The following is a summary of the requirements for the English major. For a full description, please refer to the English Language and Literature segment of the Yale College Programs of Study, under Subjects of Instruction.
Number of courses At least 14 courses (incl prereq and senior req)
Distribution of courses 3 pre-1800 lit courses, 1 pre-1900 lit course, 1 American lit course, all representing a variety of periods and figures; 2 sems, 1 in junior, 1 in senior year; no more than 5 courses numbered ENGL 130 or below; no more than 2 creative writing courses; Writing concentration—same, except 4 creative writing courses, incl 2 in one genre and 1 in another genre, with at least 3 numbered 451 or above; at least 11 lit courses
Substitutions permitted Residential college sem for departmental sem; 2 upper-level courses in other depts for electives in the major; 2 intro lit courses and 4 courses in major English poets for ENGL 125 and 126; all substitutions with permission of DUS
Senior requirement Standard major—2 senior sems; or 1 senior sem and one-term senior essay (ENGL 490); or, with DUS permission, two-term senior essay (ENGL 490, 491); Writing concentration—senior sem or one-term senior essay, and writing concentration senior project (ENGL 489); For the Class of 2018 and subsequent classes—meeting with Yale librarian.