An English major is a good foundation for careers in communications, business, law, social work, the fine arts, and teaching. Course work introduces students to important literary texts and to the development of the English language and the origins of western literature and culture. Students can develop reading and writing skills, rigorous critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate complex ideas persuasively, all while obtaining a broad liberal education.
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Before enrolling in any literature course, you must satisfactorily complete English Composition 101.
English majors are required to take 10 courses as noted below: two required introductory courses; four required 300-level courses (Introduction to Literary Theory, three historical); and four 300-level electives.
Two Introductory Courses
Intended to be taken first, which are critical surveys of the literary history of the major literatures in the English language. Along with an understanding of the historical movements in literature, these courses also will help students develop a vocabulary of critical analysis and literary criticism:
- Early Texts and Contexts (U65 261)
- Modern Texts and Contexts (U65 262)
Four 300-Level Courses
Introduction to Literary Theory
Three Historical Courses. You must select at least one course from each of the following groups:
- Group 1: Medieval, Early Modern
- Group 2: The Eighteenth Century, The Nineteenth Century, The Twentieth Century and later
Four 300-Level Electives
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the English undergraduate degree at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Completed application form
The application form for the English undergraduate degree is available online on the Apply page.
Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application.
TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
Required Courses (6 units)
- Literature in English: Early Texts and Contexts (U65 261)
- Literature in English: Modern Texts and Contexts (U65 262)
Elective Courses (9 units)
- Advanced-level courses in English, one of which must be in literature pre-1700
Sample English Literature Courses
- Download the degree program worksheet to help determine which classes are required for your course of study. If you have been admitted, you can check your progress through WUachieve.
- Download the Transcript Release Form.
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