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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Major

Literature Track

A student majoring in English on the literature track must satisfactorily complete at least 11 units. Students on the literature track may not use a single course to fulfill more than one requirement in the major, except in the case of the junior seminar, which may also fulfill a requirement from group 2 or 3. In all other cases, courses may meet multiple requirements, but students must choose one.

  1. Gateway courses (2 units, both required):
    1. EN221 Introduction to Poetry
    2. EN250 Introduction to Literary Theory
  2. Foundations and Transformations courses (3 units, 1 unit of each required; 1 out of 3 must be taken at the 300 or 400 level; may be taken outside the Department of English):
    1. Western Tradition: Bible as Literature, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Greek Drama, History of the English Language, Homer, Shakespeare (list is not comprehensive)
    2. American Ethnic Minority Literature: a course in African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, Native American literature
    3. Anglophone and Other National Literatures: Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature, African Literature, literature courses in Classics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish (in translation or in the original language—list is not comprehensive)
  3. Historical Period courses (4 units, 4 out of 5 required; 3 out of 4 must be taken at the 300 or 400 level):
    1. Medieval/Renaissance (excluding Shakespeare)
    2. Shakespeare
    3. 18th Century
    4. 19th Century
    5. 20th and 21st Centuries
  4. Junior/Senior Sequence (2 or 3 units, required):
    1. EN399 Junior Seminar (1 unit; this requirement may be fulfilled simultaneously with a requirement in groups 2 or 3).
    2. Senior Seminar (2 units: either a 2-block senior seminar or a 1-block senior seminar followed by EN499 Independent Thesis).

Students may use no more than two units of summer independent reading toward major requirements.

Distinction in English is awarded at graduation to senior majors who have done outstanding work in the department.  

Requirements Checklist

Junior Seminar Eligibility Form

Creative Writing Track

A student majoring in English on the creative writing track must satisfactorily complete at least 15 units. Students on the creative writing track may not use a single course to fulfill more than one requirement in the major. Courses may meet multiple requirements, but students must choose one.

  1. Gateway courses (2 units, both required):
    1. EN221 Introduction to Poetry
    2. EN250 Introduction to Literary Theory
  2. Foundations and Transformations courses (3 units, 1 unit of each required; 1 out of 3 must be taken at the 300 or 400 level; may be taken outside the Department of English):
    1. Western Tradition: Bible as Literature, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Greek Drama, History of the English Language, Homer, Shakespeare (list is not comprehensive)
    2. American Ethnic Minority Literature: courses in African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, Native American literature
    3. Anglophone and Other National Literatures: Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature, African Literature, literature courses in Classics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish (in translation or in the original language; list is not comprehensive)
  3. Historical Period courses (4 units, 4 out of 5 required; 3 out of 4 must be taken at the 300 or 400 level):
    1. Medieval/Renaissance (excluding Shakespeare)
    2. Shakespeare
    3. 18th Century
    4. 19th Century
    5. 20th and 21st Centuries
  4. Creative Writing Sequence (6 units, all required)
    1. EN282 or EN283: Beginning Poetry or Fiction Writing (2 units)
    2. EN308 or EN309: Advanced Poetry or Fiction Workshop
    3. EN481 and EN485: Senior Seminar and Senior Projects in either poetry or fiction
    4. One unit in another art discipline (e.g. studio art, photography, theater, dance, filmmaking; the course must involve the practice, not strictly the analysis, of another medium). 

Creative Writing Track Application

Requirements Checklist

Students may use no more than two units of summer independent reading toward major requirements.

Distinction in English: Creative Writing is awarded at graduation to senior majors who have done outstanding academic work in department courses, including the senior project.

Film Track

The focus of film in the Department of English is narrative film studies and narrative filmmaking (including documentary filmmaking), with a strong foundation in literary study. Understanding character and story in Shakespeare and Dickens prepares students to understand character and story in "Citizen Kane," and in their own filmmaking. Film track majors benefit from a strong introduction to film studies as an intellectual discipline, based in an understanding of film history and theory, and developed in courses in narrative film like Hitchcock, The Western, and Film Noir. Seniors complete their major in either academic film studies, or in filmmaking; both choices require two blocks.

A student majoring in English on the film track must satisfactorily complete at least 13 units. Students on the film track may fulfill more than one requirement in the major with single courses; see details below.

  1. Gateway courses (4 units, all required):
    English:
    1. EN221 Introduction to Poetry
    2. EN250 Introduction to Literary Theory
    Film:
    1. FS215 Introduction to Film Studies
    2. FS212 Basic Filmmaking or FS240 Directing the Fiction Film or (FS260 Documentary Form and Filmmaking
  2. Foundations and Transformations courses (3 units at any level, 1 unit of each required; may be fulfilled simultaneously with requirements in groups 3 and 4; may be taken outside the Department of English/Film Studies program):
    1. Western Tradition: Bible as Literature, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Greek Drama, History of the English Language, Homer, Shakespeare (list is not comprehensive)
    2. American Ethnic Minority Literature: courses (including film courses) in African-American, Asian-American, Native American, Latino/a literature
    3. Anglophone and Other National Literatures: courses (including film courses) in Caribbean, Postcolonial, African, Classics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish literature (in translation or in the original language; list is not comprehensive)
  3. Historical Periods in Literature courses (3 units required; 2 out of 3 must be taken at the 300 or 400 level; may be fulfilled simultaneously with requirements in group 2):
    1. Shakespeare (required)
    2. Two out of the following three:
      Medieval/Renaissance (excluding Shakespeare)
    3. 18th Century
    4. 19th Century
  4. Film Studies courses (3 units required; may be fulfilled simultaneously with requirements in group 2)
    1. FS315: Film History and Theory (required)
    2. Film studies electives (2 units; may overlap with group 2)
      1. Film topics classes (The Western, Hitchcock, Film Noir)
      2. Filmmaking classes (Screenwriting, Advanced Filmmaking)
  5. Senior Sequence (3 units required, including pre-requisites)
    1. Filmmaking options
      1. Make a film in your two-block senior project (EN486)
        Prerequisite: FS312: Advanced Filmmaking
      2. Write a screenplay in your two-block senior project (EN486)
        Prerequisite: FS284: Screenwriting
    2. Film Studies options:
      1. Take a two-block senior seminar (EN480) with a film component
      2. Take a one-block senior seminar (EN480) and one block of Independent Thesis (EN499)
Prerequisite for both film studies options: EN399 Junior Seminar in English (may overlap with historical periods)  

Requirements Checklist

Students may use no more than two units of summer independent reading toward major requirements.

Distinction in English: Film Studies is awarded at graduation to senior majors who have done outstanding work in the department.

Minor

English Minor

Requirements

  • Two units required:
    • EN 221: Introduction to Poetry
    • EN 250: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Two units required: One from each below; one may be 200-level.
    • Literature before 1700: Medieval, Renaissance, Shakespeare
    • Literature 1700-1900: 18th Century, Romanticism, 19th Century
  • One elective: Any English course at any level.

Film Studies Minor

Overview

Film studies is a program administered by the Department of English. The program offers a minor to students with an interest in film and video in addition to their major.  The orientation is eclectic and aesthetic, the study of cinema as an art, whatever the genre (narrative, documentary, animation, experimental) or mode of presentation (theater, television, internet). The curriculum is enriched by faculty in other departments and by visiting scholars, filmmakers, and screenwriters. Senior film projects by students in any discipline are encouraged and supported.

Requirements

I. Two core courses:

  • FS 212: Basic Filmmaking and
  • FS 215: Introduction to Film Studies

II. One additional unit in film history/criticism:

  • FS 315: Film History and Theory
  • FS 205: Topics in Cinema
  • FS 220: Blacks and the Cinema or
  • FS 305: Advanced Topics in Cinema

III. One additional unit in filmmaking

  • FS 312: Advanced Filmmaking
  • FS 218: Topics in Filmmaking
  • FS 284: Beginning Screenwriting or
  • FS 318: Advanced Topics in Filmmaking.

Any two additional Film Studies units, not to include more than one unit of independent study.