Which English Courses Will Satisfy Which English Major Requirements?

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The requirements for the English major have changed a number of times over the years. For a detailed look at these changes, please click here.
English majors should consult the scrolling document below in order to determine which English courses will satisfy which English major requirements.
Wherever it says “old requirements,” we mean the requirements that were in place from 2015-2018. Wherever it says “new requirements,” we mean the requirements that take effect in Fall 2018.
If a course is being offered but does not appear on this page, that probably means it’s never been offered before; please see Wayne Berninger to find out what English major requirement it may be used to satisfy.

Undergraduate Courses, Fall 2018

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The Fall-2018 course descriptions in the scrolling document below are provided by the professors teaching the courses.

For more information, write to them directly.

Get English Department faculty contact info here

English Majors — Before you register, make an appointment to meet with Wayne Berninger to review your outstanding requirements. Then register as early as possible to keep courses from being canceled.

Non-Majors — The writing and analytical skills gained in English courses are useful in a variety of professions. Any student may take these courses as general electives. A minor in English (four courses 100 or above) will satisfy the Distribution Requirement for any major. For more information, make an appointment to meet with Wayne Berninger.

New English Major Requirements (effective Fall 2018)

Big announcement! The faculty have voted to change the requirements for the English major!

The English major will remain 30 credits in ENG courses above 100. However, there will no longer be three separate concentrations, and there will no longer be any particular required courses. Instead, there will simply be one English major, with a minimum of restriction and much more freedom for students to put together the mix of courses that best suits their interests and goals.

For students entering LIU in Fall 2018 or later, the English major will be as follows.
  • One Creative Writing course
  • One Literature course
  • One Writing & Rhetoric course
  • Seven additional ENG courses of any type

The senior thesis will be optional. If the student elects to write a thesis, it will be conducted on a tutorial basis, and it will be one of the abovementioned “seven additional ENG courses.” The decision whether to write a thesis should be made in consultation with your faculty mentor and should be based not on expediency but on your intellectual interests and your future academic plans.

Current students must decide now whether to stick with the old requirements or switch to the new plan.

Some students are far enough along that it might not make sense to switch. Others have not yet taken many 100-level ENG courses, and it would be safe to switch.

Before you make any decision, please discuss your situation with your faculty mentor and/or Wayne Berninger, the advisor for undergraduate majors in our department.

If you decide to switch, please do so before planning your Fall 2018 schedule. Mr. Berninger will guide you through the switch process.



Jonathan Haynes: Two New Publications

We are pleased to note that Professor Jonathan Haynes recently published a book chapter and a film review.

The book chapter: “Nollywood and Nollywood Studies: Thoughts on the Future” Media Studies in Nigeria: Genesis & Detours. Eds. Onookome Okome and Marcel Okhakhu. Ibadan: Stirling-Horden, 2016. 67-88.

The film review: The Wedding Party. Dir. Kemi Adetiba. Nigeria: Elfike Film Collective, 2016. African Studies Review 60.3 (2017): 261-62.

Save the Date! Paumanok Lecture 2018: Yusef Komunyakaa

We are very pleased to announce that this year's Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

The lecture will be Thursday, April 12, 2016; at 6:30 PM; in the Kumble Theatre.

This event is co-sponsored by the English Department's Voices of the Rainbow reading series.

Watch this blog for further information as the date approaches!

Erica Hunt: Reading with Charles Bernstein at Zinc Bar

We are pleased to note that Professor Erica Hunt (English Department / Creative Writing MFA Program) will be reading with Charles Bernstein as part of the Segue reading series at Zinc Bar (82 West 3rd St., Manhattan).

Charles Bernstein and Ted Greenwald started what is now the Segue/Zinc series at the Ear Inn forty years ago. PennSound has archived many of the readings.

More info.

Erica Hunt is the author of Local History, Arcade, Piece Logic, A Day and Its Approximates, & Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes. With Dawn Lundy Martin, she co-edited the anthology Letters to the Future: Radical Writing by Black Women. Hunt is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.