Undergraduate Tracks

Track A:  Literary and Critical Studies
Track B:  Rhetoric and Writing
Track C:  Creative Writing
Track D:  English Language and Linguistics
Track E:  Literature, Culture, and Media
Track F:  Literature and Language Studies
Track G:  Professional and Technical Writing
Track H:  Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies

Track A: Literary and Critical Studies (Total = 36 credits)

  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 6 credits in English literature before 1900 (301-304, 451-458, 500-505, 530), including 3 credits in pre-1800 literature (301-303, 451-457, 500-504, 530)
  • 3 credits in American literature before 1900 (307, 308, 460)
  • 3 credits in theory and criticism (378, 390, 392, 394, 395, 402, 432, 545, 547, 626)
  • 6 credits in minority, women's, or global literature (306, 332, 372-377, 381, 463-465, 517, 518, 520-524, 622, 628, 629, 631, 632)
  • 3 credits in advanced intensive writing (415, 416, 430, 431, 433, 434-438, 615, 616)
  • 3 credits in a capstone seminar selected from 620-634, 685
  • 9 credits in English electives at the 300 level or higher

Track B: Rhetoric and Writing (Total = 36 credits)

  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 3 credits selected from English 201, 208 or 230 [various writing courses]
  • 3 credits in English 240 (Rhetoric, Writing and Culture)
  • 3 credits in pre-1800 literature (301-303, 451-457, 500-504, 530)
  • 3 credits in English 430 (Advanced Writing Workshop)
  • 3 credits selected from English 431 with "Rhetorical History and Theory" subtitle, Communication 435 or Communication 436 [rhetorical theory courses]
  • 3 credits selected from English 440 or 449 [writing in practice courses]
  • 3 credits selected from English 378 or Communication 335 [critical analysis courses]
  • 3 credits in minority literature selected from English 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 463, 517, 520, 521, 523, 524, 631 or 632
  • 3 credits in women's literature or gender studies selected from English 465, 628 or 629
  • 3 credits in an upper-level English elective
  • 3 credits in English 633, Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing (satisfies L&S research requirement)

Track C: Creative Writing (Total = 36 credits)

  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 3 credits selected from English 233, 234 or 235 [introductory creative writing courses]
  • 3 credits in pre-1800 literature (301-303, 451-457, 500-504, 530)
  • 6 credits selected from English 301-304, 451, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 500, 501, 504 or 505 [various literature courses]
  • 9 credits selected from English 414, 415, 416, 611 or 612 [writing workshops]
  • 6 credits selected from English 305, 308, 309, 325, 326, 327, 328, 360, 361, 378, 417 or 515
  • 3 credits in an upper level English elective
  • 3 credits in a capstone experience selected from English 615 or 616 (satisfies L&S research requirement)

    PLEASE NOTE: In order to register for these capstone courses, students must have already taken two 400-level workshops in the appropriate genre. In other words, for 615, the fiction capstone, students need to have successfully completed two 415 workshops prior; for 616, the poetry capstone, students need to have successfully completed two 416 workshops prior. Students should not take 415 concurrently with 615, nor 416 concurrently with 616.

Track D: English Language and Linguistics (Total = 36 credits)

  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 3 credits selected from English 209 or 210 [English language studies courses]
  • 3 credits in pre-1800 literature (301-303, 451-457, 500-504, 530)
  • 12 credits in English 400, 401, 403 and 404 [English language studies courses]
  • 3 credits in English 301-303, 451, 454, 456, 500 or 501
  • 3 credits in English 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377 or 381
  • 6 credits in upper-level English electives numbered 400 or above
  • 3 credits in a capstone seminar experience: English 634 (Seminar in English Language Studies) (satisfies L&S research requirement)

Track E: Literature, Culture and Media (Total = 36 credits)

  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 3 credits in English 290 (Introduction to Film Studies)
  • 3 credits in pre-1800 literature (301-303, 451-457, 500-504, 530)
  • 6 credits selected from courses in two of the following areas: (372, 520); (373, 521); (381, 522); (374, 523); (375, 524); (376, 377, 463, 517); (465) and (332)
  • 3 credits selected from English 378, 402, 545 or 547 [critical theory courses]
  • 3 credits selected from English 459, 461 or 507 [modern literature courses]
  • 3 credits selected from English 390, 391, 392, 394 or 395 [film criticism]
  • 3 credits selected from English 311, 312, 316, 320, 321, 329, 330, 331, 380 or 383 [film studies courses]
  • 3 credits in a capstone seminar experience selected from English 620-632 (satisfies L&S research requirement)

Track F: Literature and Language Studies (Total = 36-39 credits)

  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 3 credits selected from English 201 or 208
  • 6 credits selected from English 430, 440 or 445 [advanced writing courses]
  • 3 credits selected from 400, 401, 403, 404 or Linguistics 350 [advanced language and linguistics]
  • 3 credits in literature surveys selected from English 301-309
  • 3 credits in genre courses selected from English 326, 327, 328, 329, 341, 361
  • 3 credits in focus courses selected from English 451, 452, 454, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461 or 465
  • 3 credits in literature and culture surveys selected from English 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 381
  • 3 credits in critical theory selected from English 378, 545, 547
  • 3 credits in historical concentration courses selected from English 501, 504, 505, 507, 530, 621, 623, 624, 627 or 685
  • 3 credits in literature and culture concentration courses selected
  • from English 514, 515, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 523 or 524
  • 3 credits in a capstone seminar experience selected from English 620-632 (satisfies L&S research requirement)

Track G: Professional and Technical Writing (Total = 36 credits)

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  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 3 credits in pre-1800 literature (301-303, 451-457, 500-504, 530)
  • 3 credits in English 439
  • 18 credits selected from any of the following:
    • 3 credits maximum selected from English 205, 206, 207, or 214
    • English 431 (Topics in Advanced Writing)
    • English 433 (Creative Nonfiction)
    • English 434 (Editing and Publishing)
    • English 435 (Professional and Technical Writing)
    • English 436 (Writing for Information Technology)
    • English 437 (Project Management)
    • English 443 (Grant Writing)
    • English 444 (Technical Editing)
    • English 448 (Professional Writing Theory and Practice)
  • 3 credits in an upper-level English elective
  • 3 credits in a 600-level English seminar
  • 3 credits in a capstone experience: English 449 (Writing Internship in English) (satisfies L&S research requirement)

Track H: Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies (Total = 36 credits)

  • 3 credits in English 215
  • 3 credits in ArtHist/English/FilmStd 111 (Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet)
  • 3 credits in English 290 (Introduction to Film Studies)
  • 6 credits selected from 211, 291, 294
  • 3 credits in writing or literature, selected from English 301-309, 325-328, 332-381, 414-423, 425-438, 447, 451-547
  • 15 credits in media, cinema, and digital studies, including at least 3 credits from each area, selected from the following: 286, 291, 293, 294, 295, 312, 320,328, 329, 380, 383, 390, 392, 394, 395, 414 (w/ H subtitle--contact coordinator for approval), 431 (w/ H subtitle--contact coordinator for approval), 436, 515 (w/ H subtitle--contact coordinator for approval), Filmstd/Jewish std 350, Filmst 412, FilmStd 669, Filmst 590.
  • 3 credits in a capstone seminar experience: English 690 or FilmStd 690 (satisfies L&S research requirement)

Honors in the Major

English majors who have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA in courses for the major may apply to the coordinator of the undergraduate studies to graduate with "Honors in the Major."

Course of Study: Minor

The minor in English requires English 215 and a minimum of 15 credits in English courses numbered 300 and above (at least 9 taken in residence at UWM) including at least one of the following: 451, 452, 454 or 530.

For the teaching major and minor, see the School of Education.