Frequently Asked Questions
Changes to the English modules
- Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature
- Honors Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature
- Specialization in English Language and Literature
- Major in English Language and Literature
- Minor in English Language and Literature
- Minor in English for Teachers
- Minor in General English
- Minor in Popular Literature and Cultural Studies
For details about individual modules, have a look at the new Checklists.
The modules changed to provide you with more choice as you work through your program. Students will still need to cover a broad chronological range of material, but each module now has additional “requirements” which are limited only by the level of the course. These open choices will allow you to follow your own interests and construct a program of study which satisfies your own intellectual curiosity.
To complement these choices, the Department also changed its 3000-level course offerings. The old courses, which were organized around chronological coverage (e.g “Nineteenth-Century British Literature”), are no longer be offered. Instead, our 3000-level courses now focus on narrower themes and issues (e.g. “Romantic Revolutions” and “Sherlock Holmes and the Fiction of Detection”). These courses will be offered in alternating years, so you will have different choices in your third and fourth years of the program.
Yes, you can finish the module as you started it. In fact, any student who was registered in an English module as of January 2017 will be assumed to remain in the old module (i.e. you don’t need to do anything). This is the easiest option for most students who will be entering their fourth year in 2017/18. The course numbers have changed, so be sure to look at the new version of the Checklists to see how the new numbers can be applied to the old module description.NOTE: The changes did not affect any student who finished the program in April 2017.
I am an upper-year student currently in a module but I’d like to switch to the new module: can I do that?
Yes, if you are already in an English module as of January 2017, you can opt to change into the new model. This might be particularly attractive for students who will be entering their third year in 2017/18. To switch, simply contact the Chair of Undergraduate Studies (Richard Moll: firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask that you be put in the new model. A note will then be added to your academic record.If the Department does not hear from you, we will assume that you are remaining in the old module.
I’d like to switch, but I don’t want to lose coursework I’ve already completed. Should I be worried?
No, you will not lose any coursework.
If you stay in the old module, you can simply complete the program as you planned.
If you want to switch into the new version of the module, we will check to ensure that all the coursework you have already completed applies to the new system. Since the changes to the modules generally increase choice, your current coursework will probably fit the new model. There are, however, some conflicts that we know about: Classics 2200, for example, will no longer count towards the Creative Writing and English HSP. If you have already taken Classic 2200, yet still wish to switch, we will write a Special Permission allowing you to do so.