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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

English and Creative Writing

Chair: Andrew McCann

Vice-Chair: Aden Evens

Professors C. G. Boggs, L. E. Boose, C. Dever, C. Huntington, T. H. Luxon, A. L. McCann, P. McKee, P. Orner, D. E. Pease, I. T. Schweitzer, B. E. Will; Associate Professors M. A. Chaney, A. Chee, G. Edmondson, A. L. Evens, V. Francis, A. W. Halasz, S. A. Moodie, T. O’Malley, M. C. Otter, J. Sharlet, M. F. Zeiger; Assistant Professors B. Gamboa, A. Garrison, C. Haines, A. Khan, P. Stuelke, N. Tanoukhi; Senior Lecturers G. Lenhart, C. L. Tudish; Lecturers W. Craig, J. Dobson, C. Harner, A. Jetter, M. Olzmann


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The English Major

Requirements: The Major in English requires the successful completion of eleven major courses. These courses must meet the following distributive requirements:

1. Two courses from Group I; two courses from Group II; one course from Group III; one course from Group IV.

2. Two courses from the Literary History sequence (ENGL 1, ENGL 2, ENGL 3). These courses may also satisfy Course Group requirements.

3. One Junior Colloquium (ENGL 61 - ENGL 65). This course may also satisfy a Course Group requirement.

4. One Senior Seminar (ENGL 71 - ENGL 75, ENGL 86). This course may also satisfy a Course Group requirement.

5. One course designated as a Culminating Experience. For students seeking a degree with Honors, this will be the first term of ENGL 98. All other students will count a Senior Seminar (ENGL 71- ENGL 75, ENGL 86) in satisfaction of the Culminating Experience requirement.

Students electing the major in English should also note the following:

1. Transfer credits can be used in the major only with approval from the Department Vice-Chair. Transfer credits normally do not satisfy any of the English major distributive requirements.

2. Two substitute courses (relevant courses from other Dartmouth departments) are permitted within the major, replacing two elective English classes. Substitute courses cannot satisfy English major distributive requirements. The Department Vice-Chair, in consultation with the Committee on Departmental Curriculum (CDC), decides which courses are appropriate substitutes in the English major.

3. Students are encouraged to seek out a faculty advisor to consult about major planning prior to declaring the major. Any non-visiting English faculty member at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level may serve as advisor. English majors should meet with a major advisor regularly, especially if they deviate from their original major plan.

4. Students formally elect the major in English by submitting a proposed plan of major courses through DartWorks (on BannerStudent), filling out a major planning worksheet (available in the English and Creative Writing Department offices as well as on the Department website), and meeting with a faculty advisor to get approval. Once approved by the advisor, the signed worksheet must be submitted in the Department offices. 

Concentration in Creative Writing

The concentration in Creative Writing consists of four courses taken as part of an English major plan of study and drawn from the following list, which includes special topics seminars that study literature and forms of genre from a writer's perspective and craft workshops at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level: ENGL 80, ENGL 81, ENGL 82, ENGL 83, ENGL 84, ENGL 85, ENGL 86, ENGL 87, ENGL 89, and ENGL 98.

One course from outside this list that features a significant Creative Writing component and is approved by the Director of Creative Writing may also count toward the concentration.

All Creative Writing courses with the exception of ENGL 87 require application and permission of the instructor.

Students who wish to elect the Creative Writing concentration should contact a Creative Writing faculty advisor and request a meeting to plan their course of study. We encourage students to select an advisor based on the area of creative interest.

Students must be admitted to one of the Creative Writing intermediate courses (ENGL 83, ENGL 84, ENGL 85) before they can elect the Creative Writing concentration.


Modified Majors

Students may propose a modified major in English by designing a program of study in consultation with an English faculty advisor. One may modify the major with a selection of courses from other departments and programs, or one may modify a major in another department or program with a selection of English courses. In both cases the modifying courses must qualify for major credit in their home department or program. The Culminating Experience requirement should be satisfied according to the primary department’s rules. Proposals for modifying the major in English should explain the rationale for modifying the standard major.

A formal proposal for a modified major must be submitted to the Vice Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing. Proposals to modify another major with English courses must be approved by the Vice Chair of English and Creative Writing before going to the primary department or program for final approval as a major program. Proposals to modify the major in English with other courses must be submitted, along with an authorizing signature from the secondary department or program, to the Vice Chair of English and Creative Writing and the CDC. The Vice Chair’s signature signifies final approval of a modified major in English.

Modified major in which English is the primary subject:

This major requires the successful completion of eleven major courses, including seven courses in the Department of English and Creative Writing. All of the distributive requirements governing the regular English major, as outlined above, apply to the modified major. Along with the English courses taken in satisfaction of the major distributive requirements, a modified major includes four courses from the modifying department or program (or from multiple departments and programs), which substitute for four elective English courses in the eleven-course major. 

Major in another department or program modified with English:

Four English courses selected from those numbered ENGL 1 - ENGL 5, ENGL 10 - ENGL 75, and ENGL 80 - ENGL 91. These four substitute for four courses from the primary department or program, and cannot include transfer credits.


The Minor in English

The minor in English requires the successful completion of six courses in the Department of English and Creative Writing, selected from all English courses qualifying for major credit. No substitutions and no more than one transfer credit will be permitted.


The Major in English with Honors

English majors who have completed at least six major courses by the end of their junior year and have a grade point average (GPA) in the major of 3.5 or higher and an overall college GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for the Honors program. Eligible students apply by submitting their college record to the English Honors Directors along with a formal proposal of an Honors thesis. The thesis is to be completed during two terms of ENGL 98, the first of which counts as the Culminating Experience in the major. The second ENGL 98.constitutes a twelfth course in the major program, separate from all other requirements outlined above.  

There are two prerequisites for the Honors Program: 1) Students must complete a Senior Seminar in English (ENGL 70 - ENGL 75, ENGL 86) prior to the first term of ENGL 98; and 2) the Course Group IV requirement should be satisfied before the term in which the candidate completes the Honors thesis and submits it for evaluation. In addition, participation in a bi-weeky Honors seminar, which usually meets at the 3A hour, is required. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to advance to the second term of ENGL 98.

For complete information about the Honors Program, including further regulations, deadlines, and advice, please consult the Directors of Honors.


English Study Abroad

The Department of English and Creative Writing offers two Foreign Study Programs (FSPs), one offered annually at King's College, London, and one held in alternating years at Trinity College, Dublin (2017, 2019). Both English FSPs take place during the fall academic term. Participation in both English FSPs is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. To participate in the program, students must have completed all first-year requirements and one English course (other than ENGL 7) with a grade of B or better. In rare circumstances, the director of the FSP can authorize exceptions to these prerequisites.

Students enrolled in English FSPs register for ENGL 90, ENGL 91, and ENGL 92, and those three courses will appear on the student's transcript when the FSP is completed successfully. ENGL 90 and ENGL 91 carry major and minor credit and may be used to satisfy Course Group requirements in the major; ENGL 92 carries one non-major college credit. In no case will a student receive more than two major or minor credits in English for work completed during an English FSP. The Course Group requirements satisfied by ENGL 90 and ENGL 91 depend on the particular courses taken at the FSP host institution and should be determined in consultation with the Vice-Chair of English and Creative Writing. For specific information on FSPs and major requirements please consult the FSP directors and the English and Creative Writing Department’s website at

The Department of English and Creative Writing website also has up-to-date information on course offerings.