Requirements for the Major and Minor in English (EGL)

Requirements for the Major in English (EGL)

The major in English leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses must be passed with a letter grade of C or better in order to satisfy Requirement A below.

Completion of the major requires 54 credits.

A. Study within the Area of the Major

  1. EGL 204 Literary Analysis and Argumentation (Prerequisite to all EGL 300 level courses.  Special accommodations will be made for transfer students and crosslisted courses)
  2. EGL 207 The English Language
  3. EGL 205 Survey of British Literature I
  4. Two survey courses from the following:
  5. EGL 200-level elective course
  6. EGL 301 Intensive Writing
  7. Two 300-level Pre-1800 courses
  8. EGL 300-level course in American or Anglophone Literature
  9. Four courses from EGL 300-399

Notes on Section A:

  1. No English course below the 200 level may be used to fulfill English major requirements. In addition, the following courses may not be used for the English major: EGL 440, EGL 441, EGL 449, EGL 450, EGL 451, EGL 452, EGL 454, EGL 475, EGL 476, EGL 488, EGL 494, EGL 495.
  2. At least 12 credits in EGL courses applied to the major in English must be earned in 300-level courses at Stony Brook.
  3. Of the eight 300-level required courses, only one may be EGL 385, EGL 396, or EGL 387.

B. Study in Related Areas

  1. Foreign Language Requirement: *Six credits, or the equivalent of one year, of college study at the intermediate level, or one semester of study at the advanced level, or a passing grade on a challenge examination (see page 90 of this Bulletin) in the chosen language.
  2. Six credits of study of History at the 200-level or higher.

1. To satisfy Requirement B, courses must be passed with a letter grade of C or better.

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: Satisfactory completion of EGL 301 with a grade of C or better.

English Secondary Teacher Education Program

See the entry Education and Teacher Certification in the alphabetical list­ings of Approved Majors, Minors, and  Programs.

The Honors Program in English

To be admitted into the Honors Program, students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA in English courses of at least 3.5; they also must submit a sample paper evidencing an appropriate level of skill in literary analysis.  Honors students must maintain these grade point averages in order to remain in the program.  They will take three Honors Seminars, an Honors Practicum, and EGL 496

Students should develop their plan for an Honors Thesis with an English faculty advisor, in consultation with the Honors Program Director.  Thesis topic must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee before the last week of the semester prior to the semester in which the student takes EGL 496.  The completed thesis will be evaluated by the thesis advisor, a member of the Undergraduate Program Committee, and a third reader. 

Honors Track students are required to take the following courses:

1. EGL 204: Literary Analysis and Argumentation
2. Four survey courses 
    A. EGL 205 Survey of British Literature I (Required)
    B. Two of the following:
        EGL 206: Survey of British Literature II
        EGL 217: Survey of American Literature I
        EGL 218: Survey of American Literature II
    C. EGL 207: The English Language - formerly EGL 380
3. One 200-level elective
4. Eight upper-division English courses
    A. EGL 301: Intensive Writing Course
    B. Two EGL 300-level electives
    C. Three Honors courses:
        EGL 490 Honors, topic will vary
        EGL 491 Honors Literature before 1800
        EGL 492 Honors American Literature
    D. EGL 496: Senior Honors Project
    E. Honors Praticum: EGL 494 or EGL 495 , for University upper-division credit only
Related courses:
5. Foreign Language: Six credits at the Intermediate level or beyond
6. History: Six credits at the Intermediate level or beyond

Requirements for the Minor in English (EGL)

All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

Completion of the minor requires 18 credits.

Courses required of all minors:

  1. EGL 204 Literary Analysis and Argumentation
  2. Two 200–level survey classes (options: EGL 205, EGL 206, EGL 217, EGL 218, EGL 224, EGL 226, EGL 243, EGL 274)
  3. Three 300–level courses, one of which must be a genre course

Note:  At minimum, EGL 204 , an EGL survey, and a 300-level EGL course must be taken at Stony Brook.