Honors English

The English Department's Honors Major provides an opportunity for students with unusual academic ability and interest in English to devote extensive time and effort to a research project, or in the case of a creative writing specialization, a creative writing project. The Departmental Honors Program is not the same as the University's Honors Program; check under Honors Program for details about the latter. The University Honors Program has a specialization in creative writing.

Honors Requirements

The English Department's Honors Major provides an opportunity for students with unusual academic ability and interest in English to devote extensive time and effort to a research project, or in the case of a creative writing specialization, a creative writing project. The Departmental Honors Program is not the same as the University's Honors Program; check under Honors Program for details about the latter. The University Honors Program has a specialization in creative writing.

Admission to the Honors major program

To qualify, students must have:

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0
  • A grade of B or better in ENG 208.
  • A grade of B or better in ENG 399.
  • An essay explaining why the student wants an honors degree in English and what the student's interests, strengths, and weaknesses in English are (see the major/minor coordinator for more information).

Requirements to graduate with honors in the major:

  • A 3.3 average in English major-level courses.
  • A grade of B+ or better in ENG 493.
  • Twelve credits (4 courses) of honors level work in the major. One course must be ENG 493, which counts only towards honors in the major. The remaining three courses may also count for the university honors program. An honors contract must be established at the beginning of each course, to be approved by the course instructor, the Major/Minor Coordinator, and the Director of the Honors Program (if the course will also count towards the university honors program). Satisfactory completion of the contract, as determined by the instructor, is necessary to receive honors credit.

Curricular and Extracurricular Requirements

  • Take ENG 399 with Honors Option.
For the creative writing specialization, in addition to the regular course content, students will begin or continue creative work with an eye toward analysis of the work using critical methods learned in the course.
  • Take three one-credit reading list sections. The student and the instructor will develop a reading list for the chosen topic that then needs the English Major/Minor Coordinator's approval. Usually a student would take one credit per semester for three semesters because of the reading load in each section; however, two sections may be taken together with the permission of the advisor and the English Major/Minor Coordinator.
  • Choose two extracurricular experiences, one on campus and one off-campus. For creative writing, select five extracurricular experiences.
  • Take ENG 493 with an Honors Option.
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