English Courses

Welcome to the English Major!

Please use this information below to plan your schedule.

For those of you who are new majors and prospective majors, it helps to know that there are three categories in the English major curriculum:

  1. the two pre-major courses (ENG 208, ENG 250),
  2. the core/required courses for all majors,
  3. and the electives.


Here is the link to an overview of the English major: http://www.gallaudet.edu/academic- catalog/undergraduate-education/departments-majors-minors/department-of-english/english

Make sure you talk with Dr. Kristen Harmon, the Major/Minor coordinator, to ensure that you are on the right path towards a timely graduation and a bright future! Email: Kristen.Harmon@gallaudet.edu

Here’s what your year-by-year plan should look like for graduating on time:

If you are a…FallSpring
Sophomore ENG 250 and GSR courses and GSR courses ENG 208, one elective, and GSR courses
Junior Two core courses (with one being ENG 399), one elective Two core courses, one elective
Senior Two core courses (with one being ENG 493), one elective, and the internship Two core courses, one elective


Course Offerings Projected for 2017-2020: Below is a tentative plan for the courses the English Dept. plans to offer in the next two and a half years. Note that this may change pending faculty availability and student enrollment.

Semester and YearRequired: Pre-Major & Core CoursesElective Courses
Fall 2017
  • ENG 250, Intro. Public/Prof. Writing
  • ENG 399, Intro. Methods of Literary Study/Theoretical Harry Potter
  • ENG 405, American Literary Foundations
  • Note that ENG 493, Senior Seminar will be cross-listed with ENG 435 (Spring ’18)
  • ENG 365, Writing for Social Media
  • ENG 395, Theoretical Harry Potter (cross-listed for ENG 399, limited slots)
  • ENG 460 Grammar for Future Teachers and Writers
Spring 2018
  • ENG 208, Intro. Lit. Studies
  • ENG 408 or other lit. class
  • ENG 435, Post-1800’s Lit/ENG 493, Senior Seminar
  • ENG 345/380
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • ENG 370 Multimedia Composition
  • ENG 392, Creative Writing (Poetry)
Fall 2018
  • ENG 250 Intro. Public/Prof. Writing
  • ENG 399, Intro. Methods of Literary Study
  • ENG 403, British Literary Foundations
  • ENG 493, Senior Seminar
  • ENG 387 Writing Center Theory and Practice
  • ENG 392, Creative Writing (Fiction or Non-Fiction) or ENG 395, Special Topics
Spring 2019
  • ENG 208 Intro. Lit. Studies
  • ENG 405, American Literary Foundations
  • ENG 360, Writing for Digital Media or ENG 385, Journalism
  • ENG 392, Creative Writing (Poetry)
Fall 2019
  • ENG 250 Intro. Public/Prof. Writing
  • ENG 399, Intro. Methods of Literary Study
  • ENG 433 or other lit. class
  • ENG 493, senior seminar
  • ENG 390 Theories of Language Acquisition
  • ENG 392, Creative Writing (genre to be specified) or ENG 395, Special Topics
Spring 2020
  • ENG 208 Intro. Lit. Studies
  • ENG 403, British Literary Foundations
  • ENG 408 or other lit. course
  • ENG 392, Creative Writing (genre to be specified) or ENG 395, Special Topics
  • ENG writing elective TBD


INTERNSHIPS: ENG 320, the internship course, is an individualized course. Each student takes the lead on identifying an internship experience he or she wants. Then after applying for and getting accepted to this internship, the student works with the on-site internship supervisor and the ENG Dept. internship coordinator (currently, Dr. Sharon Pajka) to set up and get approved a syllabus for that student’s individualized section of ENG 320. Then, and only then, a section of ENG 320 will be opened up for that student to register in. This is led by the student, so plan ahead! There are many exciting opportunities out there, both on- and off-campus.

Interested in teaching? In addition to themed literature courses (ENG 395 in special topics in literature, ENG 410 Young Adolescent Literature, ENG 408, Multicultural Literature, ENG 441, Shakespeare, ENG 442, Major Author), sign up for the following elective courses when they are offered: ENG 387, Writing Center and Practice, ENG 390 Theories of Language Acquisition, and ENG 460, Grammar for Future Teachers and Writers

Interested in Creative Writing? Sign up for the following elective courses when they are offered: ENG 392, Creative Writing (can be repeated if the topic is different) and ENG 460, Grammar for Future Teachers and Writers.

Interested in new media, professional writing, and journalism? Sign up for the following elective courses when they are offered: ENG 360, Writing for Digital Media, ENG 365, Writing for Social Media, ENG 370, Multimedia Composition, ENG 375 Media Literacy, or ENG 380, Business and Technical Writing.