Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Undergraduate Majors

Students can choose between three majors in the Department of English. We also encourage students to explore the English Minor.



The English Major

This major allows students to focus on literatures in English and the practices of literary theory and criticism, while encouraging them to explore the English language, expository and creative writing, writing studies, film, and other closely related fields. Majors will build familiarity with various literatures, intensify their writing skills for personal and professional use, and enhance their understanding of how texts function in various cultural contexts, past and present.

English Major Requirement Checklist

Please note: the information on this page reflects recent changes to the requirements of the English major. These changes are meant to maintain the strengths of the major, reflect student interests, and give you more options to customize your major.  Students who matriculated before Fall 2013 are subject to the older set of major requirements, but have the option of switching into the new requirements. For information about how to make the change, or if you need help in determining which set of requirements is optimal for you, please consult an English department advisor.

Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hours: Minimum required major and supporting course work normally equates to 42 hours.

General education: The LAS General Education requirements are set up so that students automatically complete the Campus General Education requirements.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction: A student interested in graduating with distinction or high distinction must enter the English Honors Program with at least a 3.33 overall grade point average, complete three honors seminars, and write a senior honors essay or thesis. The level of distinction is assigned by the honors committee on the basis of grade point average, work in English courses and in honors seminars, and the readers' evaluations of the honors thesis. Interested students should consult an English department advisor for more details.