The Department of English offers one secondary field for non-concentrators. It is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate every kind of interest in this broad field. 

The requirements detailed below apply to students declaring a secondary field in English beginning in academic year 2020-21.  Students declaring the secondary field prior to 2020-21 should consult the relevant archived version of the Handbook for Students and contact the department for further information.

REQUIREMENTS: 6 courses (24 credits) 

English 20: Literary Forms. This course introduces students to genre and to how genres respond to changes in the world. 

Five Electives: Five more courses taught by English Department faculty complete the requirements. Three of these courses are guided electives, courses on any subject that introduce students to the variety of writers and genres that make up the 1300-year tradition of literature in English: 

  • One must primarily address texts written before 1700 
  • One must primarily address texts written between 1700 and 1900 
  • One must primarily address texts written between 1900 and 2000 
  • Two courses are open electives and may be creative writing workshops 


The six courses may be taken in any sequence. With the exception of Freshman Seminars taught by English Department faculty, each course must be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of C-. The six required courses must be completed by the end of the senior year. 


Students pursuing a secondary field are urged to seek out members of the English Department faculty for advice on their specific course choices. For general information about the department, its faculty, and its courses, please visit the department website

For more information on the secondary field and for advising, please speak to the Undergraduate Program Assistant/Secondary Field Coordinator, Henry Vega Ortiz.