 or 466.
    • One course in American literature, from ENGL 350, 440, 441, 442, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449 or 451.
    • Three upper-division English electives from any English course numbered 300 to 499 that has not been used to satisfy another requirement for the major. Only one elective may be a creative writing workshop. ENGL 491 "Senior Seminar in Literary Studies" is strongly recommended.
  • Emphasis in Creative Writing (CRWT)


    At least seven upper-division courses (4 units each). Note that two special courses of 2-units may be combined within a category to satisfy a 4-unit course requirement.

    • Two introductory workshops, ENGL 304 and one from ENGL 303 or 305.
    • One workshop from ENGL 405, 406, 407 or 408.
    • One course in literature before 1900, from ENGL 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 430, 440, 461, 465, 466 or 469.
    • One course in literature after 1900, from ENGL 426, 441, 442, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 452, 455, 456, 462, 463 or 467.
    • Two upper-division English electives from any English course numbered 300 to 499 that has not been used to satisfy another requirement for the major. Only one elective may be a creative writing workshop. ENGL 491 "Senior Seminar in Literary Studies" is strongly recommended.

Undergraduate alumni publications pictured above:
Paul Legault, The Emily Dickinson Reader McSweeney's 2012; Becca Klaver, L.A. Liminal Kore 2010; Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men Candlewick 2011; Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife Random House 2011; Paul Legault, The Madeleine Poems Omnidawn 2010; Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Candlewick 2011.

The requirements on this page apply to English majors with catalogue years prior to Fall 2012. For information on English majors with catalogue years for Fall 2012 and later, please click here.

Documents
  • USC Dornsife Department of English
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  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
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  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
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