This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2022-23.
Students are strongly encouraged to elect more than the required number of courses and to support their studies in English with appropriate courses in art, music, history, the literatures of other languages, and the classics.
Juniors and seniors who come to the major later in their undergraduate careers will normally substitute designated upper-level courses for the two required 200-level courses; however, with the permission of the chair they may enroll in ENGL 200 or 201.
The minimum number of courses must include the following:
A course in postcolonial literature at the 200 or 300 level
- ENGL 202 - Justice and Power in Postcolonial Literature
- ENGL 207 - New Immigrant Voices
- ENGL 208 - Sex and the Global City
- ENGL 240 - Latinx Literature
- ENGL 329 - Inventing Ireland
- ENGL 333 - African/Diaspora Women's Narrative
- ENGL 335 - Searching for Home in South Asian Literatures: Gender, Nation, Narration
- ENGL 337 - African Literature
- ENGL 349/THEA 349 - Global Theater
- ENGL 363 - Contemporary Fiction (when so designated)
300- and 400-level Electives
Four full-credit courses at the 300 and 400 level, at least one of which must be a 400-level seminar in literature; (that is, ENGL 477, ENGL 489, ENGL 490, and ENGL 491 do not meet the seminar requirement). Among the courses taken at the 300 or 400 level two must be courses in literature before 1800. Only one of the courses meeting the pre-1800 requirement may be ENGL 321/THEA 321 or ENGL 322/THEA 321.
Passing grades are required in a minimum of nine departmental courses, with a major GPA of 2.00 averaged over all courses taken in the department.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the English department page.
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the English Department catalog page.