The School of Humanities
The undergraduate program offers a broad spectrum of courses, including British and American literature, creative writing, women and gender studies, cultural studies, literary theory, media studies, and film. Beyond gaining a critical appreciation of literature, students also will sharpen their written communication and analytical skills. The graduate program in English offers concentrations in all fields of British and American literature and literary theory. Although students are not normally admitted for an MA, graduate students may earn the MA after obtaining approval of their candidacy for the PhD.
Detailed information on requirements for the major and current semester course offerings can be found at www.english.rice.edu . Please note that undergraduate level courses range numerically from ENGL 100 through ENGL 499, and graduate courses begin with ENGL 500.
Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in English
Upon completing the BA degree, a student majoring in English will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in English (ENGL) must complete:
Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared ENGL must complete:
Double majors who drop their second major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.
All courses with the ENGL prefix and HUMA 101 and 102 may be counted toward the English major. AP credit does not count toward the major. The department recommends that all English majors take courses in British and American history and, if they plan to do graduate work, at least six hours of upper-level courses in a foreign language.
CORE REQUIREMENTS All students majoring in English must complete a total of 7 courses (21 credit hours) as listed below to complete the English major's Core Requirements. Specific course offerings will vary from semester to semester.
English CoreStudents must complete the following 2 courses (6 credit hours) in the order listed:
Please Note: The following lists of approved courses can be used to satisfy the requirements of the major. Specific course offerings will vary from semester to semester. Courses not on the list may be taken upon approval of the department's academic advisor.
Pre-1900 RequirementStudents must complete a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours) at the 300-level or above in periods before 1900. Of the three courses, 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be in periods before 1800 (Pre-1800), but only one may be a Shakespearean course. Examples of Pre-1800 courses are denoted with an asterisk in the list below.
Noncanonical FieldsStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) at the 200-level or above in a course that focuses on noncanonical traditions, such as courses in gender and sexuality studies or on African American, Chicano/a, Asian American, ethnic, global, and diasporic writers.
Capstone SeminarStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) at the 400-level that is not a creative writing course. Capstone courses cannot simultaneously serve to fulfill another requirement.
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining English major requirements, students must complete a total of 5 additional courses (15 credit hours) from departmental (ENGL) course offerings. Double majors must complete a total of 3 additional courses (9 credit hours) from ENGL course offerings.
Study Abroad Program for English Majors at the University of Exeter
English majors may opt to spend the spring semester of their junior year at the University of Exeter in the U.K. Students planning to do so should complete ENGL 200 and ENGL 300 by the fall semester of their junior year (the semester preceding study abroad). At Exeter, students will take two courses or modules (each worth 30 Exeter credits) from Rice’s approved list of Exeter Courses.
The approved courses taken abroad will transfer back to Rice and will appear on the Rice transcript as transfer credit. The English department has obtained special transfer credit status for these courses in that the final grades received on the Exeter transcript will be transferred in to Rice and counted in the student’s Rice GPA. The two Exeter courses will be articulated as ENGL 325 (two instances of 3 semester credit hours each) with the remaining hours articulated as general TRAN credit. With pre-approval from the Department, ENGL 325 may additionally count toward elective and field requirements of the major in the following ways:
Please refer to the Rice English Department website (http://www.english.rice.edu) for instructions and pre-requisites for applying to the Rice-Exeter program.
Descriptions and Codes Legend
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate English major and degree. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: ENGL Department Description and Code - English: ENGL Degree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in English: ENGL
Upon completing the MA and PhD degree programs in English, students will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. As part of their training, graduate students participate in both the teaching and research activities of the department. Upon entering, students will be assigned a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), consisting of two faculty members. In consultation with their PAC, students will design their own individualized program structured by the minimal requirements listed below. For more detailed information, please ask for a copy of the department’s program outline.
To gain admission to PhD candidacy, students must satisfy the first six of the following requirements, and they must receive approval for their dissertation prospectus from the department’s graduate committee. To earn a PhD in English, candidates also must complete the last two requirements. Students must:
The English department does not have a terminal MA program, but offers the MA degree to those PhD students who have achieved candidacy and are in the process of completing the doctorate, and to qualified PhD students who leave the program before completing the doctorate. To receive an MA students must:
Financial support depends upon satisfactory progress towards the degree.
Descriptions and Codes Legend
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the English graduate degree program. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: ENGLDepartment Description and Code - English: ENGLDegree Descriptions and Codes - Master of Arts degree: MA - Doctor of Philosophy degree: PhDDegree Program Description and Code - Degree Program in English: ENGL
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for English can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding English, see the department's website: http://english.rice.edu/home/.