• English Major
  • 42 Units
  • ENG 271: Literary Criticism
  • 3

This course will introduce the major critical schools and controversies of the 20th century including New Criticism, Deconstruction, New Historicism, Psychological, and Feminist Criticisms. Lectures, readings, and workshops will focus on the critical writing process and developing a strong written command of the variety of papers appropriate for an English major.

  • ENG 341: American Literature I
  • 3

This course will survey American literature from its beginning to 1850 including journals, diaries, sermons, and pamphlets with an emphasis on the writings of Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301.

  • ENG 342: American Literature II
  • 3

This course will survey American literature from 1850 to 1945 emphasizing the literary movements of Realism, Naturalism, and the roots of modern American literature. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301.

  • ENG 361: English Literature I
  • 3

This course will survey representative English prose, poetry, and drama from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1800 and look at the readings from such writers as the Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Swift, Pope, and Johnson. Students will also become acquainted with the literary heritage of the English-speaking world. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301.

  • ENG 362: English Literature II
  • 3

This course will survey British literature from the late 18th through the 19th century considering the Romantic and Victorian approaches to life through the study and critical discussion of such writers as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. and Robert Browning. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301.

  • ENG 380: Women’s Literature
  • 3

An intensive study of literature written by women, this course will emphasize representations of gender in different cultural and aesthetic contexts and explore the unique contributions and genres particular to women's writing. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301. Offered alternate years.


  • ENG 382: Postcolonial Literature
  • 3

This course will provide an in-depth study of postcolonial theory and literature from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean with readings and discussions focusing on postcolonial theory, common themes, literary technique, the role of religion, and the question of personal and national identity. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301. Offered alternate years.

  • ENG 441: Major American Writers
  • 3

Extensive reading and in-depth study of one or more significant American authors with special attention to their themes, literary techniques, and traditions is the focus of this course. Prerequisites: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or 202, ENG 271, 341, or 342.


  • ENG 461: Major English Writers
  • 3

This course will include extensive reading and in-depth study of significant longer works by several English authors with special attention to their themes and literary techniques. Prerequisites: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 202, ENG 271, ENG 361 or ENG 362. Offered alternate years.

  • ENG 451: Senior Seminar in English
  • 3

This course will take an intensive look at a literary topic or writer with attention to intellectual and literary milieu through which students refine techniques of literary research and scholarship. Prerequisites: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301; ENG 271; senior status or permission of instructor or division chair.

  • ENG 466: Shakespeare
  • 3

Critical reading and analysis of selected examples of Shakespeare's histories, comedies, and tragedies will be the focus of this course. Prerequisites: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301; ENG 271.

  • ENG 471: Literary Theory
  • 3

As an advanced study of primary texts from the history of literary criticism and the major critical schools of the 20th century, this course will include formalism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism, new historicism, and post-colonialism. Readings will focus on essays and criticism from Plato to Plotinus to Foucault and Stanley Fish. Prerequisites: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301, ENG 271. Offered alternate years.

  • ENG 477: History and Development of the English Language
  • 3

An overview of the history of English and an examination of the development of the language through its linguistic elements, this course will include traditional and contemporary grammar, phonetics, syntax, semantics, patterns of language change, dialects, orthography, etymology, representative oral and written communication, and other related issues. Prerequisites: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301, and ENG 271.


  • BSC 318: Linguistics
  • 3

This course will study language as a fundamental component of human beings by examining the link between experience, culture, and language through the investigation of how language communicates, changes, and is used strategically to accomplish social ends.

  • WRT 333: Topics in Creative Writing
  • 3

As a focused exploration of genre and subject matter in a workshop setting. Possible topics include nature writing, travel writing, and experimental writing. Course may be repeated for elective credit. Prerequisite: WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent; CENG 201 or CENG 301 or equivalent.

  • Choose 2 of the following courses:
  • ENG 383: Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • 3

This course will survey 20th and 21st century poetry, poets, and literary movements. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 202. Offered alternate years.

  • ENG 385: Modern and Contemporary Novel
  • 3

This advanced survey course that will look at the development of literary modernism as represented in major European and American novels including such novelists as Proust, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, and Ellison. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301. Offered alternate years.

  • ENG 387: Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • 3

In this course students will read, critically analyze, discuss, and evaluate selected plays from 1890 through the 21st century, including such dramatists as Ibsen, O'Neill, Pirandello, Lorca, Miller, Williams, and Albee. Attending a performance may be required. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301. Offered alternate years.

  • ENG 389: Film as Literature
  • 3

An intensive study of films and screenplays as literature, this course will emphasize the elements unique to the genre within the context of the modern literary world. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 202.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

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Dr. John Norton

John J. Norton
Professor of English and Lead Faculty Around-the-World Semester®
(949) 214-3317

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