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.

Foundational Courses (16 Credits)
ENG3004
ENG3034
ENG3334
ENG3434
or ENG353
Theory Requirement (4 Credits)
ENG4204
or ENG423
Capstone Course (4 Credits)
ENG4514
English Electives (13-16 Credits)
Select one upper-division course in literature before 1800 from the following:3-4
ENG355
ENG356
ENG404
ENG405
ENG406
ENG407
ENG408
ENG413
ENG414
ENG435
ENG470
ENG493
Select one upper-division course in literature before 1900 from the following:3-4
ENG355
ENG356
ENG404
ENG405
ENG406
ENG407
ENG408
ENG413
ENG414
ENG415
ENG417
ENG418
ENG435
ENG436
ENG437
ENG469
ENG470
ENG493
Select one 400-level course in English 14
Select one additional course in English 23-4
Total Credits37-40

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 (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Mathematical Inquiry (MATH) 3
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI) 3
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST) 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
 Credits15
Spring
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 4
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD) 3
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
 Credits16
Year 2
Fall
ENG300 4
ENG303 4
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3-4
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR) 3
 Credits14-15
Spring
ENG333 4
ENG343
or ENG353

or
4
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST) 3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART) 3
 Credits14
Year 3
Fall
Upper-division English elective 1 4
Upper-division elective - Literature before 1800 2 3-4
Upper-division elective: Literature before 1900 3 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16-18
Spring
ENG420
or ENG423

or
4
English elective 3-4
Upper-division elective 4
Upper-division elective 4
 Credits15-16
Year 4
Fall
400-level English elective 4 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
ENG451 4
Elective 3
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits15
 Total Credits120-124