THE ENGLISH MAJOR
The English Major at Tulane University is a flexible course of study, offering a range of courses in which students learn to think, read, and write creatively and critically. In addition to coursework in diverse literatures, the English Department offers classes in such areas as creative writing, expository and persuasive writing, film, television, graphic novels, hip hop, standup comedy, new media, environmental studies, digital humanities, archival research, cultural studies, gender studies, race, postcoloniality, sexuality, and theory. Our majors receive extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking throughout the curriculum and become adept at close reading, argumentation, complex and inventive thinking, interpretation, analysis, and research. Our courses also invite students to approach their world with a sense of empathy, civic engagement, fairness, and inclusion, both through reading literature and through service learning experiences that allow students to collaborate with local community members, such as those in schools and prisons.
The English Major is at the heart of a liberal arts education. It is also a highly versatile degree: the skills gained in the English Major at Tulane are excellent preparation for many kinds of business and professional careers, as well as for further academic work or artistic endeavors. The experience of our own alumni has proven that English is a desirable degree for those interested in a wide range of career paths. Our graduates have successfully pursued careers in law, television, radio, publishing, editing, communications, business, consulting, management, development, marketing, advertising, the nonprofit sector, writing, speech-writing, museums, journalism, teaching, medicine, psychology, politics, activism, libraries and archival collections, and advanced technology fields. English majors are increasingly in demand in a variety of fields for their ability to write well, to navigate complexity, and to think critically, inventively, and humanely.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENGLISH MAJOR
The course of study for the Major is designed to provide our students with training in literary analysis and critical thinking, substantial instruction in writing, an understanding of literary history, and the freedom to tailor coursework according to individual interests. As an English Major, you can aim for breadth of study, taking courses in a variety of fields, or you can aim for depth of study, taking a number of courses within a particular field.
Majors complete a minimum of 10 courses, which must include:
THE GATEWAY COURSE (ENLS 2000 Literary Investigations)
1 SURVEY COURSE
1 CAPSTONE SEMINAR (ENLS 5010 + ENLS 5880, Writing Intensive)
*The Capstone satisfies the Newcomb-Tulane Writing Intensive requirement.
At least one of the courses above (survey, elective, or capstone) must be in literature before 1800, and one must be in American or Anglophone literature (i.e., not British).
OPTION: CREATIVE WRITING CONCENTRATION
English Majors may elect to concentrate in Creative Writing. This is not a formal degree designation, but students can indicate it on their resumes or CVs and can ask faculty to indicate it in letters of recommendation. To complete the Concentration, students should include the following among their electives: ENLS 3610 (Intro to Creative Writing) and 3 additional creative writing courses, including at least one at the 4000 level.
Some courses at other universities or in other departments can count toward the major. Please consult with your major advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. Michelle Kohler, email@example.com).
For study abroad credit for the English major, consult Prof. Molly Travis (firstname.lastname@example.org)