department of english

114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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B.A. in English


Students walking along the GreenwayWelcome to the Department of English, where you will find a major that is both challenging and flexible. We have designed the English major to provide you with a solid foundation in literary history and theory—and to encourage you to pursue your own particular interests in the field.

No two English majors are the same. Within the 36 credits required for an English major, ENG 201 Principles of Literary Study (4 cr.) is the only designated course requirement. You choose the remaining courses from a rich array of offerings, including literature, film, cultural studies, and creative writing.

English majors with a special interest in creative writing are encouraged to take several of the 10 creative writing courses on offer, and to consider pursuing the Creative Writing Option (available starting fall 2017). The Creative Writing Option requires completion of three courses: 1. ENG 205 (any genre) or ENG 305 (any genre); 2. ENG 305 (genre different from genre of ENG 305 if taken for part 1); 3. ENG 405. See an English Department Academic Advisor for more information.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

The English Department offers majors a wealth of interdisciplinary opportunities. Some examples include:

  • The English Department is actively engaged with several interdisciplinary programs on campus, including Gender and Women’s StudiesAfricana StudiesFilm Media, Comparative Literature, the Honors Program, and the New England Studies Program.
  • Through a generous endowment from Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz, we regularly offer an undergraduate seminar on the Literature of the Sea in collaboration with faculty and students from Marine Affairs and the History Department. The Rumowicz endowment also makes possible a yearly distinguished lecture on Literature of the Sea, and an undergraduate essay contest that draws contestants from disciplines all over the campus.

Double Major in English and Education

The English Department works closely with the URI School of Education to ensure that students who chose a double majors in Secondary Education and English receive the courses they need to become properly certified in English as their content area.

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