General Requirements:

  • At least one-half of the English major must be completed at New Paltz.
  • Composition credits (ENG160 Composition IENG170 Writing and RhetoricENG180 Composition IIENG206 Advanced Writing and RhetoricENG207 Intermediate Composition ) do not count toward the major requirement.
  • Courses taken S*/U* (student-elected Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) or receiving a grade below C- will not count toward the major.

Note: Students who transfer 3-credit courses that are equivalent to 4-credit ENG courses at New Paltz may need to take more English electives than are noted in the plans of study below. All students majoring in English (Liberal Arts) must complete at least 37 credits; English majors with a concentration in Creative Writing must complete at least 38 credits.

Major in English: Liberal Arts

(37-40 credits)

Foundational Courses (16 Credits)
ENG300Seminar in Critical Practices4
ENG303Introduction to British Literature4
ENG333Introduction to American Literature4
ENG343Transnational Literature4
or ENG353 Multiethnic and Diasporic Literature
Theory Requirement (4 Credits)
ENG420Literary Criticism 4
or ENG423 Contemporary Literary Theory
Capstone Course (4 Credits)
ENG451Senior Seminar 4
English Electives (13-16 Credits)
Select one of the following upper-division courses in literature before 1800:3-4
The Bible
Medieval Literature
Elizabethan Literature
Shakespeare I: Selected Works
Shakespeare II: Selected Works
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century English Literature
The Rise of the Novel
The Epic Tradition
Early American Literature
Major Authors (if appropriate)
English Selected Topics (if appropriate)
Select one of the following upper-division courses in literature before 1900:3-4
The Bible
Medieval Literature
Elizabethan Literature
Shakespeare I: Selected Works
Shakespeare II: Selected Works
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century English Literature
The Rise of the Novel
Nineteenth-Century English Novel
The Romantics in England
Victorian Literature
Early American Literature
Nineteenth-Century American Literature
The American Renaissance
Literature and Culture in the Age of Darwin
Major Authors (if approprate)
English Selected Topics (if appropraite)
Select one 400-level course in English 14
Select one additional course in English 23-4
Total Credits37-40

Major in English with Concentration in Creative Writing

(38-39 credits)

Required Foundational Courses (12 Credits)
ENG303Introduction to British Literature4
ENG333Introduction to American Literature4
ENG343Transnational Literature4
or ENG353 Multiethnic and Diasporic Literature
Introductory Creative Writing Workshops (7 Credits)
ENG345Creative Writing Workshop I 3
ENG445Creative Writing Workshop II 14
Craft Courses (8 Credits)
Select at least two of the following: 28
The Craft of Fiction
The Craft of Poetry
The Craft of Creative Non Fiction
The Craft of Dramatic Writing
Elective Courses (11-12 Credits)
Select two 400-level courses in English 38
Select one 300-level or above course in English 43-4
Total Credits38-39