Bachelor of Arts in English

Program Contact: Patricia Comitini  203-582-8253

The English major is designed for the student who enjoys working with all forms of literary expression. It emphasizes strong reading, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, research and writing, and oral communication, producing successful graduates who are well prepared for a wide range of careers and graduate study.

Concentration in Creative Writing

English majors can earn a concentration in creative writing by completing 15 or more credits in creative writing and contemporary literature courses. Students who earn the concentration in creative writing not only hone their compositional, reading and analytical skills in one or more genres, but they also build a foundation for understanding and utilizing the power of creativity in their professional lives after college. This concentration is especially recommended to those students who hope to pursue a master of fine arts degree. Successful completion of the concentration in creative writing is indicated on students’ transcripts.

Concentration in Secondary Education

English majors who are planning to teach high school need a more structured curriculum tailored to state requirements and discipline-specific knowledge of literature. To earn the concentration in secondary education, students complete 18 credits in a strong, broadly based literature and expertise in writing foundation. The concentration enables them to move to graduate level work successfully, and greatly benefits them in their professional lives as high school teachers. Students use the flexible and advanced requirements to explore a range of courses in national literatures, genres, authors and writing.


The English major allows students to pursue 1-credit, repeatable internships (EN 293) in supervised fieldwork related to writing or reading to investigate career opportunities and to develop professional contacts. Interested students should see their adviser and the CAS Career Development Office.

Honors Thesis in English

Students who have an overall 3.3 GPA, and a 3.5 in the English major may seek the recommendation of any English department faculty member to pursue a Senior Thesis Project (EN 470) in addition to the capstone course (EN 460). Students who are planning to attend graduate school in English or other related fields, might discuss taking advantage of this opportunity with their advisers.

BA in English Curriculum

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in English must meet the following requirements for graduation:

English Major Requirements
Flexible Requirements:
Select any EN courses at the 200 or 300 level21
Select at least 6 credits at the EN 300 level in each category:
A. Language, Rhetoric, Genre and Form
B. Periods, Places, Cultures and Identities
Advanced Requirements
Select one from each of the following categories:9
Literary History Underrepresented Writers:
Hippies, Punks and Rude Boys
Literature by Women (WS 235)
Survey of African-American Literature
Literature of the Global South I: Africa and South Asia
Lit of the Global South II: The Americas
American Literature by Women of Color (WS 338)
Immigrant Fictions
Literary History I:
Chaucer and the Medieval Period
English Literature of the Renaissance
Milton and the 17th Century
18th-Century British Literature (1660-1800)
Origins of U.S. Literature (1492-1865)
Literary History II:
Composing America
Modern British Literature (1900-1945)
Contemporary British Literature (1945-Present)
British Romanticism (1785-1832)
Victorian Literature (1832-1901)
The American Renaissance (1830-1865)
Modern U.S. Literature (1900-1945)
Contemporary U.S. Literature (1945-Present)
Realism and Naturalism in U.S. Literature (1865-1930)
EN 304Junior Seminar in Critical Theory3
EN 460Senior Seminar Capstone3
Total Credits36

Concentration in Creative Writing Curriculum

All students wishing to fulfill the requirements for a concentration in creative writing must take the following courses:

Select two 200-level creative writing courses6
Select two 300-level advanced creative writing workshops 16
Select one course in contemporary/post-WWII literature, including but not limited to the following:3
The Short Story as a Genre
Composing America
Modern British Literature (1900-1945)
Contemporary British Literature (1945-Present)
Modern U.S. Literature (1900-1945)
Contemporary U.S. Literature (1945-Present)
Modernist American Poetry
Total Credits15

The 300-level workshop can be repeated once for credit (i.e., a student interested in fiction can take the Advanced Fiction Workshop up to two times).

Concentration in Secondary Education Curriculum

To earn the concentration in secondary education, students complete 18 credits, including:

One course in British literature3
Two courses in American literature6
One course in Shakespeare3
One course in advanced composition3
History of the English Language3
Total Credits18

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.