English Major

English Major

The St. Kate's English major requires 10 courses, which you can tailor to suit your plans or to follow your passions.

Below is a sample academic plan.


Year 1

Fall

  • CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
  • ENGL 2200: Intro. to Literary Theory and Research
  • HIST: History course*
  • LANG: Foreign language course*

Spring

  • ENGL: English elective
  • ENGL: English writing course
  • WOST/CRST: Women’s studies or critical studies course*
  • LANG/ART: Foreign language or fine arts course*

Year 2

Fall

  • ENGL: English writing course (3000 level or above)
  • ENGL: English elective
  • PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*
  • LANG: Foreign language course*

Spring

  • ENGL: English literature course
  • MATH: Math course*
  • EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*
  • PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*

Year 3

Fall

  • PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*
  • Laboratory science course*
  • ENGL: English literature course
  • ENGL: English language course

Spring

  • ENGL: English language course (3000 level or above)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Year 4

Fall

  • CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
  • ENGL 4860: Seminar
  • EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*
  • Elective

Spring

  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).


Portfolio requirement

You will begin developing a portfolio as soon as you declare your intent to major, usually after completing ENGL 2200. The portfolio includes:

  • One paper from each of the following four courses:
    • ENGL 2200: Introduction to Literary Theory and Research
    • a 3000-level literature course
    • an expository writing course
    • ENGL 4860: Seminar
  • A summary reflective essay
  • A resume or CV, prepared with the assistance of the Career Development Office
  • A list of courses completed in the major
  • A portfolio checklist

If you select the writing concentration you are encouraged to enrich your portfolio with at least two additional samples of creative or expository writing. You are responsible for developing the portfolio with the guidance of your adviser, and the completed portfolio will be submitted to the department chair at least two weeks before graduation.

Writing requirements

English majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing one of the English courses designated as “writing intensive.” You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 and CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).