To declare a major, you must fill out this form or go to the English Department Office (Klapper Hall, Room 607). This form requires a departmental signature, which you may obtain from the administration. You must then return the form to the QC Hub. You will, in addition, be given an advisement form, which lists the requirements of the major. A major should be declared immediately.
Additional guidance in choosing courses within the major and supplementing the major can be provided by our Undergraduate Faculty advisors.
If you have not spoken to any other advisor, you can contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Associate Chair.
Requirements for the Major in English (Major code is ENGL-BA.)
After fulfilling the college’s EC1 requirement (ENGL 110), prospective English majors should plan to take ENGL 130 to satisfy their EC2 requirement. You must complete English 110 and English 130 before beginning the major.
Changes to the Major, coming Fall 2020
Starting in Fall 2020, the English major will change slightly. The total number of credits will be 41 (down from 46) but you’ll actually be spending more time with your instructors in your most important courses. To balance that, you’ll take one less class from the 240s, and choose from a more simplified list of required electives. Why? Because we want our students to give our students to more flexibility to choose their areas of interest, and that means being able to choose from a wider range of literature electives.
The New Major.
Here’s the full list of requirements for the new major:
1. ENGL 170W: Introduction to Literary Study, (4.0CR; pre-req. ENGL 130; may be taken with 241, 242, 243; pre-req. for 244 AND all classes above 300).
2. ENGL 241: The Text in its Historical Moment (4.0CR)
3. ENGL 244: Theory (4.0CR)
4. EITHER ENGL 243, Genre (4.0CR) OR ENGL 242, Literary History (4.0CR)
5. English 391W (senior seminar, 4.0CR) OR 399W (Honors seminar; 4.0CR; GPA of 3.3 or higher needed; department consent required)
1. ONE elective in Literature before 1820 (3.0CR)
2. ONE elective in Literature after 1820 (3.0CR)
3. ONE elective Global, Ethnic, or Post-colonial literature (3.0CR)
4. FOUR additional 200-300 level English electives (no more than three Creative Writing electives may be applied for credit toward the major; students taking the Honors seminar, ENGL 399W, must complete both semesters of 399W, where one semester counts as an elective)
How does this affect me?
… a SEYS student? Check out our information for SEYS Students PDF!
… an EECE student? Check out our information for EECE Students PDF!
… a continuing English major (i.e. you declared your major before Fall 2020)? You can choose to opt into the new requirements, or stay under the old ones.
… interested in opting in? please fill out this form!
… not interested in opting in? You don’t need to do anything!
… a new or incoming English major? You don’t need to do anything! You will automatically follow these new requirements.
For students who declared their English major between Fall 2014-Spring 2020
After completing EC1 and EC2, all English majors must take at least 13 courses, of which 6 are required, for a total of 46 credits. Transfer students must take a minimum of 18 elective credits in the major at Queens College. To meet the requirements for graduation as an English major, a student must maintain an average of 2.0 in the required and elective work in English and complete the course sequence noted below on this page.
1. Critical Reading and Writing (2 courses, 6 credits):
• ENGL 130: Writing About Literature in English (3 credits)
• ENGL 170W: Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits)
2. Literary Research Methods (4 courses, 16 credits):
• ENGL 241: The Text In Its Historical Moment (4 credits)
• ENGL 242: Literary History (4 credits)
• ENGL 243: Genre (4 credits)
• ENGL 244: Theory (4 credits)
3. Senior Seminar (3 credits):
Senior status or consent of the Department is required
• ENGL 391W Topics in Literature (3 credits)
4. Electives (7 courses, 21 credits):
Seven (7) additional English courses at the 200 or 300 level. These courses must include:
At least one (1) course in British literature before 1800: ENGL 251, 311, 312, 313, 320, 321, 322, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 341, 344
At least one (1) course in American literature before 1900: ENGL 253, 348, 349, 350, 351, 354
At least one (1) course in global, ethnic, or post-colonial literature: ENGL 255, 348, 354, 355, 356, 360, 363, 364, 366, 367, 368, 369, 377, 378, 379
Such courses may be general or focused on a single author or group of authors.
Of the seven (7) electives, at most three (3) creative writing courses may be applied to the major.
The remaining four (4) electives must be literature courses in the English Department.
For students who declared their English major before Summer 2014
After completing EC1 and EC2, all English majors must take at least 13 courses, of which 7 are required, for a total of 39 credits. Transfer students must take a minimum of 18 elective credits in the major at Queens College. To meet the requirements for graduation as an English major, a student must maintain an average of 2.0 in the required and elective work in English and complete the course sequence noted in the box on this page.
1. Required Courses (7 courses, 21 credits):
- Critical Reading and Writing (1 course, 3 credits): ENGL 170W
- Literary History (5 courses, 15 credits): ENGL 251, 252, 253, 254, and 255
- Senior Seminar (1 course, 3 credits): ENGL 391W
2. Electives (6 courses, 18 credits): To complete their majors, students will select 6 courses from the other offerings of the English Department at the 200 or 300 level.
Before You Graduate
- Have you fulfilled the requirements of your English major?
- If you declared your major between Fall 2014-Spring 2020, use this list of requirements. (TBU)
- If you have opted into the new English major or started under this major, (effective Fall 2020), use this list of requirements (TBU).
- If you are unsure about your requirements, or which major you fall under, please email the Director of Undergraduate Studies to set up an appointment.
- Do you have any ENG 499 (3.0CR) electives on your transcript? If you do, make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to have them assessed before you apply to graduate.
- Have you taken more than three creative writing classes (ENG 200W, 201W, 210W, 211W, 301W, 302, 303W, 304)? If you have, you also need to take three literature electives to be eligible to graduate.
- If your graduation request has been turned down, contact Siân Silyn Roberts in Klapper Hall 601 or Sian.Silynroberts@qc.cuny.edu.
- Have you fulfilled the requirements of your English major?