English Major

A course may only be used under one designation. Other courses may apply to requirements below with permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Requirements: 10 Courses

One of the following gateway courses:
English 182S Reading Historically
English 184S Readings in Genre
English 186S Reading Thematically​

Four Area Study Courses, as follows:
Two courses from Area I: Medieval and Early Modern
One course from Area II: 18th and 19th Century
One course from Area III: Modern and Contemporary
One Criticism, Theory or Methodology (CTM) course

Four English courses as electives, at the 200-level or above

In order to assess how well we are meeting our goals and learning objectives (https://english.duke.edu/undergraduate/goals-learning-objectives), the English department requires all Senior majors to submit papers for assessment to a workbook on Pebblepad and to write a brief (200-500 word) self-assessment.  Specific instructions for assessment portfolios will be sent to graduating majors in October and March, depending on graduation date.  You will need to complete this exercise in order for the DUS’s office to approve you for graduation with a major in English. 

Requirements for the Major offered Fall 2016

Requirements for the Major offered Spring 2017

Requirements for the Major offered Fall 2017

For full course descriptions visienglish.duke.edu/courses

Plan-of-Study Worksheet

DOWNLOAD: Major Worksheet (pdf)