Books that Cook
Professor of English Jennifer Cognard-Black's new book, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, is being published by NYU Press this August.

Program Information

Ben Click, Chair
Professor of English

Office staff: 240-895-4225

Alumni—where are they now?

Monica Powell

Monica Powell (class of 2011) graduated with an English major and a WGSX minor. She currently lives in Washington DC, where she works in theatre education with the Young Playwright's Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.


Student Spotlight

Maria Smaldone

Maria Smalldone finds doors opening for her in Oxford, while studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The English Major

The English major requires a minimum of forty-eight credit hours of course work (forty-four for students in catalog years prior to 2012), distributed as follows:

Historical approaches to literature (twelve credit hours):

(a) ENGL 281: Literature in History I: The Beginnings through the Renaissance
(b) ENGL 282: Literature in History II: The Rise of Anglo-American Literature, 1700-1900
(c) ENGL 283: Literature in History III: Twentieth-Century Voices

Writing and methodology (eight credit hours):

(d) ENGL 204: Reading and Writing in the Major (not required for students in catalogues prior to 2012)
(e) ENGL 304: Methods of Literary Study

A seminar (four credit hours):

(f) A 400-level course not used to satisfy any other requirement
Guided readings, independent studies, internships, and courses originating in another department may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

The senior capstone (eight credit hours):

(g) ENGL493/494: St. Mary's Project in English (Students contemplating an SMP in another discipline may petition the department to accept this work for their major)

(g) Two 300- or 400-level English courses

Electives in the major (at least sixteeen credit hours, of which eight must be at the upper level):

Additional course work may be selected from any regularly-offered or experiemental ENGL class, wth the exception of ENGL101 and ENGL102.

Elective course work in the major may also include the following:

1) Up to four credit hours of: Guided Readings (ENGL 297, 397, 497) (1-2 credits); Independent Study ( ENGL 299, 399, 499) (1-4 credits); or Off-Campus Internships (ENGL 398, 498) (Internships may be taken for 4-16 credits, but only four credits will be counted towards the English major).

2)  Up to eight semester-hours of approved classes originating in other departments. The current list of approved courses may be found in the college catalog.

The English minor

The English minor requires a minimum of six courses, totalling no less than twenty-two credit hours, distributed as follows:

Required courses:

(a) ENGL 204: Reading and Writing in the Major
(b) One 100- or 200-level literature course


(c) Four more courses earning ENGL credit*, at least eight credits of which must be at the 300- or 400-level

*ENGL101 and ENGL102 may not be counted towards the minor. No more than fourcredits of guided readings, independent studies, or credit-bearing internships may be counted towards the minor. No more than four credits of approved courses originating in other departments may be counted towards the minor.


Students must earn a grade of C- or better in each course counted towards the major or minor, and maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in these courses.