English: Historical, BA

Students deciding to pursue English at Penn study language, literature, literary history and theories of literary production in a thirteen-course major of flexible design. While completing the language and literature requirement and the five required courses in the literary historical "core," majors also pursue their own special literary interests in six-course concentrations of their own choosing. English offers more than twenty distinct concentrations, including several options for creative writers.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 33. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Concentration Courses
Select one course in each area with 4 course units 200-level advanced seminar or higher 210
Course 1 - Medieval
Course 2 - Renaissance/Restoration
Course 3 - 18th Century British
Course 4 - 19th Century British
Course 5 - American Pre 1900
Course 6 - American Post 1900
Course 7 - Modernism
Course 8 - Contemporary Literature
Course 9 - Literary Theory or Poetics
Course 10 - Ethnic, Transatlantic, or Colonial Lit
Junior Seminar
ENGL 200Junior Research Seminar (Seminar 1) (may be double-counted in the 10 courses above)1
Select 2-3 course units from ENGL 015-ENGL 599 32-3
Total Course Units33


Applicants must have a 3.6 GPA in the Major. Thesis required.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.