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English Major

The English major at Olivet College offers courses in critical approaches to literature, surveys of American and British literature and international literature composition. Your studies will include the opportunity for creative writing in various genres, as well. Most courses include reading in multicultural literature. The department also offers a minor degree program in English.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our English major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

English Major Core Courses

  • ENG 105 Text and Culture
  • ENG 202 Cultural Theories of Representation: Early American Literature
  • ENG 203 Theories of Form: Early British Literature
  • ENG 204 Defining Literary Thinking: British Literature II
  • ENG 205 Reading and Interpretation: American Literature II
  • ENG 240 Advanced Composition
  • ENG 301 Transgressions and Transformations in 19th Century Thought
  • ENG 302 Transgressions and Transformations in 20th Century Thought
  • ENG 303 International Literatures
  • ENG 401 Ethnicities
  • ENG 402 Philosophical Literature
  • ENG 404 Studies in Literary Topics

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 145 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 245 Fiction Writing
  • ENG 247 Poetry Writing
  • ENG 249 Creative Non-Fiction
  • ENG 251 Travel Writing

The Following courses are available as electives: 

  • ENG 215 Shakespeare through Performance 
  • ENG 220 The English Language
  • ENG 230 Introduction to Film
  • ENG 345 Fiction Writing II
  • ENG 247 Poetry Writing II
  • ENG 350 Children's Literature
  • ENG 352 Adolescent Literature
  • ENG 445 Fiction Writing III
  • ENG 447 Poetry Writing III

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