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. All courses used to fulfill the English major/minor requirements must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.  

Completion of the major requires 48 credits.

A. Required Courses

  1. EGL 204 Literary Analysis and Argumentation 
  2. 4 Required Survey courses: Among the required survey courses, students must take at least one American and one British survey.
    1. One early literature survey course, either EGL 205 British Literature I or EGL 217 American Literature I.
    2. Two survey courses chosen from the following: EGL 205 (if not used above); EGL 206 British Literature II; EGL 217 (if not used above); EGL 218 American Literature II; EGL 224 20th-Century Literature in English; EGL 226 20th-Century American Literature; EGL 243 Shakespeare: The Major Works; EGL 260 World Mythology; EGL 274 African-American Literature
    3. EGL 207 History of the English Language
  3. One EGL 200- or 300-level elective.
  4. Upper Division Requirements (8 courses):  Among the eight 300-level courses, students must take at least two pre-1800 and one satisfying the diversity requirement.
    1. EGL 301 Intensive Writing in the Discipline
    2. EGL 303 Genre or Media
    3. EGL 308 Single-Author 
    4. EGL 309 Interdisciplinary Study of Literature
    5. EGL 311 Literary History and/or Critical Theory
    6. EGL 380 Senior Seminar
    7. Two elective 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.
  2. At least 9 credits of the 36 credits in EGL courses offered for the major in English must be earned in 300-level courses at Stony Brook.
  3. Among the eight 300-level courses from among courses numbered 300-399, only one may be used from EGL 385. 386, or 387.

B. Required non-English Courses: Interdisciplinary Concentration

Six credits (two courses) in one other department of the student’s choosing (Foreign Language, History, Philosophy, Arts, etc.) above the 100 level. 

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

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

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. 

Completion of the Honors program in English requires 45 credits.

A. Required Courses

  1. EGL 204 Literary Analysis and Argumentation
  2. Four required survey courses: Among the required survey courses, students must take at least one American and one British survey.
    1. One early literature survey course, either EGL 205 British Literature I or EGL 217 American Literature I.
    2. Two survey courses chosen from the following: EGL 205 (if not used above); EGL 206 British Literature II; EGL 217 (if not used above); EGL 218 American Literature II; EGL 224 20th Century Literature in English; EGL 226 20th-Century American Literature; EGL 243 Shakespeare: The Major Works; EGL 260 World Mythology; EGL 274 African-American Literature
    3. EGL 207 The English Language
  3. One EGL 200-level elective. Students may opt instead to take an additional 300-level elective. 
  4. Upper Division Requirements (9 courses):  Among the upper-division courses, students must take at least two pre-1800 and one satisfying the diversity requirement.
    1. Fulfill the following categories:
      1. EGL 303 Genre or Media
      2. EGL 308 Single-Author
      3. EGL 309 Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 
      4. EGL 311 Literary History and/or Critical Theory
    2. EGL 301 Intensive Writing in the Discipline
    3. EGL 491 Honors British Literature
    4. EGL 492 Honors American Literature
    5. EGL 494 Honors Research Practicum
    6. EGL 496 Honors Senior Thesis 

B. Required non-English Courses: Interdisciplinary Concentration

Six credits (two courses) in one other department of the student’s choosing (Foreign Language, History, Philosophy, Arts, etc.) above the 100 level. 

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

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Notes:
1. All courses used to fulfill the English major/minor requirements must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.  
2. All 400-level English honors courses must be passed with a letter grade of B or higher for the student to graduate with Honors in English.  
3. 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 Honors Program in English: EGL 440, EGL 441, EGL 449, EGL 450, EGL 451, EGL 452, EGL 454, EGL 475, EGL 476, EGL 488.

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 English courses
  3. Two 300–level English courses
  4. One English course at the 100-300 level 

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