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Undergraduate Program

Pre- and Post-1800 Courses

As a rule, the following courses in English will always fulfill the major requirement for a course in English or American literature before 1800:

  • ENGL 200: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 201: Old English Language and Literature
  • ENGL 202: Middle English Literature
  • ENGL 203: Medieval Drama
  • ENGL 204: Chaucer
  • ENGL 206: Studies in Medieval Literature (Topics Vary)
  • ENGL 207: English Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 208: Elizabeth and Jacobean Drama
  • ENGL 209: Shakespeare's Tragedies
  • ENGL 210: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 211: Milton
  • ENGL 213: Studies in Renaissance Literature (Topics Vary)
  • ENGL 215: Early British Novel
  • ENGL 217: Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature (Topics Vary)

And the following numbers count for courses in English or American literature after 1800:

  • ENGL 220: Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 221: Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 222: Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • ENGL 223: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Topics Vary)
  • ENGL 226: American Realism
  • ENGL 227: American Moderns
  • ENGL 228: African-American Drama
  • ENGL 231: Twentieth-Century British Novel
  • ENGL 232: Poe and Hoffmann: Uncanny Stories
  • ENGL 233: Modern Poetry
  • ENGL 235: Twentieth-Century Drama
  • ENGL 236: Contemporary Fiction: Narr Of Us Immg
  • ENGL 237: Studies in International Literature
  • ENGL 238: Studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature (Topics Vary)
  • ENGL 245: Nature / Culture / Memory / Modernity

Other courses, such as ENGL 230: Studies in American Literature, ENGL 243: Studies in a Major Author, ENGL 244: Studies in a Literary Mode, ENGL 380: Advanced Seminar, will vary in fulfilling pre- or post-1800, depending on the topic or author(s) chosen. A course such as Dante's Divine Comedy, though cross-listed as ENGL 206, will not fulfill the requirement for a pre-1800 course in English or American literature. Students with questions about such courses should contact the director of undergraduate studies.