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The English major teaches students to appreciate and use the English language and literature effectively for critical thinking, effective communication, citizenship, and career success. English majors build strong writing skills and engage in high-level critical and analytical thinking. They encounter enriching, enduring, experimental, and complex works of literature. And they grapple with perspectives far distant from their own, examining their deepest values. Instructors introduce students to a wide range of genres and cultural perspectives, and pay close attention to all aspects of student thinking and writing, from logic and evidence to originality and style. Fostering communication skills, stimulating creativity, developing cultural sensitivity, and sharpening analytical abilities, the English major prepares students for a broad range of careers.

English majors choose one of three tracks: the general major (which emphasizes literary and cultural studies), creative writing, or language and linguistics. All majors take a core curriculum that introduces them to a range of approaches to literature and language, including courses in literary and cultural history. Students who opt for the general major build on core courses with intermediate and advanced classes that focus on texts from across a range of periods and places, investigating literature and culture using multiple methods and approaches. Students pursuing the emphasis on creative writing take the core curriculum with a sequence of creative writing workshops. Students wishing to emphasize language and linguistics choose options in grammar, the history of the English language, phonology, and language acquisition.

Teaching Major

Those who wish to prepare for teaching careers at the secondary level should complete the undergraduate English major and then apply for a teaching certificate or graduate education program. For further information, students should make an appointment with the undergraduate advisor in English or the graduate advisor in curriculum and instruction.

Information about the English major can be found on the department website and also in the department office, 7195 Helen C. White Hall. Students interested in declaring the major should schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen Redfield, the Undergraduate Advisor. Students must complete 6 credits of introductory literature before they declare, but are welcome to meet with the advisor at any time. These 6 credits must carry the “L” breadth designation, regardless of the subject in which they are taken.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

College of Letters & Science Breadth and Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science curriculum. View a comparison of the degree requirements here.

Bachelor of Science DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Mathematics Two (2) 3+ credits of intermediate/advanced level MATH, COMP SCI, STAT
Limit one each: COMP SCI, STAT
Foreign Language Complete the third unit of a foreign language
Note: A unit is one year of high school work or one semester/term of college work.
L&S Breadth
  • Humanities, 12 credits: 6 of the 12 credits must be in literature
  • Social Sciences, 12 credits
  • Natural Sciences, 12 credits: must include 6 credits in biological science; and must include 6 credits in physical science
Liberal Arts and Science Coursework 108 credits
Depth of Intermediate/Advanced work 60 intermediate or advanced credits
Major Declare and complete at least one (1) major
Total Credits 120 credits
UW-Madison Experience 30 credits in residence, overall
30 credits in residence after the 90th credit
Minimum GPAs 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison
2.000 in intermediate/advanced coursework at UW–Madison

Non–L&S Students PURSUING AN L&S MAJOR

Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements and do not need to complete the L&S breadth and degree requirements above.

Requirements for the Major

Completion of the major requires a minimum of 30 credits in intermediate- or advanced-level English courses numbered 204 and higher, with the exception of ENGL 201 Intermediate Composition , ENGL 207 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry Workshop and ENGL 236 Bascom Course.

Select one of the following:30
English (Literature)
English Language and Linguistics
Creative Writing
Total Credits30

The major requirements are distributed as follows:

English (literature)

ENGL 241 Literature and Culture I: to the 18th Century3
ENGL 242 Literature and Culture II: from the 18th Century to the Present3
One course in American Literature3
One pre-1800 course (may be Shakespeare)3
One pre-1800 course (CANNOT be Shakespeare)3
One course in English Language or Composition & Rhetoric3
ENGL 245 Seminar in the Major3
Additional ENGL elective credits to achieve 30 credit minimum9
Total Credits30

English (Literature) courses

American Literature Courses

ENGL/​LITTRANS  223 Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings3
ENGL 243 American Literary Cultures3
ENGL/​AMER IND  246 Literature by American Indian Women3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  248 Women in Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  270 A Survey of Asian American Literature3
ENGL/​AMER IND  274 Indigenous Literature of the Great Lakes3
ENGL/​AMER IND  275 American Indian Oral Literatures3
ENGL 355 Colonial and Early Romantic American Literature3
ENGL 356 Nineteenth-Century American Fiction3
ENGL 357 Major American Poets3
ENGL 358 Literature of the American Renaissance3
ENGL 361 Modern and Contemporary American Literature3
ENGL 362 American Fiction since 19003
ENGL 363 The American Short Story3
ENGL/​CHICLA  368 Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures3
ENGL 374 African and African Diaspora Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 455 A Study of an Outstanding Figure or Figures in American Literature3
ENGL 456 Topic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 457 Topic in American Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 458 Major American Writer or Writers3
ENGL 459 Three American Novelists3
ENGL 461 Topics in Ethnic and Multicultural Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  464 Asian American Women Writers3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  465 Asian American Poetry3
ENGL/​AMER IND  467 Contemporary American Indian Literature Since 19533
ENGL 474 Topic in Contemporary Literature3
ENGL/​JEWISH  593 Literature of Jewish Identity in America3
ENGL/​AFROAMER  672 Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature3

Pre-1800 Literature (may be Shakespeare) 

ENGL 219 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL 220 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL 328 The Sixteenth Century3
ENGL 331 Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 334 Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 335 Stage and Page in the Long Eighteenth Century3
ENGL 336 Eighteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  360 The Anglo-Saxons3
ENGL 422 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature before 18003
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  423 Topic in Medieval Literature and Culture3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  424 Medieval Drama3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  425 Medieval Romance3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  426 Chaucers Courtly Poetry3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  427 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales3
ENGL 430 Topic in Early Modern Literature and Culture3
ENGL 431 Early Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 432 Later Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 433 Spenser3
ENGL/​RELIG ST  434 Milton3
ENGL 438 Topic in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  520 Old English3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  521 Advanced Old English Literature3
ENGL 546 Topic in Travel Writing before 18003

Pre-1800 Literature (CANNOT be Shakespeare)

ENGL 328 The Sixteenth Century3
ENGL 331 Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 334 Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 335 Stage and Page in the Long Eighteenth Century3
ENGL 336 Eighteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  360 The Anglo-Saxons3
ENGL 422 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature before 18003
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  423 Topic in Medieval Literature and Culture3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  424 Medieval Drama3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  425 Medieval Romance3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  426 Chaucers Courtly Poetry3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  427 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales3
ENGL 430 Topic in Early Modern Literature and Culture3
ENGL 433 Spenser3
ENGL/​RELIG ST  434 Milton3
ENGL 438 Topic in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  520 Old English3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  521 Advanced Old English Literature3
ENGL 546 Topic in Travel Writing before 18003

English Language or Composition & Rhetoric

ENGL 204 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy3
ENGL 214 The English Language3
ENGL 304 Composition & Rhetoric In and Beyond the University3
ENGL 400 Advanced Composition3
ENGL 403 Seminar on Tutoring Writing Across the Curriculum3
ENGL 500 Writing in Workplaces3
ENGL 501 Writing Internship3
ENGL 505 Topics in Composition and Rhetoric3

Additional ENGL Elective Credits

ENGL 204 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy3
ENGL 214 The English Language3
ENGL 219 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL 220 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL/​LITTRANS  223 Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings3
ENGL 224 Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 243 American Literary Cultures3
ENGL/​AMER IND  246 Literature by American Indian Women3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  248 Women in Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  250 Women in Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  270 A Survey of Asian American Literature3
ENGL 271 Writing with New Media3
ENGL/​AMER IND  274 Indigenous Literature of the Great Lakes3
ENGL/​AMER IND  275 American Indian Oral Literatures3
ENGL 279 Topics in English, Study Abroad - Literature3
ENGL 304 Composition & Rhetoric In and Beyond the University3
ENGL 307 Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 314 Structure of English3
ENGL 315 English Phonology3
ENGL 316 English Language Variation in the U.S.3
ENGL 318 Second Language Acquisition3
ENGL 319 Language, Race, and Identity3
ENGL 328 The Sixteenth Century3
ENGL 331 Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 334 Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 335 Stage and Page in the Long Eighteenth Century3
ENGL 336 Eighteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL 340 Romantic Literature and Culture3
ENGL 341 Romantic Poetry3
ENGL 344 Victorian Literature and Culture3
ENGL 345 Nineteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL 346 Victorian Poetry3
ENGL 351 Modernist Novel3
ENGL 352 Modernist Poetry3
ENGL 353 British Literature since 19003
ENGL 355 Colonial and Early Romantic American Literature3
ENGL 356 Nineteenth-Century American Fiction3
ENGL 357 Major American Poets3
ENGL 358 Literature of the American Renaissance3
ENGL/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  360 The Anglo-Saxons3
ENGL 361 Modern and Contemporary American Literature3
ENGL 362 American Fiction since 19003
ENGL 363 The American Short Story3
ENGL/​CHICLA  368 Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures3
ENGL 373 Contemporary Poetry3
ENGL 374 African and African Diaspora Literature and Culture3
ENGL 375 Literatures of Migration and Diaspora3
ENGL 379 Postcolonial and World Literature3
ENGL 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English3
ENGL 400 Advanced Composition3
ENGL 403 Seminar on Tutoring Writing Across the Curriculum3
ENGL 407 Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop3
ENGL 408 Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 409 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 410 Creative Writing: Playwriting Workshop3
ENGL 411 Creative Writing: Special Topics Workshop3
ENGL 413 English Words: Grammar, Culture, Mind3
ENGL 414 Global Spread of English3
ENGL 415 Introduction to TESOL Methods3
ENGL 416 English in Society3
ENGL 417 History of the English Language3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  419 Gender and Language3
ENGL 420 Topics in English Language and Linguistics3
ENGL 422 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature before 18003
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  423 Topic in Medieval Literature and Culture3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  424 Medieval Drama3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  425 Medieval Romance3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  426 Chaucers Courtly Poetry3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  427 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales3
ENGL 430 Topic in Early Modern Literature and Culture3
ENGL 431 Early Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 432 Later Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 433 Spenser3
ENGL/​RELIG ST  434 Milton3
ENGL 438 Topic in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 443 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature since 18003
ENGL 444 Topic in Romantic or Victorian Literature and Culture3
ENGL 446 Romantic Autobiographies3
ENGL 453 Topic in British Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 454 James Joyce3
ENGL 455 A Study of an Outstanding Figure or Figures in American Literature3
ENGL 456 Topic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 457 Topic in American Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 458 Major American Writer or Writers3
ENGL 459 Three American Novelists3
ENGL 461 Topics in Ethnic and Multicultural Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  462 Topic in Asian American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  464 Asian American Women Writers3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  465 Asian American Poetry3
ENGL/​AMER IND  467 Contemporary American Indian Literature Since 19533
ENGL 469 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts1-4
ENGL 473 Topic in Postcolonial or World Literature3
ENGL 474 Topic in Contemporary Literature3
ENGL/​THEATRE  477 Diaspora and Theatre3
ENGL/​LCA  478 Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization3
ENGL 479 Contemporary World Theatre in English3
ENGL 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major3
ENGL 482 Honors Seminar3
ENGL 500 Writing in Workplaces3
ENGL 501 Writing Internship3
ENGL 505 Topics in Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 508 Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 509 Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 514 English Syntax3
ENGL 515 Techniques and Materials for TESOL3
ENGL 516 English Grammar in Use3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  520 Old English3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  521 Advanced Old English Literature3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  522 Middle English Language3
ENGL 531 Humans, Non-Humans, Post-Humans3
ENGL 532 Literature and Animal Studies3
ENGL 533 Topic in Literature and the Environment3
ENGL/​THEATRE  534 American Drama and Theatre to 19003
ENGL 537 Sex, Love, and Power: Topic in Literature and Sexuality3
ENGL 538 Women's Traditions in the Novel3
ENGL/​JEWISH  539 Jewish Literatures in Diaspora3
ENGL 543 Discourses of Disability, Antiquity to 18003
ENGL 544 Modern Discourses of Disability3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  545 Feminist Theory and Women's Writing in English3
ENGL 546 Topic in Travel Writing before 18003
ENGL 548 Topic in Literature and Politics3
ENGL 559 Topic in Literary or Cultural Theory3
ENGL 560 Narrative Theory3
ENGL 561 Modern Critical Theories3
ENGL 562 Topic in Poetry and Poetics3
ENGL 571 Remix, Mashup, and Digital Design3
ENGL 572 Smart Media & Critical Information Design3
ENGL/​THEATRE  575 British Drama, 1914 to Present3
ENGL/​THEATRE  576 Survey: Theories of Drama3
ENGL/​THEATRE  577 Postcolonial Theatre: Drama, Theory and Performance in the Global South3
ENGL/​THEATRE  578 Modern American Drama and Theatre3
ENGL/​JEWISH  593 Literature of Jewish Identity in America3
ENGL/​AFROAMER  672 Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature3
ENGL 699 Directed Study1-3

English Language and Linguistics

NOTE:  This is a track and will not appear on the transcript.

An optional emphasis on English language and linguistics is available to the interested L&S undergraduate who wishes to combine a background in literature with a concentration of courses in the history and structure of the English language. The major requirements are distributed as follows:

ENGL 241 Literature and Culture I: to the 18th Century3
ENGL 242 Literature and Culture II: from the 18th Century to the Present3
One Course in American Literature3
ENGL 245 Seminar in the Major3
ENGL 214 The English Language3
ENGL 314 Structure of English3
ENGL 514 English Syntax3
or ENGL 516 English Grammar in Use
ENGL 315 English Phonology3
Additional ENGL elective credits to achieve 30 credit minimum6
Total Credits30

 English Language and Linguistics courses

American Literature Courses

ENGL/​LITTRANS  223 Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings3
ENGL 243 American Literary Cultures3
ENGL/​AMER IND  246 Literature by American Indian Women3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  248 Women in Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  270 A Survey of Asian American Literature3
ENGL/​AMER IND  274 Indigenous Literature of the Great Lakes3
ENGL/​AMER IND  275 American Indian Oral Literatures3
ENGL 355 Colonial and Early Romantic American Literature3
ENGL 356 Nineteenth-Century American Fiction3
ENGL 357 Major American Poets3
ENGL 358 Literature of the American Renaissance3
ENGL 361 Modern and Contemporary American Literature3
ENGL 362 American Fiction since 19003
ENGL 363 The American Short Story3
ENGL/​CHICLA  368 Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures3
ENGL 374 African and African Diaspora Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 455 A Study of an Outstanding Figure or Figures in American Literature3
ENGL 456 Topic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 457 Topic in American Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 458 Major American Writer or Writers3
ENGL 459 Three American Novelists3
ENGL 461 Topics in Ethnic and Multicultural Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  464 Asian American Women Writers3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  465 Asian American Poetry3
ENGL/​AMER IND  467 Contemporary American Indian Literature Since 19533
ENGL 474 Topic in Contemporary Literature3
ENGL/​JEWISH  593 Literature of Jewish Identity in America3
ENGL/​AFROAMER  672 Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature3

Additional ENGL Elective Credits

ENGL 204 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy3
ENGL 219 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL 220 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL/​LITTRANS  223 Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings3
ENGL 224 Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 243 American Literary Cultures3
ENGL/​AMER IND  246 Literature by American Indian Women3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  248 Women in Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  250 Women in Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  270 A Survey of Asian American Literature3
ENGL 271 Writing with New Media3
ENGL/​AMER IND  274 Indigenous Literature of the Great Lakes3
ENGL/​AMER IND  275 American Indian Oral Literatures3
ENGL 279 Topics in English, Study Abroad - Literature3
ENGL 304 Composition & Rhetoric In and Beyond the University3
ENGL 307 Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 316 English Language Variation in the U.S.3
ENGL 318 Second Language Acquisition3
ENGL 319 Language, Race, and Identity3
ENGL 328 The Sixteenth Century3
ENGL 331 Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 334 Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 335 Stage and Page in the Long Eighteenth Century3
ENGL 336 Eighteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL 340 Romantic Literature and Culture3
ENGL 341 Romantic Poetry3
ENGL 344 Victorian Literature and Culture3
ENGL 345 Nineteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL 346 Victorian Poetry3
ENGL 351 Modernist Novel3
ENGL 352 Modernist Poetry3
ENGL 353 British Literature since 19003
ENGL 355 Colonial and Early Romantic American Literature3
ENGL 356 Nineteenth-Century American Fiction3
ENGL 357 Major American Poets3
ENGL 358 Literature of the American Renaissance3
ENGL/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  360 The Anglo-Saxons3
ENGL 361 Modern and Contemporary American Literature3
ENGL 362 American Fiction since 19003
ENGL 363 The American Short Story3
ENGL/​CHICLA  368 Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures3
ENGL 373 Contemporary Poetry3
ENGL 374 African and African Diaspora Literature and Culture3
ENGL 375 Literatures of Migration and Diaspora3
ENGL 379 Postcolonial and World Literature3
ENGL 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English3
ENGL 400 Advanced Composition3
ENGL 403 Seminar on Tutoring Writing Across the Curriculum3
ENGL 407 Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop3
ENGL 408 Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 409 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 410 Creative Writing: Playwriting Workshop3
ENGL 411 Creative Writing: Special Topics Workshop3
ENGL 413 English Words: Grammar, Culture, Mind3
ENGL 414 Global Spread of English3
ENGL 415 Introduction to TESOL Methods3
ENGL 416 English in Society3
ENGL 417 History of the English Language3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  419 Gender and Language3
ENGL 420 Topics in English Language and Linguistics3
ENGL 422 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature before 18003
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  423 Topic in Medieval Literature and Culture3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  424 Medieval Drama3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  425 Medieval Romance3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  426 Chaucers Courtly Poetry3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  427 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales3
ENGL 430 Topic in Early Modern Literature and Culture3
ENGL 431 Early Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 432 Later Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 433 Spenser3
ENGL/​RELIG ST  434 Milton3
ENGL 438 Topic in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 443 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature since 18003
ENGL 444 Topic in Romantic or Victorian Literature and Culture3
ENGL 446 Romantic Autobiographies3
ENGL 453 Topic in British Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 454 James Joyce3
ENGL 455 A Study of an Outstanding Figure or Figures in American Literature3
ENGL 456 Topic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 457 Topic in American Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 458 Major American Writer or Writers3
ENGL 459 Three American Novelists3
ENGL 461 Topics in Ethnic and Multicultural Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  462 Topic in Asian American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  464 Asian American Women Writers3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  465 Asian American Poetry3
ENGL/​AMER IND  467 Contemporary American Indian Literature Since 19533
ENGL 469 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts1-4
ENGL 473 Topic in Postcolonial or World Literature3
ENGL 474 Topic in Contemporary Literature3
ENGL/​THEATRE  477 Diaspora and Theatre3
ENGL/​LCA  478 Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization3
ENGL 479 Contemporary World Theatre in English3
ENGL 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major3
ENGL 482 Honors Seminar3
ENGL 500 Writing in Workplaces3
ENGL 501 Writing Internship3
ENGL 505 Topics in Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 508 Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 509 Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 515 Techniques and Materials for TESOL3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  520 Old English3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  521 Advanced Old English Literature3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  522 Middle English Language3
ENGL 531 Humans, Non-Humans, Post-Humans3
ENGL 532 Literature and Animal Studies3
ENGL 533 Topic in Literature and the Environment3
ENGL/​THEATRE  534 American Drama and Theatre to 19003
ENGL 537 Sex, Love, and Power: Topic in Literature and Sexuality3
ENGL 538 Women's Traditions in the Novel3
ENGL/​JEWISH  539 Jewish Literatures in Diaspora3
ENGL 543 Discourses of Disability, Antiquity to 18003
ENGL 544 Modern Discourses of Disability3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  545 Feminist Theory and Women's Writing in English3
ENGL 546 Topic in Travel Writing before 18003
ENGL 548 Topic in Literature and Politics3
ENGL 559 Topic in Literary or Cultural Theory3
ENGL 560 Narrative Theory3
ENGL 561 Modern Critical Theories3
ENGL 562 Topic in Poetry and Poetics3
ENGL 571 Remix, Mashup, and Digital Design3
ENGL 572 Smart Media & Critical Information Design3
ENGL/​THEATRE  575 British Drama, 1914 to Present3
ENGL/​THEATRE  576 Survey: Theories of Drama3
ENGL/​THEATRE  577 Postcolonial Theatre: Drama, Theory and Performance in the Global South3
ENGL/​THEATRE  578 Modern American Drama and Theatre3
ENGL/​JEWISH  593 Literature of Jewish Identity in America3
ENGL 622 Topics in English: Study Abroad1-6
ENGL/​AFROAMER  672 Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature3
ENGL 699 Directed Study1-3

CREATIVE WRITING

NOTE:  This is a formal Option and will appear on the transcript.

L&S undergraduates with a particular interest in creative writing may combine a background in literature with a concentration of courses in fiction or poetry writing. The major requirements are distributed as follows:

ENGL 241 Literature and Culture I: to the 18th Century3
ENGL 242 Literature and Culture II: from the 18th Century to the Present3
ENGL 245 Seminar in the Major3
One course in American Literature3
One course in English Language or Composition & Rhetoric3
Additional ENGL elective credits to achieve 30 credit minimum3
Three Creative Writing Workshops 19
ENGL 695 Directed Creative Writing3
Total Credits30

Creative Writing Courses

American Literature Courses

ENGL/​LITTRANS  223 Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings3
ENGL 243 American Literary Cultures3
ENGL/​AMER IND  246 Literature by American Indian Women3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  248 Women in Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  270 A Survey of Asian American Literature3
ENGL/​AMER IND  274 Indigenous Literature of the Great Lakes3
ENGL/​AMER IND  275 American Indian Oral Literatures3
ENGL 355 Colonial and Early Romantic American Literature3
ENGL 356 Nineteenth-Century American Fiction3
ENGL 357 Major American Poets3
ENGL 358 Literature of the American Renaissance3
ENGL 361 Modern and Contemporary American Literature3
ENGL 362 American Fiction since 19003
ENGL 363 The American Short Story3
ENGL/​CHICLA  368 Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures3
ENGL 374 African and African Diaspora Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 455 A Study of an Outstanding Figure or Figures in American Literature3
ENGL 456 Topic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 457 Topic in American Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 458 Major American Writer or Writers3
ENGL 459 Three American Novelists3
ENGL 461 Topics in Ethnic and Multicultural Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  464 Asian American Women Writers3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  465 Asian American Poetry3
ENGL/​AMER IND  467 Contemporary American Indian Literature Since 19533
ENGL 474 Topic in Contemporary Literature3
ENGL/​JEWISH  593 Literature of Jewish Identity in America3
ENGL/​AFROAMER  672 Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature3

English Language or Composition & Rhetoric

ENGL 214 The English Language3
ENGL 204 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy3
ENGL 304 Composition & Rhetoric In and Beyond the University3
ENGL 400 Advanced Composition3
ENGL 403 Seminar on Tutoring Writing Across the Curriculum3
ENGL 500 Writing in Workplaces3
ENGL 501 Writing Internship3
ENGL 505 Topics in Composition and Rhetoric3

Additional ENGL Elective Credits

ENGL 204 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy3
ENGL 214 The English Language3
ENGL 219 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL 220 Shakespearean Drama3
ENGL/​LITTRANS  223 Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings3
ENGL 224 Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 243 American Literary Cultures3
ENGL/​AMER IND  246 Literature by American Indian Women3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  248 Women in Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  250 Women in Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  270 A Survey of Asian American Literature3
ENGL 271 Writing with New Media3
ENGL/​AMER IND  274 Indigenous Literature of the Great Lakes3
ENGL/​AMER IND  275 American Indian Oral Literatures3
ENGL 279 Topics in English, Study Abroad - Literature3
ENGL 304 Composition & Rhetoric In and Beyond the University3
ENGL 307 Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 314 Structure of English3
ENGL 315 English Phonology3
ENGL 316 English Language Variation in the U.S.3
ENGL 318 Second Language Acquisition3
ENGL 319 Language, Race, and Identity3
ENGL 328 The Sixteenth Century3
ENGL 331 Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 334 Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 335 Stage and Page in the Long Eighteenth Century3
ENGL 336 Eighteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL 340 Romantic Literature and Culture3
ENGL 341 Romantic Poetry3
ENGL 344 Victorian Literature and Culture3
ENGL 345 Nineteenth-Century Novel3
ENGL 346 Victorian Poetry3
ENGL 351 Modernist Novel3
ENGL 352 Modernist Poetry3
ENGL 353 British Literature since 19003
ENGL 355 Colonial and Early Romantic American Literature3
ENGL 356 Nineteenth-Century American Fiction3
ENGL 357 Major American Poets3
ENGL 358 Literature of the American Renaissance3
ENGL/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  360 The Anglo-Saxons3
ENGL 361 Modern and Contemporary American Literature3
ENGL 362 American Fiction since 19003
ENGL 363 The American Short Story3
ENGL/​CHICLA  368 Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures3
ENGL 373 Contemporary Poetry3
ENGL 374 African and African Diaspora Literature and Culture3
ENGL 375 Literatures of Migration and Diaspora3
ENGL 379 Postcolonial and World Literature3
ENGL 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English3
ENGL 400 Advanced Composition3
ENGL 403 Seminar on Tutoring Writing Across the Curriculum3
ENGL 407 Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop3
ENGL 408 Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 409 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 410 Creative Writing: Playwriting Workshop3
ENGL 411 Creative Writing: Special Topics Workshop3
ENGL 413 English Words: Grammar, Culture, Mind3
ENGL 414 Global Spread of English3
ENGL 415 Introduction to TESOL Methods3
ENGL 416 English in Society3
ENGL 417 History of the English Language3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  419 Gender and Language3
ENGL 420 Topics in English Language and Linguistics3
ENGL 422 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature before 18003
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  423 Topic in Medieval Literature and Culture3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  424 Medieval Drama3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  425 Medieval Romance3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  426 Chaucers Courtly Poetry3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  427 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales3
ENGL 430 Topic in Early Modern Literature and Culture3
ENGL 431 Early Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 432 Later Works of Shakespeare3
ENGL 433 Spenser3
ENGL/​RELIG ST  434 Milton3
ENGL 438 Topic in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 439 Topic in Early American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 443 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature since 18003
ENGL 444 Topic in Romantic or Victorian Literature and Culture3
ENGL 446 Romantic Autobiographies3
ENGL 453 Topic in British Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 454 James Joyce3
ENGL 455 A Study of an Outstanding Figure or Figures in American Literature3
ENGL 456 Topic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 457 Topic in American Literature and Culture since 19003
ENGL 458 Major American Writer or Writers3
ENGL 459 Three American Novelists3
ENGL 461 Topics in Ethnic and Multicultural Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  462 Topic in Asian American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM/​GEN&WS  464 Asian American Women Writers3
ENGL/​ASIAN AM  465 Asian American Poetry3
ENGL/​AMER IND  467 Contemporary American Indian Literature Since 19533
ENGL 469 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts1-4
ENGL 473 Topic in Postcolonial or World Literature3
ENGL 474 Topic in Contemporary Literature3
ENGL/​THEATRE  477 Diaspora and Theatre3
ENGL/​LCA  478 Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization3
ENGL 479 Contemporary World Theatre in English3
ENGL 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major3
ENGL 482 Honors Seminar3
ENGL 500 Writing in Workplaces3
ENGL 501 Writing Internship3
ENGL 505 Topics in Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 508 Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 509 Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 514 English Syntax3
ENGL 515 Techniques and Materials for TESOL3
ENGL 516 English Grammar in Use3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  520 Old English3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  521 Advanced Old English Literature3
ENGL/​MEDIEVAL  522 Middle English Language3
ENGL 531 Humans, Non-Humans, Post-Humans3
ENGL 532 Literature and Animal Studies3
ENGL 533 Topic in Literature and the Environment3
ENGL/​THEATRE  534 American Drama and Theatre to 19003
ENGL 537 Sex, Love, and Power: Topic in Literature and Sexuality3
ENGL 538 Women's Traditions in the Novel3
ENGL/​JEWISH  539 Jewish Literatures in Diaspora3
ENGL 543 Discourses of Disability, Antiquity to 18003
ENGL 544 Modern Discourses of Disability3
ENGL/​GEN&WS  545 Feminist Theory and Women's Writing in English3
ENGL 546 Topic in Travel Writing before 18003
ENGL 548 Topic in Literature and Politics3
ENGL 559 Topic in Literary or Cultural Theory3
ENGL 560 Narrative Theory3
ENGL 561 Modern Critical Theories3
ENGL 562 Topic in Poetry and Poetics3
ENGL 571 Remix, Mashup, and Digital Design3
ENGL 572 Smart Media & Critical Information Design3
ENGL/​THEATRE  575 British Drama, 1914 to Present3
ENGL/​THEATRE  576 Survey: Theories of Drama3
ENGL/​THEATRE  577 Postcolonial Theatre: Drama, Theory and Performance in the Global South3
ENGL/​THEATRE  578 Modern American Drama and Theatre3
ENGL/​JEWISH  593 Literature of Jewish Identity in America3
ENGL 622 Topics in English: Study Abroad1-6
ENGL/​AFROAMER  672 Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature3
ENGL 699 Directed Study1-3

Creative Writing Workshops

ENGL 307 Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 407 Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop3
ENGL 408 Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 409 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop3
ENGL 410 Creative Writing: Playwriting Workshop3
ENGL 411 Creative Writing: Special Topics Workshop3
ENGL 508 Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction Workshop3
ENGL 509 Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop3
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Workshops at the 400 level or above may be repeated for credit. Students are allowed to take only one creative writing workshop a semester. All three required workshops must be completed prior to taking the Directed Creative Writing course (ENGL 695).

Residence and quality of work

2.000 GPA in all ENGL courses and all courses accepted in the major

2.000 GPA on at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major, taken in residence: ENGL courses marked Intermediate or Advanced

15 credits in ENGL, taken on campus

Thesis of Distinction

Students majoring in English who are not completing Honors in the Major may choose to complete a two semester senior thesis project and take ENGL 691 Senior Thesis and ENGL 692 Senior Thesis.The honor of Thesis of Distinction is granted for an exceptional thesis written in ENGL 691 Senior ThesisENGL 692 Senior Thesis upon the recommendation of both the sponsoring faculty member and the honors coordinator. For further information consult the department advisor or the honors coordinator.

Honors in the Major

Students may declare Honors in the English Major in consultation with the English undergraduate advisor. To be eligible to declare Honors in the English Major, students must:

  • Complete ENGL 241 Literature and Culture I: to the 18th Century, ENGL 242 Literature and Culture II: from the 18th Century to the Present, or ENGL 243 American Literary Cultures
  • Complete one additional course in the major
  • Have completed at least 6 credits in the Department of English
  • Have established a 3.500 GPA for all ENGL courses

Honors in the English Major Requirements

To earn a B.A. or B.S. with Honors in the Major in English students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:

  • Earn a 3.300 overall university GPA
  • Earn a 3.500 GPA for all ENGL courses
  • Complete 12 credits, taken for Honors, to include:
    • ENGL 245 Seminar in the Major or ENGL 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English
    • ENGL 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major, and
    • Either a two-semester Senior Honors Thesis in ENGL 681 Senior Honors Thesis in the Major and ENGL 682 Senior Honors Thesis in the Major for a total of 6 credits or ENGL 680 Honors Project 

Honors in the English Major Requirements, Creative WRiting Track

To earn a B.A. or B.S. with Honors in the Major in English–Creative Writing Track, students must satisfy the Option requirements (above) and the following additional requirements:

  • Earn a 3.300 overall university GPA
  • Earn a 3.500 GPA for all ENGL courses and courses counting in the major
  • Complete Sophomore Honors-Research Methods(for Honors): ENGL 245 Seminar in the Major or ENGL 381 Sophomore Honors: Research Methods in English
  • Complete ENGL 481 Junior Honors Seminar in the Major, and
  • One Advanced Level Creative Writing Workshop for Honors: ENGL 407 Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop, ENGL 408 Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop, ENGL 409 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop,ENGL 410 Creative Writing: Playwriting Workshop, ENGL 411 Creative Writing: Special Topics Workshop, ENGL 508 Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction Workshop, ENGL 509 Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • Directed Creative Writing: ENGL 695

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. History of literature and language: To demonstrate knowledge of major forms, techniques, social conditions, values, and genres that have shaped the history of English literature and language.
  2. Critical thinking: To be able to discern and integrate divergent and contradictory perspectives, identify and question assumptions, and assess evidence and methods.
  3. Creativity: To generate original ideas and texts, experimenting and taking risks, solving problems, and answering questions in a range of genres and media.
  4. Critical writing: To write original, coherent, and compelling arguments that push beyond summary to analysis and independent and critical thinking in clear prose that meets expectations for grammatical correctness.
  5. Citizenship: To develop empathy by learning about the experiences of others, and to gain an understanding of how we participate in communities (including the classroom) and the public sphere.

ADVISING

Karen Redfield, Undergraduate Advisor
advisor@english.wisc.edu
(608) 263-3760
7195E Helen C. White, 600 North Park Street
English Undergraduate Advising

CAREERS and INTERNSHIP ADVISOR

Career & Internship Coordinator
careers@english.wisc.edu
7195E Helen C. White, 600 North Park Street
English Career Advising
English Career Preparation

Letters & Science Career Services

The English department encourages our majors to begin working on their career exploration and preparation soon after declaring their major. Our career advisor also partners with the L&S Career Services office to help you leverage the academic skills learned in your major and liberal arts degree, explore and try out different career paths, participate in internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers).

Letters & Science graduates are in high demand by employers and graduate programs. It is important to us that our students are career ready at the time of graduation, and we are committed to their success.

Career Resources:

Faculty

Professors Auerbach, Barry, Begam, Bernard-Donals, Bow, Britland, Castronovo, Dharwadker, Foys, Friedman, Guyer, Hill, Johnson, Keller, Kelley, Kercheval, Mitchell, Olaniyan, Ortiz-Robles, Purnell, Raimy, Sherrard-Johnson, Steele, Wanner, M. Young, R. Young, Yu, Zimmerman

Associate Professors Allewaert, Bearden, Cooper, Olson, Samuels, Trotter, Valenza, Vieira

Assistant Professors Calhoun, Cho, Druschke, Evans, Fawaz, Vareschi, Zweck

Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in 6171 Helen C. White Hall, offers free individualized help with writing. Students are welcome to come to the center for help with writing assignments in almost any course. In half-hour tutorials, instructors help students clarify and organize ideas and offer advice about revising a draft. The center also offers short-term classes on various facets of writing, including classes on writing about literature, writing research papers, writing book reviews, writing essay exams, and on many other topics. The Writing Center also has a computer lab.

To make an appointment, students should call 263-1992 or stop by when the center is open. During busy times of the semester, the center often is booked several days in advance, so students should plan ahead. For complete information about the center, including hours, schedules for writing assistance in the Multicultural Student Center and residence halls, extensive handouts about writing, and information about the Undergraduate Writing Fellows program, see the center website.