General Requirements

  • At least one-half of the English major must be completed at New Paltz.
  • Composition credits (ENG160, ENG180, ENG205, ENG206, ENG207) 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. 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.

Required Foundational Courses (12 Credits)
ENG3034
ENG3334
ENG3434
or ENG353
Introductory Creative Writing Workshops (7 Credits)
ENG3453
ENG445 14
Craft Courses (8 Credits)
Select at least two of the following: 28
ENG452
ENG453
ENG454
ENG455
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

This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
FallCredits
Gen Ed: Composition I (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Mathematical Inquiry (MATH) 3
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI) 3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD) 3
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST) 3
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST) 3
ENG303 4
ENG345 3
 Credits16
Spring
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR) 3
ENG333 4
ENG445 4
 Credits14
Year 3
Fall
ENG343
or ENG353

or
4
Craft Course 1 4
Upper-division Elective in English Literature 3
Elective in English (Writing Intensive) 3
 Credits14
Spring
400-level Elective in English Literature 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Year 4
Fall
Craft Course 1 4
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
Literature 400-level Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits121