Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • Nine units in English, including
    • Any three of the following: 151 or 152, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 261 (3 units)
    • One of the following: 203, 205, 206, 207, 223, 275, 307, 308, 321, 322 (1 unit)
    • One additional unit in English (1 unit)
    • At least four units in English courses at the 300-level or higher (only one may be a writing course). English 348 is required for certification in secondary teaching. (4 units)
  • The nine units used to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a numerical grade and may include a directed study only with special permission.

Requirements for Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

  • Nine units in English, including
    • 205 (1 unit)
    • One unit of the following: 321, 322 (1 unit)
    • One unit of the following: 378, 379 (1 unit)
    • One additional writing course from 203, 206, 207, 223, 275, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 321, 322, 378, 379 (Note: 203 is required for students in secondary education) (1 unit)
    • One unit of the following: 151 or 152, 253, 255, 257, 258, 261 (1 unit)
    • Four additional literature courses including at least two at the 300-level or higher and at least one focusing on the twentieth century (340, 341, 342, 358, or 360). (4 units)
  • The nine units used to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a numerical grade and may include a directed study only with special permission.

Requirements for Major with Professional Writing Emphasis

  • Nine units, including
    • 203, 208 (2 units)
    • One of the following: 206, 207, 223 (1 unit)
    • Any two of the following: 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, or Communication Studies 306 or 365 (2 units)
    • Two English courses that satisfy the textual analysis mode requirement. (2 units)
    • Two additional English literature courses, at least one at the 300-level or above. (2 units)
  • The nine units used to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a numerical grade and may include a directed study only with special permission.

Requirements for Minor in English

This minor is constructed to accommodate any literature emphasis, whether broadly or specifically defined. The minor can provide a general overview, or it can be tailored to provide a specific focus as a complement for majors in history, American political thought, art history, or other fields.

  • Five units in English, including
    • 203 (1 unit)
    • Plus any two of the following: 151 or 152, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 261 (2 units)
    • Two at the 300-level or higher (excluding writing courses). (2 units)
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Major or Minor with Education Certification

  • Elementary English Language Arts Major—Eight units in English, including
    • Any three units of the following: 151 or 152, 253, 255, 257, 258, 261 (3 units)
    • Three units in literature, all of which must be at the 300-level or higher (3 units)
    • 203 and one unit of elective in writing or literature at the 200-level or higher, except 348, which are also required as part of the Elementary Education Planned Program. (2 units)
  • Secondary Major—Major course requirements same as for the English major, except that English 348 must be included in the four 300-level courses.
  • Secondary Minor—Five units in English, including
    • Any two units of the following 151 or 152, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 261 (2 units)
    • One unit of the following 203, 205, 206, 207, 223, 275, 307, 308, 321, 322 (1 unit)
    • Two units at the 300-level or higher, including 348 and one literature course. (2 units)
  • The five units must be taken for a numerical grade and may include a directed study only with special permission.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.