BA with a Major in English

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of English degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Students are encouraged to seek advising each semester from the English major advisor in LAS.

Summary of Requirements
Core Requirements12
Selected Concentration Requirements9-15
English Electives15
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours78-84
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Core Requirements

All English majors must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses
ENGL 240Introduction to Literary Study and Critical Methods a3
ENGL 241English Literature I: Beginnings to 16603
ENGL 242English Literature II: 1660 to 19003
ENGL 243American Literature: Beginnings to 19003
Total Hours12
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ENGL 240 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Upper-Level Courses

Students must take at least two courses at the 300-level or above.

Courses from Other Departments

Students may count one course from another department toward the English major. Upper-level courses in other departments may require prerequisites. For approved courses, see those listed in the concentrations.

Selected Concentration Requirements

Within the English major, students must select and complete one of the following concentrations:

  1. British and Anglophone Literature
  2. American Literature
  3. Media, Rhetorical, and Cultural Studies
  4. Creative Writing (Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction)
  5. Professional Writing

A concentration consists of three or more courses, no more than one of which may be taken at the 100-level and one of which must be taken at the 400-level. For the creative writing concentration, two of the courses must be at the 400-level.

Below are the courses that qualify for each concentration. Note that for the Creative Writing and Professional Writing concentrations, the required course sequence has been specified. Any course not listed under a concentration may only count as an elective. In certain cases, students may petition the Office of Undergraduate Studies to have courses counted toward a concentration or toward one other than those indicated below. For more information, see the catalog Course Descriptions or the departmental website http://engl.uic.edu.

Select three courses from one of the following concentrations for a total of 9 hours.

British and Anglophone Literature
Select three of the following: a9
English and American Poetry
English and American Drama
English and American Fiction
English and American Prose
Introduction to Shakespeare
British Literature and British Culture
Introduction to Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Comparative Black Literatures
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Drama
Studies in Fiction
Medieval English Literature
Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Literature
Major Plays of Shakespeare
Milton
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
British Romantic Literature
Victorian Literature
Modern British Literature: 1900-1945
Post-War British Literature: 1945-1980
British Literature: 1980-Present
Literatures in English Other than English and American
Topics in Black Art and Literature
Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Introduction to Old English
Topics in Old English Literature
Topics in Medieval Literature
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Topics in Restoration and Eighteenth-century Literature and Culture
Topics in Romantic Literature and Culture
Topics in Victorian Literature
Topics in Postcolonial and World Literature in English
Courses from other departments that count toward this concentration:
Greek Mythology
Greek and Roman Epic Poetry
Greek Tragedy
Greek and Roman Comedy
Roman Satire and Rhetoric
African and Caribbean Francophone Literature in Translation
Minority Perspectives in the Germanic Context
Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Literature
Periods of Germanic Literature and Culture
Germanic Cultural Studies III: Themes
The Faust Legend
Introduction to Polish Literature
Dostoyevsky
Tolstoy
Great Russian 19th-Century Novels and the European Tradition
Total Hours9
American Literature
Select three of the following: a9
English and American Poetry
English and American Drama
English and American Fiction
English and American Prose
American Literature and American Culture
Introduction to Native American Literatures
Introduction to Multiethnic Literatures in the United States
Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
Introduction to African American Literature Since 1910
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Comparative Black Literatures
Reading Black Women Writing
Black Cultural Studies
The Harlem Renaissance
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Drama
Studies in Fiction
Early American Literature: 1630 to 1790
American Literature: 1790 to 1865
American Literature: 1865-1900
Modern American Literature: 1900-1945
Post-War American Literature: 1945-1980
Contemporary American Literature: 1980-Present
Asian American Literature
Topics in Black Art and Literature
Ethnic American Literature
Topics in American Literature and Culture to 1900
Topics in American Literature and Culture, 1900-Present
Topics in Asian American Literature and Culture
Topics in American Literary Nonfiction Prose
Topics in Multiethnic Literatures in the United States
Topics in Native American Literatures
Topics in African-American Literature
Courses from other departments that count toward this concentration:
African and Caribbean Francophone Literature in Translation
Jewish American Literature of the 20th Century
From the Convent to the Streets: Latin American Women Writers in Translation
Latino Literary Studies
Studies in Language Policy and Cultural Identity
Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers
Early Modern Spanish and Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture in Translation
Total Hours9
Media, Rhetorical, and Cultural Studies
Select three of the following: a9
Introduction to Film
English and American Popular Genres
Women and Literature
Introduction to Multiethnic Literatures in the United States
Understanding the Bible as Literature
Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Literature
Film and Culture
Introduction to Moving Image Arts
Understanding Rhetoric
Basic English Grammar
History of Film I: 1890 to World War II
History of Film II: World War II to the Present
History of Television
Black Cultural Studies
The Harlem Renaissance
Studies in the Moving Image
Literature and Popular Culture
Cultural and Media Studies
Literature and Religion
Topics in Black Art and Literature
Gender Theory
Queer Theory
Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Disability Studies
Literary Theory
History of Literary Criticism
Rhetorical Studies
Rhetoric and Public LIfe
History of the English Language
Modern English
Rhetoric
Introduction to Old English
Topics in Literature and Culture, 1900-Present
Topics in Literature and Culture
Topics in Performance Studies
Topics in Cultural and Media Studies
Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Literature
Topics in Theories of Gender and Sexuality
Topics in Disability Studies
Topics in Criticism and Theory
Topics in Rhetorical Studies
Women's Literary Traditions
Women and Film
Topics in Popular Culture and Literature
The Bible as Literature: Hebrew Bible
The Bible as Literature: New Testament
Studies in Language and Rhetoric
Studies in Language and Cognition
Studies in the English Language and Linguistics
Courses from other departments that count toward this concentration:
Totalitarianism, Writing and Cinema
French Literature, Drama and/or Film in Translation
French Feminist and Gender Theory
Topics in French and Francophone Cinema
Diaspora, Exile, Genocide: Aspects of the European Jewish Experience in Literature and Film.
Introduction to German Cinema
Classical German Thought from Kant to Nietzsche
Periods of Germanic Literature and Culture
Topics in Germanic Literatures and Cultures
Contemporary Germanic Literature
Hegel Studies
Intro Asian Amer Studies
Ancient Philosophy I: Plato and His Predecessors
Ancient Philosophy II: Aristotle and His Successors
History of Modern Philosophy I: Descartes and His Successors
History of Modern Philosophy II: Kant and His Predecessors
Nineteenth Century Philosophy
Sex Roles: Moral and Political Issues
Philosophy of Religion
Plato
Aristotle
Studies in Early Modern Philosophy
Kant
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Gender in Latin America
Latin American/Latino Film Studies
Latino Literary Studies
Latinos and Latin Americans in U.S. Public Discourse
Spanish and Latin American Culture through Literature and Film
Total Hours9
Creative Writing (Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction)
Select three of the following:9
Two of the courses must be at the 400-level.
Fiction
Introduction to the Writing of Fiction
Advanced Writing of Fiction
Poetry
Introduction to the Writing of Poetry
Advanced Writing of Poetry
Nonfiction
Introduction to the Writing of Non-fiction Prose
Advanced Writing of Nonfiction Prose
Total Hours9

 Note: Students may repeat ENGL 490, ENGL 491, or ENGL 492 in order to satisfy the nine-credit-hour requirement.

Professional Writing
ENGL 202Media and Professional Writing3
Select two of the following:6
Advanced Professional Writing
Editing and Publishing
Writing Digital and New Media
Technical Writing
Select one of the following:1-6
Internship in Nonfiction Writing
Portfolio Practicum
Total Hours10-15
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Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog to determine if any of the courses on these lists are approved for General Education.

English Electives

Courses
Five additional courses, no more than one of which may be at the 100-level 15
Total Hours15

Distribution Requirements

In addition to the Core requirements, all English majors must take the following, distributed across their concentration and electives:

  • One course in materials before 1900
  • One course in materials after 1900
  • One course in U.S. Social and Cultural Diversity

Courses within Each Distribution

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog to determine if any of the courses on these lists are approved for General Education. Courses may be used to satisfy more than one distribution requirement.

Materials before 1900
Introduction to Shakespeare
Understanding the Bible as Literature
Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
Studies in the Classical Tradition
Medieval English Literature
Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Literature
Major Plays of Shakespeare
Milton
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
British Romantic Literature
Victorian Literature
Early American Literature: 1630 to 1790
American Literature: 1790 to 1865
American Literature: 1865-1900
Introduction to Old English
Topics in Old English Literature
Topics in Medieval Literature
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Topics in Restoration and Eighteenth-century Literature and Culture
Topics in Romantic Literature and Culture
Topics in Victorian Literature
Topics in American Literature and Culture to 1900
The Bible as Literature: Hebrew Bible
The Bible as Literature: New Testament
Courses from other departments that fulfill this requirement:
Greek Mythology
Greek and Roman Epic Poetry
Greek Tragedy
Greek and Roman Comedy
Roman Satire and Rhetoric
Classical German Thought from Kant to Nietzsche
Periods of Germanic Literature and Culture
Germanic Cultural Studies III: Themes
Contemporary Germanic Literature
The Faust Legend
Hegel Studies
Ancient Philosophy I: Plato and His Predecessors
Ancient Philosophy II: Aristotle and His Successors
History of Modern Philosophy I: Descartes and His Successors
History of Modern Philosophy II: Kant and His Predecessors
Sex Roles: Moral and Political Issues
Philosophy of Religion
Plato
Aristotle
Introduction to Polish Literature
Dostoyevsky
Tolstoy
Great Russian 19th-Century Novels and the European Tradition
Early Modern Spanish and Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture in Translation
Materials after 1900
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Multiethnic Literatures in the United States
Introduction to Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Introduction to African American Literature Since 1910
Film and Culture
Introduction to Moving Image Arts
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Media and Professional Writing
History of Film I: 1890 to World War II
History of Film II: World War II to the Present
History of Television
Comparative Black Literatures
The Harlem Renaissance
Studies in the Moving Image
Modern British Literature: 1900-1945
Post-War British Literature: 1945-1980
British Literature: 1980-Present
Modern American Literature: 1900-1945
Post-War American Literature: 1945-1980
Contemporary American Literature: 1980-Present
Literatures in English Other than English and American
Topics in Black Art and Literature
Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Topics in Postcolonial and World Literature in English
Topics in American Literature and Culture, 1900-Present
Topics in Literature and Culture, 1900-Present
Women and Film
Courses from other departments that fulfill this requirement:
African and Caribbean Francophone Literature in Translation
Totalitarianism, Writing and Cinema
French Literature, Drama and/or Film in Translation
French Feminist and Gender Theory
Topics in French and Francophone Cinema
Minority Perspectives in the Germanic Context
Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Literature
Diaspora, Exile, Genocide: Aspects of the European Jewish Experience in Literature and Film.
Introduction to German Cinema
Topics in Germanic Literatures and Cultures
Intro Asian Amer Studies
Jewish American Literature of the 20th Century
From the Convent to the Streets: Latin American Women Writers in Translation
Ethnography of Meso-America
Gender in Latin America
Latin American/Latino Film Studies
Latino Literary Studies
Latinos and Latin Americans in U.S. Public Discourse
Studies in Language Policy and Cultural Identity
Sex Roles: Moral and Political Issues
Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers
Spanish and Latin American Culture through Literature and Film
U.S. Social and Cultural Diversity
English and American Popular Genres
Women and Literature
Introduction to Native American Literatures
Introduction to Multiethnic Literatures in the United States
Introduction to Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Literature
Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
Introduction to African American Literature Since 1910
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Comparative Black Literatures
Reading Black Women Writing
Black Cultural Studies
The Harlem Renaissance
Asian American Literature
Literatures in English Other than English and American
Literature and Popular Culture
Cultural and Media Studies
Literature and Religion
Topics in Black Art and Literature
Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Ethnic American Literature
Gender Theory
Queer Theory
Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Disability Studies
Topics in Postcolonial and World Literature in English
Topics in Literature and Culture, 1900-Present
Topics in Literature and Culture
Topics in Cultural and Media Studies
Topics in Asian American Literature and Culture
Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Literature
Topics in Theories of Gender and Sexuality
Topics in Disability Studies
Women's Literary Traditions
Topics in Multiethnic Literatures in the United States
Topics in Native American Literatures
Women and Film
Topics in African-American Literature
Topics in Popular Culture and Literature
Courses from other departments that fulfill this requirement:
Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Literature
Intro Asian Amer Studies
Jewish American Literature of the 20th Century
From the Convent to the Streets: Latin American Women Writers in Translation
Latin American/Latino Film Studies
Latino Literary Studies
Latinos and Latin Americans in U.S. Public Discourse
Studies in Language Policy and Cultural Identity
Sex Roles: Moral and Political Issues
Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers

Recommended Plan of Study

Courses which satisfy concentrations, distributions, and/or English electives should be chosen in consultation with an English Department advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3-5
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-17
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
ENGL 1xx 3
ENGL 240 Introduction to Literary Study and Critical Methods 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 241 English Literature I: Beginnings to 1660 3
ENGL 243 American Literature: Beginnings to 1900 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
ENGL 242 English Literature II: 1660 to 1900 3
ENGL 1xx, 2xx, 3xx 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 2xx, 3xx 3
ENGL 2xx, 3xx 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 2xx, 3xx, 4xx 3
ENGL 2xx, 3xx, 4xx 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 3xx, 4xx 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 3xx, 4xx 3
Electives 11-12
 Hours14-15
 Total Hours120

Note: One course from another department other than English may count toward the major. See the course catalog for a list of approved courses. 

Note: Courses that satisfy concentrations, distributions, and/or English electives should be chosen in consultation with an English Department advisor.